The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC) in Sydney featured two award-winning products from the Philippines at the Independence Day celebrations in Australia on 10 June 2019.
Guests were able to sample Malagos Chocolates, the award winning Philippine chocolates from Davao. The renowned chocolates were made from tree-to-bar — a process by which the sowing, tending, harvesting, fermenting, drying, sorting, roasting, and producing the chocolate is done right on the company’s farm — giving the products a more distinctive and pronounced taste.
Due to the distinctive quality of its product, Malagos Chocolates has garnered prestigious international awards putting the Philippines, specifically Davao, in the chocolate map of the world.
Meanwhile, Manille Liqueur de Calamansi and Paradise Mango Rum were also served during the celebrations in Sydney and Perth.
Manille Liqueur de Calamansi is a vodka-based drink that uses the essence of the zesty Calamansi or Philippine lime rind sourced from the Mangyan farmers in Mindoro province in the Philippines. Another product, Paradise Mango Rum, is a natural fruit-based liqueur made from world-renowned Philippine mangoes and premium aged rum. The product has garnered numerous awards overseas and is a testament to the capability of the Philippines to produce global brands recognized and appreciated by international connoisseurs.
“We want Australians to know we have good, quality products in the Philippines that are recognized and appreciated internationally. Our goal is to make these products available in supermarket shelves, boutique stores, duty free shops, hotels, bars and specialty stores in Australia soon,” said Philippines Special Trade Representative to Australia Alma Argayoso.
“Not only are the products good, but by supporting and patronizing these brands, Australians will also be able to support local farmers in the Philippines who adhere to ethical and sustainable farming and strict quality standards,” she added.