LA UNION -- A businesswoman in Bacnotan, La Union uses activated charcoal as a main ingredient in baking breads and pastries.
Dona France Mallare bakes what she calls "cleansing bread."
Activated bamboo charcoal is said to be effective in removing toxins from the body. It is made from giant bamboos cooked in 1,000 degree Celsius.
The giant bamboos used by Mallare come from the municipality of Pugo, La Union.
"In-introduce siya ng friend ko from BambuPinas, owner rin siya ng activated bamboo charcoal. Sa pastries gusto niyang i-introduce sa atin ito kasi nag-focus na siya sa cosmetics kaya 'yun sabi niya gumawa ka kung anong kaya mong gawin sa activated bamboo charcoal. Gumawa ako ng bread," she said.
Aside from bread and pastries, Mallare also takes pride of her homemade products using produce from various farmers in the province.
The main ingredients of her grape wine, guapple cheesecake and jam come from the municipality of Bauang, while those of her pineapple jam are sourced from Baguilin.
Mallare is a graduate of the Kapatid Mo Mentor Program of the Department of Trade and Industry in La Union.
She sells her products online and in schools and cafes in La Union.