The Islands Group traces its history back to the early beginnings of Islands Souvenirs in Cebu in 1992. Breaking the mold of cottage-industry souvenir products, Islands Souvenirs, carved out a niche for itself by providing quality souvenirs that were both practical and creatively designed. It was one of the very first retail companies who made use of design in a country rich in natural beauty through destination-specific merchandise.
Packaged in vibrant shopping environments, it transformed the way that souvenirs were sold completely. Today, Islands Souvenirs has captured a significant share of the souvenir market and has become the most awarded souvenir brand in the Philippines. Its retail operations have expanded to over a hundred stores in various high-traffic tourist locations in the Philippines.
The success of Islands Souvenirs has paved the way for the other subsidiaries of the Islands Group, giving birth to Islands Stay Hotels, Islands Banca Cruises, Islands Pasalubong, Inc., Islands Destinations Mall, Islands & More, Islands Design and Merchandising, and Islands Franchise Corp. It is the first integrated tourism travel
services brand in the country.
Founded in 1992, by Jay Aldeguer (President and Chairman), the Islands Group traces its history back to the early beginnings of Islands Souvenirs. By transforming cottage-industry souvenir products and giving it a fresh take, it revolutionized souvenir shopping and carved out a new niche for itself by providing premium quality souvenir items that are creatively designed and packaged in vibrant retail environments. Islands Souvenirs has expanded beyond expectations covering a wide network of over 80 outlets across the Philippines. The same winning formula was applied with the creation of Islands Banca Cruises, which elevated and professionalized the island hopping experience. It has been met with much demand, propelling the Group to keep adding new boats to its fleet. Now, the Islands Group is busy with its newly-launched chain of value hotels, Islands Stay.