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Chocolate Queen expands business


Raquel Choa’s new ventures: House of Maria Cacao, Chocolate Tour, Batirol Cebu’s Chocolate Queen Raquel Toquero Choa further spreads her chocolate empire with a formal announcement of two more business ventures: the Chocolate Tour and the mass-oriented retail brand Batirol. She is also opening the “House of Maria Cacao” at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu […]

Posted: April 25th, 2017 in Enterprise | Read More »

CNBLUE member spotted in Bohol

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SOUTH Korean artist Lee Jong-Hyun, the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band CNBLUE has taken some time off from work, as he is currently enjoying his vacation in Bohol. Based on his Instagram, Jong-Hyun visited some of the best-known places in the province, taking some snaps of a beach front, which fans were […]

Posted: April 24th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Beauty secrets from Cebu’s Chocolate Queen


CEBU’S Chocolate Queen married as a teenager and now has eight children between the ages of 25 and 10. When people see her, it’s not unusual for them to say: “How does Raquel Toquero Choa maintain her statuesque figure and perfect bronzed complexion?” The woman behind the celebrated The Chocolate Chamber (TCC) and Ralfe Gourmet, […]

Posted: April 20th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Make-up tips from Janice, the Beauty Fairy


RAQUEL worked with Janice Barillo, also known as “Janice the Beauty Fairy,” to educate make-up lovers and enthusiasts of the benefits of using cacao lava and theobroma oil as make-up primer. CDN was treated to an exclusive preview on how these two products under the Raquel line can work wonders. Start with a clean face. […]

Posted: April 20th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Making change work for women

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March as the National Women’s Month opened with a double treat at the Capitol Social Hall with the 17th Cebu Provincial Women’s Congress spearheaded by the Provincial Women’s Commission and the “We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Forum” spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women. With this year’s theme “We Make Change Work for Women,” […]

Posted: March 4th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

National Women’s Month kicks off in Cebu


Opening day highlights chocolate queen Raquel Choa sharing her success story The first day of March marked the start of National Women’s Month celebration at the Cebu Provincial Capitol. With the theme “We Make Change Work for Women,” the event opened with the 17th Cebu Provincial Women’s Congress at the Capitol Social Hall, where Vice […]

Posted: March 2nd, 2017 in Community,Headlines | Read More »

Robinsons Galleria Cebu: your new favorite hangout

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WHETHER it’s a group hang or a quick cool down after a  shopping spree with the BFF, downtime spent at Robinsons Galleria Cebu will definitely be perkier thanks to these pick-me-uppers: Bo’s Coffee Homegrown Bo’s Coffee is the Cebuanos’ answer to international coffee chains, with drinks that put homegrown coffee beans at the spotlight. Take […]

Posted: February 20th, 2017 in Cafe | Read More »

WATCH: How to make Cacao de Bola


Cebu’s Chocolate Queen Raquel Choa shows how she makes her famous Cacao de Bola at The Chocolate Chamber outlet along Pres. Quirino Street, Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City. According to Choa, she does demonstrations for those who book for the Chocolate Stop which is a package they offer for those who wants to know more and […]

Posted: February 2nd, 2017 in Multimedia | Read More »

SINULOG grand parade Chocolate Queen to grace Capitol’s P500K float


A P500,000 float will be the Cebu Provincial government’s centerpiece in its Sinulog participation. Provincial Tourism Officer Joselito “Boboi” Costas said that they have also invited Raquel Choa, the country’s “The Chocolate Queen” who hails from Balamban, Cebu, to portray “Maria Cacao” in the float, in line with their concept of stewardship. “We invited the […]

Posted: January 14th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

The wonders of Cacao de Bola


THE GIRL who grew up in the secluded mountains of Balamban planting cacao trees and learning the art of making pure “tablea” under the watchful eyes of her grandmother Nanay Nila has rightfully earned her the title “Chocolate Queen.” She is creating a culture of excellence with her cacao products of exceptional quality. Inspired by […]

Posted: January 7th, 2017 in Life | Read More »