1. How long have you been Filipino expats and what do you do for a living?
Carlette: I’ve been an expat through my expat parents - having lived in Iran, Bahrain and the UAE.
Ton: I’ve lived in Singapore in 1996 and then moved to Abu Dhabi in 2002.
Carlette used to work as a Purchasing Specialist at Al Fahim group, I on the other hand works as an Aircraft Avionics Technician in Etihad Engineering.
2. What are your hobbies?
Ton: I like to bake and cook, whilst Carlette is into home decoration.We both like watching movies in the house.
Kuya Miguel: I like playing soccer, table tennis, video games, bowling, basket ball and tennis. At school my favorite subjects are Math, Science, and Computer.
Ate Mica: I like to play badminton, soccer and basketball. At school I like the subjects Science, MAPEH, English, CE and Social Studies.
3. What do the kids know about cacao farming and OPM? Are they aware that you have invested in a social enterprise? (if yes, why did you choose to tell them when they are still young)?
We have told the kids about the cacao farming and that we had invested in it. We told them that this investment will help the farmers and their families. We do this so that at an early age they have an understanding about investing and helping.As to whether they do it when they grow older is purely up to them.
4. Why did you decide to invest on OPM last year?
We decided to participate in OPM , mostly because we knew that we will be helping other people specifically the farmers and their families.
5. Have you attended a chocolate-tasting session in the past?
Ton: Although we tasted a lot of different types of chocolates and brands for our own leisure chocolate indulgence, we have not attended any chocolate tasting session before and this was our first time.The chocolate tasting session is different.
We enjoyed it especially when we have tasted the chocolates made from OPM Cacao farms and it inspiring, I would say. I learnt from this experience that you cannot really tell what you get unless you had a prior information – a pleasant surprise to know that the chocolates from the OPM Cacao Farms fared well!
We liked it and we’re very happy!
Ate Mica Utanes: My parents told me we were going to taste chocolates, so I say of course I love to eat chocolate! But we tasted so many chocolates that day the I felt like I do not want to eat chocolates. We love chocolate but I"m full cause I ate chocolate so much. After the chocolate tasting, I did not eat chocolate for a long time.
Kuya Miguel Utanes: I rate the chocolate tasting 8/10 because there were so many chocolates and I am a fan of nuts. I felt nauseous after eating so much that I did not each chocolates anymore.