Atty. Christine Florido is a legal professional who was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1994.
She is a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University (B.S. Legal Management, Honorable Mention & Departmental Awardee for Legal Management Batch 1989) and of Ateneo de Manila- College of Law (Juris Doctor, Second Honors/Silver Medal, Batch 1993)
In 1996, she completed the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School, U.S.A. and the Private International Law Session at the Academy of International Law at the Hague (Den Haag) in Netherlands.
Work experience: Government (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Development Company, Movies, Television, Ratings and Classification Board ); Private (Primetown Property Group, Inc., Evoserve, Inc, Textron Corp.,Spectrum,S.E.) The author’s current interests are in ICT, Labor and Family law.
Personal note from the author:
I prepared for the bar exams in 1993. This was a time of daily 8-hour brownouts and foremost on my mind was passing the bar (or better yet, landing in the top 10). My review routine was well-rounded and included weekly prayers (novenas) to the Blessed Virgin in Baclaran Church. I lit as much candles as I could afford and prayed fervently for divine intervention; in exchange for Our Lady’s intercession, I promised to render free legal service/advice at least once a year.
So, here I am.
Details of my professional experience were far from Family Law as I worked at government corporations, private companies and served corporate clients. But personal challenges make the best teachers as I dealt with my own family issues that touched on nullity of marriages, child support, custody, and visitation in court— occasions where I experienced the laws in motion not as a lawyer, but as a party to a case.
Labor law happened to me by chance. In my early years as a lawyer, I reluctantly handled a case for illegal dismissal where I was told to expect a pro-labor decision at the arbiter level– I was the legal counsel of the company that dismissed some employees. Undaunted by the warnings of older lawyers, I prepared for my case and won at the first try. Years later, a company with over a hundred employees handed me the reins of the HR department after its HR manager fell from grace. And I immediately understood why– crucial HR decisions carry legal consequences that are properly within a lawyer’s expertise.
As Vice President for Human Resources, it was not enough to know the law. I learned to empathize and appreciate the human dimension of business. Be kind yet firm. Do your best and God will do the rest.