Davao chocolate museum symbol of PH-Mexico ties

  • April 12, 2017

DAVAO CITY April 12 (PIA)- Visiting Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines Julio Camarena Villasenor said that the chocolate museum located in Malagos is a representation of the deep ties between Mexico and the Philippines.


The Mexican envoy visited the museum yesterday (April 12) as part of his itinerary in Davao City which included meeting with local government officials and local businessmen. The chocolate museum is located inside Malagos Garden Resort, an inland nature resort and cocoa plantation about 28 kilometers from Davao City’s downtown area.


 Ambassador Villasenor was impressed with the museum which contains historical anecdotes about the origins of chocolates. Chocolate originated from Mexican Aztecs where it eventually reached Spain after Mexico was colonized by Spanish conquistadores.


The first recorded shipment of cocoa to the Philippines was recorded in 1660 brought as cargo by a Galleon traversing Manila to Acapulco.


The envoy cited the deep historical ties between the two countries. Particularly during the Spanish regime when Mexico was a viceroyalty of Spain and the Philippines was ruled through Mexico until it won its independence in 1821.


Villasenor cited the galleon trade between Manila and Acapulco which spurred the ties between the two countries.   


The galleon trade introduced many Mexican crops  now common in the country like corn, tomatoes, guyabano, achuete, Kalabasa (pumpkin).


They also share common cultural practices such as  the popular celebration of fiestas, noche buena and todos los santos.


Mexican words like Palengke and Tiangge have become part of the Filipino vocabulary.


Philippine historical imports to Mexico include mangoes and coconuts.


Villasenor said that the  tequila was inspired by the distillation process employed in producing coconut wine or tuba. The Mexicans employed that distillation in their native agave plant.


The envoy also cited the role of the Mexican Air Force in the liberation of the country during World War II when it sent an air force squadron to help liberate the country from the Japanese in World War II.


Villasenor said that even today the ties between the two countries are still deep particularly in the economic front.


Mexico is one of the top investors in the country. In 2013 and 2014 it was the top country in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the Philippines.


Mexico’s FDI to the country in 2013 and 2014 amounted to $6.8 billion.


Among the investments are in cement (Cemex), softdrinks (Coca Cola FEMSA) and call centers.  The Philippines in turn has investments in Mexico like port development (ICTSI), distilled spirits  (Emperador Brandy).


The envoy said that currently Mexico as among the top investors in the country. And is bullish with the trade relations between the two countries.


During his visit to the museum, Villasenor presented a book about the Galleon trade to the Puentespina family, owners of the resort and the museum. (PIA/RG Alama)



Other News

Mayor Beng reiterates: Avoid looking for jobs in risky areas
  • August 20, 2017
By Felipo David G. Malcampo ZAMBOANGA CITY, August 16 (PIA) – City Mayor Beng Climaco reiterated her warning to jobseekers to avoid looking for jobs in risky areas since there is plenty of employment opportunities in the city. “Please refrain from looking for work in risky areas because we have a lot of job opportunities in Zamboanga,” Mayor Climaco said during a press briefing Monday (August 14). Last month, four Zamboangueño laborers namely Jayson Vailoces, Joel Adanza, Felimon Guerrero, Jr. and Edmundo Ramos were abducted while doing construction and painting jobs in Sulu. L...Read more
DAR marks CARPER’s 8th Anniversary
  • August 20, 2017
By Alfonso T. Ruda   DIPOLOG CITY, August 16 (PIA)--- The Department of Agrarian of Agrarian Reform held a press conference with the local media in line with the department’s 8th CARPER Anniversary celebration.   According to DAR-Zamboanga del Norte PARPO II Mohammad Dassan Adju, the press conference was called to update the local media on the projects implemented by DAR in the province and to thank the media for their continuous support to its information dissemination campaign.   Adju said that apart from its regular project, presently DAR is implementing two (2) forei...Read more
Help pours for Diki fire victims in Isabela City
  • August 20, 2017
by Rene V. Carbayas   ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 16 (PIA) – The Diki fire that occurred on July 30 left hundreds of victims here composed of 341 families or 1,646 individuals. They have continuously received relief goods and other assistance from different government agencies and organizations.   Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco came all the way from Zamboanga City on August 4 and headed a delegation composed of Zamboanga City's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the City Social Welfare and Development Office and turned over relief assistance to the victims....Read more
DOF seeks FPI’s support behind tax reform
  • August 20, 2017
MANILA, Aug. 20 -- Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has sought the support of local manufacturers behind the Duterte administration’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), which, he said, would be a potent tool to encourage enterprise and boost domestic market demand, attract investors and improve the purchasing power of wage earners, and build an inclusive economy.   In a speech read for him by Finance Assistant Secretary Mark Dennis Joven, Dominguez also assured members of the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), which has long been partnering with the government ...Read more