Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2004




2004, January 22.   Tanduay Distillers, Inc. - 150th Anniversary

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf. 14.

Singles, Sheets of 50



6p  Tanduay Distillery -  Singles    (150,000)


Layout Artist  : Alfonso V. Divina

Design Coordinator:   Wilson T. Young


Design:   Product inspection at the Tanduay Distillery Quiapo plant, circa 1938


First Day Covers:  Manila


Tanduay Distillers, Inc. - 150th Anniversary

Tanduay traces its corporate origin to 1854 as a distillery in Hagonoy, Bulacan that was originally owned by Elias Menchatorre Y Cia.   In 1860, the distillery was acquired by Ynchausti Y Cia, a partnership owned by Joaquin Elizalde, Juan Bautista Yrissary and Joaquin Ynchausti, that was later renamed Elizalde & Company, Inc. in 1935 when the Elizaldes bought the shares of Ynchausti. This small distillery was transformed by four successive generations of the Elizaldes into the modern Tanduay Distillery and the largest producer of rhum in the Philippines.

In 1988, Tanduay was acquired from the Elizaldes by the Lucio Tan Group of Companies.  Apart from being the Philippines' number one rhum product, Tanduay is now the second largest rhum seller in the world and it is included among the Philippines' top 500 corporations in terms of revenues.

Over the years, Tanduay Rhum products have won over a hundred awards for product excellence in various international wines and spirits competitions that included the prestigious Monde Selection. Twenty-one of these awards were gold medals, the latest of which was during the 1996 Monde Selection in Portugal. Tanduay's long history and world-renowned quality is undoubtedly one of the Philippines' treasures and a showcase of Filipino's resilience, skill and creativity.

The issuance of a commemorative stamp will be one of the highlights of Tanduay's celebration of its 150th anniversary. Apart from preserving the company's rich legacy to the nation, it should come in as a timely inspiration and reminder to our countrymen that there are Filipino companies that have withstood the country's difficult economic history and have competed well against the world's best.





  • Business / Commerce


Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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