You rush along Philam’s walkway to meet the 8:00 am bundy and he’d be walking
there too. You meet and greet him in the Court of Appeals premises and he’d be ready to give you his
pleasant smile. You visit him in his office and he’d welcome you warmly. You eat lunch in the CA
canteen and he’d be joining your table. This kind and simple fellow is no other than Atty. Manuel U.
Cervantes – the new Court of Appeals’ Assistant Clerk of Court.
“Manny” to his friends, Atty. Cervantes had to work really hard to achieve his goals.
A native of Surigao del Sur, he came to Manila to finish his college education at the University of the
East and work at the same time to support himself. Luckily, he landed a job as a library attendant and
continued to be one until he obtained his law degree in 1972. When he passed the bar on the same
year, Atty. Cervantes embarked in private practice but after just a few years or in 1976 decided to join
the judiciary as Branch Clerk of Court in the CFI (now RTC) of Pasig City. He first joined the CA as a
Confidential Attorney of Justice Josue N. Bellosillo and later became a Division Clerk of Court.
After 19 years of being a division clerk, Atty. Cervantes turned out to be not only the
most senior but also one of the most popular among the Division Clerks of Court. This is probably why
no one dared to oppose his bid to the position of Assistant Clerk of Court which was left vacant by the
now Clerk of Court Atty. Marigomen. Unsurprisingly, his subsequent appointment to the said position
on February 29, 2008 was welcomed enthusiastically by the CA employees. For indeed, the post is well
deserved by no other than the simple, hardworking and one of the most well-liked figures in the Court
of Appeals that is Atty. Cervantes.