Balane is an expert on civil law and a long-time faculty member of ALS and the University of the Philippines College of Law.
ALS Dean Jose Maria G. Hofileña gave the opening remarks.
“I am all but certain that his immeasurable wisdom will be jumping out of each and every page of this volume."“Writing a textbook like this one requires big-heartedness,” he added. “That Professor Balane possesses a heart bigger than his body can contain is a matter of which we need no convincing. Nonetheless, through this book, we see that rather than keep his invaluable thoughts, writings, and reflections to himself, Professor Balane innately yearns to guide us through the law on obligations and contracts and through it, to educate his students in the best possible manner in order for each one of them to better achieve their most cherished dreams.”
Atty. Sedfrey M. Candelaria, former ALS dean, shared anecdotes about Profesor Balane: “In third year [of law school in Ateneo], when I had him for Succession, his reputation in the UP College of Law as a teacher scared us to death. He had horrible stories about him, but as the semester in Succession unfolded, my batch mates and I began to wonder, ‘What is there to be scared about anyway?’”
When the time came to hear from the man of the hour, Prof. Balane enthralled colleagues and admirers in the packed Justitia Hall of the Ateneo Law School.“I’d like to believe that in doing this, in writing this book, in holding this conference, we are planting the seed in the soil, hopeful that it will eventually sprout and grow and become a majestic tree with overarching branches and thick leaves,” he said, referring to the state of civil law in the Philippines.
“The important thing is not the one who buried the tree-what matters is the tree itself. A tree robustly alive because its roots draw nourishment from the live-giving waters of the civil law tradition which we got from Rome, and filtered through the Spanish experience,” he continued.
“So that is the book that I asked you to entertain with me as we go through these past three days. Not just for academic purposes, but more importantly because this is one way that we can serve our beloved country,” he ended.
Afterwards, copies of the book were handed to the representatives of ALS, the Universidad de Málaga Facultad de Derecho, and the Universidad de Deusto Facultad de Derecho, formally closing the three-day conference.