What’s with all the BUKO?

For the past months, I’ve been seeing a lot of kiosks and food carts selling coconut water (buko juices and shakes) sprouting from all corners of EVERYWHERE!  It was as if the whole of Mega Manila have been invaded by coconuts.  Was there an over production of coconuts in the country?

Anyway, whatever the case, I’m going to look at it as a form of blessing or if it was a problem… well, it’s a good problem.  A very healthy one that is.

Coconut Water as a Health Drink

Most Filipinos are well acquainted with song “Da Coconut Nut” by the Smokey Mountain, here’s a few stanza from that song:

The coconut nut is a giant nut
If you eat too much, you’ll get very fat
Now, the coconut nut is a big, big nut
But its delicious nut is not a nut

It’s the coco fruit (it’s the coco fruit)
Of the coco tree (of the coco tree)
From the coco palm family

Although the song stressed the many uses of the coconut, it tells us no information about the benefits of drinking coconut water or juice.  I love my coconuts fresh and natural so I buy them straight from the fruit, sliced with the juicy meat scraped and included on my drink.  Yummy!

Coconut Water aids weight loss

Contrary to the second line of the song, coconuts, most especially the juice is a great weight loss aid.

Coconut water is known for containing electrolytes similar to the human plasma, making it naturally hydrating with less sugar and calories.  Coconut water is also a rich source of iron, calcium and magnesium.  It has 4 times higher potassium content than bananas. The regular drinking of this amazing juice from nature can significantly help reduce food cravings and flush out toxins to boost health and aid in weight loss.

And because it is very low on sugar and fat, it is a great drink for people who have a family history of Diabetes to prevent its onset.

It has a lot of health benefits actually but the most important of all is that it helps you keep fit, healthy, refreshed and rejuvenated much like your ordinary energy drink – but it’s ALL NATURAL!

However, our Buko salesman doesn’t go too often to our place and sometimes I do doubt the cleanliness of the Buko knife that he uses for opening the fruit.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we have a fresh-from-the-fruit coconut water (juice) always ready to drink inside our house?

I used to think that a drink like that would be very impossible – coconut juice would only stay fresh for a few hours even if it’s refrigerated.  Well thank God for Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PPCPI), now we can have a drink of all natural and fresh coconut water anytime and anywhere we please with the new TROPICANA COCO QUENCH.


I attended the grand launching of this fascinating drink last September 27 (Thursday) at One Esplanade.

It’s really a breakthrough product from Pepsi-Cola touted as the must-have drink for health and lifestyle enthusiasts of all ages.  Tropicana Coco Quench is 100% fresh and made from real coconut water.

“The upsurge in demand for coconut water is remarkable.  This phenomenon has drawn global attention to the Philippines as one of the leading sources of coconut water in the world. Tropicana Coco Quench leverages the expertise of Tropicana to come out with a revolutionary product from locally-grown coconuts that addresses the need for better and healthier choices for consumers,” shared Partho Chakrabarti, president for Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PPCPI).

All-natural and Fresh-sealed

Tropicana Coco Quench is the first locally-produced drink with an 8-month shelf life.  It capitalizes on the advanced technology of Tetra Pak packaging to replicate the protection of coconuts.  This allows Tropicana Coco Quench to stay fresh as the real fruit without the need for preservatives and added flavours.  It is also the only drink that utilizes a hip, octagon-shaped packaging for easier grip. The 330 ml pack comes with a pull-tab mechanism and enables consumers to conveniently drink the coconut water straight from the pack. This healthy refreshment can be consumed for only Php30.   Perfect for sharing with friends and family, Tropicana Coco Quench is also available in a 1 Litre pack with a resealable cap.

The Grand Launch Party

The Tropicana Coco Quench Grand Launch was hosted by celebrity hunk Borgy Manotoc who also facilitated a game that gave away several Ipads to lucky guests of the evening.  We were served with various cocktail concoctions containing the Tropicana Coco Quench.  My favorite was the Coco Mango Frappe and the Citrus Coco Mojito.

citrus coco mojito
coco mango frappe

Borgy also introduced the Tropicana Coco Quench Ad featuring super model CHARO RONQUILLO.  A homegrown beauty, Ronquillo has walked the runway at prestigious New York and Paris fashion shows. She has appeared on the cover of international fashion and beauty editorials like Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.  Active, healthy and beautiful, Ronquillo embodies the Tropicana Coco Quench lifestyle.

The highlight of the event was a fashion show featuring some of the countries hottest models.

Check out the full video of the awesome models as they stole the night on the runway.


Here are some of the models at the after party:

About Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard about Pepsi making some kind of innovation in drinks and with the new Tropicana Coco Quench, I think that they’re off to a good start.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. is the exclusive bottler of PepsiCo beverages in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 65 years. Lotte Chilsung, one of the biggest beverage companies in South Korea, is the lead shareholder of PCPPI as an independently-listed company and co-manages it with PepsiCo. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, and Premier. It has established manufacturing facilities across the country, serving at least 440,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network. PCPPI was awarded “Pepsi Bottler of the Year – Asia” in 2006.

Here are the kids with their Tropicana Coco Quench:

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