A full-blooded ibanag. he obtained his bachelor of arts
degree at the university of the east major in literature,
minor in philosophy. Finished his law degree in the same
school in 1974. Passed the bar in 1975.
Choosing the uncertainties of litigation to the comforts of a swivel
chair, he started as associate attorney at Payawal
Jimenez Associates then as associate attorney in the
law firm of Ambrosio Padilla. Later he would become a
senior partner of Ambrosio Padillla Mempin Reyes
Calasan law office.