MANILA -- Pioneer social enterprise Fishers and Changemakers Inc. (FCI) recently launched its sustainable seafood brand, Balangay’s Best, as it aims to bring its partner fisherfolk from the Visayas closer to their consumers.
Balangay’s Best is a fair trade seafood brand where a higher percentage of the profits goes to the fisherfolk.
FCI was established in October 2014 during the rehabilitation efforts in Bantayan island in Cebu to make a positive impact to the lives of fisherfolk. It brought its marketing and packaging savvy to make the catch-of-the-day appealing to this generation’s foodies.
Balangay’s Best dried seafood products include Mommy Dilis (anchovies), Darling Danggit (rabbitfish), Papa Pusit (squid), Baby Bangsy (flying fish), and Seafood Halo-Halo (a combination of anchovies, rabbitfish, squid and flying fish).
Also available are Sissy Sardines made in collaboration with RARE Philippines.
It is with RARE Philippines that FCI has expanded its partnerships to fisherfolk from Mindoro, Negros Oriental and Surigao Del Sur.
Among those who attended the launch were Tony Meloto from Gawad Kalinga, Agriculture Undersecretary Berna Romulo-Puyat and Rocky Tirona from RARE Philippines.
Representatives from FCI’s partners like Echostore, Holy Carabao farms, and the British Council also pledged to work together to promote sustainable seafood.
FCI’s partner chefs presented novel dishes that incorporate these products as ingredients. Chef Mira Angeles of Spell Kitchen showed off her trail mix with strips of danggit, dried mango and seaweed. Chef Alaine Salvanera of The Happy Tummy Co. used Papa Pusit in her squid adobo served over crostini.
Recipes from Chele Gonzales of Vask and Jordy Navarra of Toyo Eatery are coming soon, FCI said. -- Report from Jeeves de Veyra