The Philippine Embassy in Seoul and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) highlighted the Philippine tsokolate / cacao through the webinar “The Philippine Tsokolate, Scaling New Heights: Honoring Heritage and Stories of Hope and Purpose” held on 25 October 2020.
The webinar featured Mrs. Mary Grace and Mr. Emmanuel Belviz of Rosario’s Delicacies and Belviz Farms. In September, Rosario’s Delicacies was awarded One Star at the Great Taste Awards in London for its unsweetened dark chocolate besting 12,777 products from 106 countries. The program also included a demonstration on how to prepare the tsokolate de batirol or sikwate to encourage the Filipino Community in Korea to learn, appreciate and share it with their Korean friends and families.
Philippine Embassy in Seoul Chargé d’affaires Christian de Jesus shared how the webinar depicts the story of the Philippine tsokolate, now ranked among the best in the world, and the aspirations and determination of our farmers, who have been recognized as food security front liners in the time of COVID-19. Moreover, he emphasized that the journey to the world stage of the Philippine tsokolate or cacao is a bayanihan endeavor between the private and government sectors.
Chargé d’affaires de Jesus expressed hope that the success story of the Philippine tsokolate and the determination of Filipino farmers, artisans and chocolatiers will inspire the Filipino Community in South Korea to be optimistic and resilient while far away from home and family. Moreover, with the global recognition of excellent Philippine products, he invited the Filipino Community to take pride in our Filipino identity, heritage and our country.
The webinar is an activity of Sentro Rizal Seoul under the NCCA’s project “Padayon: Paglikha sa Panahon ng Pandemya.”