By: JERRY BOTIAL
The Quezon City government honors today 35 of its top taxpayers from the business and real property sector for 2009.
The city hall s public information office said the tribute to the top contributors to the city's coffers dubbed "Handog sa Bayan Para sa Kinabukasan ng Mamamayan, QC all for One @71," will be held tonight at the Crowne Plaza Galleria in the Ortigas business district.
The awarding ceremonies coincide with the celebration of the 71st founding anniversary of Quezon City.
Last year the annual October dinner was moved months later to December2009, due to the devastation caused by typhoon Ondoy in September last year in Metro Manila. The city hall said there are 35 awards for business real property, manufacturers, wholesaler, retailers and restaurant categories.
"The awards express the city government's appreciation for the business community's continuing support and contribution to the economic development efforts of Quezon City," said assistant city treasurer Arvin Gotladera in a statement.
Perennial awardees already enshrined in the Hall of Fame for the business sector include ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.;Araneta Group;GMA Network Inc; Golden Arches (McDonald's); IBM Philippines Inc.; Jollibee Food Corp; Manila Electric Co.; Mercury Drug Corp.; Pacific Paint (Boysen) and SM Retail, Inc.
Hall of Famers for Real Property Category are ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp; Araneta Group of Co.; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; GMA Network, Inc; Manila Electric Co.; Megaworld Corp.; Nestlé Philippines, Inc.; Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co.; Robinson's Land Corp.; and SM Prime Holdings.
Fifteen additional candidates for top business taxpayers are Capitol Steel Corp.; Chemrez Technologies and Oleo Fats Inc (Manufacturer/Producer/Repacker category); Fonterra Brands Phils.; Puregold Price Club Inc.; and Regan Industries Sales Inc. (wholesaler); Diamond Motors Corp., Honda Cars and Toyota Motors Corp. (retailer/distributor); International Family Food Services, Inc (Shakey's), Philippine Pizza Inc. (Pizza Hut) and Rustan Coffee Corp. (Starbucks) (restaurant and eating establishment) and LBL Industries, Inc.; North Triangle Depot Commercial Corp. (Trinoma) and Winsome Development Corp. (real property).