Retired Engineer Produces High-Grade Spirulina In Cainta, Rizal

Retired Engineer Produces High-Grade Spirulina In Cainta, Rizal
Retired Engineer Produces High-Grade Spirulina In Cainta, Rizal
Engr. Pol Puente and daughter Patricia inside the Spirulina growing area, a roofed structure that protects the growing algae from rain and hot weather.

A 61-year-old civil engineer who used to construct gasoline stations for the major petroleum companies gave up his construction business in 2002  to take-it-easy, so to speak, after making more than enough to maintain a comfortable life.

The fellow is Napoleon ‘Pol’ Puente who would rather want to be called ‘Farmer Pol’ today. He is now farming in Cainta, Rizal, a microalgae called Spirulina which is considered the most complete food in the world. He confesses that constructing facilities for the big companies pays very well but it is also very stressful.

For a few years after his early retirement, he used to spend most of his time in the golf course. But then, he also wanted something else that he would enjoy doing and at the same time fulfilling. And in 2008, he decided to farm Spirulina which packs a lot of protein. His Spirulina has been analyzed to contain 72 percent protein by Sentrotek, an accredited laboratory of FDA Philippines.

Retired Engineer Produces High-Grade Spirulina In Cainta, Rizal
Photo shows green algae adhering to fine-mesh net for sampling blue green algae for harvesting.

A nephew who is marketing manager of a multinational company in Colombia introduced to him the many health benefits of Spirulina. Pol  liked the invigorating effects of the micro-algae in granule and capsule forms. And since no one was producing the same in the Philippines, he would buy imported brands from Thailand, Australia and the United States.

Somehow, he felt that some of the imported brands did not measure to the quality of the Spirulina that his nephew supplied him from South America. He did his own research. He visited the websites of producers in different countries, and also made his own study on how to produce the blue-green algae. In 2008, he decided to grow his own Spirulina even for home consumption only.

Of course, he was not satisfied if he only grew Spirulina for home consumption. He also wanted to share the wellness benefits to his countrymen. So in March 2010, he and his family put up Aztec Foodgrowers Corporation which was duly licensed by  the Food and Drug Administration to operate as a Spirulina producer.

Although Aztec Foodgrowers is small compared to the big players abroad, being small in the beginning did not worry him. He started his production in a small way but with superior facilities to produce pure Spirulina under a system that he conceptualized as an engineer.

As of now, he grows his Spirulina in three concrete ponds roofed with imported UV resistant plastic. The structure is very durable as it is made of steel and concrete. The place is spic and span. Visitors have to wear gowns and step on a disinfectant before entering.

He observes that the big companies abroad usually produce their Spirulina in open ponds. And they harvest everything in the pond, which may include some impurities. Pol points out that Spirulina is also affected by too much rain and very high temperatures. And that is the reason why he opted to grow his Spirulina under roof, also devising a harvesting system that will only collect pure Spirulina growth on the surface of the growing pond.

Right now, he harvests from each pond every four days. The collected algae is dried in the sun in a transparent enclosed dryer. In a few hours, the Spirulina is dried and then converted into granules or powdered for making capsule. The granule takes effect immediately after taking it in the mouth. It can perk up a stressed individual right away.  Those suffering from some disorder, however, may need to take more than a teaspoonful a day. The Spirulina capsule may not take effect immediately but is more convenient to take, especially for those who are working in the office.

Retired Engineer Produces High-Grade Spirulina In Cainta, Rizal
Photo shows a couple of Spirulina capsules and a teaspoonful of granules.

So far Aztec Foodgrowers can produce enough granules and capsules for about 1,200 regular consumers every month. Pol says that they are just producing what they can sell to the local market. If more people will discover the beneficial effects of Spirulina, he believes he has now the expertise to produce bigger volumes. It is quite easy for him to expand although that could entail a big capital because of the first class production facilities that he is employing.

By the way, according to the book of Dr. Domingo Diaz Tapiador, the foremost proponent of blue green algae in the Philippines, Spirulina is the highest known source  in the world of three vital nutrients – carotene, vitamin B12 and Linolenic Acid. They are all essential in protecting and strengthening the immune system.

Spirulina is not only for human food. It is also used in animal feeds, and in aquaculture. Those who would like to get in touch with Aztec Foodgrowers can contact Patricia Puente-Suanino at 0917-837-5280 or Engr. Pol Puente at 0917-837-7947.

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4 thoughts on “Retired Engineer Produces High-Grade Spirulina In Cainta, Rizal

  1. There is this Spirulina from other Company which I tried for about 2 months but felt no change or benefits so I stopped. I am mostly working inside office because of the nature of my work as QA/QC here in Kuwait refinery, so not much exercise or body movement, hence I have been searching for another Food Supplement. Finally, maybe I have found what I am looking for. May I know if you have that market here in Kuwait.

    Regards,

    Fredsky

  2. The whole family is taking spirulina for more than 2 years now. We have tried two different brands here in the Philippines and we get ultimate results on the last brand that we tried and are taking now. My mother is an insulin dependent person and taking spirulina helped her a lot. However, the first brand that we tried gave my mother hyper-acidity. When we tried Aztec Spirulina she did not experience such bad outcome. We visited Aztec Spirulina farm and found the reason why we get the best results, just sharing our experience. I will not recommend anything that will not pass utmost standard and I guarantee anyone that Aztec spirulina is better than class a or any other spirulina around the world. Thank you Lord for AZtec Spirulina.

    AZtec Spirulina keep up the good work!

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