Complaint for specific performance with damages a personal action

We are not also persuaded by petitioners argument that venue should be lodged in Bago City where the lot is situated. The complaint is one for specific performance with damages. Private respondents do not claim ownership of the lot but in fact recognized title of defendants by annotating a notice of lis pendens. In one case, a similar complaint for specific performance with damages involving real property, was held to be a personal action, which may be filed in the proper court where the party resides. Not being an action involving title to or ownership of real property, venue, in this case, was not improperly laid before the RTC of Bacolod City. [G.R. No. 109656. November 21, 1996]