The Young­bloods

Jac­ques Christophe Branel­lec and are the new guards be­hind the French- Filipino wave of progress. Shauna Jay Pop­ple Wil­liams gets the 411

Philippine Tatler - - LIFE BUSINESS -

hey have been friends since birth, Jac­ques Christophe Branel­lec and Er­wan Heussaff, who cheek­ily in­ter­jects, “Well, I came first.” The un­stop­pable FrenchFilipino busi­ness­men have per­sis­tently pushed for the Fran­cophile con­nec­tion and vicev­ersa—Heussaff chiefly in the F&B and agri­cul­ture sec­tors; Branel­lec in the jewellery sec­tor as well as the are­nas of fash­ion, cul­ture, and mu­sic.

Un­der­stand­ably so, as both are board mem­bers of the French Cham­ber of Com­merce Philip­pines—Branel­lec for three years and Heussaff for al­most two. The Cham­ber was founded, in fact, by their il­lus­tri­ous fa­thers, Jac­ques Branel­lec and Louis Heussaff, to­gether with an­other fam­ily friend and prom­i­nent French fig­ure in so­ci­ety, Philippe Gau­thier. It will be cel­e­brat­ing 35 years in 2018.

The younger Branel­lec and the younger Heussaff have been dy­namic and staunch sup­port­ers of all that the cham­ber fos­ters and en­dorses. A non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, its main thrust is to de­velop busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween the two coun­tries, be­ing linked with the ac­tiv­i­ties of the French Em­bassy and its busi­ness arm, Busi­ness France. “That is the main part of the job for Er­wan and me—to be the am­bas­sadors of the Philip­pines to France and to show­case the best of what the coun­try has to of­fer,” says Branel­lec.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is also part of a global net­work of French cham­bers called the CCI (Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try).

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