Plantacion de Sikwate makes a Mark

PDS re-filed their Trademark registration with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL).

They opted to secure a collective mark for the advantage of their member’s businesses. You see, “a collective mark is any visible sign capable of distinguishing the origin, common characteristic, quality of goods or services of different enterprises under the control of the registered owner which must be a group of industry stakeholders.”

This means that when you affix the Trademark of the Filipino Aromatico™️ on your packaging of cacao tableas, cacao wine, and other cacao-related products, you are guaranteeing your customers of the common quality being offered by the owners of the Criollo variety trees who have started to harvest their crops.

Across the border, the taste of a Criollo cacao tablea has a distinct flavor, and aroma — a mixture of nutty, sweet, and  slightly bitter taste.

Backed by Heritage

“Kung baga, iisa ang origin o pinagmulan kasi ng Criollo variety na mula sa Plantacion de Sikwate. Nag mula ito sa ating mga ninuno na nagpalago ng puno ng cacao ilang daang taong na ang nakakalipas. Hindi nila alam na ito ay Ginintuan™️ — rare at napakalinamnam kaya mahal — kasi ang punla nito ay mula pa nuong 1800s nang dumaong sa ating mga ports ang mga galleon. Naging bahagi kasi ng Manila-Acapulco Trade ang mga cacao na nagmula pa sa bansang Mexico.” aniya ni Mia Concepcion, PDS Media Director at naging kasapi sa IPOPHIL.

“Nais namin sa Plantacion de Sikwate na yumabong ang variety ng cacao na ito sa ibat ibang parte ng Pilipinas kaya wala kaming tigil na ipaalam, puntahan, at turuan ang mga farmers kung ano ang advantage ng Criollo at iba pang variety ng cacao.” Sabi ni Mel Santos, CEO ng asosasyon ng mga cacao producers

PDS goes Global

It is an honor to be chosen as one of the 4 farmers to represent the Philippines at the prestigious International Cocoa Awards (ICA). I will join the roster of the best cocoa producers in the world.

As I have been informed, 235 samples coming from 53 cocoa-producing countries around the world joined in to get tested and our Filipino Aromatico came in clean.

I am glad that our Heirloom cacao will be part of a celebration on the diversity of flavors from different origins in the world, said Christopher Fadriga.

Celebrating the Women of Cacao

True enough, PDS has made a mark in the Filipino’s hearts and minds. That is why before the year ends, Ms. Cacao will release an eMagazine to celebrate the WOMEN OF CACAO. It is up for sale at P100.00. The eMagazine is part of a fundraiser to help challenged farmers avail of planting materials through your help. She will post more about the fundraiser as soon as it is ready.

#advocacy
#fortheFilipinos
#forthePhilippines
#atinIto

PDS Member’s Cacao Tableyas part in a Cooking Competition

on July 28, 2021 Shann’s Tableya will be used in a cooking competition called the “1st Marikina Sweet & Fit Filipino Desserts Challenge 2021: Recreating Desserts Naturally.” In celebration of the 47th Nutrition Month, Chef Michelle Arce, Event Director and main conceptualizer of the competition, shall prepare the all-time favorite Chocolate Champorado using Shann’s Tableyas from Calape, Bohol.

Did you know? The energetic 21 yr. old owner of SHANN’S 100% PURE CACAO TABLEYA was mentioned in the celebration of #WorldChocolateDay forum? Check it out in his FB post! Sean Raphael Dumangog was also featured in a vlog.

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Interested buyers for the cacao tableas may get in touch via his Facebook page.

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PDS FARM VISIT TO NUEVA ECIJA.

It was a good day despite the rains happening around the country.

PDS CEO Mr. Mel Santos flew out from Cebu together with Bohol’s “Cacao Amazona” Ms. Indai Le Cortes of Villa Cortes Criollo Farm.

They visited one of the booming cacao farms in Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija — Golden A Natures Farm.

Indai Le was commissioned to graft the remaining 7,000 rootstocks in order to spread the cacao varieties that demand premium prices for their unique taste and aroma in the Luzon area.

Mr. Mel Santos and Indai Le visited the farm together with the Municipal Agriculture Officer Mr. Ponciano Guillermo and other MAO – Peñaranda personnel.

Be connected.

For inquiries about Golden A Natures Farm’s cacao seedlings for sale, contact goldenAnaturesfarm@gmail.com or 09278771695 (Globe).

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!

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

Cherrels for Mi Amour

Planted in our PDS Training Center, Brgy. Atipuluan, Bago,City, Negros Occidental last February 2017. The prolific blooms then have resulted to prolific cherrels now.

Need I sing our song MY CHERREL (cherrie) AMOUR still? Planting continues with these happy hormones. Have a nice day!

#FILIPINOAROMATICO™.
#itstheTIPthatmatters

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FLOWERING STAGE
by: Chris Fadriga

it’s not the quantity of flowers that matters. it’s the cherrels that will bloom after that. flowers from cacao trees, in this photo is a young age of 20 months, is a proof that a rare kind of cacao variety unknown to Filipinos can really thrive in our country.

I personally cared for these babies from seedlings to trees. At the end of the day, some flowers may fall but some will stay. With the right planting technology we follow, these blooms will grow and be one of the most coveted cacao varieties due to its floral scent.

(click here for the photos)

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My CHERREL (cherrie) AMOR.

Soon you will hum the same song when your GOLDEN babies bear their first cherrels.

(watch here)

Because Helping Never Stops

Good Day! Thank you for watching our TV guesting at Everyday Goodwill with our newest PDS member and Friend of PDS Maria Teresa Cancio last Tuesday. It is with pride and joy that the livestream video at Inquirer 990AM reached an impressive 659 views! Just last Tuesday evening, Ms. Cacao told me that an initial 358 viewers tuned in. Thank you to those who watched.

I rested the entire Wednesday even if I really wanted to pay a visit to a cacao farm in Nueva Ecija. The intense thunderstorms prevented me from pushing through but I got to talk with the farm owner Mr. Oscar Paragas and listened about his intent to plant 36,000 seedlings of the Heirloom cacao variety.

Today, as I woke up Ms. Cacao to greet her a Happy Birthday, I prepared another farm visit schedule closer to home in Marilao. Met with Bong Gonzales’ Farm Manager Raffy Herrera. Bong is our PDS Affiliated Farm owner in Brgy. Caysio, Sta. Maria, Bulacan. With me is Ka Isme of the Pangkat Kaunlaran of DZMM’s Usaping Agrikultura sa Kabukiran.

The days away from the Queen of the South — Cebu was indeed productive for PDS. Proved distance can still bridge us closer to the people we care about. As new friendships were made, old friendships strengthened, I head home to Cebu with Happiness in my heart.

All because I helped. I listened. I inspired.