The Justice Teodoro R. Padilla Collection Formal Turnover

On September 12, 2013, another distinguished collection was formally turned over to the De La Salle University Libraries. The Justice Teodoro R. Padilla Collection, consisting mostly of notable out-of-print law books, most of which were perhaps used during Justice Padilla's days as a law student in UP and Harvard University. Some noteworthy titles were The Rule of Law, Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Rules of Court in the Philippines and the Nuremberg Trials. The collection distinctly speaks well of Justice Padilla's life as a Justice as most of the materials were used as sources in some of the significant cases that he handled. His collection also includes memorabilia which, as a whole, deserves a spot at the Libraries' Special Collections floor.

In a short program, Ms. Ana Maria B. Fresnido, Director of Libraries, expressed her sincerest thanks to the Padilla family for entrusting the donation to the Libraries. Mr. Rafael Joseph C. del Mundo, Coordinator for Technical Services, shared an in-depth look into the said collection. Consequently, Atty. Sabino Padilla IV, son of the late Justice Teodoro R. Padilla, delivered the remarks of circumstance and vividly shared colorful stories he has about his father – his life as a Lasallian, him being a good Justice and how a loving, hands-on father he was. He later on expressed his thanks to the library team for welcoming his father’s valuable collection to DLSU.

Notably present during the formal signing and ceremonial turnover to support the Padilla family – Mrs. Louise Ellen B. Padilla with her sons and daughter, Dr. Ma. Dominga Padilla-Lopez, Atty. Sabino Padilla IV and Mr. Teodoro B. Padilla – were: DLSU President and Chancellor, Br. Ricardo P. Laguda, who gratefully received the donation in behalf of the University and gave, good humoredly, a "Green Star" to Atty. Sabino Padilla IV; Dr. Leonila C. Abella, DLSU Associate Vice President for Information Resource Management; Br. Vic Franco FSC, Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno, Dean, DLSU College of Law and other friends and guests of the Padilla family. 

The recently turned over Justice Teodoro R. Padilla collection is truly worth the keep. Its value is something that will be very useful to scholars and to the rest of the Filipino people. The items found in this collection are regarded to be reliable sources of information that will benefit legal researchers and future lawyers of the nation. This significant collection also reflects the legacy that Justice Padilla had imparted and will continue to impart to many.

The Justice Teodoro R. Padilla room is located at the 13th floor of The Learning Commons, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.