The Apoy Benit Cacao Agricultural Farming is a privately owned farm located in Calbayog City, Philippines established in January 2016 by Atty. Gerardo L. Dean, a practicing attorney in Chicago, Illinois.
Faced with the more profitable prospect of converting his newly acquired 2.4-hectare land in the city into a residential subdivision, Atty. Dean ventured into the unthinkable by converting his land into a cacao farm, giving birth to an advocacy to help propagate cacao trees in the island of Samar. Deciding to make a big difference in his newfound advocacy, Atty. Dean subsequently intercropped the various coconut lands owned by his father in Sitio Soboc, Brgy. Bante in Tinambacan District with thousands of cacao trees, turning this hinterland area into a new cacao center that provides additional sustainable livelihood to various farmers
The Apoy Benit Farm has a total of more than 5,000 cacao trees in its the two farm locations, with a combined area of 10 hectares. The farm is named after his paternal great-grandmother, Benita Bagallon Pallones, the wife of the last mayor of the then municipality of Tinambacan, Petronilo L. Pallones. It was said that during her lifetime, the town of Tinambacan produced its own goods and directly engaged in various trading activities with nearby municipalities. Tinambacan used to produce one of the best handwoven mats (banig) made of palm (buri) in the island of Samar. Mayor Pallones presided over a thriving municipality until its dissolution in 1948, to give way to the conversion of the then municipality of Calbayog into what is now the City of Calbayog, the second largest city in the entire Philippines in land area.