MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Judicial Academy (Philja) Chancellor and retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna will be feted an Outstanding Filipino award for his “acknowledged authority in Constitutional Law and legacy in the Philippine judiciary.”
|Philja Chancellor and retired SC Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna
The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines said Azcuna will join a roster of only 116 others earlier given the “The Outstanding Filipino” Award (TOFIL).
Azcuna will be feted on January 8, 2013, which will also coincide with the silver anniversary of the TOFIL. The award was conceived in 1988 to institutionalize public recognition of outstanding men and women in the Philippines.
Azcuna will be joined by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Director Samuel Pagdilao (for his Military/Police work) and Jose F. Datuin (for the Arts) for the TOFIL 2012.
Based on information made available by the Office of the Court Administrator, Azcuna was appointed as a member of the high court in 2002 and subsequently became Philja chancellor upon his retirement in 2009.
The native of Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila in 1959. He obtained his law degree with honors (cum laude) from the same institution in 1962.
He placed fourth in the 1962 Bar exams, which also produced other constitutionalists such as Haydee Yorac and Fr. Joaquin Bernas.
He went to the Salzburg University in Austria for his post-graduate studies in International Law.
As a young lawyer, he was tapped to join the 1971 Constitutional Convention and later at the 1986 Constitutional Commission.
He later joined the administration of President Corazon Aquino as her Presidential Legal Counsel, Press Secretary, and Presidential Spokesperson.
Azcuna - a photography aficionado, yogi, and a chocolate enthusiast - has been married to Maria Asuncion “Mariasun” Azcuna (former dean of the Liberal Arts department of St. Scholastica’s College) for almost 50 years now.
They have four children: Rhina (and husband Alvi), Bea, Agoo (and husband Andy) and Miguel. They have four grandchildren: Angelo, Andres, Lucy and Ari.