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We’re Back!

Most definitely. And here to stay. We launched the original spaslaw.com way back in August of 2007 (seems like ages ago). Even then, we'd veered away from the static brochure-look of traditional law office sites and opted for a (at that time, not yet that popular) blawg format - the web+blog/site. We sort of disappeared from the online community the past year

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The Lighted Inn: Tolkien, Diliman, and Lean Alejandro

My nephew, Ruben "Benc" Canlas, is a member of the Tolkien society. He was also an activist in the '80s, in Diliman, a blogger, and an admirer of the martyred political leader Lean Alejandro. Writing about his world the first time he read "The Hobbit," Benc identified the year 1983 as "pivotal." Sometime in December 2006, I commented on

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Maximizing Legal Research With Multiple Windows and Tabs

Browsers used to to be a one window-one webpage-only affair. For doing legal research, this was a bummer. If you Googled a topic and got a Results page, this meant that you could only check potentially relevant links one at a time. You would have to click on one result and by doing so, leave the Results page. If

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About SPASLAW

In 1994, four (4) members of the UP College of Law Class of 1987 formed Santos Parungao Aquino & Santos Law Offices or SPASLAW. The partners – Mario Santos, Tonipi Parungao, Raffy Aquino and Rhoda (or Eric) Santos – came from diverse backgrounds in legal practice, and brought with them invaluable experience from having worked with established law firms in contrasting fields of law.

SPASLAW caters to clients looking for highly-personalized service. It is a boutique law firm, gritty, vibrant and progressive, one that prides itself in serving up a style of practicing the legal profession with a difference.

Our Philosophy

Professional Integrity and Dedicated Advocacy

SPASLAW holds itself and its practice to the highest ethical standards of the law profession. At the same time, its lawyers advocate and serve the cases and causes of their clients with unflagging loyalty and vigor.

Knowledge-Based Competence

SPASLAW practices law with an authentic and solid competence maintained by constant and disciplined law and law-related study and research.

Creativity and Innovation

SPASLAW sees law as opportunities for providing its clients with creative solutions and innovations toward their growth and development. Its lawyers think beyond formulae and tradition, and for their clients, look always to what can be.

Our Team

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Andrefanio D. Santos

Andrefanio D. Santos

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Anthony N. Paruñgao

Anthony N. Paruñgao

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Rafael A. L. Aquino

Rafael A. L. Aquino

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Roderick Ben C. Santos

Roderick Ben C. Santos

Managing Partner View Details
Ma. Antonia Perez-Santos

Ma. Antonia Perez-Santos

Office Manager View Details
Carmi Czarina V. Tugday

Carmi Czarina V. Tugday

Junior Partner View Details
Robert Joseph M. Andres

Robert Joseph M. Andres

Associate Attorney View Details
Lorraine B. Villeza

Lorraine B. Villeza

Associate Attorney View Details
Ma. Criselda B. Correa-Pamatmat

Ma. Criselda B. Correa-Pamatmat

Associate Attorney View Details
Kirstie Dawn F. Barrion

Kirstie Dawn F. Barrion

Associate Attorney View Details
Rozen Olivia G. Cayetano

Rozen Olivia G. Cayetano

Associate Attorney View Details
Andrefanio D. Santos

Andrefanio D. Santos

Partner

Admitted to the Bar, 1988; UP Law 1987; UP School of Economics, (AB Economics) 1982; Legal Consultant, ABS-CBN Network, Inc., Vice President for Legal Affairs, ABS-CBN Network, Inc., 2001-2006; Vice-Chairman,and Member, Board of Directors, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, 2002-2006; Associate Attorney, Carpio Villaraza & Cruz Law Offices, 1988-1994; Member, Board of Directors, Radio Philippines Network-Channel 9, 1993-1998; Charter Member, Rotary Club of Makati-Amorsolo. Fields of Specialization: Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Estate Law, Taxation, Immigration Law, Broadcasting Law, Intellectual Property Law, Administrative Law.

Anthony N. Paruñgao

Anthony N. Paruñgao

Partner

Admitted to the Bar, 1989; UP Law 1987; UP College of Business Administration (BSBA), 1983; Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Department of Agrarian Reform, 2010-2014; Alternate Member of the Board of Directors & Chairperson of Trust & Audit Committees, Land Bank of the Philippines, 2010-2014; Acting Chairman, People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB), Marikina City, 2000-2010; Senior Lecturer in Business Law, UP College of Business Administration, 1989-2010; Associate Attorney, Hernandez Velicaria Vibar & Santiago Law Offices, 1988-1994; President, Rotary Club of Marikina North, 1999-2000; Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus Council 6681, 1994-1995; Fields of Specialization: Property and Land Law, Administrative Law, Agrarian Reform Law, Corporation Law, Contracts Law, Information Technology Law, Telecommunications Law, Estate Planning.

Rafael A. L. Aquino

Rafael A. L. Aquino

Partner

Admitted to the Bar, 1988; UP Law 1987; UP College of Arts and Sciences (Political Science), 1983; Associate Attorney, Sanchez Rosales Sanidad & Mercado, 1988-1994; Member, Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG); Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, De La Salle University, 1992; Charter Member and Past President, Rotary Club of Makati Bel-Air. Fields of Specialization: Labor Standards Enforcement and Administration, Labor-Management Administration, Negotiations, and Litigation, Strike Crisis Management, General Criminal Defense and Prosecution, Construction Arbitration, Estate Planning, Syndicated Crimes Defense and Prosecution, Intellectual Property Law.

Roderick Ben C. Santos

Roderick Ben C. Santos

Managing Partner

Admitted to the Bar, 1988; UP Law 1987; UP School of Economics (AB Economics), 1983; Associate Attorney, Benjamin C. Santos & Ofelia Calcetas-Santos Law Offices, 1988-1994; Instructor/Professorial Lecturer in Business Law, UP College of Business Administration (now UP Virata School of Business), 1989-present. Fields of Specialization: Appellate Law and Procedure, Plunder and Anti-Graft Law, Family and General Civil Law, Real Estate Law, Credit Transactions, Intellectual Property Law, Contract Review, Law on Corporate Rehabilitation, Liquidation, and Dissolution.

Ma. Antonia Perez-Santos

Ma. Antonia Perez-Santos

Office Manager
Carmi Czarina V. Tugday

Carmi Czarina V. Tugday

Junior Partner

Admitted to the Bar, 2011; UP College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2010; DLSU, AB Political Science & BS Commerce-Legal Management, 2006

Member, UP Women Lawyers Circle, 2011; UP Law Awardee for Excellence in Legal Writing for a Paper on Patents Law

UP Paralegal Volunteers Organization, Head for Publicity, AY 2009-10, Member, AY 2009-10; Bar Operations Commission, UP Professional Enhancement Program, Subject Editor, Political Law and Public International Law 2009, Subject Head, Local Government, Bar Reviewer 2009, Salubong Head, 2007

UP Women in Law, Vice President for Publicity, AY 2008-09, Most Outstanding Member, Publicity Committee, AY 2007-08, 2009-10; Court of Appeals, Intern, 1st term, AY 2005-06; Department of Foreign Affairs, Office of European Affairs, Intern, 3rd term, AY 2003-04.

Robert Joseph M. Andres

Robert Joseph M. Andres

Associate Attorney

Admitted to the Bar, 2016; San Beda College – Manila, Ll.B, 2015; San Beda College – Manila, B.S. Commerce, 2005.

Sales Supervisor-Metrobank Group, Toyota Cubao, Inc., May 2007 – April 2010; Sales Marketing Professional, Toyota Cubao, Inc., April 2005 – May 2007.

Lorraine B. Villeza

Lorraine B. Villeza

Associate Attorney

Admitted to the Bar, 2016; San Beda College of Law – Manila, 2015; University of the Philippines Diliman, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science, Cum Laude, 2007

Member, Legal Ethics (2013 and 2014 San Beda Centralized Bar Operations); Legal Intern, iZone Technologies, Inc. (2014); Student Assistant, Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis, Inc. (2010-2011); Vice President for Finance, UP Association of Political Science Majors (2010-2011); Vice President for Internal Affairs, UP Children’s Rights Advocates League (2010-2011); Intern, Alliance of Progressive Labor (2010)

Ma. Criselda B. Correa-Pamatmat

Ma. Criselda B. Correa-Pamatmat

Associate Attorney

Admitted to the Bar, 2016; San Beda College of Law- Manila, 2014; UP-Los Banos, BS Economics, 2010;

Tax Supervisor, KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co., January-June 2016; Underbar Associate, Soriano Ferrer Purisima & Partners Law Offices, January-April 2015.

VP Internal Affairs, San Beda Legal Aid Bureau, 2014; Member, Centralized Bar Operations, Civil Law -Sales and Lease, 2013; Member, Member, Centralized Bar Operations, Political Law-Public Corporations, 2012; Legal Intern, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRA Law), 2013; CEO, UP Entrepreneur’s Club, 2009; Member, Buklod UPLB, 2006.

Kirstie Dawn F. Barrion

Kirstie Dawn F. Barrion

Associate Attorney

Admitted to the Bar, 2017; San Beda College of Law – Manila 2015; University of the Philippines Diliman, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Philosophy, Cum Laude, 2006; University of the Philippines – Diliman School of Labor and Industrial Relations, AY 2017-2018.

Member, Remedial Law 2013 San Beda Centralized Bar Operations; Member, San Beda College – Law Athletics Organization; Vice-President for Internal Affairs, UP Haring Ibon (2007-2008); Vice-President for Internal Affairs, UP Beta Sigma Ladies’ Corps (2008-2009).

Rozen Olivia G. Cayetano

Rozen Olivia G. Cayetano

Associate Attorney

Admitted to the Bar, 2017: Ateneo Law School, Juris Doctor (Second Honors), 2016. DLSU, BS Commerce – Management of Financial Institutions, 2012.

Intern, Siguion Reyna Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Offices (SRMO), 2014. Intern, Public Attorney’s Office, 2014.

Minister for Administrative Affairs, St. Thomas More Debate and Advocacy Society, 2014-2015. Features Editor, FORUM – ALS Yearbook. Head, Remedial Law – Ateneo Bar Ops (2015-2016). Understudy, Remedial Law – Ateneo Bar Ops (2014-2015).

Kathlyn Nadia D. Baldonado

Associate Attorney

Admitted to the Bar, 2017; Ateneo de Manila University, Juris Doctor, 2016; Ateneo del Manila University, B.S. Legal Management, minor in English Literature, Economics, and French Studies, 2012.

Intern, Puno and Puno Law Offices (PUNOLAW), 2014

Managing Editor, The Palladium – The Official Student Publication of Ateneo Law School, 2015-2016
Features Editor, The Palladium – The Official Student Publication of Ateneo Law School, 2014-2015
Member, Ateneo Law Central Bar Operations (Remedial Law) – 2014 – 2016
Member, SALSA, AIESEC ADMU, Ateneo Economics Association, Ateneo LEX, Ateneo Catechetical Instructions League (ASIL).

Marielle Kriza T. Sacro

Associate Attorney

Admitted to the Bar, 2016; San Beda College of Law – Manila 2015; University of Santo Tomas, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science, 2010.

Senior Tax Associate, Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co., 2016-2017.

Coach, Jurists Bar Review Center; Vice Chair for External Affairs, San Beda Legal Aid Bureau, 2014-2015; Member, Centralized Bar Operations – Remedial Law; Prime Lady Chancellor for Bar Operations, Grand Planner, Lambda Rho Sigma Sorority; Policy Board, UST Political Science Forum; Charter President, Rotaract Club of Marikina West, 2010.

Paulina Maria B. Paruñgao

Associate Attorney

Admitted to the Bar, 2017; UP College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2016; UP, BS Psychology, 2007

Member, UP Women Lawyer’s Circle, 2017

Intern, Inter-Country Adoption Board, 1st term, 2013; Paralegal, Megawide Construction Corporation, 2015 – 2016; Legal Specialist III, Commission on Human Rights, 2017.

UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority, Member, 2011 – present; Grand Archon AY 2014-2015. UP Paralegal Volunteers Organisation, Member, AY 2011 – 2016. UP Law Moot Court Union, Member of Stetson Moot Court Team, AY 2012 – 2015. UP Women in Law, Member, AY 2011 – 2016.

College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council, Psychology Department Representative, AY 2009 – 2010; Councilor, AY 2010 – 2011; Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (Rotary International District 3800), Participant, 2007 – 2008; Facilitator, 2009.

Our Practice

The Firm's practice encompasses, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Media and Broadcast Law
  • Human Resource Management, Labor Relations Negotiations, Mediation and Arbitration, and Work Disruption Crises Management
  • Litigation: Civil (Obligations and Contracts, Family, Property, Negligence and Damages, and Inheritance Law) and Criminal Prosecution and Defense
  • Corporate Best Practices and Good Governance, Corporate Documentation, Intra-Corporate Litigation and Negotiations, Corporate Rehabilitation and Insolvency
  • Contracts Review and Drafting
  • Appellate Court Review and Proceedings
  • Construction Arbitration
  • Estate Planning and Settlement
  • Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Establishment and Support
  • Intellectual Property Law: Registration and Infringement Actions

Our Clients

SPASLAW counts among its clients small, medium, and large corporations and entrepreneurs, both local and foreign, in such diverse areas as Cable and Internet Services, Broadcast and Telecommunications, Information and Communications Technology, BPO Services, Manufacturing, Trading and Commercial Retailing, Construction and Real Property Development, Food, Education, Banking and Finance, Leisure and Art, Health, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Research, Foreign Internship, Computers and Computer Cabling Services, Shipping and Forwarding, Management Consultancy and Industrial Lighting. A number of prominent and influential families and personalities are also SPASLAW clients.

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