Chocoholics, Rejoice: The Philippines’ 1st Chocolate Museum Now In Davao!
Chocolate is a mild stimulant that is why people get a high from the sweet treats regarded by many as "food for the gods." Its scientific name, Theobroma cacao translates to Theo (God) and brosi (food).
In Davao where chocolate has its own festival and where cacao is planted on 6,000 hectares of land which produce 100,000 metric tons of cocoa beans, comes another breakthrough—a museum where people can learn about cacao and the process of making chocolates.
TV Patrol Southern Mindanao reporter Vina Araneta-Pilapil went to Malagos in Calinan, Davao City to get first dibs on this delicious breakthrough.
Malagos Garden Resort has 24 hectares of 50-year old rehabilitated cacao trees which are the source of cacao beans used in making the sweets.
Malagos' produced chocolates have been recognized internationally. It was the 2-star winner of the 2016 Great Taste Competition. In April 2016, it also got a sliver for Best Unflavored Drinking Chocolate at the 2016 Academy of Chocolate Awards in London.
It won a bronze award in the same category at the competition in 2015.
Malagos chocolate produces 12 tons of chocolates every month but with the increase in demand, they also hope to increase their production.
“We are capable of producing world class chocolates, there is a high demand but very low supply of cacao, we supply less than one percent of the global output even though the Philippines is very ideal for planting cacao, says Careel Osorio, the Quality Assurance Officer of Malagos Chocolate.
The museum showcases the tree to bar chocolate experience, including cacao cultivation as well as the art and science of chocolate making.
There is also an interactive kids zone where children and adults can learn the different kinds of chocolates.
Aside from the museum, the resort also has a sweet park that features giant chocolate cake, cupcakes, and ice cream.
Now when you crave chocolates, you can head out to Davao City and visit Malagos!