Cacao beans produced at a farm in Davao City have been chosen as one of the 50 bests among 166 bean samples from 40 countries in the International Cocoa Award (ICA) held in Paris, France.
In an article from Rappler.com, the cacao beans were produced in Puentespina Farm is managed by the Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation that is owned by businesswoman Charita Puentespina.
Puentespina said that the recognition is something that Filipinos can be proud since it only proves that the Philippines can already compete internationally in the industry of growing cacao.
Although the cacao beans did not make it to the top 18, Puentespina said that being considered in the top 50 is already a significant evaluation to the quality of the raw materials that are being used to make her company’s Malagos Chocolates.
The 70-hectare Puentespina Farm was established by couples Roberto and Charita Puentespina who started venturing into cacao farming in 2003.
The Puentespinas are employing over 50 farmers to date and are supplied by small-scale wet cacao beans growers from nearby communities.
Puentespina said that using the beans in making their chocolates has earned them a total of 9 international and two local awards.