London, United Kingdom – Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez headlined the ‘Kapihan sa Pasuguan’ at the Philippine Embassy in London on 22 September 2018. The Secretary related the Philippines’ economic growth to the audience composed of FilCom leaders, Filipino business executives and young professionals in the United Kingdom.

Secretary Ramon M. Lopez speaks to an audience of Filipino community leaders and businessmen


Left to right: Consul Rommel Romato, Undersecretary Rowel Barba, PFA President Richard Sanz, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo, PFA Chairman Dr. Alan Escalona, PFA Director for ASEAN Chris Lim, Commercial Counsellor Michelle Fatima Sanchez, and Consul General Senen Mangalile

In the event dubbed ‘Usapang Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan’ (A Conversation about Employment, Business and Livelihood), Secretary Lopez also presented success stories of small enterprises to encourage and inspire the community to invest in the Philippines and be part of its continuous growth.

Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) officers were present to provide practical insights on the franchising industry and joined Secretary Lopez in the panel discussion and Q&A. PFA President Richard Sanz presented the opportunities and advantages of franchising in the Philippines, while PFA Director Chris Lim illustrated some of the trends in the franchise industry and examples of investment packages available for Filipinos abroad.

PFA President Richard Sanz talks about franchising in the Philippines


PFA Director Chris Lim gives a briefer on how to invest in the right franchise


PFA Chairman Dr. Alan Escalona answers a question from the audience

Homegrown fast-food chain and now global brand, Jollibee, also surprised the guests to a taste of the first ever Chicken Joy to be served in the UK. Jollibee’s Market Head for Europe, Rodel Alcantara, participated as a special guest and officially announced that Jollibee will be opening its first store in the UK on Earls Court Road in London on 20 October 2018. Jollibee is on an aggressive expansion to overseas markets, placing it on the path to becoming one of the top 5 fast food companies globally.♦

Jollibee Market Head for Europe Rodel Alcantara announces Jollibee UK store’s opening on October 2018


Jollibee brings buckets of JOY to the UK, with their trademark fried chicken recipe

Date of Release: 2 October 2018


London, United Kingdom – The United Kingdom and the Philippines made a joint commitment to enhance economic cooperation and expand trade and investment between the two countries, as the 7th Annual UK-Philippines High Level Talks took place in London. 

Excellent discussions and outcome towards enhanced economic cooperation at the 7th UK-PH High Level Talks in London

UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Philippines and ASEAN Richard Graham and the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Enrique Manalo co-chaired the trade and investment dialogue during the high-level meetings on 4 December 2017. A Joint Statement of Intent: Enhanced Economic Cooperation between the United Kingdom and the Philippines was adopted during the meeting, which marks a significant step forward in the two countries’ bilateral trade relationship.

The joint statement identified focus sectors with the highest potential for mutually beneficial economic gains – infrastructure, social development (education and health), digital economy and capital markets development. To expand trade and investment flows between the Philippines and the UK, collaboration in small and medium enterprise (SME) development and global value chain integration shall be pursued.

The Philippines conveyed its interest in establishing a framework for the bilateral economic relationship that will be carried forward by regular dialogue. In pursuit of closer collaboration and aligned economic agenda, the two countries agreed to take steps in establishing a bilateral economic development work programme and partake in bi-annual discussions between Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Philippines and high-level economic officials of the Philippines led by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The UK is among the top investors in the Philippines and leads Europe in investments in the country. For the first quarter of 2017, it ranked 3rd for investment approvals as reported by Philippine investment promotion agencies. On the trade side, the UK ranks 19th among the country’s trade partners.♦

Philippine companies Malagos Chocolate, Auro Chocolate, Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates, and MS3 Agri-Ventures were announced winners of the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2018 for their outstanding chocolate products.

Tree to Bar Category
72% Dark Chocolate (BRONZE)
85% Dark Chocolate (BRONZE)
Drinking Chocolate Category
85% Dark Chocolate (SILVER)
Unsweetened Chocolate (BRONZE)
72% Dark Chocolate (BRONZE)


Tree to Bar Category
70% Dark Chocolate Saloy Reserve (BRONZE)
Flavoured White Chocolate Bar
32% Roasted White Chocolate Cashew (BRONZE)



Flavoured Dark Chocolate Bar Category
Dark Choco with Black Sesame and Nuts (BRONZE)
Dark Choco with Calamansi (BRONZE)
Dark Choco with Labuyo (Chili) (BRONZE)
Flavoured Milk Chocolate Bar Category
Milk Chocolate Adobo (SILVER)
Milk Chocolate Turon (BRONZE)
Milk Choco with Pili Nut and Pinipig (BRONZE)
Bar Wrappers - Packaging Category
Theo and Philo Artisan Chocolate (BRONZE)


Drinking Chocolate Category
MS3 Choco Unsweetened (BRONZE)

The Academy of Chocolate was founded by Britain’s leading chocolate professionals and it promotes a greater awareness of fine chocolates available in the market. Companies and producers from around the globe join the annual awards to be recognised as some of the world's finest.

For import and distributorship interest or more information, please contact PTIC-London at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Date of Release: 03 August 2018

Destileria Limtuaco in London
Destileria Limtuaco showcases their award-winning craft spirits at WSTA Annual Conference 2017.


London, United Kingdom – Craft spirits from the Philippines took center stage when Destileria Limtuaco joined the Philippine Trade and Investment Center – London at the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) Annual Conference 2017 on 12 September at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

The oldest distillery in the Philippines presented their line of craft spirits at the Showcase Opportunity of the largest annual conference of the UK wine and spirits industry.  Guests were treated to authentic flavors from the Philippines through cocktails featuring Manille Liqueur de Calamansi (Philippine lime), Manille Liqueur de Dalandan (Philippine orange), Paradise Mango Rum, highlighting the distinct flavors of the Philippine mango, the Amadeo Coffee Liqueur, made with four kinds of native coffee beans, and the Very Old Captain Rum sweetened by the finest molasses from the Philippines.

Destileria Limtuaco & Co. is an institution in the Philippines.  Benny Aw, the company’s Senior Vice President, described it as a quality leader in the Philippine distilled spirits industry. “The company is also known for its innovation in products, processes and systems, and this has enabled the company to export its craft spirits and other brands throughout Asia and the US,” he said.

Brand Development Manager Aaron Aw added that Destileria Limtuaco has always wanted to expand to the UK because it is a good market for rums.  “However, we didn't have the opportunity until very recently, with the kind assistance of Commercial Counsellor Michelle Sanchez of the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in the UK.  She broached the idea of presenting our line of Philippine craft spirits to the UK market and the perfect event to do it was at the Wines and Spirits Trade Association 2017 Annual Conference where the key players in the UK distilled spirits industry would be,“ he added.  Coming to showcase at the event, he said, “We took it as an opportunity to gauge the acceptability and appreciation of the UK market for our Philippine craft spirits.”


The WSTA represents more than 300 companies which export, import and sell wine and spirits across the United Kingdom.  WSTA Chief Executive Miles Beale launched the association’s five-year strategic plan at the conference.

“The British wine and spirits industry is under-appreciated and over-taxed,” Beale said. He reiterated that WSTA continues to work for its members and stressed that collaboration with partners across the alcohol industry, government, and European and international partners is essential.

Mike Beale at WSTA London
Miles Beale discusses the four pillars of WSTA’s five-year strategic plan.

Lord Price CVO, former Minister of State for Trade, and JD Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin also spoke at the event. Both speakers shared their insights as the industry faces the perceived challenges of Brexit.

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Lord Price CVO put on the spotlight as he answers questions from his recent stint in government.


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Tim Martin shares his insights with much pragmatism and candor during the Q&

The conference ended with a panel comprised of Sir Simon Fraser, Managing Partner of Flint Global, and Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP, who joined Martin at the stage.

Panelists at the WSTA
The panellists engaged in lively debate as they presented their respective insights on Brexit



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Destileria Limtuaco’s craft spirits and colourful stall draw attention at The Showcase

Destileria Limtuaco is the first Filipino company to showcase at the WSTA event, which serves as an exclusive networking platform. The conference attracts around 200 decision makers from the wine and spirit industry. “The showcase is a chance for members and selected non-members to exhibit their brand and products,” according to WSTA.

The attendees, which included the industry’s top buyers and distributors, were able to sample different kinds of wines, rum, gin and vodka from the featured companies.  

Aaron Aw said that the feedback they got from the presentation and tasting activity was “very encouraging,” adding that the tropical flavours and packaging were very well-appreciated. “We see very good potential for our products in the UK market especially since we have something uniquely Filipino to offer that other countries don't have. Our craft spirits would certainly make a great addition to the cocktail culture in the UK and will add excitement to the drinking public,” he said.

 Miles Beale, Benito Aw
WSTA Chief Executive Miles Beale speaks with Mr Benito Aw, Destileria Limtuaco's Senior Vice President.


JD Wetherspoon Limtuaco
JD Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin samples Destileria’s craft spirits


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Tim Martin with Destileria Limtuaco's Benny and Aaron Aw, and Michelle Sanchez of PTIC London


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For import and distributorship interest and more information about Destileria Limtuaco, please contact PTIC-London at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ♦

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