As part of farm tourism development program of Governor Bambi Emano, the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental has long been prioritizing the production of naturally-grown Oolong tea as it has expanded its tea farm and established a processing and packaging center in Purok 5, Barangay Kalagonoy, Gingoog City.
WHAT ABOUT OOLONG TEA?
Oolong tea (Camella sinensis tea trees) is produced through a process including withering the plant fresh from the harvest under strong sun and oxidation before curling and twisting. Most oolong teas, especially those of fine quality, involve unique tea plant cultivars that are exclusively used for particular varieties (black and green tea). The tea is considered to be one of the best teas in the world.
Furthermore, these tea trees in this plantation are mainly produced, sustained, and processed by the Higaonon tribal communities as part of the livelihood program of the province and LGU-Gingoog. Also, Higaonon residents help to grow the Oolong plants and look after the tea farm. In return, all the earnings from the tea, which are sold at a very affordable price, will go the Higaonon’s cooperative called Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
There are lots of benefits that Oolong Tea could offer:
- It prevents obesity and aids in weight loss.
- Combats the aging of skin
- Prevents heart disease and cancer
- Reduces highblood pressure
- Prolongs and improves vitality and life span
- Strengtens teeth and prevents tooth decay
- Relieves physical and mental stress
- Treats skin problems such as eczema and rashes
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Controls diabetes
Sublimely, it is gratifying to note that this Oolong tea plantation is said to be the first and only plantation in the Philippines, and has gone a long way by exporting its products nationwide. Governor Emano, through its Provincial Agriculturist Mr. Apollo Pacamalan, is committed to realize his plans in sustaining and developing the production of Oolong Tea in the country, and soon make a name in the world.
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