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Royal Tru

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Royal Tru
TypeSoft drink
ManufacturerCoca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.
Country of origin Philippines
Introduced1922; 102 years ago (1922)
VariantsRoyal Tru-Orange
Royal Tru-Grape
Royal Tru-Lemon
Related productsFanta, Mirinda, Sunkist, Crush

Royal Tru (often referred to simply as Royal) is a carbonated fruit-flavored soft drink brand owned by The Coca-Cola Company that is exclusive to the Philippines. The brand was introduced in 1922 by the original San Miguel Brewery. Since being acquired by Coca-Cola's Philippines unit in 2007, the brand has become the Philippine counterpart of Coca-Cola's Fanta brand.


A Spanish-language poster advertising beverages produced by the original San Miguel Brewery, including Royal fruit-flavored soft drinks (right), circa 1924.

The Royal brand was first introduced in 1922 by the original San Miguel Brewery as its first non-alcoholic, carbonated beverage. In 1927, San Miguel became the first international bottler of Coca-Cola. The Royal brand became best associated with its orange-flavored soft drink, Royal Tru-Orange.

In 1981, San Miguel spun off its soft drink business (its Coca-Cola franchise and the manufacture of Royal beverages) to a new company known as Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI), a joint-venture with The Coca-Cola Company. The brand continued to be owned by San Miguel until 2007 when it sold the rights to the brand along with its entire interest in CCBPI to The Coca-Cola Company.

CCBPI was renamed Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Inc. in January 2013 with the entry of Mexico-based Coca-Cola FEMSA S.A. de C.V. Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines was renamed Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) in December 2018 after the acquisition of 50% interest in the company by Bottling Investments Group (BIG).



  • Royal Tru-Orange
  • Royal Tru-Grape
  • Royal Tru-Lemon
  • Royal Tru-Orange Zero Sugar (formerly Royal Tru-Orange Light)


  • Royal Lem-O-Lime
  • Royal Root Beer
  • Royal Soda Water
  • Royal Tonic Water
  • Royal Ginger Ale
  • Royal Tru-Dalandan
  • Royal Tru-Strawberry (available in some Philippine 7-Eleven stores)
  • Royal Wattamelon


A Filipino language advertisement of Royal Tru-Orange dating 1976

The beverage targets teenagers as its consumers. The product was available during the 1970s in single-serve bottles and contained orange "pulp bits" (pulp) "from California Valencia oranges".[1]

When San Miguel Corporation became one of the founding members of the Philippine Basketball Association in 1975, its basketball franchise played under the name "Royal Tru-Orange" from 1975 to 1980.[2]

Royal Tru-Orange gained much attention in the mid-1980s following the restoration of democracy in the Philippines, after its logo and formulation (now without the orange pulp) were changed through an advertising campaign that starred teen model RJ Ledesma (playing the role of "Joey"). The first television advertisement in the series, wherein Joey was being egged on by friends to introduce himself to a girl named Jenny, was directed by noted film director Lino Brocka.[3][4]

In 1992, Royal Tru-Orange released its slogan "Ito Ang Gusto Ko!" which is also a song of the late Francis Magalona.


  • "Pag-ibig kong Tunay!" ("My Tru Love!") (1973–1982)
  • "Royal, natural!" ("Royal, naturally!") (1982–1987)
  • "Ako at Royal, natural!" ("Royal and I, naturally!") (1987–1992)
  • "Ito ang gusto ko!" ("This is my choice!") (1992–1998)
  • "Yan ang tru!" ("That is tru!") (2003–2007)
  • "Ilabas ang kulit!" ("Bring out the crazy!") (2009–2019)
  • "Generation Kulit" ("Crazy Generation") (2021–present)[5]


Royal Tru-Orange was one of 300 products of the Philippines barred by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004 from entering the United States due to "failure to meet its requirements".[6]


  1. ^ "Royal Tru-Orange advertisement, 1976". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Express battle Magnolia in PBA opener today". The Daily Tribune. October 14, 2007.
  3. ^ Mata, Paul (October 31, 2007). "Royal Tru Orange model RJ Ledesma comes full circle". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  4. ^ Jorge, Rome (April 3, 2008). "RJ Ledesma tells all about his yaya". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on April 6, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  5. ^ Balmaceda, Allan (September 29, 2021). "Royal introduces Generation Kulit in its new "colorful" campaign". Corner Magazine PH. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  6. ^ Tan, Michael L (February 20, 2004). "Read those labels". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.