Manuel G. Abello+
Founding Partner

Mr. Abello obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree (English major course, with honors) from Georgetown University in 1954 and his Bachelor of Science in Jurisprudence, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines in 1957. In 1958, he earned his full Bachelor of Laws degree, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines and was elected to the International Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu. Mr. Abello topped the 1958 Bar Examinations. He proceeded to Harvard Law School as a C.V. Starr Educational Foundation Scholar (1958-1960) and graduated with an LL.M. degree in 1959. In 1960, he completed the academic requirements for a doctoral degree in jurisprudence at the University of Michigan.

Manuel G. Abello is a Founding Partner of Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW).  He served as Co-Managing Partner of the Firm and, briefly, as its Managing Partner (vice Mr. Edgardo J. Angara) until his appointment in 1981 as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of the Philippines.  He was named to this sensitive position at a time when there was a growing popular clamor to protect the investing public from frauds and manipulation due to shortcomings of the investment regulatory system.

Education/Academic Attainments: 
Mr. Abello obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree (English major course, with honors) from Georgetown University in 1954 and his Bachelor of Science in Jurisprudence, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines in 1957. In 1958, he earned his full Bachelor of Laws degree, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines and was elected to the International Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu. Mr. Abello topped the 1958 Bar Examinations. He proceeded to Harvard Law School as a C.V. Starr Educational Foundation Scholar (1958-1960) and graduated with an Master of Laws degree in 1959. In 1960, he completed the academic requirements for a doctoral degree in jurisprudence at the University of Michigan.

LAW PROFESSORIAL POSITIONS & LEGAL PUBLICATIONS:

Mr. Abello’s public-service engagements are many and varied. In 1965, he was Chairman, Special Board Screening Committee of the People’s Homesite and Housing Corporation. He was a Member of the National Parks Development Committee in 1969. From 1972 to 1981, he was legal consultant to the Central Bank of the Philippines and was a member of the Central Bank Advisory Group on Bank Capitalization and Mergers from 1973 to 1977.  In 1981, he served as Member of the Philippine Investment Mission to Australia.  He was the Founding Chairman of the Patent Attorneys Association of the Philippines, 1977-1978.

Before founding ACCRALAW, Mr. Abello was a Partner at Sycip, Salazar, Luna, Manalo & Feliciano Law Offices.  His career in legal scholarship and practice includes a number of dissertations on various aspects of law.

Among his scholarly works are:

  • “The Tariff as an Instrument of National Policy”
    International Taxation Seminar, Harvard Law School, 1959.
  • “The Reorganization of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company”,
    Financial Reorganization Seminar, University of Michigan Law School, 1960.
  • “Corporate Reorganization Under the Proposed Corporation Code”,
    Legal Management Council of the Philippines – UP Law Center Seminar on Corporation Law Reform, 1978.
  • “Domestic and Offshore Financing and Syndicated Loans”,
    (co-authored with Gabriel C. Singson), General Assembly, ASEAN Law Association, 1980.

Mr. Abello is an active member of the ASEAN Law Association, the Manila Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Philippine Jaycee Senate, among others.  He is Life Member of the Philippine Numismatic and Antiquarian Society.

A recognized civic leader, Mr. Abello was adjudged by the Philippine Jaycees as the Most Outstanding Chapter President during his tenure as President of the Manila Jaycees in 1969.  Under his stewardship, the Manila Jaycees was selected as the Most Outstanding Chapter in Asia and the Most Outstanding Chapter in the Philippines.