Palarong Pambansa to use coco water as official energy drink
“Buko” or coconut water will take the centerstage as the official energy drink of the National Sports Competition or Palarong Pambansa set next week.
This, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, marks a historic milestone in the efforts of the coconut industry to promote it as a health and energy drink.
Coconut farmer-leader Laureano Callao, Jr. said his group concluded talks with the organizing committee of the Palarong Pambansa for the launching of the “Buko Vida Kiosk” on April 29 in the Palarong Pambansa 2019 to be held at the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao Campus in Mintal District, Davao City.
Thousands are expected to join hundreds of young athletes from all over the country who will compete in the annual sports festival which produced sports greats like Lydia de Vega and Elma Muros.
Piñol said the Department of Agriculture (DA) will support the efforts of the coconut farmers to introduce coconut water as the official energy drink by extending a loan fund to be used in buying fresh young coconuts from farmers.
Over the past months, the DA and the Philippine Coconut Authority have been promoting “Coconut Water” and “Buko” as a health drink and food in order address the falling prices for copra.