In the Philippines, coconuts (in the form of copra) are one of the
country’s top 3 exports, with over 3 million hectares of land planted with different varieties of coconut
trees. Copra is dried coconut meat from which coconut oil is derived. Unfortunately, the coconut industry is
also the most politicized and exploited. As a result, the coconut farmer is the most impoverished segment of
the population. As copra farmers, they live below poverty level, earning PHP 3,600 every 3 months or roughly
Ambrose Companies’ Managing Director is Tess A.
Young who also has roots in the Philippines. Tess has a passion for health and nutrition issues, having
experienced several family members suffer from Type II diabetes. Tess is also concerned about the epidemic of
obesity and Type II diabetes and was searching for a natural alternative to sugar. When she discovered the
low Glycemic Index nature of coconut sugar and began creating low carb, gluten free desserts and ice cream
using coconut sugar, she knew she found the solution!
We believe that our raw, authentic coconut sugar
and honey will be part of the solution in addressing the global epidemic of obesity and Type II diabetes. In the United States alone, the CDC estimates 1 in 3 Americans will develop Type II
diabetes by the next decade. We believe Mestiza ™ Coconut Sugar and Mestiza ™ Coconut Honey will satisfy the growing need for a natural sweetener that is healthier, versatile,
delicious, and helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
Our logo is taken from an oil painting of a
young, attractive Filipina of Spanish and Filipino heritage. Her name
was Filomena, and she was my grandmother. As a little girl, I remember her
stories of when she was a college student at the University of the Philippines during the 1920s, and
how a contemporary by the name of Fernando Amorsolo painted her portrait. We
believe the painter beautifully captured her essence and sweetness! Fernando Amorsolo became one of
the most important artists of the Philippines in the 20th century.
Because of her light complexion, my
grandmother was often nicknamed "Miss Mestiza". Mestiza is a Spanish word that means "fair" or light in
terms of one's complexion. Our blonde coconut sugar and coconut honey reminds me of
her fair complexion. Because I wanted to honor my grandmother and
also highlight the Filipino heritage of our unique and delicious product, I chose
the name Mestiza.