The Philippines’ Tropical Wines and Spirits Pavilion presents unique alcoholic beverages in top food trade show

  • Local alcoholic beverage manufacturers are represented for the first time in IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA 2019.

With a vision for the Philippines to be Asia’s best source of tropical fruit wines and spirits, some of the country’s best local manufacturers unite to collectively present the sublime quality of alcoholic beverages unique to the Philippines.

The cluster of homegrown wine makers aims to have a unified voice in showcasing their health-laden alcoholic beverages using Philippine indigenous ingredients. The goal in bringing together the alcoholic beverage companies is to professionalize the industry and capture niche markets here and abroad.

For this reason, the 13th edition of IFEX Philippines dubbed NXTFOOD ASIA, is the best platform to reach their mission of going global. From May 24, until Sunday, May 26, the tropical wines and spirits group will showcase their top-of-the-line ensemble of liquors and spirits based from various Philippine fruits and vegetables at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

The Tropical Wines and Spirits special setting at the IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA.

Exciting lineup of tropical wines and spirits

Filipino alcohol drinkers may not be familiar with the bubble gum or raspberry-flavored fermented coconut sap lambanog called “Lambalites.” Perhaps even more so with the Libug (Lipote-Bugnay) and Malibug (Mango-Lipote-Bugnay), local berry-based red wines that have already received awards from international wine competitions.

What started as an advocacy that aims to convert denuded forests into productive agricultural lands is now producing world-class Bignay wine.

A local honey-based wine believed to cure colds and cough problems that started as a hobby is now entering the mainstream wine market.

Rice wines, oregano-based wines and other exciting alcoholic beverages are now displayed not only for foreign buyers, wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs but also for the local market to taste and relish. These healthy alternatives to mainstream alcoholic brews are now set to elevate the alcoholic beverage sector.

The exhibiting companies include Aldio Food and Beverage, Broadchem St. Ambrose Int’l Ltd. Corp., Dielle’s Apiary and Meadery, Inc., Dory’s Distillery, Inc., Kapwa Greens Lifestyle, Inc. (Tsaa Laya), Philippine Rice Research Institute, Vino Arsan Enterprises and Yulaik Food Products.

The public is invited to appreciate the abundant and diverse ingredients that make the Philippines one of the best sources of delectable food products and culinary inspirations offered by more than 600 local and international exhibitors from different food sectors.

IFEX Philippines NXTFOOD ASIA is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), and co-organized by DTI’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT).

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Baybayin-inspired design and art exhibit draws crowd at CITEM’s HallONE

It is wonderful to see so much creativity and pride in Philippine culture. -European businessman

T’nalak jewelry boxes inscribed with Mangyan poetry. Baybayin-inscribed clay jars and planters. Letter openers engraved with Surat Mangyan. These are just among the Baybayin-inspired creations mounted in an exhibit called “Baybayin Atbp” at HallONE last October 15-18 in time for the conduct of Manila FAME and in celebration of Design Week Philippines.


“Baybayin Atbp” features product designs, craft activities, and performances inspired by the Baybayin, the Philippine’s pre-colonial writing system. Nine Philippine exporters and manufacturers from the home, fashion, food, and lifestyle sectors and four local young artists showcased unique pieces that showed their musings about Baybayin. Participants to the exhibit are:  Basket and Weaves Handicrafts Manufacturing; Custom-Made Crafts Center, Inc; Destileria Limtuaco & Company, Inc; Flora Creatives; Jacinto and Lirio; Lampara House; Melquiades Ceramics; Tadeco, Inc; and St. Ambrose Industries Ltd., with the young artists, Lucky Salayog (kinetic art), Jia Estrella (painted art on furniture), Abigail Albino (coffee art), and Veronica Laurel (framed book art). Clay, metal, wood, abaca, and handmade paper in contrasting design palettes showed a concurrence between pre-colonial heritage and current design sensibility.

Among the fast-selling items in the exhibit are Custom-Made Crafts Center’s letter openers that are engraved with a Baybayin derivative called Surat Mangyan. Other favorite items include the Mangyan woven bags by Lampara House, the Baybayin-inspired notebooks, folders, and stationery sets by Flora Creatives, and St. Ambrose’s Baybayin-labeled wines made from the Philippines’ local berry, bignay.

Hongkong-based buyer, Ms. Madhura Chavan, expressed excitement after seeing the T’nalak embroidered bags with Baybayin symbols. “The bags are really pretty and historically-inspiring! Nowhere can we find something like this. It is really very good as gifts. I myself want to give this to my daughter and friends,” she remarked.


Other Baybayin-inspired items include: Destileria Limtuaco’s craft liqueurs whose labels are transliterated in Baybayin; T’nalak jewelry boxes inscribed with Mangyan poetry (“ambahan”); Jacinto and Lirio’s Baybayin planners made from water hyacinth; silk-screened Baybayin paper cushions from Tadeco, Inc.; Baybayin-inscribed clay jars and planters by Melquiades Ceramics; wooden trough planters with carved Baybayin; sliced madre de cacao tray with forged Baybayin script handle; and Baybayin symbols serving as metallic designs for the containers of Basket and Weaves Handicrafts Manufacturing.

Besides the exhibit, lectures, craft activities, poetry, and performances by Ginhawa Inc. led by Ms. Mini Gavino, drew in the local and younger crowd. Ms. Gavino’s group engaged the audience with Henna tattooing, dance, instrumental performance, calligraphy, and craft-making. Other Baybayin proponents, Mr. Jay Enage and Mr. John Leyson of the Taklobo Baybayin, Inc. and Baybayin Buhayin, are also present during the first day to demonstrate the Baybayin mobile app that is now downloadable from the Internet. The more curious lot are drawn to the history of the script and its reference to Alibata.

Baybayin is derived from the Kawi script of Java and Sumatra, Indonesia in the 14th century AD. Kawi, in turn, descended from the ancient Brahmi script of India and not from the Maguindanao Arab writing system, which led to its erroneous reference as Alibata (alif, ba, ta being the first 3 letters of this Arab alphabet). The introduction of the Latin alphabet by the Spanish colonizers then marked the decline of the use of Baybayin. Now, only four ethnolinguistic groups continue to use living Baybayin derivatives, and they are the Hanuno’o and the Buhid of the Mangyans in Southern Mindoro and the Tagbanu’wa and the Pala’wan of Palawan.


How these scripts can serve as inspirations for current and future Philippine design and creativity is one of the impetus of HallONE’s theme project. As a sourcing facility, HallONE also aims to provide its stakeholders with a unique and dynamic sourcing experience through a deeper understanding and appreciation for Filipino creativity and design sensibility.

“It is wonderful to see so much creativity and pride in Philippine culture,” a European buyer said. “The Philippines has so much to offer to the world.”

HallONE is a year-round sourcing facility and creative space of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (CITEM). The ‘Baybayin Atbp.’ exhibition is ongoing at HallONE located at the International Trade Center (ITC) Complex, Roxas Boulevard corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Pasay City. Guests may contact its secretariat office at telephone number (+632) 831- 2201 local 253/600.