Ynchausti y Compania

Handstamp Type 1

Two Single Lined Oval Handstamp in Blue, Blue-Green or Violet
Ynchausti y Ca” on the top
 Manuscript date in the center
Yloilo” on the bottom, with a star on each end

Used from 1880s through 1890s

Handstamp Type 2

Two Single Lined Oval Handstamp in Black or Blue-Green
Ynchausti y Ca” on top
“Manila” in the center
Pattern comprising vertical lines on the bottom

Used from 1880s to 1890s

Handstamp Type 3

Double Outer Lined and Single Inner Lined Oval Handstamp in Black
Ynchausti y Ca” at the top
Blank in the center
“Manila” at the bottom, with a Star on each end

Used between mid-1870s and 1880s

January 24, 1876

Double weight overseas cover from Manila to Cadiz (Spain)
Stamps on Back Tied with ‘Manila -
Ù’ circular date stamp
Ynchausti y Ca’ Business Handstamp (Type 3) on cover front

Company Profile


Founded in 1854 with prime interests in industrial, agriculture and maritime business (shipping agent). Don Joaquin Elizalde, together with his uncle, Juan Bautista Yrissary, and the Manila-based Spanish businessman and financier Joaquin Ynchausti established a trading partnership, which acquired the Manila Steamship Company. This alliance was named the Ynchausti Y Cia. Their main line of business was ship chandlery. The steamships they owned plied the Laguna Lake to Manila route, as well as the Manila to Hong Kong run. Later on they ventured into abaca making, where they planted hemp in Sorsogon and had a rope factory in Tondo, Manila.


Later, Valentin Teus, a cousin of the Elizaldes, joined the partnership. Teus acquired a distillery in Hagonoy, Bulacan from Elias Menchatorre and merged it with Ynchausti Y Cia. Six years later, a rectifying plant of this distillery was constructed in San Miguel District, Manila.


The Elizalde Family invested and developed agricultural properties in Western Visayas, particularly in Panay and Negros Occidental, wherein they grew sugar cane. These plantations became a vital necessity in the production of sugar, the most important raw material in making rhum. Ynchausti Y Cia used the steamboats to transfer the raw materials to the Tanduay compound where they produced rhum.


In 1893, Don Joaquin Elizalde became the majority stockholder in Ynchausti Y Cia, and the company was renamed Elizalde & Co. Inc. This paved the way for further diversification of its business interests. Slowly but surely, Tanduay was transformed into a successful industry, producing quality rhum and other distilled spirits for both the domestic and international markets. This small distillery was transformed by four successive generations of the Elizaldes into the modern Tanduay Distillery, considered one of the largest in the Philippines.


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