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Call 0917 250 2226
At Cacao de Davao, we are committed to spreading the joy of real, premium
chocolate using only the finest cacao beans that are harvested and sundried
from Davao, a source of the worlds best chocolates.
We are involved in each delicate step of making our chocolate and we take
pride in producing chocolate products that are extraordinarily rich and full of
flavour qualities that can only be achieved from the high content of real
cacao bean extracts. We assure you the purest form of chocolate - no fillers,
no preservatives, no additives.
Davao is now a major producer of cacao beans in the country, in fact it is
now being considered as the "Cacao Capital" of the Philippines due to its
high production of Cacao beans.
During the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2014, we got to learn more
about the Cacao industry in Davao Region. One of the sponsors of DFAT 2014
was Cacao de Davao, a major player in chocolate production in the region.
It produces premium quality chocolates made from locally produced cacao
Cacao de Davao manufactures chocolate products such as Unsweetened
100% Chocolate Callets, Unsweetened 100% Cocoa Powder, 70% Dark
Chocolate made with Coconut Sugar, and Cocoa Nibs. In addition, the
company also sells pastries and drinks such as Fudgy Choco Brownies, Milk
Chocolate as well as Dark Chocolate filled with Durian Jam.
So, what are you waiting for? Get a taste of Davao chocolate now! It's as
good as the imported chocolates we have in the market.
Cacao de Davao
San Pedro Extension, Davao City
Mobile Number: 0917 250 2226

Instagram: @cacaodedavao
Cacao De Davao products are also available in EchoStore branches
nationwide and Sea Green Cafe and Lifestyle Shop.
MAMA always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what
you're gonna get, uttered Forrest Gump in the award-winning movie with
the same title.
Indeed, life is full of surprises, with its highs and lows; as well as unexpected
twists and turns.
For Elaine Lim, her world changed dramatically at age 19. With only a
semester short of graduating from her AB Communication Arts course at
Ateneo de Davao University, she suddenly felt a slight pain in her left knee.
Results from her X-ray and MRI tests showed tumor on her left distal femur.
Everything went by so quickly after that day. Next thing I knew, I was flying
to Manila to get further tests and treatment. From the airport, we went
straight to the hospital where my doctor recommended biopsy (which further
confirmed osteosarcoma, a cancerous tumor in a bone) and chemotherapy.
For one year, I went through seven cycles of chemotherapy and several
operations. Life, as I knew it, turned a full 360 degrees. All the truth I knew
became no more. The only constant thing in my life that time was change,
recalls Elaine.
Thankfully, in 2001, she was declared to be in remission by her doctors. She
excitedly went back to Davao with a goal in mind and that is, to finish her
studies. In 2003, the relentless Elaine finally got her much-coveted
bachelors degree.
My first work experience was with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation in
Manila as a concept developer. Our group was designated to come up with
ideas for new and existing TV shows on Channel 2. Eventually, I became a
writer and segment producer of a show that involved women empowerment,
a TV show idea which I strongly believed in, describes Elaine.
I also worked as a writer/segment producer for Wazzup Wazzup, a
comedic-news program on Channel 23, which featured Toni Gonzaga, Vhong

Navarro and Archie Alemania. I was likewise involved with Breakfast at

Studio 23, a morning news show with Atom Araullo, Patty Laurel and JC
Cuadrado as hosts, she continues.
Dream job
In 2007, Elaine fulfilled her goal of working in a magazine. She transferred to
Summit Media Publishing and was assigned at the then recently launched
Yummy magazine..
I have always loved writing and working for a magazine was my number
one dream job. My editor then gladly took a chance on a newbie like me,
with no prior magazine experience and hired me as an Editorial Assistant,
Elaine divulges.
Eventually, she was promoted to Assistant Style Editor and then to Associate
Style Editor. Aside from handling several sections in the magazine and
writing, she was largely involved with prop and food styling for the magazine.
For an avid foodie like me, working for Yummy was truly a dream come
true! Yummy shoots were always fun and what I loved most from working
there was it always involved foodlots of them! And, we always got first dibs
on the latest food trends and products, laughs Elaine.
Yummy also opened doors for me as a contributing stylist for other
magazines like Candy, Total Girl, Town and Country, Good
Housekeeping, Martha Stewart Weddings, Disney Princess, and KZone. I also became a stylist for restaurant menus and ad campaigns. In
addition, my work helped me tap my creativity and talent in styling, she
International foodie
Another delightful opportunity awaited Elaine in 2011. Upon getting an email
for an invitation for a job interview for a publishing company in Singapore,
she booked her flight, flew solo out of the country for the very first time, and
landed the job she was called in for as a writer for Food and Travel
Magazine and BBC Good Food Magazine (Asian Edition).
My tasks involved writing articles, food and prop styling, working closely
with chefs and contributors, testing recipes, and my most favorite part:

checking out the food scene and discovering new food finds in Singapore!
smiles Elaine.
A few months after, her then boyfriend followed and moved to Singapore as
well. In November 2012, Elaine got married to John Wilgeor Balaba, a former
colleague in ABS-CBN.
However, while working in Singapore for several months, Elaine received a
call from her father asking her to help him start a cacao business using
machines he fabricated.
Of course, I hesitated at first. I wasnt ready or willing to give up my work
and the life that I was just starting to build in Singapore then. But when I
went to Davao for a short vacation for a family reunion in 2012 and saw the
whole process of chocolate-making, I was impressed. Talking with my former
colleagues in Yummy magazine further convinced me that starting this
business was the way to go. Afterwards, I took a short chocolate-making
course in Sydney, Australia to learn more and enhance my knowledge about
chocolates, shares Elaine.
Cacao de Davao
In April 2013, the father-daughter team launched Cacao de Davao, a
company committed to producing chocolate products using premium cacao
beans that are harvested and sundried in Davao, a source of the worlds best
In Cacao de Davao, we have single-origin 100% cocoa products like
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Roasted Cacao Nibs, Pure Cocoa Butter and
Unsweetened 100% Chocolate Callets (Premium Tablea), which we are very
proud of. We made sure no preservatives or fillers are added in the products
just pure and 100%. We also buy our beans from local farmers to promote
sustainability. We also have ready-to-eat 70% Dark Chocolates with organic
coconut sugar (plain, mint, calamansi and chili variants) which is a natural
sweetener safe for diabetics and those watching their sugar intake; DurianFilled Dark Chocolate; and 50% Cacao Milk Chocolate with Cacao Nib
Brittle. Our newest one, to date, is the Dried Mango Strips covered in Dark
Chocolate, explains the 36-year-old Elaine.
As a bone cancer survivor, a part of Elaines advocacy is to help other
patients by visiting them and sharing her story. Now, with Cacao de Davao,

she is also trying to commit to donating a portion of its sales to UP-PGHs

Department of Orthopedics Tumor Unit with the help of her doctor, Dr.
Edward Wang of Manila Doctors Hospital.
Cancer left me with these valuable lessons in life: know that everything can
change in a flick of a finger so cherish each moment, appreciate what you
have and what your body can do. Take care of your health. Savor family time.
Nourish friendships. Dont hesitate or be afraid to ask for help when you
cant do things on your own, it doesnt make you lesser of a person, reflects
Travel. See more of the world. Do the things that move you. Open your
heart to new people and experiences. And, with fervent prayer and
unwavering faith, nothing is impossible with the Lord. Trust Gods plans for
you, she adds.
Just like the dark chocolates that she is passionate about, Elaines journey in
life may have been bittersweet, but this brilliant writer/segment
producer/food stylist/chocolatier/entrepreneur is definitely made of the finest
ingredients full of positivity, energy, and purpose!
Cacao de Davao products can be purchased at Cacao de Davao, San Pedro
Ext., Davao City. For inquiries/orders, contact (mobile) 09172502226;
(Facebook); (Instagram) cacaodedavao;
and (e-mail)

Free import
400 cigarettes or
50 cigars or
250 grams of tobacco
1 litre alcoholic liquor or
6 cans of beer - valid for non Muslim travellers only.
8ozs of perfume
Personal gifts not exceeding BD 250 and which are not subject to regular
customs duty

Personal belongings shall be permitted and exempt from customs duty

Video and still cameras with appropriate accessories and film
CD and DVD players within agreeable non-commercial quantities
Mobile phones within agreeable non-commercial quantities
Computers including laptops within agreeable non-commercial quantities
Sports equipment
Baby strollers
Portable music equipment
Disabled wheelchairs

Illegal Drugs
Weapons, explosives and ammunition
Knives and deadly weapons
Plant and plant products
Animal and animal products
Live Swine
Cats, dogs and other animals without a valid permit
Indian Paan and Derivatives
Advertisement material for all types of Cigarettes
Childrens Toy Guns capable of firing projectiles
Goods of Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
Printed publications, photographs, pictures, books, magazines sculptures
and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decency, or immorality
Raw Ivory, Ivory articles and Rhinoceros Horn
Counterfeit money and goods
Pornographic material
All arms, ammunition and explosives being imported into the country will
require a No Objection Certificate from Ministry of the Interior.
The following items will require a No Objection Certificate from Ministry of
Municipalities & Agriculture Affairs - Animal or vegetable fertilizers, Meat and
meat products, Fish and Seafood products, Fruit and Vegetables, plants and
Other food products and required medicines will need special permission
from the Ministry of Health.

Birds being imported will need a permit from the Veterinary Quarantine in
Bahrain. Cats and dogs will also need a permit from the Veterinary
authorities inside the country alongside a rabies inoculation certificate
proving the animals vaccination against the disease.
Radios and broadcasting equipment entering the country will need a no
objections certificate to be issued by the Telecom Regulation Authority.
All antiques will need a no objection certificate from the Ministry of
Information in order to leave the country.
The following items are restricted and entry/import into the Kingdom of
Bahrain is allowed only when you produce a valid permit or approval
document from the relevant regulatory authority. If you do not have the
relevant permit or approval, the item will be detailed and referred to the
relevant authority for approval:
Conditions for
Approval Authority
Live wild animals
(for circus only)

Animals, Birds
and their byproducts
Animal or
Insecticides and
Meat and meat
Fish and Seafood
Fruit and

No Objection
Certificate from
Ministry of
Valid Certificate
from Veterinary

Ministry of Municipalities &

Agriculture Affairs

No Objection
Certificate from
Ministry of
Municipalities &
Agriculture Affairs

Ministry of Municipalities &

Agriculture Affairs



chemicals and
active Isotopes
Food products
(processed and

Permission from
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Health

Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropanol
Controlled Four
Wheel mini car
Handcuffs made
from Iron/Steel
explosives and
military weapons

No Objection
Certificate from
Ministry of

Ministry of Interior

Magazines and
Films and Video
Optical and
magnetic audiovisual media
Items infringing
property rights

No Objection
Certificate from
Ministry of

Ministry of Information

Telecommunicatio No Objection
ns, Radio and
Certificate from
receiving and



Telecom Regulatory Authority


The export of the following items is restricted and exportation from the
Kingdom of Bahrain is allowed only when you produce a valid permit or
approval document from the relevant regulatory authority. If you do not
have the relevant permit or approval, the item will be detailed and
referred to the relevant authority for approval:
Conditions for
Approval Authority

No Objection

Equestrian & Horse Racing Club

Website: http://websrv.municipality.


No Objection

Royal Court
Website: http://websrv.municipality.

Palm Tree

No Objection

Ministry of Municipalities &

Agriculture Affairs
Website: http://websrv.municipality.

Garbage and

No Objection

Public Commission for the

Protection of Marine Resources,
Environment and Wildlife


No Objection

Ministry of Information

Customs Clearance of Goods

There are two types of containerized cargo, Full Container Load (FCL) and
Less than Full Container Load (LCL).
An FCL container will usually contain goods destined for one consignee,
whereas a LCL container will is a container which contains goods for more
than one consignee.

FCL containers are not usually unstuffed within the customs point. They will
be scanned and if required a physical examination will be carried out within
customs premises. Sealed containers which are to be examined outside of
the customs point, will be x-ray scanned and unstuffed outside of the
customs point under Bahrain Customs supervision.
LCL containers containing goods for local consumption are usually unstuffed
at a designated customs location after being x-ray scanned or physically
inspected (if required).
Documents required
You are required to submit the Customs declaration and to present it
together with the following documents for the importation of goods.
1. Import Customs Declaration Form (CDF)
2. Shipping Agent Delivery Order from Shipping Agent Line to
Importer/Consignee (with valid CR)
3. Three (3) copies of the Invoices (Original) from the Exporter addressed
to the Importer
4. Two (2) copies of the Packing List with detailed weights, packaging and
goods classification for each individual item within the shipment
5. A Certificate of Origin (Original) from relevant Chambers of Commerce
of country of origin of goods
6. A copy of the Insurance Policy
7. Original Bill of Lading
8. Import Permit/Approval from relevant authority for importation of
restricted goods
9. Bank Advice/Guarantee (if applicable)
A statistical declaration if the final destination of the Goods is
within the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries

Import Customs Clearance Procedure

After submitting your customs declaration using the Customs Clearing
System (eCAS), the procedure for customs clearance will be as follows:
1. Pay the duty and fees due at the cashier desk in the customs point
where the Goods will be cleared
2. Submit all the relevant documentation to the Customs Clearing Officer
at the Customs Point
3. Pay the relevant cargo handling fees and make an appointment for
movement of the cargo at the Port Operator desk
4. Port operator will move the container to the relevant inspection point
5. Customs will risk assess the goods and inspection may be carried out
6. Finally the goods will be cleared and allowed to leave the customs
All Arab origin products which are imported under the facilitation and trade
exchange convention among Arab countries are reciprocally exempted from
customs duties on producing a recognized certificate of origin. However, all
types of tobacco, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are excluded from such

Bahrain - Import Requirements and Documentation

Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S.
exporter and foreign importer.

Last Published: 4/17/2016

Customs Procedures
Importers or their local agents must complete a Customs Bill of Entry before
importing goods to Bahrain. Importers should strongly consider using a

registered, licensed clearing agent to ensure import procedures are

completed expeditiously. The customs clearance process includes the
following steps:
Statistics Office
Imports and Exports Restriction Office
Auditing the customs charges and other charges
Payment to Cashier of related charges
Inspection and checking of documents
The following information is required to import goods:
The port from which the goods originated;
The trademark of the specified goods;
The type of good being imported;
A delivery order issued by the shipper or the liners agent;
A suppliers commercial invoice in duplicate (in Arabic or English);
A packing list in duplicate;
A certificate of origin in Arabic or English (produced by a Chamber of
Commerce and endorsed by an Embassy);
A copy of the insurance certificate, if applicable;
A bill of lading (four copies), including gross weight and dimensions;
A bank payment voucher or bank receipt; and
A statistical declaration if the final destination for the goods is one of
the GCC states.
For food items, the Bahraini Customs Directorate Handbook requires
importers to present a manufacturers certificate stating that goods do not
contain cyclamates. Imported and exported goods are classified according to
the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Revision 3.