A Ratatouille Taste-imonial

Thank you Khalil Corazo for having a ratatouille moment when you tasted this simple craft chocolate bar from Christopher Fadriga.

Thank you Khalil Corazo for having a ratatouille moment when you tasted this simple craft chocolate bar from Christopher Fadriga.

To those who are new to this site, thank you for dropping by and reading through our cacao adventures. Chris Fadriga is Plantacion de Sikwate’s Chairman and National  President.

He has a plantation, nursery, and training camp at Brgy. Atipuluan, Bago City, Negros Occidental.

Here is Kahlil Carazo’s article entitled ”Are these the Best Craft Chocolate Bars in the Philippines?”

Thanks for reading and we hope to have shone some rays of sunshine your way!

Scion Groves at Atipuluan

PDS training camp Atipuluan Bago Negros Occ. Update 4/09/17
Heirloom cacao mother plants establishment for future scion grove.

Thank God that we have established the water system months before summer started. Now, our golden babies have the sunshine as well as enough water to grow.

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Silay Highlands Cacao Adventure

imageimage imageimagePDS President Chris Fadriga was with Manong Dolping, PDS interim Vice-President for Negros Occidental the other day.image imageHe recounts that part of ‘nong Dolping’s  2000 plus cacao seedlings planted about 3 years ago have started to produce pods and will start to harvest a few pods soon.

Planting materials came from seeds of old cacao trees just around the Barrio of Patag.

“We would like to see some Fino Aromatico trees from them.” Mr. Fadriga confidently said.

He also started to do side grafting some for the heirloom cacao giving the white beans.

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Rain or shine, the Filipino  Heirloom Cacao search continues.

Courtesy call to the Governor of Negros Occidental, June 21, 2016

The members of Plantacion de Sikwate (Cacao Producers Association, Inc.) led by its national president, Christopher Fadriga (3rd from left), paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (center) at the Capitol, last June 21, 2016. In photo are Antonio Grafilo, Kenny Ang, Nelia Grafilo, and Cyrus Obsuna. Also in photo are PEMO Head, Atty. Wilmon Peñalosa, Boyet Uychiat, and Merceditas Montilla./Capitol photo by Richard MalihanThe members of Plantacion de Sikwate Cacao Producers Association, Inc. led by its Chairmain of the Board Cyrus Obsuna (3rd from right), national president, and Christopher Fadriga (3rd from left), paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. (center) at the Capitol. In photo are Antonio Grafilo, Kenny Ang, Nelia Grafilo, PEMO Head, Atty. Wilmon Peñalosa, Boyet Uychiat, and Merceditas Montilla. /Capitol photo by Richard Malihan

PDS paid a courtesy call to the Governor of Negros Occidental last June 21, 2016. They were invited to give a seminar regarding growing cacao using PDS protocols. The said cacao techno forum was intended for 81 Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) Communities in the Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental. /PDS report by Mia Concepcion