I consider myself very lucky to have Professor Sababan as my professor. I truly admire his brilliance. He's the reason I fell in love with Taxation Law for the first time. From a scaredy cat student, he showed me the unappreciated beauty of "the of the most feared subject in the field of law." He mixes his lessons with twists of funny jokes, Philippine geography, history of music, and the sport of cockfighting. His lectures and recitations were always serious and insanely hilarious at the same time.
He has a unique way of pushing his students to study, which I can describe as a mix of a joke and reverse psychology:
|Professor Francis Sababan.|
He motivated me in ways he doesn't even realize. I was 100% present in his class. I would study his book day and night until I understood the topic. He brought out the best in me, that is why when I passed his tax 1, it was really fulfilling.
Prof. Sababan spent the last weeks of his life for his students. After being released from intensive care unit two months ago, instead of taking a leave, he immediately went back to teach in our advance review classes.
In his last class lecture in our tax 2, he taught the value of appreciating one's parents for their sacrifices for supporting us in our study of law. He explained that success in law school is not brought about by social status but by perseverance and determination. If I had known that day was the last day I'd see Professor Francis Sababan, I would have hugged him, and thanked him.
Today is a day of mourning for the field of legal education. Professor Francis Sababan passed away at one o'clock this morning (1:00a.m) from complications caused by diabetes.
Taxation Law will never be the same without you sir. We will miss you. I promise to read and understand your book, the codal, your notes, and your recorded lectures if this is the only way I can thank you.
Farewell to you sir and may you rest in peace.