Breaking news! Davao City Declared as Chocolate Capital of the Philippines! 

Puentespina Farm

Puentespina Farm is located in the district of Malagos, a small municipality in the foothills of Mt. Talomo, Barangay Baguio District, Davao City approximately 45 kilometers northwest from the city center.  Malagos takes its name from malakas na agos, which means “strong flow of water.”  Our farm sits right along the equator, which makes it the ideal location for growing cacao.


Here, the soil, the sun, the climate — our environment — come together to create a unique terroir that gives our cacao beans their identity, an individuality that cannot be replicated anywhere in the world.


Beyond making fine flavor chocolates, we are a Bureau of Plant Industry-certified supplier of quality cacao planting material to fellow farmers. This gives us the opportunity to supply scions, grafted seedlings and seeds for rootstock, including the coveted UF18 variety. We also serve as the supplier of fine flavor beans used in the making Malagos Chocolate. Our supplies guarantee consistent quality and traceability.

To date, our farm has already reaped two internationally acclaimed awards.  Valuable recognition as the pre & post-harvest practices, cocoa trees, and beans were the focus of the evaluation. Great chocolate must come from high quality beans. It must start with good genetic material. The terroir plays a pivotal role as rainfall, soil composition, and other crops grown around the area influence distinct flavor. Last but not the least, consistent implementation of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) on harvest processes set our products apart.


We’re very proud to announce that our cacao farm – Puentespina Farm  is now recognized as one of the producers of the BEST 50 BEANS IN THE WORLD.  A total of 166 cacao beans samples were received from 40 countries at the 2017 Edition of the Cocoa Excellence Programme in France! This is a valuable recognition since the focus of the evaluation is on the bean quality – the raw material itself!

This is huge for the cacao industry as this proves that Philippine beans can compete side side with the other top producers from cacao-growing countries. Mabuhay ang magsasakang Pilipino!

The BEST 50 BEAN SAMPLES were processed into chocolates by the international technical committee and celebrated at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris last 28 Oct – 1 Nov.

The Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme is the entry point for cocoa producers to participate in the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), a global competition recognizing the work of cocoa farmers and celebrating the diversity of cocoa flavours.

List of the best 50 samples We are on page 25.

More about the Cocoa Excellence Programme

Our venture into cacao growing started in 2003 when our founders, Roberto and Charita Puentespina, leased a cacao farm in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. A farmer at heart, Charita Puentespina rehabilitated the trees and soon after harvested the cacao pods. We now operate a 60-hectare cacao farm and employ around 100 in-house farmers.  In addition to our own harvest, we also source wet cacao beans from small growers in the area to promote sustainability in the community.  We also built a training facility on the farm to teach farmers good cacao growing practices.

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


Another celebration of hard work in the name of Philippine chocolate!

We are truly grateful & deeply honored to receive the Heirloom Cacao Designation from the Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP) Fund to start the new year!  We’re very proud to bring this honor to our country. First in & for the Philippines!

To become designated ’heirloom cacao’ is an incredibly high standard to meet.

Our very own cacao farm – Puentespina Farm is now designated as HEIRLOOM producers of quality & flavor cacao beans at origin by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund in partnership with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) & US Dept of Agriculture (USDA)! Mabuhay!

The announcement was made during the FCIA Elevate Chocolate Event – Winter 2019 in San Francisco last January 12, 2019.

“We are elated to be part of this very small group of farmers who have been given this designation as Heirloom Cacao. We are only the 16th to be given this honor, and the first in the Philippines,” said Charita Puentespina, proud farmer & founder of Puentespina Farms and Malagos Chocolate.

Puentespina Farms’ entry was designated the 16th heirloom cacao in the world by a super majority of the HCP’s tasting panel.

Heirloom cacao is considered the diamonds of cacao. They are the foundation of great chocolate. The trees and beans are considered heirloom variety because of a combination of their historic, cultural, botanical, geographical and flavor value.

Here’s the link for more information on HCP and its methodology. 

This is the 2nd  international recognition awarded to our cacao farm. In October 2017, the beans from Puentespina Farm were recognized as one of the ‘BEST 50 CACAO BEAN SAMPLES’ in the world by the Cocoa Excellence Programme held in France. Our beans were selected out of the total 166 cacao beans samples received from 40 countries that year.

Last year 2018, our finished product – Malagos Chocolate also received international accolades with 18 international & one (1) GOLD national awards from prestigious fine chocolate competitions such as the Academy of Chocolate, Great Taste, and International Chocolate Awards. To date, our company already garnered a total of 29 international & one (1) GOLD national accolades (including two for Puentespina Farm).

A rising tide lifts all boats. We want the cacao farmers to realize the earning potential of cacao, and how they can raise their game so that they, too, can produce world-class chocolates. When we raise the awareness of how valuable our cacao is, we are able to uplift the lives of farmers and encourage the growth of an entire industry.

Malagos Chocolate's cacao farm –– Puentespina Farm


Puentespina Farm

Puentespina Farm's Quality Grafted Cacao Seedlings

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