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Davao Cacao Is The Star Of Makati Shangri-La’s Filipino High Tea This August

Makati Shangri-La, Manila deviates from its more traditional high tea this August to present a Filipino High Tea that explores the local flavors of the finest sustainably-sourced cacao beans from Davao. 

For this chocoholic endeavor, Makati Shangri-La partnered with Tigre y Oliva, a well-established manufacturer of handmade bean-to-bar chocolate from the Philippines, which supplied the hotel pastry team with a selection of single-origin chocolate harvested from local farms in Davao. This collaboration is in line with the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ initiative to support local producers and improve its own sustainability practices.

 

63% Philippine Dark Chocolate infused with Bicol sili (red chili pepper) topped with Bicol pili nut

 

Filipino-inspired chocolate treats to try include Chocolate Chili Tartlettes made with hot peppers and pili nuts from Bicol, Chocolate Mousse topped with a chocolate-dipped Davao banana crisp, white chocolate pralines with Mindoro calamansi, Barako Chocolate Mousse using Barako (Liberica) coffee from Batangas, and Coconut Milk Mousse made with coconuts from Quezon province.

 

77% Philippine Dark Chocolate infused with Deep Roast Batangas Barako Coffee

 

The Shangri-La chefs also created Filipino savory treats to complement the sweet chocolate offerings, drawing inspiration from the country’s different regions, like an interesting goat kaldereta pie topped with melted kesong puti from Laguna. 

 

 

Sweet and savory treats at Filipino High Tea?

 

By supporting local producers, Shangri-La ends up indirectly supporting the local producer’s many advocacies. In the case of Tigre y Oliva, it has partnered with an international non-government organization called Together with People in Need to help improve Filipino farmers’ livelihood by distributing 160,000 seedlings and providing training to 200 farmers nationwide. Tigre y Oliva has also partnered with the Forest Foundation for the Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation and resiliency project, which aims to improve farmers’ means of livelihood through seeds provision and training, including teaching sustainable agricultural practices.

Guests can enjoy this afternoon merienda while listening to live music provided by an eight-piece orchestra at the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. Priced at P1,500++ per person, the Filipino High Tea is available daily from 3pm to 6pm until August 31, 2018.

Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, (02) 813-8888

 

Photos by Cyrene de la Rosa

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