Sep 20, 2021 @ 13:41

With 10 brods recognized, Sigma Rho keeps dominating Top 100 Lawyers list

Ten of the Philippines’ Top 100 Lawyers in 2021 are alumni of the Sigma Rho Fraternity, continuing its four-year streak of being the most represented fraternity in the prestigious annual list by Asia Business Law Journal.

They include former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, Jr. and former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo, founding partners of Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia (CMT), as well as Villaraza & Angangco (V&A) Law Offices founding partner Raoul Angangco and senior partner Bienvenido Somera.

Also recognized are Augusto San Pedro, Hector Martinez and recently-deceased Carlos Platon of Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño Law Offices, Victor Lazatin and Emerico de Guzman of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRA) Law Offices, and Alfredo Molo III of Molo Sia Dy Tuazon Ty & Coloma (MOSVELDTT) Law Offices.

The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law-based fraternity pointed out that it has “consistently been the fraternity with the biggest number of Brods to earn the recognition.”

“Protect the Constitution. Serve, honor, uphold,” it said.


The so-called A-List is compiled every year by one of the region’s leading law magazines based on “extensive research conducted and nominations received from in-house counsel based in the country and elsewhere, as well as Philippine-focused partners at international law firms based outside the jurisdiction.”

An Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) fraternity, the Fraternal Order of Utopia, ranks a distant second behind Sigma Rho, with five alumni in the list.

They are Francis Ed Lim (ACCRALAW), Eduardo Martinez (Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano), Cesar Manalaysay (Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako), and Perry Pe and Tranquil Salvador III (Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles).


UP Portia Sorority is the sorority with the biggest number of sisters in the A-List.

Their four alumnae are Lady Presidents Mia Gentugaya (SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan) and Susan Villanueva (CMT senior partner), as well as Estrella Elamparo (DivinaLaw) and Yolanda Mendoza Eleazar (Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose).

“Thank you, LPs and sisses, for being consistent models of honor and excellence in the legal profession,” Portia said in a Facebook post.


Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity is represented by three alumni: Enrique Quiason (lead partner at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso), and Carlos Ocampo and Manolito Manalo (founding partners of the Ocampo, Manalo, Valdez & Lim Law Firm).


Three alumni of Ateneo de Manila University-based Aquila Legis Fraternity are also recognized: Pedro Carbonell II (Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell), Roland Mario Villonco (Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako), and Mark Gorriceta (Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra).

The UP-based Alpha Phi Beta and Alpha Sigma Fraternities have two alumni each make it to the A-List.

Ramon Esguerra (Esguerra & Blanco and Alexander Poblador (Poblador Bautista & Reyes) are APB alumni, while Alex Erlito Fider (Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos) and Rafael Morales (Morales & Justiniano) belong in Alpha Sigma.

UP Vanguard, Inc. alumnus Philip Sigfrid Fortun of Fortun Narvasa & Salazar is also listed.

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina (DivinaLaw) represents Aegis Juris Fraternity in the A-List.

Sororitas Reginae Juris, a sorority based in San Beda University, is represented by Sonya Margarita Benemerito-Castillo (Kapunan & Castillo).

A member of San Beda Beta Sigma Fraternity who ended up graduating in UP College of Law, Arturo del Rosario, Jr. (Del Rosario & Del Rosario), also makes it to the list. #

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