Awarding a PDS Member: OWWA Balik Pilipinas Hanapbuhay Program



Congratulations to our Cacao Amazona from Sagbayan, Bohol! It is to be remembered how she was repatriated from Kuwait a year ago. Without any means to support her family, she came home to the Philippines with just her belongings and blurred dreams.

When she found out about Plantacion de Sikwate’s seminar with DOST Bohol, she attended for a day got know more about the benefits of cacao planting and chocolate making. Since then, she went on a mission to save two things: her family’s best interests and the Filipino Aromatico heirloom cacao’s white beans.

She now is doing well and have attracted the nods of OWWA-Region VII for being one of the 1,000 beneficiaries of the Balik Pilipinas Hanapbuhay Program.

Awarding rites are currently happening for the OWWA 2019 Marilag Award where she is the deserving awardee. In behalf of Plantacion de Sikwate Board Members, Officers and the entire Cacao Community, CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Felipa ‘Indai Le’ Cortes of Sagbayan, Bohol!!!! You are indeed the epitome of a Woman of Inspiration.


March 30, 2019 The OWWA 2016 Mariliag Awardee for Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program paid a courtesy call at the PDS Heaquarters today. WIth her are PDS CEO Mel Santos and his wife Maam Allie, and PDS Nestor Saludo. Sharing her “Oscar-award” like grateful thanks to all who helped achieved her dreams.
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Maraming akong dapat pasalamatan… Unang una ang Diyos na laging naka patnubay.

Sa OWWA Overseas Workers Welfare Administration at sa mga iba pang tao na tumulong sa aking mabilisang pag uwi from Kuwait noong ako’y nagpa repatriate.

Sa tulong ng Plantacion de Sikwate Cacao Producers Association, Inc. (PDS) ay nakapag simula ako ng Cacao Nursery at naitayo ko ang Villa Cortes Criollo Farm. Dinagdagan pa ito ng tulong financial ng OWWA para sa kanilang Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program. Sa ngayon nga ay meron na akong produktong Indai Le Tablea na sinusuportahan naman ng Department of Trade and Industry. Salamat sa walang sawang suporta ng aming Negosyo Center dito sa Sagbayan at kay Sir Blair Panong at Ms. Ai Rish. Dahil dito ay nabigyan ako ng Award sa katatapos lang na event ng OWWA.

Salamat din sa Office of the Provincial Veterinarian – Bohol (OPV) sa kanilang ibinigay na 12 ka pirasong Native Chicken na sa ngayon ay naparami ko na at ang iba ay nai ulam ko pa. ?

Salamat din sa drum na bigay DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE VIIIIII (D.A.) thru SagbayanMunicipal Agriculture Office (MAO) Arlen Rosolada Aparrii . Malaking tulong ito lalo na ngayong tag init.

Kahit kulang na kulang ako sa financial para maka sustain ay may mga taong katulad ninyo na bukas palad para tumulong. Nawa’y pagpalain pa sana kayo ng ating Panginoon.

NEWS UPDATE 

 

 

Paying it Back: The Criollo Search Continues

For us cacao farmers, weekends are essential to seek strength and inspiration for the incoming week. We may do it differently from the corporate group that seeks rest and rejuvenation through #staycations or #travel.

If you ask me, I find strength by searching for new cacao mothers trees. Right now, I am in Bohol to search for the elusive Criollo or better known as the Filipino Heirloom cacao. Once I get my hands on it, they will definitely be part of our gene bank.

Golden mother trees may be difficult to find. We, at Plantacion de Sikwate, never give up and pack up. The determination and passion we share is our strength that arms us when we look for the elusive cacao variety.

If we have strategies to aid us in this search; our answer is none. We just go around, ask the people to lead us on our way. The Filipino Aromatico comes to our safekeeping with a Promise of the future. That is our way to return the blessings given to us.

We seek, we validate, we pay it back.

On March 26, 2019, I decided to return home to Cebu.

On my way home. The past few days I’ve been around Bohol; searching for golden mother trees. I’ve been to highlands and lowlands in search for them. My trip did not end in vain for I saw several cacao trees with white bean lineage.

Now, aboard the FastCat bound to Mandaue, I cant help but smile. Soon every port in our country shall serve a cup or two of the Filipino Aromatico.

#heirloomcacaoBEARER #heirloomcacaoPRODUCER #PLANTACIONDESIKWATE

PCAF Cacao Industry Development Sub-Committee conducts the monthly meeting

Members of the Cacao Industry Development Sub-Committee conduct the monthly meeting. PCAF Vice Chairman Melencio Santos is present together with our Honorary Founding Members One World Institute Chairperson Madame Yolanda Ortega Stern and Ms. Ann F.E. Wynkoop.

Agenda: The status of Resolutions No. 32 and 33, Series of 2018 which are “Recommending to the Department of Agriculture through the High Values Crops Development Program the Creation of a National Organization Committee to oversee the participation of local cacao producers in the International Cocoa Awards”.

Also conferred by the body are the Climate Outlook for March-September 2019, update on the implementation of the Industry Road Maps for Coffee and Cacao, Rubber and Fiber, and presentation of Resolutions Passed during the National Cacao Growers Summit.

For more photos and stories, visit www.pcaf.da.gov.ph
Text by Ali Estoesta
Photos by Jez Campaniel

Filipino Aromatico Official Carrier


Transporting our Golden babies via the PDS #FilipinoAromatico #Maharlica CARRIER – Philippine Airlines.

Thank you for making sure that our grafted Heirloom cacao seedlings arrive at their destination in Isabela.

Philippine Airlines – The Heart of the Filipino ❤️??

#deliveredbyAir
#preventsMortality
#PDScares
#officialcarrier
#OnwardsPhilippineCacao

Cacao Level Up Seminar goes to Quezon City

The concluded CACAO LEVEL UP SEMINAR at Abe’s Restaurant was indeed an unforgettable one. Having to fill up a quaint area showed productivity, nostalgia, and newly formed friendships.

We’d like to thank our guest speakers who made this cacao adventure take one notch higher. Thank you One World Institute Country Director Mircaella F. Johnson, Romela Fabula of Opulento Agriventures Albay, Christian Valdes of CMV Txokolat, Executive Chef Christopher Carangian and Chef Michelle Arce for inspiring our participants to be creative, passionate, and helpful to others who lack the courage or resources to pursue their dreams.

The participants came from Pangasinan, Batangas, Nueva Ecija, Aurora Province, Bicol, Sorsogon, Cavite, Dumaguete, and Cebu. Imagine to have started as complete strangers but ended up as good friends who were brought together by a common call – PASSION to PLANT and CREATE products that the Philippines would be known for.

The participants raised their hands for the Oath of Membership as led by PDS CEO Mel Santos. Before the said oath, Mr. Santos awarded Executive Chef Christopher Carangian as Honorary Member.

Till the next Cacao Level Up! May the golden Filipino Aromatico Heirloom Cacao bring you places you never imagined to conquer.

Early birds flocked to Trinoma on February 21. Batangas and Sorsogon Participants followed by Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija.

CACAO LEVEL-UP SEMINAR @ QC

CACAO LEVEL UP SEMINAR
February 21, 2019 10AM-5PM
3/F TriNoma, EDSA cor. North Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila

MEL SANTOS
CEO, Plantacion de Sikwate
* Filipino Aromatico Heirloom Cacao
* Planting the Heirloom Cacao (nursery to field)

ROMELA FABULA
President/Owner – Opulento Agriventures
* Cacao Biological farming system
* Biological pest control inputs
* Crop vaccination technology

CHRISTIAN VALDES
Chocolatier, CMV Txokolat
* Chocolate Bar making
* Pinoy Craft of Chocolate bars

Executive Chef CHRISTOPHER CARANGIAN
Food Historian, Jose Rizal University
* Philippine Food and our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal

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SECURE A SEAT for P3,000 (Inclusive of meals and certificate)

To Reserve a Seat, SMS/call:
Mel Santos 09167170207
Mia Concepcion 09155130093

*** All payments are to be settled on or before February 18, 2019 via
Plantacion de Sikwate Cacao Producers Association, Inc.
Banco de Oro, J. Center Mandaue City Branch
Account No. 00419-032-4488
** Once you successfully have deposited your fee, take a photo of the deposit slip and send to PDSCACAO@gmail.com or inbox at PDSCACAO here at FB.

TRUTH HELPS : Why Chocolate is good for you

Cacao Improves Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Note of caution: Commercially prepared cocoa, dark chocolate and chocolate bars from the grocery store are generally low in these helpful antioxidants and high in added sugars and should be avoided.

Raw unprocessed cacao should be the only type of chocolate considered for its beneficial health effects.


Antioxidants are very helpful for those with type 2 diabetes; they help to control blood sugar and protect against the harmful effects of glucose. Epicatechin, a flavanol in cacao, activates key proteins and help regulate glucose production, even among diabetics, helping to keep glucose levels more stable.

Test tube studies indicate that the flavanols in cacao can slow down carbohydrate digestion and absorption in the gut, improve insulin secretion,reduce inflammation and stimulate the uptake of sugar out of the blood and into the muscle.

Eating small amounts of flavanol-rich dark chocolate or cacao helps to improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar, and reduce inflammation in diabetic and nondiabetic people. Some studies have shown that a higher intake of flavanols, including those from cocoa, can result in a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

Helps with Weight Control
Cacao and even dark chocolate are a body’s best friend when it comes to weight control.

Surprised?

A population study found that those who ate chocolate more often had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than people who ate it less often—even though the chocolate eaters ate more calories and fat.

Another weight loss study published in the prestigious Internal Archives of Medicine found that a group on a low-carbohydrate diet given 42 grams or about 1.5 ounces of 81% cocoa a day lost weight faster than the regular diet group.

A dieter’s BEST friend!


However, heavy chocolate consumption of milk chocolate or commercially prepared chocolate can make you GAIN weight, but in controlled studies with low-sugar chocolate that is 81% cocoa or even better,cacao—you lose weight.

Cacao has the highest amounts of bioflavonoids, and therefore has the biggest weight loss benefits.

BEAT THAT!

source: chocolates

Training Camp Updates: September 2018

PDS Training camp, Bago City, Negros Occidental. Side grafted Heirloom cacao seedlings on 80% growth.


The Training Camp is open to visitors and cacao enthusiasts who wants to have an in-depth learning about planting.

Schedule a day or two at the Plantacion de Sikwate Training Camp situated at Brgy. Atipuluan Bago City, Negros Occidental.

DROP A MESSAGE HERE.

Cacao Stakeholders Forum, Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City

We were invited by DA-Bicol to be one of the guest speakers at the Cacao Stakeholders Forum last August 31,2018.

Thank you for the new farmer friends I met and who have asked how to be part of our association.

For interested cacao farmers, just inform Ms. Cacao through FB messenger of PDSCACAO or leave a message here.

Here are the photos:

Cacao Level-Up Onsite Training in Quezon Province

We were invited by Mr. Julian Gonsalves, Senior Advisor at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction to conduct a 2-day seminar in Quezon Province. Together with PDS CEO Mr. Mel Santos is Ms. Romela Fabula, PDS Bicol Chapter and PDS PRO for Cebu Chapter Nestor Saludo who prefers to be called Nestor Salcedo on this James Bond series of being a Secret Agent, and Mr. Marlon Enoc for teaching everyone how to graft the right way. 

The activities focused on the following:

Day 1 – Plantation de Sikwate Planting Programs (lectures and forums)

Day 2 – Onsite Training on cacao tree rehabilitation, side-grafting with heirloom budsticks, and more. Thank you Mr. Manuel Borre for welcoming us to your farm.  Different venues allowed #TeamPDS to show our cacao farmers that the true meaning of seminars and trainings does not limit or should not limit anyone to 4-walls. Literature can help but what matters is the actual feel of the soil under your feet, the dancing flowers on your hand, and the fragrance of the most aromatic cacao variety of them all — Criollo or Heirloom cacao.

We would like to thank LGU Guinayangan Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO) Ms.  Belina Rosales for the Certificate of Appreciation we received.

Thank you Hon. Mayor Cesar J. Isaac III for the OTOP tokens and unforgettable accommodation your good office gave us. To all LGU officers and staff of the barangays in Quezon Province, we salute your dedication and true spirit to help uplift the lives of our Filipino farmers.