De Borja Lamorena and Duano Law Offices

Annulment, Adoption, Child Custody, and Business Lawyers in Manila, Philippines

De Borja Lamorena and Duano Law Offices

Suite 2502-A Tektite East Tower
Philippine Stock Exchange Centre, Ortigas Business Center, Pasig City

Manila 1605

Phone+63 (2) 687-9851
Fax +63 (2) 687-2565

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Law Firm Overview

De Borja Lamorena and Duano Philippines Lawyers and Attorneys offer comprehensive legal services in Manila, Philippines. Having more than 40 years combined experience in active law practice in the Philippines, the firm had its beginnings in 1990 when Attorney Frederick M. de Borja opened his private law practice. Shortly thereafter, he was joined by Attorney Crispiniano R. Lamorena, a classmate at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, who brought in his expertise in banking, housing and land use law.

Ever sensitive to the needs of their clients, the partners saw the potential of meeting the legal needs of Filipino immigrants as they pertain to Philippine law. This has since expanded to an international list of clients in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Russia, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy, China, the rest of Asia, among others.

Year this Office was Established: 1990

Languages: Pilipino, Spanish, Chinese, English.

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Annulment of Marriage, Business Registration in the Philippines, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption , Corporate Law.

Areas of Law Description

Our practice includes:

- Philippine Annulment/Philippine Divorce

The partners of the firm engaged in litigation practice have been trying annulment cases since this was allowed in 1988 and have seen the law and the practice evolve to now include issues on:
• custody (local and under the Hague Convention)
• spousal support, even if the non-supportive spouse is already a resident of another country
• division of property
• determination of the presumptive legitimes of the children under very complicated marital property regimes
• recognition of a foreign divorce
• application of principles of private international law in cases involving dissolution of marriages

- Adoption

The Family Law department has been in the forefront of pioneering litigation involving complicated issues on Adoption Law, such as the efforts to convince foreign jurisdictions to recognize the bona fides of local adoptions for purposes of applying for a dependent’s visa for the subject child under the auspices of the Hague Convention, seeking exceptions to such requirements as residency of the adopters, relation, prior criminal record of both the adopter (foreigner or Filipino) and the natural parents (on the issue of whether or not consent would be necessary).

- Business & Corporate Law

The firm’s corporate department handles all types of applications before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other related administrative bodies such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Board of Investments. It has been involved in special corporate projects involving:
• mergers and acquisitions
• cross-border transactions
• investments
• securities
• initial public offerings
It has executed due diligence exercises for companies for a variety of corporate purposes, usually in tandem with well-known foreign law firms and investment bankers.

- Child Custody & Support

The firm has a wide range of experience in international child custody and support. It has had the fortune of having been engaged in cases involving the selective application of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction in multi-state and multi nationality situations, involving either the Philippines as the country of destination or a Filipino national as the abductor or the child involved. These cases have presented complicated conflicts of laws issues which remain to be gray areas in Philippine Family Law, especially considering the abiding refusal of the Philippines to accede to the Hague Convention.

- Intellectual Property Law

The firm has a reputable and service quality-oriented Intellectual Property Practice Group adept in all facets of this multi-disciplinary field of specialization, inclusive of the following:
• Trademark Registration and Maintenance
• Handling of Cases and Administrative Proceedings before the Philippine Intellectual Property Office and other government agencies
• Patent Registration of Inventions
• Utility Models and Industrial Designs
• Infringement
• Unfair Competition
• Enforcement Remedies
• Anti-Dumping
• imposition of Tariffs
• General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and other Regional and International Trade agreements and treaties
• Copyright Registration
• Genetic Engineering
• Biotechnology
• Bioethics
• Plant Variety Registration and Protection
• Registration and Protection of Domain Names inclusive of implementation of Privacy and Security Protocols
• E-commerce Fraud Detection
• Regulatory and Tax Neutrality Issues, including Third Party Processing (TPP) and Merchant Solutions Performance and Fraud Monitoring through established online institutional gateways
• Computer Forensics
• Protection of Commercial and Trade Secrets
• Implementation of Security Protocols
• Food and Drug Laws Licensing and Regulations
• Program Implementation of Legislation and Regulations on Anti-Piracy and Counterfeiting
• Licensing, Franchising and Technology Transfer
• Protection, Enforcement, and Security Issues on Information Technology and Telecommunications
• Product and Service Standardization (Bureau of Product Standards, Department of Trade and Industry; ISO)
• Systems Audit and Monitoring (Internal, Co-external, Industry-wide)
• Local, International, and Industry Based Alternative Dispute Resolution and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards

- Labor & Employment Law

Given its founding partner’s specialization in Labor and Employment Law, the firm is particularly proud of its involvement and expertise in almost every facet thereof, from Labor Standards issues such as compensation and benefits restructuring in mergers and acquisitions to all aspects of Labor Relations from organization, training, and hiring of labor components to avert labor disputes, certification elections, intra- and inter union disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, formulation, and CBA administration, grievance machinery procedures, strikes and lockouts, and employee relations.

- Litigation

The firm’s litigation practice covers all courts, trial and appellate, and quasi-judicial agencies in highly specialized areas such as: securities, energy regulations, construction, enforcement of intellectual property rights, housing, land use and zoning, municipal and local taxation, national internal revenue litigation, insurance (life and non-life), telecommunications, international trade regulations, shipping/maritime, aviation law, asset recovery, labor relations, employment disputes and litigation involving all types of commercial transactions.

- Philippine Immigration Law

Issuance of all types of visas for the Philippines, including resident visas, special immigration visas, investor's visas, removal from the immigration blacklist or hold departure orders, and other areas of immigration law in the Philippines.


Frederick De Borja Mr. Frederick M. De Borja
Admiralty and Maritime, Adoption, Appellate Practice, Business Law, Child Support

Voltaire Duano Mr. Voltaire T. Duano
Administrative Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Employment

Emmanuel Galvez Mr. Emmanuel S. Galvez
Copyright, Corporate Law, Education Law, Intellectual Property, International Investments

Crispiniano Lamorena, Jr. Mr. Crispiniano R. Lamorena, Jr.
Banking Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation


  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Philippine Association of Voluntary Arbitrators

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 Divorce in the Philippines: A Legal History

To date, the Philippines stands alone in the world as the only country that has yet to allow for absolute divorce. Malta, another staunchly Catholic state, has already adopted a resolution that may very well pave the way for a divorce law in that country. A look at Philippine legal history will show that this vacuum in Philippine family law has not always been the case.

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 Adoption in the Philippines for Non-Residents: The Hague on Inter-Country Adoption

The Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption is a treaty to which the Republic of the Philippines has already acceded.

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An annulment is a complicated process. The authors of this article attempt to simplify a Philippine annulment for laymen to help them navigate their way towards understanding the legal procedure involved. This article should not be taken as legal advice and is meant only for research and information.

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