Frequently Asked Questions

What classes are you taking?

For the Spring 2018 semester, I’m taking (1) Criminal Procedure with Professor Joh, (2) Equal Protection with Professor Soucek, (3) Immigration Law with Professor Saucedo, (4) Appellate Advocacy with Judge Mesiwala and Professor Schickele, and (5) Immigration Law Clinic with Professor Pérez.

What made you decide to go to law school?

Being a first-generation immigrant to America really clued me in to how important lawyers are for ensuring fair treatment in this country, and that’s what got me interested in the first place. As I explored the idea of law school after college, I realized that legal practice suits my strengths and talents, and that it tracks well with the person I want to become. So I took the dive.

What kind of law are you interested in?

My key interests right now are privacy law, data breach litigation, and intellectual property. That said, I am completely flexible when it comes to what law I practice. Finding the right firm or office is more important to me than any particular practice area. This past summer, I practiced employment law and compliance under the supervision of an attorney, and I really enjoyed the experience.

What did you do for undergrad?

I got a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Merced.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Philippines. I grew up in Tagum City, in the province of Davao del Norte, on the island of Mindanao. I moved to California at the age of fifteen.

Do you speak Tagalog?

Yes, I do speak Tagalog. But my native language is actually Bisaya, which is the most popular spoken language on my home island of Mindanao. Tagalog and Bisaya are not dialects of each other. They are distinct languages with different roots.

How do you say Tagalog?

You put the stress on the second syllable. Tah-GAH-lohg. The third syllable is pronounced like “lawn” but with a g instead of an n. Most native English-speakers put the stress on the first syllable when pronouncing this word. If you can learn to say it with the stress on the second syllable, you will sound correct.

What do you do for fun?

I like hiking, reading books, and watching movies at the cinema with my Sinemia pass. I also enjoy playing board games. In fact, I lead the King Hall Games Club, which hosts regular community-building events and gaming sessions. I usually prefer playing group games like Codenames, Bang!, and Secret Hitler. For one-on-ones, chess is my game of choice.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I like the old Kanye, straight-from-the-go Kanye.