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A group of former local government executives, professionals and private sector practitioners in this province are mulling to revive the 17th century-old and famed Batangas “barako” coffee farming in the province.

Jenelyn Asilo Aguilera, Batangas provincial public information officer told PNA over the weekend, that the Batangas Forum for Good Governance and Development Association Inc. has tackled the revival of the centuries-old “tough” coffee variety farming in Lipa City and other agricultural areas in the province.

Aguilera said that Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas was briefed on the various proposals and project undertakings by the Batangas Forum during their oath-taking rites in this city.

The Batangas Forum, a two-year old organization of Batangueños distinguished personalities and professionals from the various sectors, is a non-partisan group whose advocacies are the promotion of competence, service excellence and sustainable development for the province, said Aguilera.

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One of the proposed projects of the Forum is the promotion of the famous “Kapeng Barako” (Batangas brewed coffee) by encouraging farmers, coffee growers to sustain the famous coffee product which earned the moniker “barako” characteristic of the tough Batangueño trait.

Aguilera said the group traced the beginnings of the “Kapeng Barako” cultivation in Barangay Pinagtong-ulan in Lipa City in 1740s.

The Forum’s new set of officers headed by re-elected president and former Tanauan Mayor Paquito Ebron also eyed to institutionalize the Batangueño Awards Program to honor provincial constituents with outstanding accomplishments and achievements in various fields of endeavor starting December this year in time for the “Ala Eh Festival.”

The information officer also disclosed plans of the Forum to promote the province as a haven for investors and support livelihood, tourism and environmental projects. (SEPA/PNA)

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