Tabacalera Incorporada: 140th Anniversary Celebrations

Established in 1881, Tabacalera Incorporada was the first cigar factory in Asia and has been proudly Filipino owned and managed for the past thirty years since being purchased from the previous Spanish owners.

With the recent news of Covid-19 restrictions easing across the Philippines and international travel resuming, Tabacalera is planning a series of celebratory events in 2022 to mark the impressive milestone. Events will be held at Balesin Island and at their Divan Cigar Lounge, located at The City Club at Alphaland Makati Place.

Tabacalera recently appointed Pablo Argüelles as Sales and Marketing Manager to revitalize the brand internationally and bring the most premium Philippine made cigars to the forefront.

“With our amazing 140-year history of hand-rolling premium cigars, Tabacalera’s domestic presence is guaranteed, however our international presence will be rekindled through distribution agreements in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific,” said Argüelles. “I’m looking forward to once again helping return Tabacalera to the forefront of the global cigar community, embedding Tabacalera’s cigars as the original Manila Classic cigar.”


Tabacalera’s cigar lines:

Don Juan Urquijo: Tabacalera’s top of the line cigar brand encompasses complex flavours to produce a medium to full-bodied cigar. It is described by many as the perfect morning cigar.

1881: Well-balanced and medium bodied, 1881 is a blend featuring the finest Philippine filler aged to perfection.

1881 Perique: One of Tabacalera’s  favourite premium cigars which represents the foundation of the compnay. When launched a few years ago, Tabacalera entered a bold new phase in world-class cigar making tradition with this blend. A must try.

Tabacalera: Tabacalera’s flagship brand.

Alhambra: Tabacalera’s everyday brand that is known to many in Europe.

Samuel Spurr has been Cigar Journal’s Asia-Pacific contributor since his first feature on the Australian cigar scene in 2006. Regularly writing, Tweeting, and Instagramming about cigars, he’s recognized in Australia as a cigar authority and frequently hosts cigar master classes.


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