Tanduay wins big in China’s wines, spirits tilt

    Two of Tanduay rum products bagged top honors in the largest and most influential wines and spirits competition in China—the G100 International Wine & Spirits Awards.

    Tanduay Double Rum was awarded a gold award and Tanduay Rum Gold received a silver award in the competition, which is committed to selecting the best quality and most cost-effective wines for the Chinese market and promoting them to buyers across the country.

    “This is a huge honor coming from one of China’s most prestigious awards. We are extremely grateful for the recognition and will continue to work hard to provide our consumers with only the best products,” said Tanduay senior vice president for Sales and Marketing Paul Lim.

    Tanduay Double Rum is one of Tanduay’s most internationally-awarded products. This sipping rum belongs to the cognac level of spirits. It is a blend of two aged reserves (16-year-old rum and 5-year-old rum) that are further aged in the barrel for another two years. Produced in small batches, it has a minimum run of only 5,000 bottles per production—a truly premium product.

    Tanduay Rum Gold, one of Tanduay’s most awarded products, has received 7 Monde Selection International medals and has won Gold in the International Review of Spirits and a Silver in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2018, among others.


    RSA Foundation to build hospital, research center on infectious diseases

    RSA Foundation, established by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang, is looking to build a state-of-the-art hospital on a three to five- hectare property in the southern part of Luzon as its first project and foray into helping future-proof society post-pandemic.

    The facility is envisioned to help better prepare the country’s health care system to deal with health crises and other local and global outliers.

    The health facility, which will specialize in research on infectious diseases and providing care for ambulatory patients, will be resilient and adaptable, according to Ang. It will operate efficiently, improve health services, and make health care more accessible and affordable.

    Ang said the facility will focus on treating ambulatory or outpatients to treat more patients from vulnerable or disadvantaged communities for sicknesses that typically won’t require hospitalization.

    The hospital, he added, would also be home to a research facility that will provide support for government on public health concerns, specifically infectious diseases.


    Smart teams up with FoodPanda

    People can now buy selected products of Smart Communications, Inc (Smart) from mobile food delivery marketplace FoodPanda, as the telco firm expands its market and offers new services.

    Under this partnership, subscribers can easily order Smart LTE Broadband Pocket WiFi and Smart and TNT 5G-ready SIM cards using the FoodPanda app, and receive their items on the same day.

    Select products and services are now available in Pasig City, Quezon City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Iloilo City. E-load will also be initially available in Cebu City.


    Globe urges suppliers to adopt sustainable practices

    Globe encourages its domestic and foreign suppliers to adopt sustainable practices in their operations as well as locally source their materials and services.

    The company’s over 1,000 suppliers are currently being asked to support Globe’s goal to deliver substantial indirect economic impact in its operating ecosystem. Last year, Globe provided P86.5 billion worth of business to local suppliers alone.

    Globe also sets its sights on partnering only with businesses that share its values of sustainability in the areas of labor, health and safety, business continuity, environment and governance and ethics. Ihe company has started to evaluate proposals not only on the basis of best-value but also taking into consideration their environmental and social policies and practices.

    As a signatory to the UN Global Compact (UNGC), Globe aligns its commitment to the 10 UNGC Principles with four key themes — human rights, labor, environment and Anti-Corruption – to its supply chain. Globe’s Supplier Code of Ethics (SCOE) clearly lays down the company’s expectations from its partners with regard to doing sustainable practices by establishing standards of quality and business integrity. Globe also conducts vendor self-assessment to gauge awareness of its sustainability principles as part of its Sustainable Supply Chain Management program.


    Innovation banners 46th PBC

    This year’s 46th Philippine Business Conference and Expo happening on October 7-8 will carry the theme innovation@ph that seeks to provide a roadmap for businesses to effectively navigate uncharted territories and to chart a more sustainable and secure future for the country.

    The PBC&E is the biggest annual business event in the country organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). It serves as a venue for policymakers, business leaders, diplomats, academe, and MSMEs to meet and discuss issues and come up with policy recommendations that would help create business environment that is sustainable and resilient.

    Leading the list of confirmed speakers are former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; Vice President Leni Robredo; Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Department of Finance; Secretary Fortunato dela Pena, Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Josephine Gotianun Yap, Filinvest Development Corp.; Minette Navarrete, Kickstart Ventures; Jojo Malolos, JG Digital Equity Ventures; Ellen Joyce Suficiencia, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Lito Villanueva, Fintech Alliance; Bobby Castro, Palawan Express; Undersecretary Rowena Guevarra, DOST; Rachel Jarosh, ENACTUS; and, Joey Gurango, Servio Small Business.


    TPB’s Phitex goes virtual

    The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) is set to mount the virtual edition of the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) on September 22 to 24 with more than 100 Philippine sellers and 100 foreign buyers to gather in one online platform for business-to-business sessions and networking.

    The virtual edition of this year’s PHITEX is themed “PHITEX Pivots: Business Unusual.”

    PHITEX this year is unique as it adopts the hybrid aspect in which Philippine sellers will get a first-hand experience of travel in the new normal. Panglao in Bohol will be the official venue of the sellers for the virtual networking with international buyers where strict safety protocols are implemented.

    A highlight of the event is the Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), a series of exclusive business-to-business appointments between Philippine sellers and foreign buyers, happening for the first time in virtual booths. The online market space is customized to feature each company’s range of products and services in high definition videos, digital product collaterals, and one-on-one chat rooms for more focused and effective networking with prospective buyers.

    The PHITEX webinar also puts together various avenues of information for tourism stakeholders in the context of the global pandemic and feature industry experts on marketing, technology, green destinations and principles in developing sustainable tourism.

    Roundtable discussions will also pool together leading players in the industry to tackle issues posed by the pandemic and how stakeholders can embrace resilience and innovation.


    LBC launches new money remittance service

    Logistics and remittance firm LBC has launched IPP International, a new money remittance service from LBC that allows for simple, safe and swift sending of money from the Philippines to any international destination.

    Through LBC’s IPP International service, people in the Philippines who need to send money to their loved ones or businesses abroad are sure to be afforded quick and reliable satisfaction.

    LBC has a growing network of over 6,400 locations, partners, and agents in over 30 countries.

    The service is available in any LBC Express branch.


    NGCP donates anti-body testing kits, booths to LGUs

    The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has donated 10,000 ECLIA-based antibody testing and 50 COVID-19 testing booths to the local government of Mandaluyong City as part of the company’s response efforts.

    The country’s transmission lines systems operator said ECLIA-based testing has a 99.81 percent clinical specificity and can produce more accurate results.

    “We believe that COVID-19 testing is part of the new normal. Through the donation of these test booths and test kits, we are able to contribute to the COVID-19 response efforts of our country, one LGU (local government unit) at a time,” the firm said in a statement.

    Apart from Mandaluyong, NGCP also donated 10,000 COVID-19 ECLIA-based antibody testing and 50 testing booths to the Quezon City government and another 500 test kits to Navotas City as part of its P1 billion donation in the fight against the pandemic.