Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 34

Trademarking Philippine Heritage In Pursuit of Sui Generis Geographical Indications Series 
Part 3: South Cotabato Cacao


This webinar focuses on getting Geographical Indications status for Fine/Flavour Cacao (FFC) and how Intellectual Property (IP) ownership can protect cacao farmer livelihood. At the origin side Ernesto Pantua will narrate Kablon Farms history and handling of Intellectual Property ownership, while Patrick Belisario will explain how the concept of terroir and compliance to Code of Practice applies to fine cacao. On the consumption side, Peter Schoenaker will host a tasting session with award winning chocolate makers, Mathieu Dierinck and Isobel Carse, who will talk about their experience with working with Kablon Farms’ cocoa fermentation protocols.

This is the third part of the series Trademarking Philippine Heritage In Pursuit of Sui Generis Geographical Indications.

  • Guest speakers: Patrick Belisario, Ernesto Pantua, Peter Schoenaker, Isobel Carse, Mathieu Dierinck
  • Guest Moderator: Estela Duque

About the Speakers

Patrick Belisario

Patrick Belisario is a registered Professional Agricultural Engineer since 1995. He has a BS in Agricultural Engineering from Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan and a Master in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management. Patrick has extensive experience in NGO developing & implementing rural agri-enterprises, financing sustainable agri-enterprises. Among others, he also organized the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines, Virgin Coconut Oil Philippines. He has 15 years experience as independent consultant, researcher & writer, international organic & fair trade inspector, organic grower group certification, geographical indication technical expert, industry development, micro entrepreneur – bean to bar chocolate manufacturer, among others.

Ernesto Pantua

Ernesto Pantua is the owner and General Manager of Kablon Farms. Ernesto’s farm is a family-owned and is located in Tupi, South Cotabato. The farm combines sustainable methods of farming and fair trade.

Peter Schoenaker

Peter is a professional musician, who about four years ago decided to immerse himself in the chocolate world by developing his knowledge of the subject. He started ChocoladebloG (Dutch) and Peterschocolade (English) at Instagram, in order to educate the public about his trips to chocolate festivals all over Europe and visit to makers, traders, and all kind of chocolate experts. His chocolate tasting average for the past 4 years is about five different bars per week.

Isobel Carse

Isobel completed years of training in chocolate making with a luxury British chocolatier, before setting up Dormouse Chocolates over 5 years ago. She has won several Academy of Chocolate awards including UK Rising Star in 2017; and a gold and silver award for two bars with Kablon Farms cacao in 2018. She received a further 3 International Chocolate Awards in 2019 for bars with Kablon Farms cacao. Today she has a small shop in Manchester where people can experience chocolate being made.

Mathieu Dierinck

Mathieu Dierinck wears many hats: consultant, teacher, chocolatier, pastry chef, and dessert lover. Born in Belgium but now based in Germany, he has worked with famous chefs and establishments like 3-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn (Maidenhead/UK); for Gordon Ramsay (UK) as Pastry Chef; Sans Cravate (Bruges/Belgium); La maison Oberweis (Luxembourg); Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). He now has a bean-to-bar brand, Artist Chocolate (Germany) which received from International Chocolate Awards (2020) a silver prize for two Kablon Farms origin bars.

About the Guest Moderator

Estela Duque

Estela Duque is an architect, historian, social entrepreneur, certified chocolate taster, and chocolate competition judge in Europe. In 2015 she founded Moulinet Chocolat Limited (UK) in order to introduce Philippine specialty cocoa to the world. She started in 2017 the only craft chocolate event of the Philippines, now called Intramuros Chocolate Festival. Geographic Indications for cacao in the Philippines is one of the channels for her advocacy in heritage conservation.

About the Intramuros Learning Sessions

The Intramuros Learning Sessions (ILS) is the educational webinar series of the Intramuros Administration (IA). The IA is an attached national government agency under the Department of Tourism. 

Topics are interdisciplinary and cover themes related to Intramuros and Manila studies, Philippine studies, as well as cultural heritage studies. Pursuant to IA’s charter, the ILS aims to contribute to the strengthening of the Filipino’s national identity and sense of belonging and pride.

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Philippine Registry of Cultural Property: An Overview
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