Locally, some regions, such as Davao, Batangas and Bohol, are better associated with cacao than others, but cacao can grow almost anywhere in the Philippines there are coconuts. “The Philippine climate is the best to grow cacao,” shares Mia Concepcion, Media Information Administrator and Marketing officer of non-stock, non-profit organization Plantacion de Sikwate Cacao Producers Association, Inc. (PDS), citing factors such as the country’s ample rainfall and ample sunshine, flat terrain, fertile soil, and use of organic inputs in certain regions. Better yet, the Philippines is able to grow all three kinds of beans—even the rare Criollo, which the folks of PDS are in the process of searching for in hopes of coming up with a cacao blend called Filipino Aromatico that could put the country on the world map.