The 2015-2016 term began auspiciously with nearly 400 members and guests attending the 2015 PBA Law Day Celebration. Breaking attendance records, the ballroom was packed with former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as guest of honor and speaker. He cited the role played by the PBA in times when the Rule of Law was under siege and spoke on what is at stake for the Rule of Law, as our nation faces a leadership transition in the upcoming national elections.
In another unprecedented turnout, 71 new PBA members were inducted that evening. The impressive increase in membership follows the amendment of the PBA By-Laws adopted at a special general membership meeting held on 23 September 2015. The adoption of the amendment was affirmed in the regular general membership meeting held on 10 June 2016. The amendment allows lawyers, who have just been admitted to the bar, to qualify and become PBA members. The new rule abandoned the previous requirement of 3 years membership in the bar to qualify for PBA membership.
At the inaugural, an open bar had members and guests sampling various wines, hors d’oeuvres and the single malt Scotch whisky Jura which had just been introduced to the Philippine market. Alongside the formal ceremonies, a Silent Art Auction featuring works from various National Artists was held to raise funds for the various activities of the PBA. Over cocktails and dinner, a show band and a string quartet from the Manila String Machine provided musical entertainment. The 2015 PBA Law Day Celebration was the last to be held by our association at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, which for decades has been the chosen venue for memorable gatherings of the PBA.
Best of all, the successful celebration paid for itself and even earned some funds for the PBA.
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