oil is a staple in the Filipino homestead and for more
than three quarters, there is one brand name that is most
often associated with it: Baguio Oil.
Interestingly enough, this locally produced cooking oil
named after the country's summer capital has its humble
beginnings in the heart of Binondo, Manila. And all because
of one Chinese family's vision and perseverance.
The Cheng Ban Yek family ran one of the
popular retail establishments in the Binondo area during
the 1920's, with a store that maintained a large inventory
of grocery products. Ever with a keen eye for the latest
developments in the retail business sector and a mind
to expand to bigger venues, it was during the 1930's when
they decided to venture into the burgeoning food manufacturing
sector then lorded by multinational companies. In 1932,
they established the first locally owned cooking oil factory
in the country the International Oil Factory (IOF).
And with it, the brand Baguio Oil was born.
Using only the finest ingredients and observing only the
strictest standards in production, Baguio Oil was able
to compete at that time with foreign coconut cooking oil
brands in the country and eventually eased them out of
the market. With the help of aggressive marketing and
advertising, Baguio Oil captured a lion's share of the
market, winning the hearts and minds of Filipino mothers
and housewives. The tagline "Order ni Mrs." Became so
popular and well-remembered by many that Baguio Oil enjoyed
such apt association, making the brand a household name.
It is not often that one comes across a product so blessed.
To be medically proven as a truly healthy product while
at the same time being a leading consumer choice is definitely
more than any manufacturer could ask for. Yet, it is a
With the confidence of a winning product, we now open
our doors to our friends on foreign shores and gladly
share the jewel that has been the International Oil Factory's