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GMA News reports ~ 'Davao-made chocolate wins award in London!'

Posted on May 12, 2015

  April 30, 2015 1:52pm 

Britain's leading chocolate professionals recognized a product from Davao City. 

The Academy of Chocolate gave "Malagos Premium 100% Unsweetened Chocolate" a bronze award for the Best Unflavoured Drinking Chocolate category. 

"This goes to show that our base chocolate (cocoa liquor) can compete side by side with other chocolates around the world. As far as I know, this is a first for the Philippines," said Rex Puentespina, chocolate maker and sales and marketing director at Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp.

According to The Academy of Chocolate, they received a record number of entries with over 500 products from different parts of the world. For this year, judges included chocolate experts and buyers, pastry chefs, food professionals, and food journalists. They are chaired by globally respected wine expert Charles Metcalfe.

For the same category, other bronze winners were Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate from Ecuador and Du Jour Choco Chaud from Brazil. Another entry from Ecuador, the Favarger drinking chocolate, got the silver medal; and Haiti's Kokoa Collection Hot Chocolate earned the gold award. The list of the other winners in other categories may be viewed here.

The Academy of Chocolate was founded in 2005 by five of Britain's leading chocolate professionals to campaign for better chocolate and promote awareness on the differences between fine chocolates and mass-produced chocolate confectionery.


A surprise
 

In an interview with GMA News Online during the Madrid Fusión Manila, Jen Martinez-Puentespina of Malagos said that the win came as a surprise since they kept their expectations low. 

"This award validates the quality of beans and chocolates we have been producing the past two years," Rex Puentespina added.

Malagos started making premium single-origin cocoa liquor in 2012. The family-owned company also owns a cacao nursery certified by the Bureau of Plant Industry.

The mother-and-son tandem of Charita and Rex Puentespina have been working with more than 40 small farmers in Calinan, Davao City and used cacao beans, specifically the Trinitario clones, which is a cross between the Criollo and Forastero varieties, harvested from trees growing in the foothills of Mount Talomo. 

Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp. also grows ornamental plants and cut flowers, runs a nature-themed resort in Davao, and produces artisanal cheeses under the brand Malagos Farmhouse. —KG, GMA News

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On the front page of Phil Star (April 29)! ~ 'Phl artisan chocolate bags bronze in London'

Posted on April 30, 2015

 (The Philippine Star) 

Award-winning product

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos have long enjoyed champorado, or sweet chocolate rice porridge, as their breakfast or merienda staples. This time, though, it’s not Philippine cuisine that the world has taken notice of – but the country’s distinct cocoa.

Chocolate grown from bean and made into bars in the southern Philippines recently gained international attention, as it received recognition from the prestigious 2015 Academy of Chocolates Awards.

The Malagos 100-percent Premium Unsweetened Chocolate, produced in Davao by a family-run company, bagged the country’s first chocolate award after it received bronze for the Best Unflavored Drinking Chocolate in ceremonies held in London last April 23.

“This goes to show that our base chocolate (cocoa liquor) can compete side by side with other chocolates around the world,” said chocolate maker Rex Puentespina.

“This award validates the quality of beans and chocolates we have been producing the past two years,” he added.

The Puentespina family, who runs Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp., ventured into the production of single-origin cocoa liquor in 2012, while also running a Bureau of Plant Industry-certified cacao nursery.

Single-origin chocolate refers to chocolate made from cacao beans from a particular country or region. A single-origin chocolate is said to reflect in its taste the soil, climate and environment of where the beans were grown.

The Puentespina family grows cacao trees in Mount Talomo in Calinan, Davao City. Harvested beans, seedlings, seeds and scions are then supplied all over Mindanao.

“The beans we grow are considered fine flavor beans. These beans are manually harvested then fermented on the farm to further enhance naturally the complex flavor of cocoa,” explained Puentespina, Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp. sales and marketing director.

“We grow Trinitario clones, a cross between the Criollo and Forastero varieties, specifically and predominantly the UF 18, BR 25 and PBC 123 clones,” he added.

The company also produces other premium chocolate products, such as Malagos 65-percent Dark Chocolate, Malagos Roasted Cocoa Nibs and soon Malagos 56-percent and 72-percent Dark Chocolates, which are sold in select stores in the Philippines and are also distributed in Singapore, London, Australia and New York.

The cacao percentage would indicate the amount of pure cacao in the product.

Created in 2005, the Academy of Chocolate campaigns for better chocolate and promotes a greater awareness of the cocoa’s journey from bean to bar, which differentiates fine chocolate from mass-produced chocolate confectionery.

According to the Academy of Chocolate, there was a record number of over 500 entries from different parts of the world for this year’s awards. The jury was chaired by globally respected wine expert Charles Metcalfe and included chocolate experts and buyers, pastry chefs, food professionals and food journalists.

Aside from operating a cacao nursery, the Puentespina family also grows ornamental plants and cut flowers, produces cheese and runs a nature-themed resort in Davao.

Read more: http://www.philstar.com/news-feature/2015/04/29/1449103/phl-artisan-chocolate-bags-bronze-london 

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BREAKING NEWS ~ MALAGOS CHOCOLATE WINS BRONZE IN LONDON COMPETITION!

Posted on April 29, 2015

We are VERY PROUD to announce to that our Malagos 100% Pure Unsweetened Chocolate won Bronze in the Best Unflavored Drinking Chocolate category at the Academy of Chocolate competition in London.  As far as we know, this is a first for the Philippines! Mabuhay!  

This goes to show that our *base chocolate (100% cocoa liquor) can compete side by side with other chocolates around the world.  *Base for the 65% Dark Chocolate.  Further, this recognition validates the quality of beans & chocolates that we have been producing the past two years.

The awarding ceremonies  was  hosted by Nigel Barden at a party at Fortnum & Mason in London last Thursday 23rd April. 

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Malagos Chocolate included in Chef Gene's Gastronomic Predictions for 2014!

Posted on March 10, 2014

Celebrity Chef and columnist Gene Gonzales includes Malagos Chocolate in his Gastronomic Predictions for 2014! Thank you Chef Gene for supporting your local farmers from Davao City.

"1. Pinoy Artisanal Chocolate – Since we belong to the Cacao belt, it is only logical that we follow suit with the Malaysian and Indonesian experience and we process our own chocolate rather than sell it as raw beans. We are rediscovering treasured ancient varieties brought by the Spanish planting better tasting hybrid and shunning high production, low quality strains introduced two decades ago. First movers that are now in this field are Rex Puentespina (Malagos)..."

 Read more here http://www.mb.com.ph/gastronomic-predictions-for-2014/

 

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Celebrity Chef and Food Columnist Gene Gonzales includes Malagos Chocolate in the list of "BEST for 2013"!

Posted on January 06, 2014

Thank you Celebrity Chef Gene Gonzales! 

Read the "Best for 2013" - complete article here  http://www.mb.com.ph/best-for-2013/  

Passion is what made cuisine his life. Celebrated Chef Gene Gonzalez, a multi-awarded author of cookbooks and owner of successful restaurants like Café Ysabel and Gino’s Fine Dining, is the president of the culinary school, Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS ). Source: http://cacschef.com/CACSwp/about/chef-gene-gonzalez/

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