The famed Malagos chocolates grown and made in the highland district of this city will be featured in Air Asia’s Santan in-flight menu.
Celebrity chef JP Anglo commissioned by the regional airline in creating its in-flight dishes utilized the local chocolate in its Roasted Dalandan Chicken flavored with Pimiento Chocolate Sauce meal.
The dish was launched last April 5 at the Koi Café of the Malagos Garden Resort. In attendance were chef JP Anglo and Air Asia Philippines CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador also present were members of the media from Luzon and Visayas alongside bloggers and social media influencers coming from Malaysia who joined their Dabawenyo counterparts.
Comendador said that the world-class chocolates deserve the world’s attention fitting to be part of the airline’s in-flight offering.
He also said that bringing in the chocolates to highlight social entrepreneurs “who all value a strong, innovative service culture which is the hallmark of Air Asia’s brand of service.”
The Malagos chocolates are sourced from the cacao trees grown in the farm owned by the Puentespina family, which is also a tourism destination in Davao City, it is also processed in the chocolate plant located inside the resort. Visitors to the Puenterspina-owned Malagos Garden Resort are shown the chocolates’ tree-to-bar experience.
Malagos chocolate has won numerous international awards including the bronze in Academy of Chocolate in 2015 in London which was followed by a silver the following year and another silver in the chocolate awards 2015 in Hanover, Germany. (PIA/RG Alama)