Benguet-grown Arabica coffee dominates 2018 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition

BAGUIO CITY, March 22 (PIA) -- Arabica coffee is best grown in the highlands, coffee  experts say, and this  is  proven once again with Benguet-grown Arabica varieties winning  three spots in the top six of the 2018 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC).

 

Emerging as champion for the best Arabica coffee was  the entry of Oliver Oliem, whose coffee farm is located in Caliking, Atok, Benguet, with his washed mixed typical Arabica coffee that is grown at 1,650 meters above sea level.

One of the judge Charlie Habbeger, a specialty coffee buyer of the Blue Bottle Coffee owns 81 Café in the US and Asia, affirmed that all judges unanimously voted for the winning Arabica variety giving emphasis on the coffee that blends the characteristics of Apricot, lemongrass, Pomelo, Oolong Tea and the aroma of a Rose.

The entry of Restie Labi Tacio, also of Caliking, Atok,   got third spot while Belen Macanes whose farm is located at Sagpat Junction in Kibungan, Benguet was No. 5.

Rounding up the top six were the entries of Juanita Amaba of Davao del Sur (Top 2), Caida Besto of Mirajon, Talarag, Bukidnon (4th), and Leizel Siluano (sixth), also of Davao Del Sur.

For the Robusta category, awarded top six entries were: Rodolfo Asiong of Cayus, Ilocos Sur (Champion); Lorna Libante of Bagong Silang, Bukidnon (2nd); Luz Dalapus of Dapdappig G Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur (3rd); BMMPC farmers of Pigtauranan San Roque, Bukidnon (4th); Pine Valley Farm of Barangay Paloc, Maragusan, Campostella Valley (5th) and Ramon Polipol of Ilocos Sur (6th).

The winners were recognized during the 2018 PCQC awarding ceremony at the Hotel Supreme here on Wednesday, as a highlight of the 3rd Philippine Coffee Conference.

The PCQC aims to give recognition to farmers who showcase excellence in coffee growing, and to encourage others to push for product development. Moreover, it aims to promote

Philippine coffee as a driver of economic growth and showcase its potential of being among the best coffee produce in the world.

It is co–organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) with funding by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and technical supervision by Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), a US based institution that promotes specialty coffee and brings about quality grading for Robusta and Arabica coffee in the Philippines.

Only in its second year, PCQC gathered 108 entries for this year’s tilt.

The 3rd Philippine Coffee Congress was successfully conducted with the able leadership of DTI and DA in partnership with the Philippine Coffee Council and in coordination with the various coffee industry stakeholders in different parts of the country. It primarily aimed to put the implementation of the Philippine Coffee Roadmap 2017 - 2022 into full gear and to push forward the country’s coffee industry into its former glory, as a driver of economic development and in bringing in inclusive growth, especially in the countryside. Carlito Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

 

Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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