- Filipina entrepreneur Dalareich Polot was given the award for the Best Family Support in the Asia Pacific
- Polot, also known as the “Chocolate Princess”, is the general manager of Dalareich Chocolate House and chief executive officer of Ginto Chocolates
- She bested 21 other nominees for the category
A Filipina entrepreneur, also known as the “Chocolate Princess” of Bohol, has won in the worldwide search for the Best Family Support in the Asia Pacific.
Dalareich Polot, the general manager of Dalareich Chocolate House and chief executive officer of Ginto Chocolates, bested 21 other nominees to bag the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Efficiency and Success Target (BEST) Award for “Best Family Support” during the Women and the Economy Forum in La Serena, Chile.
According to the Department of Industry (DTI), Polot presented her business model via Skype where she narrated her romance with cacao and how her passion for tableya has developed over the years.
“Philippines! To God be the glory. Wearing barong late night to represent the Philippines for APEC BEST Award 2019 held in Chile was a different experience for me. We won one the APEC awards under the Best Support Family category, which I’m really aiming for. It’s unexpected!” Polot said on Facebook as she dedicate her win for her family, the Philippines, and to all cacao farmers.
It was reported that before Polot could even bag the international recognition for her works, she had the big break in her chocolate journey when she won the grand prize in the Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp in Manila in 2013, which was sponsored by the Samahan ng mga Pilipina sa Reporma at Kaunlaran (SPARK!) and the United States Embassy. She received a $5,000 prize and a trophy in that competition.
Polot is now the chair of the Bohol Cacao Development Council. Her award was received by DTI Region VII Director Aster Caberte, who represented the Department of Trade and Industry in the APEC Ministerial Meeting held from October 2-9.
The BEST Award includes seven categories, including the Grand Prix, Highest Growth Potential, International Attractiveness, Best Social Impact, the 4th Industrial Revolution Project, and two new important nominations which were launched this year — Best Family Business Support, which Polot bagged, and the Best Top Manager.