This post has been contributed by my sister in law- Teresa Gaudinez.
She has long been defending the family’s right to the trade name AMBOS MUNDOS RESTAURANT and is hopeful that the final resolution is near. More in depth information can be seen through her blog: just-passing-thru.
“We shall delve into the issues and put an end to this niggling controversy.”
“In synthesis, We discern no reversible error on the part of the SEC En Banc that respondent (Teresa Gaudinez) has acquired a prior right to use the trade name AMBOS MUNDOS RESTAURANT.
WHEREFORE, the Petition for Review is hereby DENIED.” – via: ca.judiciary.gov.ph/cardis/SP114231.pdf
These words came from a nine-page decision by the Court of Appeals promulgated in April 25, 2012 for an appeal for review lodged by “Ambos Mundos Restaurant, Inc.” regarding SEC’s decision to uphold my right over the trade name “Ambos Mundos Restaurant” while directing the said corporation to change its name.
I read it first online through the official site of the Court of Appeals when I googled “Ambos Mundos Teresa Gaudinez”. I suddenly felt a semblance of hope. Could this decision really signal the end of the long-running suffering of our family?
Food bloggers, I believe, are very familiar with our trade name, being one of the longest existing restaurants in the country. It is just sad that they have not yet come to know the real Ambos Mundos, its history, its flavor, and its legacy, minus the hype. I hope we will have that chance soon as the truth unravels itself.
My father, Jose “Nene” Gaudinez and those that came before him toiled honestly to build a name. We should be reminded of a beautiful quotation:
“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.”
I believe our ancestors have created something that can live forever. Let its life therefore be marked with justice so that inherent and actual rights are not trampled upon by those who think they can get away with anything. Let them enjoy their own ancestors’ creation and finally leave us be, to our own.
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