The Chocolate Chamber Academy headed by Master Cacao educator Mr. Edu Pantino and its President and Founder Raquel Toquero-Choa conducted a cacao tree planting held at KM43 Garden (KAKAO ni Maria), Robinsons Galleria Cebu yesterday.
The activity was graced by Society Writer Ms. Jenara Regis Newman, Senior Regional Operations Manager of Robinsons Land Corporation Ms. May Adolfo, FCCT Agri-Business Officer Ms. Clavel Aves, FCCT Tuburan Branch Manager Ms. Arlene Cadano and Agri-Technician Mr. Riel Allego together with The Chocolate Queen Raquel Choa, the Chocolate Princess Hannah Choa and the Chamber Keeper Jonathan Choa.
The Chocolate Queen believes that this is a way of growing together.
It’s a ‘green’ reminder of a seemingly lost tradition among the Visayan people of the customary planting of cacao in the backyard, cacao being an essential ingredient to make tablea and have sikwate for the ever-growing family.
This tradition has been passed on from generation to generation, some with well-kept heirloom recipes to cherish and to share.
The cacao tree planting is an initiative of TCC Academy, the training arm of The Chocolate Chamber in collaboration with the First Consolidated Cooperative Along Tañon Seaboards (FCCT) in Tuburan, Cebu. FCCT is the coop partner of TCC in cacao farming and agri-business.
Robinsons Galleria Cebu grants the use of space (free of charge) as a support to MSME’s during the pandemic.
The KM43 Garden (Verandah, fronting TCC) will soon be the pick-up point of agri-related products of members of FCCT.