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Shamcey, kids with cancer, & Cebu politics

Businessman Glenn Soco launched the P1 for Kythe Foundation-Cebu during the company’s 15th year anniversary recently with special guest Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup. Photo shows Soco and Supsup with the children cancer patients.

Politika 2013 contributor Tonton Antogop writes about Shamcey Supsup and a Cebu coffeeshop owner’s CSR project for children cancer patients. But Cebu political watchers are also observing Glenn Soco, the owner of Coffee Dream, because he was Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia‘s running mate in 2011. Thus while Soco tries hard to stay away from “political undertones,” he just can’t help but answer journalists’ questions on his political plans.


Ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opens Coffee Dream’s newest branch in Paseo Arcenas in Banawa, Cebu City.

by Tonton Antogop
Politika 2013 Contributor

The cup of a coffee you drink in any of the Coffee Dream branches nationwide will help children cancer patients.

That will form part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the Cebu based coffee shop chain founded by businessman Glenn Soco which launched the P1 for Kythe Foundation-Cebu during the company’s 15th year anniversary recently with special guest Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup.
Supsup who agreed to the invitation from Soco, met some of the cancer afflicted children being helped by the foundation and gave them stuff toys and other giveaways as a symbolic gesture of being the beneficiary of the P1 per cup from Coffee Dream patrons.

Shamcey and Glenn help launch the pink lanterns that highlighted the momentous event.

As soon as the children who covered their noses with hygienic masks emerged, it drew a thunderous applause from the appreciative crowd that included Cebu’s internationally renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue and beauty titlist themselves, Bb. Pilipinas-World 2006 Ana Maris Ygpit, Miss Cebu 2008 Sian Elizabeth Maynard and Miss Earth 2008 Karla Paula Henry.

“Helping these children is my way of telling our patrons that Coffee Dream has never been lacking in its others mission of being of help to those who are in need, we are making an accounting of all the cups that will be served and from it we will get the P1 for the benefit of the foundation, ” Soco, 38, who founded Coffee Dream in 1996 with only P90, 000 capitalization from his personal savings told this writer.
The foundation holds office at the Perpetual Succour Hospital and is attached with the Cebu Cancer Institute.
Soco added that giving to the foundation is also his way of returning back his blessings recalling how Coffee Dream has became one of the fastest growing coffee shop chains in the country after merely having three tables and several chairs in its first store in Ayala Center in 1996.
It has now 33 branches with seven more coming in Metro Manila area, and at least another one in General Santos City.
The occasion last October 24 was also the opening of Coffee Dream’s newest branch in Paseo Arcenas in Banawa, Cebu City which was formerly occupied by a competitor which Soco declared has challenged him to be more innovative as the newest store would also served wines, beers and other beverages. It will also have a set of menu where one can also dine.
No local politician was invited for the occasion which Soco revealed was aimed in not turning the occasion into somewhat with “political undertones.”

“Options open,” says Glenn Soco, the 2010 running mate of Gov. Gwen Garcia.

He however admitted that he is keeping his options open in the 2013 elections as he in fact has a pending electoral protest case in the Commission on Election for the Vice gubernatorial seat which was previously occupied  by then Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez who incidentally died of cancer early this year.
Sanchez merely won 21, 000 votes against Soco despite his being a political newcomer having been in business after a short corporate stint upon his college graduation in Cebu’s premier school, University of San Carlos.
“The protest that I had is not about me. It is about the votes of the Cebuanos which I wanted to be accounted for. They deserve it as suffrage is a sacred right,” Soco declared.
Sanchez margin was just about ten percent of the more than 280, 000 (two-hundred eighty thousand) null votes for the Vice Governor position to which a recounting would materially affect the result of the  2010 elections.
The total votes for Sanchez and Soco and other Vice gubernatorial candidates reached 1,070,570 but the actual votes cast for the position of Vice Governor was 1, 365, 975.
Sanchez has been replaced by Vice Governor Agnes Magpale owing to her being the highest ranked member of the Provincial Board by virtue of getting the most number of votes among her colleagues but if Soco’s protest would prosper, pundits believed that it will change the political landscape of Cebu province.
Soco is a member of the One Cebu party chaired by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia but several political parties including the Liberal party in Cebu is also eyeing the Cebuano businessman especially if he wins in the protest case.
His impressive business credentials notwithstanding, Soco had been a youth leader, a sportsman and had been a consistent crowd drawer in political rallies in 2010 owing to his matinee idol looks, which even landed him a modeling stint in the past.
Related stories and more photos:
Shamcey Supsup in Cebu
Shamcey Supsup visits Coffee Dream in Cebu

About anol_cebu

As chief digital officer of PRworks Inc., Emmanuel Mongaya manages the digital communications of the public relations agency. He also blogs, writes columns for Sun.Star Cebu and Superbalita, and serves as administrator for “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay,” Cebu’s dynamic political community in Facebook.

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