Where To Buy Kurobuta Pork: Esguerra Farms In Lipa, Batangas

From premium farmed Kurobuta pork to fresh fruits and vegetables - learn about Esguerra Farms here:

Esguerra Farms & Stud Inc is proudly Filipino and is located in Lipa, Batangas with Mount Malarayat in full view. Founded in 2000, what started as a family rest-house, and horse lodge developed into what it is today: an enterprising farm that produced exquisite Kurobuta pork!

Mr Herminio S Esguerra, the farm’s proprietor, is known as a champion horse owner and is one of the most sought-after breeders in the Philippines. The farm grounds originally were used for horses in years past. Today, however, the property had totally developed into a thriving farm complex. It not only takes pride in its quality animal farming but also in its luscious agricultural selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

So, why the focus on Kurobuta (which in Japanese means black pig)? Hermino began raising Kurobuta pigs locally after he fell in love with eating the meat himself. This Japanese breed is known to be juicy, succulent and is highly sought after because of its “hefty fat content and exceptional tenderness” says Esguerra Farms. They add that “this pork is much more flavourful than the traditional variety. Due to its slightly higher pH, Kurobuta pork is darker than the standard pork, which gives a richer taste, soft white fat, and good marbling throughout. Its high-fat content makes it suitable for long cooking and high-temperature cooking”.

Their sustainable and humane farming ethos ensures that animals are treated well and that their ecosystem is beneficial to the environment. Their approach is free-range, antibiotic-free and hormone-free too. “The Kurobuta pigs of Esguerra farm are naturally grown and are exposed to elements like the sun, wind and rain. Pasture-raised, they can roam around and enjoy the farm’s ample space for running and walking,” shares Esguerra Farms.


Their ultimate goal is to provide Filipino homes with the best and healthiest pork cuts to make meal-time spreads around the country that much more scrumptious. Having personally tried their sliced ham, tomahawk, pork chops and sausages, I can tell you that it is worth re-ordering!

August 31, 2021
Tatler Asia