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Donemark Calimon is a partner and the head of Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation Industry Group.


Donemark has represented various multinational clients, including chemical manufacturing companies in several of the largest torts/product liability actions in the Philippines, mining corporations in mining/environment-related litigation, energy companies involved in commercial arbitration and tax litigation, airline companies in torts/quasi-delict actions, construction companies in arbitration, administrative and criminal proceedings, including proceedings before the World Bank’s Sanctions Board in Washington, DC, and other multinational corporations in regulatory proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Trade and Industry, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Civil Aeronautics Board.

Representative matters:

Represent an online technology platform in several completed and ongoing proceedings, including court litigation, public hearings before national legislative bodies and proceedings before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

Represent a US-based multi-level marketing company in proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Advise and represent two major international chemical companies in torts suits filed by banana plantation owners, which together possibly constitute the biggest damages/tort suits ever filed in the Philippines.

Represent the Philippine branch of a Netherlands-based electronics company against claims made by a government-run medical institution in relation to an equipment supply contract.

Represent a US-based solar energy company in an arbitration relating to breaches of joint venture and supply agreements.

Advise a joint venture between two Japanese engineering and construction companies in connection with construction arbitration before the CIAC in relation to its claims against a Philippine government agency arising from an agreement to construct a local airport facility.

Appointed as an arbitrator in an arbitration administered by the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC between a US-based private financial planning company and a Philippine-based publicly-listed property development firm involving claims under an equity line of credit agreement.

Appointed as chairman of an arbitral tribunal in an ad hoc international arbitration, under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, between a Philippines-based trading and manufacturing company engaged in heavy metal scraps and a foreign company.

Appointed as an arbitrator in an ad hoc international arbitration between a Philippines-based hatchery and the Philippine subsidiary of a Norway-based aquaculture company.

Appointed as chair of the arbitral tribunal in a construction arbitration under the Arbitration Rules of the CIAC. The dispute involves claims for breach of contract for the supply of formworks against a local construction company.


Trained Philippines; qualified 2000; assistant researcher for the Intellectual Property Law Program of the Institute of International Legal Studies at the University of the Philippines, Law Center; law clerk for Quisumbing Torres, member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein; associate Quisumbing Torres, partner 2011.

Donemark acts and has acted as counsel or arbitrator in several commercial arbitrations, including arbitrations conducted under the arbitration rules of the PDRCI, the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Philippine Construction Industry Arbitration Commission, and ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. He also lectures and writes on commercial arbitration.


  • Co-author, " International Trade & Commerce Transactions - Thomson Reuters: The Practical Law", Thomson Reuters (2018)
  • Co-author, " Financial and Business Crime -Thomson Reuters: The Practical Law", Thomson Reuters (2018)
  • Contributor, "The Philippines: An Analysis of Investment Laws, Treaties, and Dispute Resolution Mechanisms", Intersentia (2018)
  • Co-author, "Philippine Chapter - Asia Pacific Construction Guide", Baker McKenzie (2018)
  • Co-author, "Baker McKenzie Arbitration Yearbook," Baker McKenzie, 2017
  • Co-author, "Waiver of Appeal: Testing the limits of party autonomy under Philippine law," The Philippine ADR Review, December 2016
  • Co-author, "Seoul ADR Week Mock Arbitration hosted by KCAB and Baker & McKenzie," Korean Arbitration Review, December 2016
  • Co-author, "Taming the Unruly Horse: Philippine Public Policy and the New York Convention," Ateneo Law Journal, November 2016
  • Co-author, "Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Guide," Baker McKenzie, January 2016
  • Editor and Contributor, "Handbook on Commercial Arbitration," PiArb, December 2015
  • Co-author, " Senate Bills Propose Mandatory ADR Mechanisms in Public-Private Partnerships," Global Arbitration News Blog, July 2015
  • Author, "The Special ADR Rules…A Year Later," The Philippine ADR Review, January 2011
  • Author, "The Arbitrator's Oath," The Philippine ADR Review, March 2010


English; Filipino.


  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines Arbitration Center – Executive Director (July 2017 - July 2019)
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Presidential Assistant on Alternative Dispute Resolution (July 2015 - June 2017)
  • Philippine Institute of Arbitrators - President
  • Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. - Accredited Arbitrator, Trustee and Officer
  • Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), Philippine representative
  • Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC). Accredited Arbitrator
  • Wholesale Electricity Spot Market, Accredited Arbitrator
  • Philippine Intellectual Property Office, Accredited Arbitrator
  • Legal Management Council of the Philippines (LMCP) - Member
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch), Philippine Chapter - Member (MCIArb)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC) - User's Council Member
  • Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution (OADR) -Technical Working Group on Amendments to Philippine Arbitration Law
  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Member
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration - Member
  • International Bar Association – Member
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association - Member


Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (1995 AB Philosophy); University of the Philippines (2000 LLB).


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Donemark Calimon - Quisumbing Torres

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Quisumbing Torres¬†advises international clients on arbitration, commercial litigation, corporate and intra-corporate disputes, civil litigation and corporate compliance. Clients include Consolidated Iron Sands, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum and Publicis Groupe. Donemark Calimon¬†and Ramon Quisumbing¬†head the team with support from¬†Miguel Galvez¬†and associate Anna Calsado-Amoroso. Jay Santiago, who has ‚Äėexcellent writing skills and is easily accessible‚Äô, re-joined the firm as a senior associate. The team provides ‚Äėtop-notch legal advice‚Äô and has ‚Äėgreat response times‚Äô.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Quisumbing Torres provides advice on project finance, development, transactions, policies and regulatory frameworks. The firm recently acted for Korea Water Resources on its joint venture with San Miguel to establish Luzon Clean Water Development, advising on Philippine law matters and negotiations. Other clients include Pilipinas Shell Petroleum, Toyota Tsusho and Felix Petroleum. Dennis Quintero heads the team with support from Pearl Liu, Lourdes de Leon and Donemark Calimon. Senior associate Ina Alexandra Dominguez is another name to note.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Quisumbing Torres advises clients on real estate finance, acquisitions and disposals, planning and land use, commercial leasing, corporate real estate, and development and construction law. Other areas of expertise include construction litigation and arbitration, real estate tax and real estate management agreements. Clients include Hero Future Energies Asia, Korea Water Resources, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum and PowerChina. Pearl Liu and Donemark Calimon are the key practitioners. Senior associate Michael Macapagal is also recommended.

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