Manny O. on his passion, inspiration for business and wines - Weekend

Manny O. on his passion, inspiration for business and wines

AN established taste maker, Cebu-based entrepreneur Manny Osmeña is one who invests faith and trust in all his passions. “I believe Filipinos are world class,” says Mr. Osmeña. “We have to recognize the value of our talents and how far we can go with them. In this day and age of globalization, we need to identify our potential and create opportunities to realize our dreams.”

Sumiller 2011 by Manny O. won the Best Wine with Beef Teppanyaki in the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014.
Sumiller 2011 by Manny O. won the Best Wine with Beef Teppanyaki in the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014.

This mindset has made Manny O. a trusted source of insight and ground breaking business concepts, evident in the success of his ventures such as the Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island and the Ibiza Beach Club, an original dining and entertainment concept of his. “Our Ibiza Beach Club Show Team’s nightly themed performances are always well-received by local and foreign guests, so much so that we even received an invitation to perform and represent the country abroad,” he reveals. “Furthermore, two franchises are in the finalization stages – one, in the country’s most recognized tourist destination, and another, in the party hub of our nation’s capital.”

Looking at his own success story, Manny O. has made a brand out of his own name and became one of the pioneering Asian wine blenders. Manny O. Wines has gained numerous accolades across continents, 238 awards in 14 countries; trophies of note, his Sumiller ’10 was Best of Class Mourvedre at the 2013 Critics’ Challenge International Wine Competition in Los Angeles, the Sumiller ’11 was Best Wine with Beef Teppanyaki at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014, and his Bibulus ’07 that triumphed over 1,736 other entries at the Vinalies Internationales 2013 in Paris – a feat for its Filipino maker who invested in the wine business following his own instincts and senses.

Despite its global recognition, Manny O. Wines remains to be one of the most reasonably priced wines in the local market. “Simply because I want Filipinos to get a taste of the world. I do all the blending of the wines and produce in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy,” he said. “I want everyone to enjoy award winners. As my daughter Meg once described me, I am democratising wine and wine drinking in the Philippines.” (PR)

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