Before Tequila, there was lambanog.
Did you know, the world famous Mexican Tequila was made possible using Filipino technology to distill fermented sap of the agave plant in the 16th century? During the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade era (1565-1815), Manila became the transshipment point between China, Mexico and Europe. The Manila galleons sailed the Pacific for 250 years, bringing in to Mexico their cargoes of luxury goods, economic benefits and cultural exchange. Filipino sailors aboard the Manila galleons, brought portable stills that were used to make coconut nectar-based lambanog. The stills were a huge hit in Mexico, but due to unfamiliarity and the risks involved in harvesting coconut nectar, the native population quickly turned to agave by applying the craft learned from the Filipino sailors.
Infanta continuing history
April 20, 2009 - Marc Padilla and Randy Ramiro founded Infanta Lambanog.
September 28, 2012 - Infanta International Inc. was formed in the state of California.
August 13, 2013 - Infanta Lambanog arrives in Oakland, California for the first time in history.
August 25, 2013 - Awarded the Silver Medal at the San Diego International Spirits Competition.
March 24, 2014 - Winner of the Double Gold Medal at the most prestigious tasting competition in America, The San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
August 30, 2014 - Infanta Lambanog held the very first International Lambanog Cocktail Competition during the 1st Annual Savor Filipino event held at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, California.