Amadeo, dubbed as the Coffee Capital of the Philippines, prepares for its annual Pahimis Festival to be held from April 25 -27. This celebration aims to promote Cavite coffee for domestic and worldwide consumption, revive interest of farmers towards coffee farming, improve coffee yields, and achieve a competitive coffee price in the world market.
Amadeo tourism officer Jam Tibayan said that the fest will include the traditional float parade, search for the “Coffee Queen” or the “Mutya ng Pahimis”, coffee talk and demonstrations, and the unique coffee dance fitness marathon.
Aside from those, a thanksgiving mass, job fair, presentation of the award for the most outstanding coffee farmer, local food/delicacies, opening of trade fair, and a variety show to entertain revelers will also take place.
Tibayan reportedly said that festival organizers will promote on April 18-20 and 22 the coffee fest with pre-event activities at Trece Martires, Cavite’s Provincial Capital City. There will be a coffee exhibit, on-the-spot painting contest (using coffee as medium), coffee “wearables”, and a cooking demonstration.
The festival which seeks to promote the town’s agri-tourism offerings, with coffee as the main showcase will feature a farm tour on its Day 1 to help promote its agri-tourism sites.
“Pahimis” is the Amadeo word for “pasasalamat” or thanksgiving. It traces its origins to when coffee farmers gave away their last can of harvest as a thanksgiving offering in the belief that this would bring abundance for the next harvest season.
Amadeo town takes pride of its 4,508 hectares of coffee farmland, the largest land area devoted to coffee farming in the entire upland of Cavite, making it the province’s biggest coffee producer.
Source: Manila Bulletin