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Filipino choco­late maker Auro bags 5 golds in Int’l Choco Awards

- By GABRIELA BARON Chocolate · Food · Asia · Instagram · Asia-Pacific region · Taiwan · Australia · New Zealand · United Kingdom · Philippines · Pingtung City

Auro Choco­late, an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Filipino bean-to-bar choco­late com­pany, bagged five golds in the In­ter­na­tional Choco­late Awards — Asia Pa­cific Di­vi­sion.

Auro shared the sweet news on In­sta­gram af­ter it won the gold award in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Best in Com­pe­ti­tion, Over­all

Win­ner for Plain/Ori­gin Milk Choco­late Bar, Choco­late Maker, Grow­ing Coun­try, and Di­rect Traded.

"Wow. What a true priv­i­lege it is to do what we love. It is al­ways our goal to keep learn­ing and im­prov­ing so that we may keep push­ing qual­ity Filipino-made choco­late for­ward to rep­re­sent on the world stage," Auro wrote on In­sta­gram.

"Thank you to ev­ery­one for your con­tin­ued sup­port! Let's do this to­gether."

The Asia-Pa­cific Bean-to-Bar and Cho­co­latier Com­pe­ti­tion was held in Ping­tung, Tai­wan, on Oc­to­ber 12.

The com­pe­ti­tion brings to­gether bean-to-bar choco­late bars and cho­co­latier prod­ucts from di­verse cul­tures around the re­gion "to cel­e­brate in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence in fine choco­late and choco­late-mak­ing" in Asia, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, and Pa­cific Is­lands.

Auro also earned seven pres­ti­gious awards at the an­nual Great Taste 2020 event in the United King­dom in Septem­ber.

Founded in 2015, the name Auro is de­rived from AU, the chem­i­cal sym­bol for gold in the pe­ri­odic ta­ble com­bined with ORO, which also means "gold" in Span­ish. The com­pany's name rep­re­sents "a new way of look­ing at an old tra­di­tion."

"Ca­cao has been in the Philip­pines for over 300 years, and our role is to un­cover this trea­sure and trans­form them into prod­ucts that high­light its ac­tual value," Auro said on its web­site.

Since its launch in 2017, the ar­ti­sanal cho­co­latier has al­ready won a to­tal of 23 in­ter­na­tional awards, in­clud­ing the Top 20 Best Ca­cao Beans in the World Award. Auro pro­duces fine ca­cao and choco­late made from di­rectly sourced beans from Min­danao.

 ??  ?? NO KIDS AL­LOWED – Visi­tors en­joy the roller­coaster ride at the En­chanted King­dom in Sta. Rosa, La­guna, which opened its gates anew on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17. How­ever, only guests aged 21 to 59 years old are so far al­lowed at the amuse­ment park, in com­pli­ance with In­ter­A­gency Task Force (IATF) re­stric­tions. (Jansen Romero)
NO KIDS AL­LOWED – Visi­tors en­joy the roller­coaster ride at the En­chanted King­dom in Sta. Rosa, La­guna, which opened its gates anew on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17. How­ever, only guests aged 21 to 59 years old are so far al­lowed at the amuse­ment park, in com­pli­ance with In­ter­A­gency Task Force (IATF) re­stric­tions. (Jansen Romero)

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