Treat yourself to some high-quality chocolate and take pride in the local artisans behind these homegrown brands.

1. Theo + Philo

“Theo is short for Theobroma Cacao, the scientific name of the cacao tree, which is the source of all chocolate. Philo is derived from the Greek word, philos, which means love. Love for the Philippines and its many flavourful characteristics, and a love of chocolate.” - Theo + Philo 

Founded by Philo Chua, this company has developed a chic aesthetic with stunning packaging that can compete with international brands. They have even ventured into spreads, beverages, and cookies. Place your orders online or pick up some chocolate at Human Nature, ECHO Store, Cartel Deli, Blue Kitchen, Kultura, Rustan’s Department Store, and their other stockists, listed here.

What to try: Dark chocolate with Calamansi, Dark chocolate with green mango and salt, milk chocolate turon, milk chocolate adobo

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2. Auro

Founded by Gen T Honouree Mark Ocampo and his partner Kelly Go, Auro has quickly risen to the ranks and has become top of mind for local chocolate. Passionate about sustainable practices and fair trade, and about representing the country internationally Auro has strived to put its best foot forward. They have been innovating and changing the chocolate landscape in the country with unique events such as their chocolate bar crawl in Poblacion. You can even find some recipes for dishes that use Auro chocolate on their website, along with 'quarantreats' like gelato, baking kits, and a chocolate tasting box.

What to try: Custom bars made specially for your events, milk chocolate with banana chips, dark chocolate with Arabica coffee, white chocolate with mango pili

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3. Tigre y Oliva

Tigre y Oliva was founded by the Italian Simone Mastrota, who then partnered with Robbie Crisostomo. Simone named the company after his daughters and opened their chocolate outpost in La Union. Tigre y Oliva utilises the cacao bean’s natural flavour, which is very dependent on where it is grown, to enhance the taste of their products. With elegant, clean branding and beautiful paper packaging, Tigre y Oliva would make a much-welcomed gift! They even have bonbons, ice creams and cookies! 

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4. Malagos

The multi-awarded, internationally recognised Malagos chocolate is dedicated to highlighting Davao as a chocolate capital. They also strongly advocate for sustainable farming practices. You can find Malagos at Kultura, ECHO Store, All About Baking, Duty Free Philippines, Metro Gaisano, Gourdo’s, and other resellers listed here.

What to try: Malagos dark chocolate, salted caramel chocolate

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5. True Chocolate

Treena Tecson’s passion for chocolate drove her to become a chocolatier! She threw herself into her passion and learned all about how to make chocolates. Now, Treena crafts True Chocolate’s creations by hand in small batches, jam packed with love. True Chocolates are only available for order online via their website; pick up or delivery information will then be provided.

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6. Hiraya Chocolate

Hiraya is an ancient Tagalog word, which means the fruit of one’s hopes, dreams and aspirations.” - Hiraya Chocolate

This locally produced chocolate is one that is made with sustainable practices as they take great pride in taking care of their partner farmers. They are playful and adventurous with their creations. For a fun Valentine's snack, pick up a quirky selection! 

What to try: Queso De Bola Chocolate, Spicy chicharon chocolate, coconut chocolate

7. Risa

Risa's chocolates begun at pop-ups and bazaars around the metro, and has now found a home at The Grid food hall in Rockwell’s PowerPlant mall. Also found in: Bar Pintxos, Real Food, Kitayama Meat Shop, Gourmet Corner in San Antonio Plaza, Kultura.

What to try: Bacon chili chocolate, brown butter chocolate and Cerveza Negra truffles

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