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The ukay-ukay queens: Meet the Sangkola ladies

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The three generations of Sangkola ladies looked every inch of a royalty during Isabelle’s eighteenth.

Presidential granddaughter Isabelle Lovelie Duterte recently celebrated her 18th birthday party in the most lavish way possible with her Michael Cinco gown, grand floral arrangements and expensive menu list. During her speech, the debutante thanked the woman behind all of it, her mom, Lovelie Sangkola Sumera.

Lovelie’s name first came into the limelight when issues on Presidential son Paolo Duterte’s involvement in smuggling came out. She is the first wife of Paolo, who is of Tausūg-Maranao descent. Lovelie’s family, as mentioned by President Duterte, are “Muslim vendors” who are into “jars” and “ukay-ukay” business.

“Her father is Tausug and the mother is a Maranao. They are the vendors in Davao [selling] jars, ukay-ukay. So he (Paolo) got involved in his wife’s business,” Rappler quoted President Duterte during an event last August 23, 2017 in Batangas.

President Duterte narrated that since Paolo was engaged with Lovelie’s business, he would often visit ports, which paved way to suspicions of his involvement in smuggling.

Today, Lovelie owns a couple of businesses operating in Davao including the RAMS Travel Agency and a fish production biz.

Although Lovelie lived a private life with her kids and new husband RJ Sumera, her lifestyle had been caught by the public eye as she flaunted her expensive taste including an extensive Hermés bag collection, luxury travels and of course, the recent lavish debut she threw for her eldest hija.

Lovelie even had an Hermes bag raffled during the debut party. Bongga!