Before it became of one the leading conglomerates in the Philippines, JG Summit Holdings, Inc. began in 1957 when Universal Corn Products, Inc. (now Universal Robina), a company owned by John Gokongwei Jr., established a cornstarch plant in Manila.
Gokongwei, already an established and very skilled trader and importer in the Philippines at the time, was looking to the future and wanted to expand his company and his businesses. Instead of just importing goods, his companies began producing and marketing Filipino-made products, from coffee, chocolate, sugar, flour and snack foods that competed with and often surpassed the quality of products made by huge international companies.
As the decades passed, the Gokongwei family also established themselves in several other industries including power, telecommunications, real estate, petrochemicals, and air transportation. The Gokongwei companies became a captain of industry and were marked for their innovation, leadership and global competitiveness.
At present, JG Summit six (6) core businesses: branded consumer, agro-industrial and commodity food products in Universal Robina Corporation, real estate and hotels in Robinsons Land Corporation and United Industrial Corporation (Singapore), telecommunications in Digital Telecommunications Phils., Inc., petrochemicals in JG Summit Petrochemicals Corporation, air transportation in Cebu Pacific Air, and financial services in Robinsons Bank.
Robinsons Land Corporation is the real estate arm of the conglomerate and is one of the industry leaders in the country. It is involved in the development and operation of shopping malls, hotels, mixed-used properties, residential condominiums, and land and housing developments.
Robinsons Galleria Complex is the country’s first ever mixed-use facility that creatively combined a mall, hotels, offices and condominium residences within one development. As one of the first projects of RLC, its success set the tone for the development of other mixed-use endeavors. This continuous effort to provide consumers with world-class facilities and services has earned RLC one of the top slots in the Philippine real estate industry.
To date, RLC has 32 shopping malls, 57 residential buildings, 8 office buildings, 31 housing developments and 9 hotels all over the country.
Robinsons Land Corporation continues to foster communities of harmony and to build the foundation for the dreams of the Filipino people.