Buko Juice is Official Energy Drink of 2019 Palarong Pambansa

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fresh coconut juice will be the “official energy” drink in the upcoming Davao City hosted national sports event, the 2019 Palarong Pambansa, in support of intensified efforts to help Filipino coconut farmers surmount odds caused by sharp decline in copra prices, according to Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol.   

In his Facebook post on Sunday, April 14, Piñol said coconut farmer leader Laureano Callao Jr. has concluded talks with the Palarong Pambansa organizing committee for the launching of the “Buko Vida Kiosk” on April 29 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao Campus in Mintal District, Davao City.  

In support of coconut farmers’ efforts to introduce coconut water as the official energy drink, Piñol said, his agency will be “extending a loan fund to be used in buying fresh young coconuts from farmers.”  The Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Coconut Authority  have embarked on promoting fresh buko water or juice as a health drink and food and as part of the program to provide additional income for the country’s millions of coconut farmers. 

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