By Nariyoung Kim
Dalareich Chocolate House, a Filipino chocolate brand from Bohol, has won its third international recognition from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held in La Serena, Chile this October.
The chocolate store in Tagbilaran was named after Dalareich, the daughter of Polot family, and was always been a complementary stop whenever tourists come and visit the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.
The store was founded by the Polot family and was nominated by the Philippine Commission on Women in the APEC Business Efficiency and Success Target (APEC BEST) Awards 2019 which was held during the Women and the Economy Forum.
Dalareich Chocolate House won for Best Family Support Award, winning against 21 other APEC nominees and was received by the DTI Region VII Director Aster Caberte, who is currently representing the Department of Trade and Industry in the APEC Ministerial Meeting.
Dalareich Polot presented their business model via Skype which lasted for several minutes which concluded with a five-minute question and answer portion.
“I didn’t expect any award because I feel like it’s a lesser chance for the Philippines to win because I only presented online. I only prayed for a good internet connection and won’t rain,” said Polot stating her concerns about the competition. “When the presentation of the other women from different countries started, especially most of them presented personally, I feel so nervous and pressure to present the Philippines using an online platform. I prayed so hard that my presentation goes well. You know, the pressure to represent my country and my beloved province of Bohol.”
The famous chocolate house has also won in the London’s Academy of Chocolate Awards in June and has been awarded the Takeda Young Entrepreneurship Award at the University of Tokyo in Japan last February.
“But God is good! THIS IS NOT MY AWARD. I owed this to people who believe and support us all the way. Receiving 3 international awards this year 2019 are all HIS plans. I’m forever grateful,” said Dalareich expressing her pride as a Filipino citizen.