Pahimis Festival: Do You Know What Amadeo, Cavite Is Known For?
Bernard Supetran | Apr 20, 2017
It's coffee time again in Amadeo, Cavite as the town seeks to reclaim its old glory as the country's top coffee producer in the revived edition of the Pahimis Festival, April 21-23.
Introduced in 2002 when the municipality was proclaimed "Coffee Capital of the Philippines" by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the event aims to promote the town's coffee industry and support the local tree growers.
According to Mayor Albert Ambagan, the festival is themed "Coffee History and Tradition in Modern Generation" which showacases the crop's vital role in the historic evolution of Amadeo and of the country.
He said the revitalized event also seeks to encourage the neighboring upland towns to take the century-old coffee growing industry to the next level.
Amadeo abounds in Liberica, Robusta, Excelsia, and Arabica beans which helped save the booming local industry when an infestation hit Brazil in the late 1800s.
Its most popular brand is the export-quality Cafe Amadeo which is run by a local development cooperative.
A thanksgiving tradition, Pahimis traces its roots to the olden days when coffee farmers gave away their last can of harvest to others in the belief that he will be blessed with a more abundant harvest next season.
Merry-making kicks off on April 21 with a trade fair, farm tours, as well as the Coffee Symposium, hosted by Razorchefs Philippines and the Culinary Generals of the Philippines. The final night of the event will also feature a talents' night, for anyone who wants to showcase whatever talent they had.
Highlighting the three-day event is the street dancing and parade presentation which will see revelers in jute- and coffee-inspired costumes reenacting the coffee production cycle. This will be followed by the Barista Master Competition (Flair and Cocktail Category) which will put to the test the skills of baristas from all over.
Celebrations will eventually draw to a close on April 23 with the XC Agri-Adventure Challenge which will trek Amadeo's offroad bicycle trails and the Barista Master Competition (Latte Art & Espresso).
Ambagan said that the Pahimis Fest will put the spotlight on the municipality as a farm tourism destination, an outdoor getaway for mountain bikers, and weekend market for organic produce.
Aside from coffee, it offers healthy agricultural and processed food products at its Lingguhang Baraka flea market every Saturday.
Amadeo is also home to the The Farmacy, a garden for medicinal plants of the award-winning Nurture Wellness Village in nearby Tagaytay City.
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The town also has an array of boutique resorts and quaint cafes which can make a visit to Amadeo as relaxing as a coffee break.