Hiraya Artisan Chocolates!!!

Hiraya Chocolates

* HIRAYA is an ancient Filipino word which means “the fruit of one’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations”

* We are a Filipino bean-to-bar chocolate company who

sources cacao directly from local farmers

* We follow sustainable, sociallyconscious practices, and fair trade principles

Our Story

* March 2010: Graduated as Professional Chocolate Maker

and Professional Chocolatier from Ecole Chocolat

* April 2014: Social Entrepreneurship Business Camp

* Feb 2015: Business Registration

* Dec 2015: BPI Sinag Business Challenge / Crowdfunding


* May 2016: Acquired Our First Retailer

Mission Vision Impact

* Our mission is to improve the lives of our cacao farmer

communities through direct and fair trade

* Our vision is to produce a strong brand of fine quality

chocolate and chocolate products

* To date, we have one (1) community composed of 58

farmers in Brgy. Malabog, Davao City
Social Entrepreneurship

* Combines business with do good mentality

* Contributes to a sense of local identity and supports local


* Profit oriented but at its core also tackles and helps provide solutions for social issues

* Our efforts have since provided +200% in income for our

community of farmers in Davao

Our Products

* 72% Dark Chocolate Single-Origin Davao (85g)

* Flavor Profile: fruity with just a slight hint of bitterness

* 100% locally sourced ingredients, all-natural, hand harvested cacao

* No preservatives, no additives, no artificial flavors, suitable for vegans

* SRP: PHP180.00

* Hiraya x Kalsada Chocolate Bar with Coffee Nibs (70g)

* Flavor Profile: strong and robust coffee notes

* Featuring premium coffee beans sourced from the highlands of Sitio Belis, Benguet Province

* Collaboration with Kalsada Coffee—a social enterprise

based in Manila and Seattle that promotes specialty coffee from the Philippines

* SRP: PHP200.00

As Featured In

* BPI Foundation’s Sinag Business Challenge 2015, Top 40 Semi-Finalist

* TheSparkProject.com, Oct-Dec 2015

* WhenInManila.com, Nov 30, 2015

* Spot.ph, Dec 18, 2015

* ANC Green Living, Aired Feb 9, 2016

* Yummy Magazine, April 2016 Issue

* Breakfast Magazine, Nov 23, 2016

* Michelin Guide Singapore, Feb 15, 2017

* Pepper.ph, Feb 19, 2017

* The Thinking Consumer, May 2017

Contact Us

* Office c/o Roots Katipunan Unit 106 FBR Arcade Bldg.,

317 Katipunan Avenue Loyola Heights, Quezon City

* Mobile: Arvin Peralta 0917-8511685

* Email: hirayachocolates@gmail.com

* Online: http://www.hirayachocolates.com

* Social Media


instagram @hirayachocolates


PROMIL® Four Nurturing Every Child’s Gift to 

As part of this year’s celebration of the Gifted Awareness Month, PROMIL® Four, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Gifted Education (PCGE), conducted a Learning Workshop, that features expert speakers in the field of Developmental Pediatrics, Clinical Psychology, Obstetrics, Health & Wellness, Arts, and Nutrition, recently at the Sofitel Philippines Plaza Manila in Pasay City on Novemeber 7, 2017.

The said event is in line with the brand’s theme of “Shaping the Gift to Build Tomorrow’s Greats.” It gathered celebrity and blogger parents, who participated in a series of workshops and activities in a bid to educate them on the importance of building a strong foundation for their child’s learning abilities. The program is hosted by Dimples Romana.

Key Opinion Leaders:

Dr. Leticia Ho, president and founder, Philippine Center for Gifted Education
Dr. Tippy Tanchanco, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
Dr. Christia Padolina, Ob-gyne, Associate Professor, UER

According to Dra. Leticia Ho, Clinical Psychologist/Neurotherapist and President of Philippine Center for Gifted Education, the future will be different for children. In the face of an ever-changing world, they will need to learn a different set of skills. The best period to nurture these abilities lies in the crucial first 1,000 days of the child, starting with the mother’s pregnancy. It is during these days that the child responds and adapts to different interventions.

“A child’s development results from an ongoing and cumulative process of nurturing. This means that your child’s brain development can be affected by both environmental and intrinsic factors,” added Ho. “This event aims to educate the parents on the proper tools and approach to help shape their child’s gift. With the proper parenting, proper stimulation, and proper nutrition we believe that your child can reach his full potential.”

PROMIL® Four’s Learning Workshop highlights three different activities that show the advantage of multi-dimensional development in nurturing a child’s gift to its full potential. These activities are based on three learning zones focused on the physical, mental, and socio-emotional development.

The physical activity focused on the importance of growth and immunity to strengthen physical agility through a yoga class. As a productive meditation activity, it showed how yoga can stimulate body movement and sensory experiences for children. It also promotes multi-dimensional learning as it encourages balance and coordination, focus and concentration, mind and body connection, and self-awareness and mindfulness.

Meanwhile, the mental activity featured an art workshop developed to encourage recognition and memory. This activity focused on bringing the experience on how art can develop a child’s memory through storytelling and painting while inculcating repetitive practices and rhythms.

Lastly, the camp also has a social activity, through a giant block game, focused on the need of being socially adept for better learning. It underlined how an imaginative game can promote strong leadership qualities in children through imagination, communication, and collaboration.

Meanwhile, PROMIL® Four’s Learning Camp also emphasized the importance nutrition plays in supporting a child’s advanced learning abilities. “Proper nutrition plays an essential role in your child’s brain development. With the right nutrients, it can further support a child’s advanced learning abilities,” added Ma. Neva Luna Batayola, Medical Director.

To end the event, Dra. Leticia Penano-Ho, President of Phil Center for Gifted Education gave a key take away message and that is “Every child has the talent which can be a Gift if discovered and nurtured early. 

It is the parent’s role to make the child’s talent reach his full potential, or else that gift could just be there untapped and undiscovered.”

Special Song Number by Talented Kids for Moms and Moms To Be. We all cried with their beautiful performance. “FOREVER is NoT Enough” and each of us were given pink roses. We are all touched by these gifted children. I am so proud of myself to be thank by these future greats.

Thank you Mommy Lariza and Sir Alvin for having me in this one of a kind event by Promil.

Aside from the Learning Workshop, this year, PROMIL® Four is also partnering with Atlantis Production. They will be showcasing awe-inspiring talents in the local production of Matilda the Musical, a theater play that features the story of a gifted child.

The three child actors, who will portray the lead role of the play are Esang De Torres of ABS-CBN’s “The Voice Kids” and “Les Miserables” Asian Tour; Uma Naomi Martin of “A Little Princess”; and Gawad Musika’s Outstanding Child Performer, Felicity Kyle Napuli. This musical play will run from November 10 to December 10, 2017. Promil Four is raffling out free Matilda tickets, visit www.promilfour-matilda.com for more information.

PROMIL® Four has long been known for nurturing the young Filipino’s gift. It is specially formulated for children above three years old and is the only brand that contains NUTRISSENTIALS®—the combination of the unique and important nutrients that help support mental & physical development to help Nurture the Gift, together with balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

To know more about PROMIL® and its other variants, visit its website at www.wyeth.com.ph


Toy Kingdom Christmas Toy Sale at SMX Convention Center MOA

Happy Holidays! 🙂

Here’s your chance to finally complete that holiday shopping list and catch up on all the toys you missed during the Toy Warehouse Sale!

Toy Kingdom invites everyone to the Christmas Toy Sale Day happening on December 15-16-17 at Hall 4, SMX Convention Center located at the Mall of Asia complex. 

Perfect for Christmas Gifts for your inaanaks and love ones. 

See you there! 

The first ever Plantronics Backbeat Run happening on May 28, 2017 at SM Mall of Asia

Backbeat Run 2017 announces partnership with Brother Philippines

The first ever Plantronics Backbeat Run happening on May 28, 2017 at SM Mall of Asia announces partnership with Brother Philippines. For more than century Brother is known to delivering product innovation and customer satisfaction on different printing, scanning and sewing machines.

Brother in collaboration with Plantronics will set a new level of excitement to the running community, sports enthusiast and young professionals. Experience an extra ordinary running event; get wild and wet with different on-ground activities.


The Ultimate Summer Party is coming very soon! Enjoy music with live performance form Autotelic and Jensen & the Flips. Dance and party overload with DJ Pat Po, DJ Katsy Lee, Legacy Dancer and more.


For every registration runners will get the following items: Race Shirt, Sun Visor, Slap bracelet, Finisher Medal and FREE Bluetooth Headset worth P 995.00

Backbeat Run for a Cause 2017 List of Prizes

Race Winner Prize Package:

21K category

1st place- Backbeat Fit & i60 ThiEYE camera + F&D T200X TV Speaker + more exciting prizes 2nd place – Backbeat Fit & i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W7 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

3rd place – Backbeat Fit & i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W5portable speaker + more exciting prizes

16K category

1st place- Backbeat Fit & i60 ThiEYE camera + F&D W7 portable speaker + more exciting prizes 2nd place – Backbeat Fit & i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W5 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

3rd place – Backbeat Fit & i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W4 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

10K category

1st place- Backbeat Fit + i60+ ThiEYE camera + F&D W7 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

2nd place – Backbeat Fit + i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W5 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

3rd place – Backbeat Fit + i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W4 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

5K category

1st place- Backbeat Fit + i60+ ThiEYE camera + F&D W7 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

2nd place – Backbeat Fit + i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W5 portable speaker + more exciting prizes

3rd place – Backbeat Fit + i30 ThiEYE camera + F&D W4 portable speaker + more exciting prizes



Runners will also have the chance to win and take home amazing prizes from our online promotion and special award.

Special Award: Biggest Delegation Prizes

School Category (minimum of 20 registered runners)

· Brother Printer (DCP-L2540DW)

· SDigital Bass Cruzer

· F&D 2.1Speaker (F210)

· Plantronics Backbeat Fit

· more exciting prizes


Company Category (minimum of 25 registered runners)

· Brother Printer (DS-720D)

· SDigital Bass Cruzer

· F&D 2.1 Speaker (A180X)

· Plantronics Backbeat Fit

· more exciting prizes



Organization Category (minimum of 30 registered runners)

· Brother Printer (MFC-L2700D)

· SDigital Bass Cruzer

· F&D 5.1 Speaker (F3800X)

· Plantronics Backbeat Fit

· more exciting prizes




Online Promotion:


1. Open to ALL registered runners online and in-store.
2. Registered runner is entitled to (1) one raffle entry.
3. Winner will be draw after the registration period.
4. Announcement of Winner will be posted on the official Backbeat Run 2017 FB Page and Plantronics FB Page.
5. Awarding of Winners on the Event Day.


For online registration please click: http://goorahna.com/#/event/backbeatrun2017/register

In-Store Registration schedule to be announce soon.

For more information and updates please like our official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BackBeatRun/ & https://www.facebook.com/plantronicsph/

Pack your bikini to the Coast Boracay where fun meets the sun!

If you can’t wait ’till Summer, then don’t. All you have to do is leave the stress in the bustle city and pack your bikini to the Coast Boracay where fun meets the sun!

Located at a beach front in Boracay, Aklan, Coast is a charming 71-room resort nestled on the powdery sands of Boracay Island’s White Beach. The beachfront resort is set to redefine your stay and gastronomic experience.

Funshine Room!

Choose from an array of five room types that evoke fun and comfort.

Our 71 rooms are equipped with five star bedding so luxurious

it begs you to stay, SMART TV, and Wi-Fi access.
Beds are comfortable – Disneyland Hotel comfy!

Coast only uses Sealy beds – the only beds used by Disneyland Hotels that have an engineered feature for full body support.
Popcorn starts popping 4PM Daily!

Rooms also features a flat screen TV, coffee & tea facilities, complimentary breakfast, complimentary bottled water, free WiFi, a mini bar, rain shower, bath amenities, a private terrace and a room safe.
This boutique hotel showcases the world-class boracay beach in a secluded, private and bungalow-style experience that offers luxurious, modern accommodation just a step away from the white beach, award-winning restaurants and nightlife destinations.
For inquiries & reservations, email inquiry@coastboracay.com

TravelBook.ph unveils better commission rates for Affiliates

Affiliates now have increased chances of earning more!

As part of TravelBook.ph’s plan to increase the number of affiliate partners and to provide them with better deals, the company has launched a new commission structure for its Affiliate Program that makes it easier for them to earn more.


For starters, with the new set of commission rates, affiliate partners only need to have more than five (5) completed transactions to increase their earnings from 40 to 45%. This is a huge improvement from the old structure, where affiliates need to have at least 50 completed transactions to get the 45% commission rate.


Getting the highest rate of 65% is also way easier with the new commission structure—from the requirement of 1,000 or more completed transactions, it is now down to just 51. The requirements of the other commission rates have also been greatly lessened.



This new commission structure from TravelBook.ph also offers better rates compared to other affiliate programs. Some hotel booking websites offer a minimum of just 25 to 35% commission rates (compared to 40% from TravelBook.ph) and a maximum of just 40 to 60% (compared to 65% from TravelBook.ph). In addition, the requirements are more difficult to achieve: affiliates need to have 500 to more than 1,000 completed transactions to reach the highest commission rate (compared to just 51 from TravelBook.ph).


Sign up now to be an affiliate partner by visiting http://affiliate.travelbook.ph. Aside from enjoying the best commission rates, you will also have exclusive perks such as free out of town trips, special promos, and trainings from digital marketing professionals!




Plantronics, a pioneer audio and wearable technology have created new trends that allow people to simply communicate. The continuous discovery of innovation is not limited to creating technology but also represent social responsibility to its consumer. This year Plantronics Philippines would like to present “BACKBEAT RUN FOR A CAUSE 2017” a half marathon event happening on May 28, 2017 at Bonifacio Global Center. The race is open to sports enthusiast, people with active lifestyle and young professionals with 5K | 10k | 16K | 21K category.


This event will not only support the running community but also for the benefit of KYTHE FOUNDATION INC. a non-profit, non-stock organization aimed towards improving the quality of life among hospitalized children with cancer. In celebration of its 25th years of giving hope through simple sharing and togetherness.  


Plantronics strong campaign to practice hands free driving supports the Government RA No. 10913 Anti-Distracted Driving Act that will penalize drivers who use mobile phone and electronic devices while driving. Runners who will register online will get special limited offer of Plantronics ML15 worth 995.00 Php. ML15 is a Mobile Bluetooth headset that allows user to enjoy mobile call without holding the phone.


The race is not the usual running event, runners will also have the chance to enjoy extra ordinary on-ground activities and after party concert. Watch out for the performance from the most interesting up-and-coming bands in the music industry and guest DJ.


The ultimate summer run party is coming very soon!


To register click: http://goorahna.com/#/event/backbeatrun2017/register



January 25 was a memorable day as Mayor Reynaldo “Áldong” Parojinog celebrates brotherhood and camaraderie among his peers and the local tribe of Ozamiz in lieu with his birthday.

Held at his farm, present were members of various local government units, along with the various mayors of the province of Misamis Occidental as spearheaded by Governor Herminia M. Ramiro; all to show that they support his endeavors and display unity in the said province. Not only was it attended by political people, members of the local tribe of Subanen was also present to show their appreciation to all his efforts in preserving their cultural heritage – one of the reasons as to why Ozamiz City was awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance last 2016.

Showing their appreciation and acceptance of the mayor, the present Subanen tribesmen conducted a small blessing and brotherhood ceremony over the mayor; no small feat knowing the value and importance of this ceremony between the tribe and its acknowledged mayor.

Food were shared by all, entertainment was also aplenty and well wishes were all that could be heard that day as people celebrated for Mayor Parojinog. The Parojinog family was ever present, showing love and support to the present patriarch. The whole event echoed unity of the whole city for their mayor and that of the province. It was not just a day for blood relations but also those related in spirit – the spirit of unity.


Ozamiz City – New Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido declares that Ozamiz City is a near – 0 – drug free activity in the whole of Misamis Occidental. Out of the 10 drug test buy activity conducted, only 2 of it held illegal drugs and it is not clear whether the source is from the city itself or from another location.
Transferred from Albuera, Leyte last 2016, Police Chief Inspector Espenido is glad to find the local government open to discussions on drug bust activities in the city. After being tagged as the new drug-buster of Leyte, Espenido is now faced with clearing the name of Ozamiz City as an active drug activity place in Mindanao. From the latest regular session meet last January 16, 2017 held at the city hall of Ozamiz, he was invited to present his assessment on the latest drug activity in the city. For him, this open door policy exhibited by the local government is a positive sign for him to create a good relationship with the local government and the police force.

Based on his assessment report presented to the local government, the drug activity of the place is quite minimal compared to the perception of those non-residents of the said city. His is quite positive that this present trend will lead from minimal to 0-drug related activity in a couple of years since the local government is in full support in eradicating all illegal drug activity in their city.
From the side of the local government, they are quite pleased with the assessment report presented by the new police chief inspector and shall continue to maintain an open door discussion with the police force to help eliminate the false assumption held by those who has initially believed in the high drug activity in the city.  
This latest development between the police force and the local government is a clear sign of a hand-in-hand cooperation and relationship in fighting all illegal drug activity in the area of Misamis Occidental starting with Ozamiz City.