A Sugar Baron that supported the Presidential candidacy of former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in the last elections warned Pepsi Cola Philippines. Manuel Lamata, President of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines said that they will launch a Boycott against Pepsi Cola for its use of HFCS or fructose sugar.

“We will attack Pepsi, they are not innocent! They (PEPSI) are idiots! Their product contains HFCS. If they do not sit and talk with the Sugar Alliance, we will launch a boycott and protest against their products”, threatened Lamata.

In a separate meeting in Malacanang Palace, Lamata shouted at several government officials claiming that the government is not protecting the sugar monopoly by allowing the entry of fructose sugar which is being used as an alternative sweetener for powdered coffee, powdered juice and softdrinks by multinational beverage companies like Pepsi.

In response, Secretary Pinol called the Negros Sugar Baron and his associates “spoiled brats” for how he acted during the meeting, and for accusing him of accepting bribes from beverage manufacturers which he denied. Lamata and his group gave the DA Secretary the moniker “Money Pinol”.

Pinol had held in abeyance the issuance of Sugar Order No. 3 which was released by the Sugar Regulatory Administration which is under the Department of Agriculture.

Because of the protection of the sugar cartel in the Philippines, sugar remains in the “protected list “ of Philippine products which hampers ASEAN Economic Integration. All members of ASEAN under the pact will engage in free trade across its borders and sugar is hampering its implementation.

Secretary Pinol stated that there is a need for change and modernization in how the sugar business is conducted in the Philippines. Philippine remains one of the highest priced in the world market. Former SRA head Rafael “Lito” Cosculluela said: “We need to accept the reality that Philippine sugar is highly priced. And if additional taxes are imposed on those who use it, the prices of products will increase resulting in less buyers and even lesser demand for the Sugar industry.

The Senate is now hearing the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) which is seen to increase the cost of basic goods for blue collar and poor Filipinos who are the patrons of instant coffee, softdrinks and powdered juice drinks.

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GAOC Dental Centers expand clinics

The Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) recently expanded to 2 more locations in the Philippines. According to its President and CEO Dr. Steve Mark Gan, the 2 world class clinics are in the S Maison at the Conrad Hotel in Manila and at the SM Seaside City in Cebu City.

gaoc-s-maison-taxGAOC’s Conrad Center will be the new hub of modern dental services in Manila.

Over its 15 years of existence since its founding in 2001, GAOC has been a paragon of dental innovation and a champion in uplifting the dental profession. It has built a client base of over 10,000 patients. “We value our relationship with our patients and provide them the best care and world class products. It is a taxing task that we adhere to at all times!” says Dr. Gan.

Both the Conrad Hotel/S Maison and SM Seaside City Clinics in Cebu are now open. “The Conrad Center was initially set to open last September, but I wanted to make sure that all the equipment and fittings are even better than those of our existing clinics and that the staff and Doctors are fully prepared to provide GAOC’s type of world class dental service. The Cebu Center will also feature the highest standards in medical dental care!” according to Dr. Gan.

gaoc-sm-seaside-taxesGAOC’s SM Seaside City Center expands the reach of the world-class dental service to the Premiere City of the South

GAOC has always been positioned as a premier dental center with known celebrities, politicians and socialites as its clientele. What has been unknown to many is its active Corporate Social Responsibility that provides dental care for indigents in partnership with corporations and organizations like JCI & Operation Smile Philippines. The expansion, according to Dr. Gan, also aims to extend its reach across the nation to further strengthen its CSR Program that focuses on educating people on oral hygiene and provides free dental services to specific target communities.

From a 1 room, single chair clinic in Binondo, GAOC has grown to 9 world class, one stop shop dental centers made possible with the latest addition of the above-mentioned 2 locations with a complement of over 40 highly qualified Dental Doctors across all centers. Dr. Gan says the expansion will no longer tax our patients in terms of traffic and travel time. Client convenience was a big factor in the expansion decision where we could establish a GAOC clinic that will be near their location!

gaoc-binondo-clinic-birThe First Dental Clinic of Dr. Steve Mark Gan was founded in Chinatown 18 years ago and started with his savings of 3,000 pesos. In 2001 he started GAOC.

The outlook of Dr. Gan on the continued growth of Dental services in the Philippines remains bullish and positive. Gan, a former Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Dentistry of the Professional Regulatory Commission, made sure that the level of professionalism of Filipino Dentists was raised to world class standards that allowed them to compete globally during his stint.

GAOC is one of the biggest chains of Dental Centers in the Philippines that adheres to these world-class standards in both its Doctors and facilities. Its services include: Dental implants and related surgical procedures, Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry.

No to Cheap Energy -Philippine Catholic Church

Sept. 1, 2016, MANILA – The Philippine Catholic Church, specifically Balanga Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos has opposed the opening of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.  In a statement he said: ” The BNPP damages life, livelihood and nature.  The BNPP is not the answer to the present needs of the people.  No one is safe from the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.”

The church has stiffened its position stating that reviving the BNPP puts the public at risk, most specially the residents of nearby provinces.

Government however has seen potential in the powerplant alleviating the rising cost of electricity. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says that opening the BNPP will provide additional 620 MW of electricity which will stabilize the whole grid in the long term.

“It is safe to use! It is an unpopular option but it is a cheap and long lasting option that will be good for our country” said Cusi during a hearing conducted by the Senate.

The Philippines has been lagging behind its neighbors in electric power generation, making it one of the countries in Asia with the highest electricity cost per kilowatt hour.  This high cost in power has been a factor why the Philippines has been sidelined by foreign investors who have opted to go to China, Vietnam and even Indonesia.

Other sources of power are depletable according to Cusi who identified Malampaya as a source that will be depleted by 2024. He said that it is the role of government to look for alternative sources that will lower electricity cost.  The Church has countered that alternatives can be found in renewable energy sources like the wind and the sun.

The benefits of opening the BNPP will be lower electricity rates for the consumer both private and business sectors; a stable supply for the whole grid and more investors coming to the Philippines which in turn creates more jobs.

Extensive studies are now being conducted on the BNPP and its viability and will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for his approval. The government has been paying 27 Million pesos for the maintenance and upkeep of the mothballed plant.

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Friday’s Holdings Tax Declaration does not exist – Provincial Assessor


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The Provincial Assessor of Aklan has issued a certification that the Tax Declaration Document numbered 2014-12-003-01-01441 of Fridays’s Holdings Inc./FHI claiming the lot of Mila Sumndad  does not exist.

Documents came to light during the Auction in Quezon City where Friday’s Holdings Inc. presented it to bolster their claim.  Upon checking and verification with the Provincial Assessor of Aklan, a certification was issued by the said office that the said tax declaration does not exist and that the property is lawfully registered under the name of Mila Sumndad.

Competing claims have been made by Panlilio owned Boulevard Holding’s Inc. which owns Friday’s Holdings Inc. which in turn operates Friday’s Boracay Beach Resort.  The resort is located partly on the property of Mila Sumndad.

According to Sumndad, this vindicates me and my claim that the property is truly mine and this cannot be disputed. It is only by the use of money that BHI/FHI is able to sustain their claim to my land.

While the Court in Quezon City stopped the auction proceedings because of the pending cases where BHI and FHI are claiming ownership of the property, Mila Sumndad said that the Court also ordered both parties to show their respective certified documents.  BHI and FHI were unable to present any certified true copy of their documents. In fact it was the Provincial Assessor of Aklan who said that their Tax Declaration is non-existent further bolstering claims and reports of forgery on the part of BHI and FHI said Sumndad.

I have in turn filed a libel case against Jose Marcel Panlilio for insulting the name of my family in the news reports he has released.  It is time that Panlilio pay for the very unfounded public accusations and his made up fairy tales to the Philippine Stock Exchange.

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QC Court decision temporary says Boracay landowner

Quezon City RTC Presiding Judge Edgardo B. Bellosillo of Branch 95 has stopped the auction of the property of Mila Sumndad.

In his decision, the honorable judge acknowledged the presence of the Court of Appeals ruling and the current case being held in Makati RTC 146 which issued an injunction order pending resolution of the issue of ownership.

“It is undisputed that the property which is the subject of the sheriff’s sale is also the subject of a pending case in Makati City Regional Trial Court where the injunctive order of the Court of Appeals is the subject of a pending petition before the Supreme Court. For this Court to allow the Sheriff’s Sale to proceed as scheduled on March 7, 2016, would render moot and academic whatever outcome of the pending petition in the Supreme Court.”

Mila Sumndad said she was saddened of the decision simply because she is the true owner of the property, but also said that at least the Judge recognized the Court of Appeals order and the current trial being conducted at the Makati RTC 146 which BHI has always denied in its reports.

“Na ignore ng Judge yung certification issued by the Provincial Assessor that the Tax Declaration of Friday’s does not exist, it is Fake, and that it was issued without his knowledge by the Aklan Municipal Assesor. I still hold the only and true tax declaration covering the property being claimed by BHI.”

Sumndad also asserted that at least the QC Court acknowledged the Court of Appeals order whereas the Aklan Courts did not which resulted in my loosing possession of the property. “inamin nga ni Panlilio na nagbabayad siya sa mga lawyers at Pulis in his news reports and PSE disclosures eh!”

Sumndad said she inherited the property from her parents who had entered into a long term 25 year lease with William Lutrell, the Australian who created Friday’s Boracay. The lease ended in February 14, 2014 so we took back what was rightfully ours according to Sumndad.  Panlilio who entered the picture the same year Lutrell was murdered in 1994, did not want to let go of the property so he filed cases against me.- Sumndad added.

Multiple cases have been filed by each party resulting in a protracted media war. “Panlilio initiated all of this in media, sumasagot lang ako dahil unfair naman na side lang niya ang naririnig ng tao. Kami yung aggrieved party being the landowners. Yung ibang news media fair naman pero yung mas marami eh misleading.” Sumndad further added that Panlilio has been including many prominent people in his announcements like Congressman Haresco, Congressman Singson and most recently the owner of AMA Colleges just to make them come out in the news.

The Court said: “All Premises being considered the Court resolves to suspend the scheduled Sheriff’s Sale on Monday, March 7, 2016 in deference to whatever the outcome of the pending petition at the Supreme Court.”

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IPO Philippines negates Tides Boracay name & logo

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Manila – The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines has acted on a protest of Viceroy Hotel Group, owner of world reknowned Miami South Beach Hotel, The Tides against a luxury hotel in Boracay with the same name that opened in 2007.

The IPO ordered the cancellation of the Boracay Hotels trademark application for its name and logo which Viceroy Hotel Group found to be similar to its own patented business trademark.

Viceroy Hotel Group successfully showed that the local hotel infringed on its trademark and could not have invented by coincidence the exact trademark name and design being used by their brand for over 80 years.  VHG additionally implied that the local hotel has been using the name and logo sowing confusion as to its relation with their hotel in Miami.

An IPO official who refused to be identified stated that there was a clear infringement when their attention was called to the matter.  The operators of The Tides Boracay wanted to register the name as a trademark and when we did our reviews found the VHG opposition.

The same official noted that it is up to VHG to file the charges in court, as for the IPO, it has cancelled the application.

The Tides Boracay may have to rebrand and change its name according to an Advertising Executive as it clearly bore the same similarities to the VHG Brand.  “The Tides Boracay and its Ad Agency or Design Group could be held accountable for the Brand infringement as the hotel would then suffer from business losses in a costly rebranding process. If there was no Advertising Agency involved, the owner could be held liable for trademark infringement and be taken to court.”- he added.

He added that as an immediate effect, the hotel would have to change it’s name which in turn affects its website, its marketing & booking activities online and offline, its overall reputation among the customers and the community and its bottom line.  Overall, it is a losing proposition and it is like opening a new hotel and starting from scratch.

Boracay being an international destination has been the constant focus of international hotel operators as a destination for setting up shop. The case may have been a result of VHG taking the initial steps of securing their Brands and Trademarks in the Philippines before actually building.

The Tides Boracay may appeal the findings, but according to the IPO official, VHG has shown its merit through its arguments and any appeal would be an uphill climb.

Viceroy Hotel Group is half owned by the Abu Dhabi Government and owns and operate The Tides hotel in South Beach Miami, Cassa NY Hotel in New York City, Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco, Viceroy Central Park among others.

As of this reporting, The Tides Boracay could not be contacted at the indicated numbers provided in their website.

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Boracay land row heats up

By The Standard

ONE of Boracay Island’s first settler-families warned the public, particularly local and foreign investors, against any ownership claim on the popular Friday’s Boracay Island Resort because the matter is still being determined by the court.

Landowner Mila Yap-Sumndad challenged the claim of Boulevard Holdings Inc. (BHI), owned by the Panlilio family of Silahis International Hotel fame, that it owns the land on which Friday’s Resort Boracay stands.

“The claim by Boulevard Holdings Inc. that it owns the land on which Friday’s Resort Boracay is wrong and erroneous,” she said, adding that the case is still being heard by the court.

“I inherited the parcel of land from my father and mother and when the lease ended in Feb. 14, 2014, we just took back what was rightfully ours,” Sumndad said, adding that BHI and Friday’s Holdings Inc. are supposedly trying to grab a part of the 1,447-square-meter beachfront property.

The claim of BHI and Friday’s Holdings Inc. is based on a Makati RTC decision early in 2014 that the Court of Appeals stopped in December of the same year.

“The truth is the Court of Appeals ordered the Makati RTC to conduct a retrial because of the evidence discarded by the lower court,” Sumndad said, complaining that she is being made to appear like a landgrabber when she is just a landowner trying to protect her property… MORE ON THIS STORY FROM THE STANDARD (Click link below)

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FAKE Friday’s Boracay Tax Declaration documents presented

Manila Philippines – Mila Sumndad the owner of the property where Friday’s Boracay Beach Resort (FBBR) is situated said that the documents being presented by Friday’s Holdings Inc.(FHI), the operator of Friday’s are bogus.

Sumndad said that there are no land titles in Boracay and that only original settlers have Tax declaration documents.  In a side by side comparison of the tax declaration of FHI and the tax declaration of Sumndad, questions were raised specifically on the authenticity of the signature of Provincial Assessor Kokoy B. Soguilon. “The signature is definitely different and that there is an absence that it went through the process of validation as there are no other signatures present. Alam niyo po, sa gobyerno may mga initials yan dapat ng mga taong nag review. Yung Tax Declaration nila, sobrang linis na hindi man lamang ata dumaan sa mga ibang office!” She noted that this was highly unusual.

The Quezon City Judge has ordered Friday’s Holdings Inc. to present the original certified true copy of the said Real Property Tax Declaration to prove their interest in the auction being held at Quezon City.

Sumndad further elaborated that their family have been the owners of the property which she inherited from her parents.  Way back in the the 1980’s she recounts that her parents went into a 25 year long term lease with William Lutrell, an Australian, who established and built Friday’s Boracay Beach Resort and made it famous world wide. Everything was ok with Lutrell, until he was murdered and Panlilio came in out of the blue. When the lease ended in February 14, 2014, Sumndad said they took the portion of the property which remains legally theirs.

There are several cases that are still pending against Sumndad according to her.  The most blatant was the Makati RTC Branch 132 decision penned by “Ma’am Arlene” Judge Rommel O. Baybay issuing a Writ of Execution in favor of Panlilio led Boulevard Holdings Inc., the mother corporation of FHI.  Fortunately this was stopped by the Court of Appeals and ordered all agents of the government not to implement the said order.  The Court of Appeals ordered the Regional Trial Court of Makati to re try the case because of the inconsistencies and the fact that the decision may injure the rights of Sumndad as a primary party in interest. The case is currently ongoing at the Makati RTC 146.

In March of 2015, BHI forcefully invaded the property of Sumndad which they were contesting as theirs using a massive number of police headed by a certain Sherrif Nanit of the Aklan Courts. This was largely based on the Makati decision and their forum shopping in Aklan Courts.  “They were pressured by BHI to conduct the illegal operation without any BREAK in ORDER from the relevant Courts.  Also, BHI did not tell the Aklan Courts that there was an existing order from the Court of Appeals on the matter!”

Sumndad ended by saying, “While we do not possess the property right now, we remain the true and legal owners of the said property and this should be known by the investors of BHI/FHI. Possession is not Ownership!”

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