2004, January 22. Tanduay Distillers, Inc. - 150th
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Singles, Sheets of 50
Tanduay Distillery - Singles
: Alfonso V. Divina
Design Coordinator: Wilson T. Young
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.