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.♦

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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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. ♦

The launch party of The Pineapple Room on 25 April 2017 at The Old Truman Brewery – a London hub for the new and the hip – “celebrates innovative and sustainable material solutions in fashion.”

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Happy to join the Ananas Anam team led by innovator Dr. Carmen Hijosa at Bourgeois Boheme launch party for collections using Piñatex™

Featuring the natural and sustainable textile innovation Piñatex™, the pop-up store at the heart of Shoreditch is a collaboration between brands showcasing footwear, watches, fashion, and design collections.

It was led by the independent London-based luxury footwear brand Bourgeois Boheme and ran from the 24th to 30th of April. The opening of the week-long pop-up and social hub coincided with the launch of Bourgeois Boheme’s SS17 Piñatex Footwear Collection which, according to the brand, enforces their “conscious sensibilities and dedication to support material innovation and technological advancement.”

Piñatex™ is a new fabric innovation made from pineapple leaves fibres sourced from the Philippines. It is described to resemble soft textured leather making it a great material for footwear, bags, fashion accessories and furnishing. Soon, Piñatex™ may find its way in the automotive industry with interest from major companies seeking eco-friendly alternatives.

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Pineapple fibers from the Philippines make their way to global fashion through the progressive natural textile innovation Piñatex™ by Ananas Anam

Ananas Anam developed Piñatex™ from by-product fibres of the pineapple harvest – giving “new additional income for farmers while creating a vibrant new industry for pineapple growing countries.” With Dr Carmen Hijosa at the helm, Piñatex™ evolved from seven years of research and development to the hottest natural textile at the forefront of the sustainable fashion trend.

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The Pineapple Room at the Old Truman Brewery is the pop-up of collaborative brands led by Bourgeois Boheme for footwear, with Time IV Change watches and design collections using Piñatex™

#bemorepineapple: The pop-up also featured Time IV Change Piñatex watches, Elisa Muresan Piñatex clothing, Maravillas Bags, Ultra-Tee organic unisex tees, Monkey Glasses, and pineapple inspired installations and prints by designer Andrew Macgregor.

London, United Kingdom – “Business Opportunities in the Franchising Industry”: A Briefing for Overseas Filipinos

Through this forum, the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) brings the Filipino community in the United Kingdom the opportunity to hear about exciting developments in the Philippine franchising industry and how it presents business opportunities for them and their families back home.

The event was held at the Philippine Embassy London on 17 March 2017 and was spearheaded by the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre London.

Ms Bing Sibal-Limjoco, PFA Vice Chairman, was the speaker at the event. She is regarded as the “Mother of Philippine Franchising” for her tireless efforts that allowed the Philippines to emerge as one of the top franchise markets in the ASEAN region.

(From left to right) Consul Rommel Romato, PFA Vice Chairman Bing Sibal-Limjoco, Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo, Ms. Socorro Bautista, Commercial Counsellor Michelle Fatima Sanchez and Ms. Erwina Espino



The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) delegates pictured with Philippine Embassy London officials on 17 March 2017, during the courtesy call to the Philippine Ambassador to the UK.



To view the event’s photo album, please visit PTIC-London’s Facebook Page.

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London, United Kingdom – The Philippines participated at the Natural and Organic Products Europe on 2-3 April at ExCel London. NOPE is the the biggest natural products show in the UK and the number one organic event in the EU. 

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The Philippine Pavilion will showcase the best of the island’s naturally-grown and organically-certified products. Under the industry banner Food Philippines, new products from coconut, indigenous herbs and heirloom rice from the Philippines were included in the exhibition. 

For interested trade buyers, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To view the photo album, please visit PTIC-London’s Facebook Page.

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