While “Ayala” is a famous household name in the country, it is most often only associated with malls, real estate, and Makati.
Only a few have a grasp on what they are as family men and how they started to make their name known in the industry.
Here are four interesting Ayala facts:
1. The Ayalas introduced the first tramcar service in the country
Although tramcars or trams are nowhere to be seen in the country today, this type of public transportation was widely used in the 19th century.
Trambiyas, as called in Filipino, were introduced by the Ayala clan in 1888 and were operated by the first Filipino Zobel, Jacobo Zobel y Zangroniz. The tramcars ran through Manila to Malabon in four lines.
2. Casa Róxas was Ayala Corporation’s first name
Almost 184 years in the industry, the Ayala Corporation was founded under two familiar household names: Róxas and Ayala.
In 1834, Domingo Róxas and Antonio de Ayala established Casa Róxas which specialized in distillery which was the first of its kind in the Philippines then. It was later renamed as Róxas Hermanos, Casa Ayala, Ayala y Compania, and eventually Ayala Corporation in 1968.
3. The Ayala Corporation is the original founder of the country’s favorite gin
As mentioned, Casa Róxas founded the first distillery company in the country. One of their primary creations is the Ginebra San Miguel gin, the go-to merry drink of Filipinos. However, the production of the gin was later acquired by La Tondeña Inc. in 1929.
4. The Ayalas do not intend to enter the world of politics in the near future
As one of the most influential tycoons in the Philippines, it is common for them to be courted into politics. However, the Ayalas believe that offering service to their fellow countrymen can go beyond the border of that matter. Ayala Corporation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala emphasized this in an interview with CNN’s Talk Asia.
“Well, there’s never been an interest in the political front in the family and certainly I don’t think it’s a drive for Fernando and I. I’d like to think we’re dedicated to public service in other ways. Fernando and I are both involved in the non-profit sector,” the CEO said.
“I’d like to think we’re being committed to the broad of social development goals of the country through our engagements in civil society, non-profits, and many other areas aside from business engagements. I think there’s a lot that one can do for a country beyond the realm of politics,” he added.
Even with the age of these facts, they sure contributed to the longstanding reputation of the corporation that has now stretched from just distillery to education, banking, insurance, automotive, telecommunications, utility, and civic organizations.
Featured image from Ayala Corporation’s Official Website