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The Top 3 Reasons Why Filipinos Boycott Sofitel Manila



If you’ve been following the Philippines’ or the Worldwide trends in Twitter, you probably noticed the constant appearance of the hashtags #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH since July 14. And just like many, you’re probably wondering why.

To start with, let’s introduce you to Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. A place of opulence, it is a 5-star luxury hotel situated in Pasay City, Philippines. Sofitel is a brand of French luxury hotels across the globe, with 120 addresses in more than 40 different countries.

Some describe the hotel as posh or magnifique — however, its Manila chain has been a subject of criticism and uprising amongst netizens recently.

The birth of #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH

On July 14, Doctor of Humanities Daniel S. Razon aired his sentiments against the hotel during his morning show, Good Morning Kuya aired on UNTV 37. The audience picked up and right after, twin hashtags #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH were born.

And although the hashtags aren’t always side by side in the trends list, they’re always just around the corner for each other — on a daily basis now.

“During the sixth day (July 19) of the protest, the boycott hashtags reached top 3 and 4 of Worldwide Trends as of 9:17 PM (PHT). Then by 9:23PM, #NoToSofitelDay7 reached the No. 1 Worldwide Trends ladder.”

UNTV has a strong followership across the globe, particularly from Overseas Filipino Workers in Asia-Pacific, Oceania, Middle East, Europe, North America and Canada.” — Ryan Borja

The Top 3 Reasons Why Filipinos Boycott Sofitel Manila

  • Reason #1: For Violating Senior Citizens Rights. In this embedded video clip, Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal explains how Sofitel Manila denied him and other senior citizens their lawful 20% senior citizen discount. Atty. Macalintal, a Sofitel Accor Advantage Card member, cited that Sofitel must still honor the senior citizen discount on top of promotions that does not have a DTI Sales Promo Permit. Atty. Macalintal reviewed that the types of promos under the “no double discount” rule are those that have DTI sales promo permit — which (typically) runs over a course of several months only. Is Atty. Macalintal just being a cheapskate crying for a 20% discount? That’s very unlikely. According to the lawyer, in the past cases that he won against establishments that violated the rights of Filipino senior citizens, he asked the establishments to donate the damages to organizations catering to senior citizens instead of pocketing the sum of money.

Find out more HERE on why the luxury hotel crashes into a daily wave of Filipino boycotters worldwide.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/27/2014 1:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Amber ♥ and commented:
    #NotoSofitelDay15 #BoycottSofitelPHDay15
    We won’t stop!

  2. Ray permalink
    07/27/2014 3:07 pm

    I think that atty Macalintal and razon are just making this bigger. I’m an ordinary citizen and I think double discount is unfair for the establishment. The lawyer is trying to do it legally. Similar to cops and government employees using the law whenever they want to make things harder for you. I did not think I would see it in atty Macalintal.

  3. 08/06/2014 4:01 am

    i-Hashtag sa #NotoSofitel at sa #BoycottSofitelPH

  4. 08/06/2014 4:10 am

    #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH for more Hashtag! :)

  5. 08/18/2014 8:29 pm

    Sustain Boycott!!!

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