JANUARY FAITH B. SANTIAGO
January is a graduate of the University of San Carlos School of Law and Governance. She was the editor-in-chief of “The Podium,” the official student publication of the USC School of Law; a contributor for “The Virtus,” the USC Law Journal; and the president of the USC Center for Legal Aid Work. She was a legal intern at the Children’s Legal Bureau in 2012 and the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor in 2013.
January is also a registered nurse. She finished her undergraduate studies at Silliman University, cum laude. She was the Associate Editor of “The Nurse,” the official student publication of the Silliman University College of Nursing; a features writer for “The Portal,” SU’s yearbook; and a member of the Silliman University Corps of Campus Ambassadors. She was also a cast member of “The Vagina Monologues” for the Dumaguete City and Iligan City shows in 2005 and 2006.
Born and raised in Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte, January is the first lawyer of their municipality. She is a proud alumnus of Sergio Osmeña Central School and Sergio Osmeña National High School where she graduated as the class valedictorian.
She was the recipient of the Outstanding Campus Journalist of Region IX award in 2002, Outstanding Student of the Year award from the Region IX Development Council in 2003, the GMA Outstanding Student in Campus Journalism award in 2004, GMA Outstanding Student in Leadership award in 2004, GMA Outstanding Student Entrepreneur award in 2003, Francis Pangilinan Gawad Talino in 2003, and Senator Manny Villar Outstanding Student Award in 2004. She was the National Champion of the BIMP-EAGA National Quiz in 2002, the National Pop Quiz in 2003, and the National Schools Press Conference for Sports Writing in 2003. She was also a National Finalist for the NSPC in both Editorial Writing and Features Writing categories, and the National Conference for Young Entrepreneurs.
At present, she is a junior partner at the Co, Co, Genon, Santiago and Associates Law and Consultancy Offices. When not preoccupied with pleadings and juggling deadlines, she enjoys baking cookies, planting okra in her small backyard garden, reading Jeffrey Deaver, and playing with her two dogs, Snoopy and Mighty.