Two distinct South Cotabato products - the Kafe Balos and the T'nalak Clothof the T'boli tribe in the province were chosen to be among the eight Philippine products that has been selected for international packaging and country branding development, this is according to a PIA report.
Kafe Balos is a coffee product fermented in the stomachs of wild civet cats. Also widely known as one of the "world's finest and richest coffee" to date, Kafe Balos is prepared and grown by a small community of the B'laan tribe in the mountains of Brgy. Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato. Kafe Balos is also prized as the "most expensive coffee in the world". Read also our post about Kafe Balos here.
On the other hand, T'nalak is a traditional hand-woven cloth by the T'boli women of Lake Sebu. This clothes are so unique because they are woven without drawn patterns, instead T'boli women believe that the textile patterns are bestowed on them through their dreams by their ancestors or through the spirit of the abaca, known to them as Fu Dalu.
These products were chosen in a cooperation by the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), a DOST attached agency and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).