Mactan Island Lawyer’s league acceptance speech

“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” ~Dale Carnegie

I agree with Dale Carnegie. However everytime I make a speech I only do two because I never practice before giving my speeches. (Except for contest purposes) However after I give my speech I always wish I could have done more.

The following is the short acceptance speech I gave to the Macan Island Lawyer’s league sometime late 2007 when I just passed the Philippine bar exams. The event was held at the Hilton Hotel. I didn’t mind giving the speech because I tasted the good food that the hotel has to offer.  Anyway here is the speech:

Distinguished guests, colleagues in the most noble profession, friends, relatives and loved ones Good evening.

I have been given the Herculean task tonight of delivering this acceptance speech in behalf of my distinguished colleagues. I still have a vague idea as to why I was chosen among the group. Probably because I am the most handsome of them all. They would probably object to that statement but sadly I regret to inform you that your objection is over ruled for lack of basis. Res Ipsa Loquitor.


Kidding aside, in behalf of the new lawyers, we are deeply honored and humbled to be admitted in this prestigious organization. Call it elitism if you wish but I find it simply amazing to be admitted into this impressive league.Being a new lawyer, I have now experienced what others who has gone before us has told us, that is being a lawyer opens up the door to hundreds of different opportunities. I cannot begin to express the joy and happiness that I have in becoming a member of the noblest of all professions. This door of opportunity includes becoming a member of this great organization. Personally being a member of the Mactan Island Lawyers League has a special meaning. I had been called to become a member of an organization that my grandfather Atty. Silvino Maceren Jr. who is one of my inspiration as to why I choose to become a lawyer, is a founding member of. I may not be able blaze the fields of the legal profession as my grandfather has, but I hope to at least fan the flame of passion and excellence in order that it may keep on burning.

Being a member of this organization has it’s blessing but hand in hand with the blessings always comes the responsibility. As Spiderman’s uncle reminds him always “that with great power comes great responsibility” may we never forget to fulfill our responsibility to the fullest as lawyers and members of this prestigious organization.

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