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Catanduanes Deli Participates on 7th Catanduanes Summer Barakalan

In starting a business, one of the things that you must consider if you want to make the buyers, consumers and the customers that you are now selling a product is that you need to attend/join in trade fairs.

The 7th Summer Barakalan which was held on April 10-21 is one of the best Trade Fair events in Catanduanes which it earns for about 1.2 million. Many participants coming from different municipality joins the said trade fair. Which their products are showcased and also in order to promote the tourism in the province.

The products that are proposed in the said event are abaca made products, types of furniture, Pasalubong items like sweet delicacies. One that participates is Catanduanes Deli which the owner is Lynn Margarita Molina. Also, there are products made from kakanin like latik and ibos. And much more products that contribute to the said event.

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Paboritong Champorado- Breakfast For You..

Champorado, a sticky sweet rice porridge (usually made from glutinous rice) which is well known to every Filipino for its tasty taste and its flavor. Usually partnering with dried fish or tuyo. In the Philippines, which is a tropic country and considered as one of the countries which celebrate the longest Christmas. As Christmas nearly comes, the weather also gets colder. So many Filipinos think what should be the best food that could warm them from the monsoon.

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The chocolate that is being used in this recipe is usually called “tabrilla or tablea”, made from the native cacao powder that comes from many shapes like tablet, round, square and even balls. It can also serve as a beverage like hot chocolate.

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Catanduanes Deli Tabrilla

Here are list of ingredients and series of steps on how to make your favorite Champorado.


5 pieces Virac Tabrilla

1 cup Glutinous Rice

Condense Milk (optional for topping)

Water 3 1/2 cups

1 cup Sugar


Wash the glutinous rice at least 2 times to prevent the nutrients from excess. Put in a pot and add 3 1/2 cups of water and cover.

Put the pot over a high heat and wait until the rice is cooked.

Chop the Tabrilla into small pieces and dilute it in 1 cup of warm water.

Once the rice is cooked, put 1 cup Sugar and diluted tabrilla. Stir, and let it boil for about 5 minutes until its texture becomes thick.

Remove the pot from fire. Put the cooked champorado in a bowl add condense milk (if desired). Serve and enjoy it with dried fish.

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Cacao Benefits in Our Body

      Health Safety is one of the major concern of many people before eating. They think If they eat this what nutrients can they get? Can this food put you into harm? Can this food prevent you from acquiring diseases? If you love to eat products that are made from cacao, well it is the time for you to know if this fruit can deliver good effects in your body or it can harm you.

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Raw cacao contains a higher quantity of antioxidants such as pyrocyadinis and flavonoid, which may impact as anti-aging properties. It also contains a high level of flavonoids specifically epicatedin which can have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health.  that help to prevent free radicals and toxins enter our body. It is also considered as a stimulant containing the compounds theobromine and caffeine. That can be used as a substitute for coffee. It’s bean contains between 0.1% and 0.7% caffeine where dry coffee beans contain about 1.2% of caffeine.It is also less diuretic then tea. It is the plant that contains the highest amount of Iron comparing to meat. It is also a good source of magnesium needed by the heart to perform well. Magnesium is also needed by the brain because it turns glucose into energy that enables the brain to perform well. Can you also believe that raw cacao contains more calcium than cows milk? Yes, it does. It contains 160mg of calcium per 100g of raw cacao vs 125mg per 100ml of cows milk. And, it also contains an anti-depressant chemicals which are serotonin, dopamine, anandamide, and phenylethylamine. This chemical helps you from becoming a positive well being. It is also associated with feelings.


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How to turn Your Tabrilla into Delicious Hot Chocolate Drink?

Tabrilla, also known as Tablea de Cacao or Tablea Chocolate. It was called Tablea because it comes from the Spanish word that means tablet. There are some other shapes like square, triangular and even balls.

It is usually the main ingredients in making Hot Chocolate. Partner with Pandesal, kakanin like Latik,  Ibos and Suman. This is also best for making Champorado that many kids like especially during rainy days.

Now, here is a step on how to turn your Tabrilla into Delicious Hot Chocolate Drink.


2 pieces Virac Tabrilla

1 cup milk

1/2 cup water

Sugar to taste

Place the Tabrilla, Milk, and water in a sauce pan. ( the more Tabrilla you use the thicker and tastier it will be ).  Stir the mixture using a wooden beater called batidor or you can also use the modern batidor until all the ingredients are dissolved.  Place the pan over a medium heat and allow it to boil. Gently cook the mixture until all the ingredients are melted and the liquid becomes thick.

Now, pour the Hot Chocolate on a cup serve with Kakanin and enjoy.

It can make up to 2 servings.

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Kapatid Mentor Me Takes its Place in Catanduanes


In order to improve/promote the product and business, Lynn Margarita Molina ( owner of Catanduanes Deli ) regularly attend seminars and training.

On August 25, 2017, which was the designated date for the launch of the “Kapatid Mentor Me Program” in Catanduanes. The Island was actually under Signal no. 1 because of the Typhoon Jolina.

But it doesn’t let Lynn together with the other 24 MSME’s not to attend the said program. This program was proudly introduced by the Department of Trade and Industry together with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)-Go Negosyo. Learning how to improve the business and to earn more. It also lets the MSME’s to become more competitive in promoting their business as well as their product.         

They will undergo a 10-week mentorship program which they will receive new concepts from the successful business owners in the round of the Department of Trade and Industry. In order to be a part of this program, a MSME must have an asset not greater than ₱3 Million or at least their business was established and operated a year or more. Also, in order to receive new learnings and new advice from the successful business owners, they must present their product to a mentor.

They will meet every Friday and undergoes 10 different learning modules that will help them to be prepared for the integration in the value chain of bigger companies. They are expected to graduate this coming November 6, 2017.

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I’m Bitterly Sweet

Do you love to eat sweets with a combination of bitter taste? Raise your hand if you do.

It’s Tabrilla time! Say it! TA-BRI-LLA!! Don’t be a bitter one.

Tabrilla is usually the other term for Tablea de Cacao or Tablea Chocolate.  Tabrilla is usually tablet like in shape. Other tablea chocolates are balls and square like.It is traditionally made from ground cacao beans and sugar and molded manually.


This woman I met is passionately in love with tabrilla. She told me that when she was a child her family serves tabrilla to visitors during fiestas. Partnering with the native kakainin like ibos and latik.

And now, she sets her own tabrilla business in Catanduanes

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                  Catanduanes Deli Tabrilla

Airport. She’s also now promoting her product through the internet by making a website. She’s also planning to expand her business throughout the province and also to other parts of the country. In order to gain more knowledge on how to promote your product, you must attend seminars and training. Also, if you want to be successful in business, you must be patient have faith in yourself. You also need to consider the product that you are selling, you must consider its taste, as well as the packaging and also the shape. You must also importantly consider the health benefits that your product have.

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