Davao's Top Produce: Why Malagos Chocolate is World's Best
Ida Damo | Jun 15, 2016
This year could just be Davao City’s shiniest year. The incoming President of the Philippines served as the city’s mayor for 18 years and now, one of its major products, the cacao/chocolate, is making waves in the international market.
With 6,000 hectares devoted to cacao plantations and producing 100,000 metric tons of harvest, it is no wonder that one of Davao City's chocolatiers came up with one of the world’s best.
Malagos Agri-Ventures grows, produces and processes chocolate beans from its own farm in Calinan, Davao City as well as from 40 smaller farms. Last 2015, its premium 100 percent unsweetened chocolate won the bronze in the best unflavored drinking chocolate category at the World Chocolate Awards in London. And in the same year in October, Malagos Garden’s 65% dark chocolate won the silver at the World Drinking Chocolate Competition in Germany.
Just this May, the Academy of Chocolate Eight Golden Bean Awards gives the silver medal in the Drinking Chocolate category to Malagos chocolate.
Aside from the award-winning chocolates, Malagos Agri-Ventures and its mother company, the Puentespina Group of Companies, has an orchid farm and garden resort.
(Photos by Ian Ray Garcia)
How to Get There:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Travel time is 1 hour and 50 minutes from Manila and 50 minutes from Cebu.
Taxi fare flag down rate is PhP40 (US$0.90) while jeepney fare starts at PhP8.00.
Malagos Garden is in Calinan, an hour away from the city proper. Malagos products are available at the farm in Calinan or at the at the Puentespina Garden at Bolcan St., Agdao, Davao City, a 15-20-minute ride from the airport.
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