Filipino-created wine sells for P1.2m

A Filipino-created wine sold for P1.2 million during a recent charity auction organized by a Cebu hotelier to fund mobile hospitals.

Manny O. Bibulus ‘07 vintage, designed by Manny Osmeña, popularly known as Manny O, was sold for P1.2 million to Gregory De’eb, president of Crown Cellars Hong Kong.   Another wine was sold during the same auction for P1.1 million to a generous gentleman.

Manny O. Bibulus ‘07 vintage wine
Bibulus ‘07 is a Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois wine in the Manny O. Wines signature line that bested 1,736 other entries to win the prestigious Trophée Vin Rouge for the dry red wine category in the 2013 Vinalies Internationales in Paris, an annual wine competition in France.

The two bottles contained special edition inscription created by Gail Anne Madalag, a top-notched calligrapher from Bacolod.  Each wine bottle also came with a display stand that was designed and crafted by celebrity furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

The two wines were among the signature  wines of Manny O. that have received international praise and accolades for their refined quality and sophisticated taste, garnering a total of 215 awards from 14 different countries.

Manny O. is the chairman of Oikonomos International Resource Corp. that owns Movenpick Resort & Spa.  Manny O. Wines, established in August 2008, are customized for the Asian palate. The collection includes Bibulus, a Bordeaux-Cru Bourgeois from Medoc; Discipulus Syrah, red wine from Languedoc France; Discipulus Blanc., white wine from Languedoc, France; Celebrus, a Blanquette de Limoux sparkling wine; Sumiller, a single varietal monastrell from Yecla, Spain; Agapitos Branco, a white wine from Alentejo, Portugal; and Agapitos Rosé, a rosé from Alentejo.

Manny O. organized the charity auction at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu on Sept. 12, raising a total of P16.8 million for HopeNow Philippines whose initial project is to launch a fleet of all-terrain mobile hospitals, dubbed as “Hospital on Wheels” to disaster zones.

John Kapon and Manny Osmeña
After witnessing the devastation of typhoon Yolanda and seeing the need for immediate care in disaster situations, Manny O. created HopeNow Philippines to help address the lack of immediate medical services and resources in disaster zones.

Manny O.’s twin passion for wine and for helping disaster victims set the stage for the first charity wine auction in the country to feature a Filipino-created French Bordeaux wine.

“I am extremely happy that God gave me the opportunity to bring hope to the hopeless. I am also delighted that God surrounded me with friends who have big hearts and are willing to walk alongside me in this endeavor. It is such a blessing to be on the ‘giving end’,’’ Osmeña said.

The world’s top-ranked wine auctioneer, John Kapon, chief executive of Acker Merrall and Condit, came to Cebu to turn the occasion into a world-class wine auction. Kapon runs the world’s largest fine and rare wine auction house and is a third-generation wine merchant and America’s oldest wine shop.

HopeNow Philippines’ pilot project, “Hospital on Wheels” envisions the adoption of a ‘zero-day’ medical response in the wake of a disaster or mass casualty emergency. The goal of HOW is to deploy rapidly and operate a fully functioning mobile medical facility, manned by highly trained, credentialed, health professionals and volunteers, in the disaster zone within 24 to 48 hours of the disaster. A full range of emergency medical services will be made available on-site to disaster victims.

The HOW project has the backing of prominent business leaders, including Lucio Tan of the LT Group, Tessie Sy-Coson of the SM Group, Helen Yuchengco-Dee of RCBC, Alfred Ty of the Metrobank Group, Ben Chan of Bench and Carl Bautista of Credit Suisse.

Prior to the “Hospital on Wheels” project, HopeNow Philippines participated in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the communities that were affected by the 7.2-magnitude Bohol earthquake and typhoon Yolanda by launching the “Yolanda Rebuild Program” aimed at building 160 houses in four provinces in the Visayas.

HopeNow Philippines, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga, funded the construction of 40 houses in Madridejos, Cebu; 40 houses in Alang-alang, Leyte; 40 houses in Sagbayan, Bohol; and 40 houses in Hernani, Samar.


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