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BAHAY Buffet Goes to Bahay ni Kulas in Amadeo Cavite

70 Barangay Minantok West , Amadeo – Cavite province, Philippines 

We passed several houses with small garden  and orchids

It was a bright and sunny weather when we were fetch by BAHAY Buffet team from Hotel Intercontinental in Makati , It took us over 2 hours and went on a road trip south of Metro Manila passing several towns along its way .

That is nice about BAHAY Buffet dining experience ,is not  just about foods but also camaraderie, opening of new friendship , sharing one’s personal experiences in life and road trip adventure ! Here is a link to a previous event  held last July 21,2015 in MOCA Farm within Padre Garcia , Batangas

entrance to the farm

The farm is about 2 hectares owned by the family of Cuevas who made a lot of improvements within the property during a 7- year period . Turning the once vine laden with old coffee trees and coconuts area into a lush tropical plantation with dragon fruits, calamansi  with different kinds of orchid hybrids  and bananas.  What i liked about the perimeter wall around the farm is that they are planted with hedge shrubs which makes the family -style farm rustic and green.

The family farm is located a few kilometers from Amadeo Public Market and the town boast  a lot of agricultural produce like Coffee which earn the town its nickname ” Coffee Capital ” of the Philippines .

cattleyas in coconut husk

Almost every home got a small plot of land where they plant coffees, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, dragon fruits and among others .

dancing ladies orchid

Some houses would have Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay)  and Dendrobium aphyllum ( fairy sanggumay) planted on host trees such as mangoes, champaka, acacia among others. There are also orchid hybrids like Oncidiums , Vandas , Mokaras .

Dendrobium anosmum aka sanggumay growing on a ficus tree

Weather

Since the town of Amadeo is located between 1,200 feet to 1,400 feet in elevation , The weather is milder and cooler . It is not much developed compared to the town of Silang, Tagaytay , Mendez and Indang.

Ms. Gigi Morris , Ms.Dawn Bolus Mawis , Dr. Ikit Sipin-Chan and  Mr. Racs Cuevas

variety of buffet meal

Buffet

Buffet meal consists of family -style heirloom dishes and those regional food that are found in Amadeo and within Cavite province.

puto seko and jacobina

The dishes were laing , mussels and oysters , steamed vegetables, pininyahang manok, sinaing na tulingan ,halaan soup, binagoongan na baboy,  fern salad , fresh fruits , toasted buttered bread, jacobina , potoseko , freshly brewed Amadeo coffee.

Binagoongan na Baboy

I liked all the foods that i have tasted , it was the epitome of home-cooked recipe which were handed down from several generations.

Seafood Pancit Palabok ni Kulas

One of the family specialties is the Seafood Pancit Palabok which had a mid- flavored sauce and a rich toppings of fresh sea foods like squid, shrimps, tinapa flakes ( smoked fish ) deep fried tofu cut into small cubes, boiled chicken eggs , chopped spring onion leaves and crushed chicharon flakes ( pork crackling ) and calamansi fruit.

SEAFOOD Pancit Palabok

Ms. Jo Bie

Ms. Jo Bie is the one who cooked this seafood pancit palabok

Since this is a weekend family farm, The farm is ideal for team building , retreat , event place ,  buffet meals are also available .  But visitors who wish to come must make a prior appointment before hand. Some of the menus might not always be available due to the availability of the ingredients.

grotto

group photo

Note: I would like to ” Thank” the gracious hosts and Bahay Buffet family for the invitation .

Contact Information:

Contact Persons: Mr. Droz or Ms. Ikit

0917 517 7547, 0929-3612986 or (02) 873-4252

Bahay ni Kulas

Bahay Buffet Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/bahaybuffet

BAGA Manila Expands to Molino, Cavite and Filinvest , Alabang

StarMall , Molino- Cavite and Filinvest, Alabang , Muntinlupa City

Star Mall – Molino branch

BAGA Manila which stands for Barbecuers and Grillers Association serves good barbecues , grilled foods and quality regional foods. Baga Manila started their operation at A Venue in Makati City then moved to their present site at Lakefront Area in Muntinlupa City.

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem serves nachos, tacos to their customers . One of the best sellers are the Nachos with Php 50 and Php 60 for Tacos. what makes their nachos a little unique from the others is that they included slices of cucumbers.

nachos

What was envisioned as an adventure and leisurely dining experience for family, friends and young professional.

Sweet Grab

Eventually it became a dining experience for its loyal patrons.  One of its newest place to go is the Star Mall -Molino  parking area, Cavite province .

Kawkee is known for its dimsums

It started with just 8 food concessionaire a few months ago until there were public clamors to expand in order to include a myriad of different regional and international foods.

GotoMe

Now , There are 25 food outlets.  Customers from Cavite area who wanted to get a dining experience do not need to to to Metro Manila to experience a food adventure.

food stalls- Star Mall -Molino

After we went to Star Mall , Molino – Our group went to another place in Filinvest , Alabang in Muntinlupa City . When we arrived at the place it was way past sunset and there were about 25 stalls selling different kinds of food.

Operation: from Thursday to Sunday from 5:00pm to past 1:00am .

Filinvest -Baga Manila

Cebu Best Boneless Lechon

For those who wanted to order :

Block  3 Lot 18 Jb Tan Street , BF Homes , Las Pinas City

0906-530-6127

Sugar Rush by Mark and Rose

Sugar Rush had a lot of home made cookies and pastries

Fluid Mobile Bar

The area is becoming a popular hang-out place for expats, employees of nearby establishments , young professionals and families living near the place.

There are also live band every weekend which provide free entertainment to their patrons

Operation :Thursday to Sunday 5:00PM to 1:00AM

Baga Manila Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BAGAManila

Contact :0916 512 8022

Hortikutura Extravaganza Advocacy and Horticulture Tour

Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. personally welcomes tour participants from different parts of the country

Philippine Horticultural Society organizer of Hortikultura Extravaganza 2015 in partnership with Department of Tourism , Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry conducted a tour on several farms, tourist destination spots and livelihood advocacy NGO tour. We left Quezon Memorial Circle at around past 6:00am on our way to Laguna, Cavite provinces . Our first stop is Mr. Vic Chin’s Orchids and Ornamental Farm in Calamba , Laguna.

hundreds of potted flowering plants

The tour open another aspect of agriculture/ horticulture  tourism a fast growing tourism sector . We were also joined-in by Negros Occidental Garden Club with over a dozen members.

caladiums

There are over 1,000 named cultivars of Caladium bicolor from the original South American plant. Many cultivar hybrids are produced with striking foliage and markings . Mr. Chin also shared a lot of stories and growing techniques. His farm is clean and production is at par with world class standards.

aquariums

Aside from orchids and ornamental plants, Mr. Vic Chin is also an award- winning fish hobbyists and breeder . He had several hundreds of fish tanks with different kinds  of tropical fresh water fishes.

cattleya orchid

There are several hundreds of cattleya hybrids that greeted us on our visit his farm.

Ding Hao Restaurant

Mr. Chin farm is located within  Ding Hao Restaurant compound  which is just beside SM Calamba. The farm covers about 3,000 square meters. It is also a favorite tourist destination among travelers and clients of the restaurant.

 restaurant is popular event place

The participants wasted no time in buying orchids and ornamental plants .  For those interested to buy plants in bulk , Please try to contact Ding Hao restaurant for scheduled appointment.

 participants

Itlog ni Kuya

We made a short stop over at Itlog ni Kuya outlet . Participants bought salted eggs, balut and penoy . Among their specialties includes Yummy Leche Flan., Lechon Kilulob na Itik , Pekin Kilulob

Compared to the ordinary salted egg in the market , Itlog ni Kuya salted duck eggs are not that salty and less sodium content. Love the taste !

Ming’s Garden

This is another favorite stop-over and venue place among tourists and garden lovers.

bromeliads , neoregelias and guzmanias

There is a souvenir shop , restaurant , coffee shop and plant selling area where visitors can buy their plant propagation like bromeliads, medinilla , ferns , flowering plants , herbs and garden supplies.

souvenir store

The place is owned by Mrs. Amelita ” Ming” Martinez Ramos – a plant , environment and orchid lover .  She is the wife of President Fidel Valdez Ramos – President of the Philippines ( 1992 to 1998)

comfort room

The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and had catering services . Ming’s Garden had also earned several accolades and awards from different travel magazines and local tourism organization . The comfort room is clean and maximizes the use of natural light.

semi-terete vanda blooming

Alcanterea imperialis

The genus Alcantarea, with approximately 20 species is an offshoot of the much larger genus Vriesea. For such regal plants, the genus is fittingly named after the 2nd Emperor of Brazil. Alcantarea imperialis is the most regal , largest and is considered the prominent species of this genus. It is one of the giants of the bromeliad family.  This Bromeliad grows to a span of more than 1.5 metres, although it can take up to ten years to get to this size.  The thick flower spike reaches up to 3.5 metres in height, producing hundreds of slightly fragrant creamy white flowers.

Strongylodon macrobotrys

This vine is called Jade Vine in the Philippines . It is called jade vine because of the color of the flowers which is bluish-green ( turquoise)  . With its long cascading translucent jade-green flowers beneath a canopy of pale green foliage, the jade vine is one of the most beautiful and elegant of all tropical climbers.  We are quite fortunate that the vine had several blooms that awaited us.

group photo

Address: Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Rd., Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

Related link: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/mings-garden-and-restaurant/

China Palace

We went to China Palace restaurant located in Tagaytay Highlands . The group were served Chinese style lauriat for lunch

spinach soup

yang chow fried rice

breaded pork

fried chicken with shrimp kropek

sauteed broccoli and baby pak choy in garlic

group photo

Negros Occidental Garden Club members enjoying the cool and windy weather

We toured the Tagaytay highland vicinity and enjoyed the breathtaking views and cool temperature.

Ms. Marvi Tulauan greeted the participants of the tour

Ms. Marvi Tulauan

Email: marvitulauan@yahoo.com

Ms. Delphine from France

The Focolare Movement, present everywhere in the world, is like a vast and varied family. It began in 1943 during the Second World War as a current of spiritual and social renewal.

handmade greeting cards

‘A people born from the Gospel,’ is how it was defined by its founder Ms. Chiara Lubich (1920-2008), a charismatic and significant woman of the 20th century.

Website: http://www.focolare.org/en/

The place is quite spacious and ideal for retreat , vacation and convention. A newly built dormitory -style building was completed to accommodate budget conscious people.

fashion accessories

They have several livelihood projects from arts, craft, baking pastries, greeting cards, jam, fashion jewelries, bags, t-shirts , door opener,  ladies bag, stuff dolls and religious items

wheat bread baking

Their wheat bread production is good only for the day and all orders must be pre-order at least a day or so .  The quality of their bread and prices are even lower compared to commercial bakeries and pastry shops .  Almost the entire production of the day were already ordered by the members of the Philippine Horticultural Society .

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/focolare.org

anthuriums

Arids and Aroids – This is a one hectare farm of different kinds of ornamental, flowering trees, orchids, hoyas, ferns , tillandsias , variegated plants from different parts of the world. They supply a lot of plant nurseries in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao area. Their first farm was located in the municipality of Doña Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan before relocating in Barangay Tartaria, Silang , Cavite province.

The climate is very suitable for growing ornamental plants and even orchids. The company is planning to breed small types of sweet smelling orchid flowers for eventual export to other countries.

variegated philodendron

This is a beautiful variegated philodendron which commands a handsome six- figure sum .

After all the shopping , we were treated to a tasty afternoon snacks of toasted siopao and soft-drinks by the gracious hosts.

Note : A visit to Arids and Aroids Farm can be scheduled by appointment .

I would like to sincerely ” Thank” Tita Adoracion S. Bernabe , Tita Norma K. Villanueva, Tita Leny R. Fabul and PHSI family for the accommodation extended to us .

Mabuhay Orchids and Ornamental Plants: Silang Best Kept Secret !

Mabuhay Orchid and Ornamental Farm, Silang , Cavite -Philippines

rows of lavander, rosemary , orchids and other ornamental plants

We last went to this farm in 2007 , 2008 on a field trip by lakwatsa ( roaming around/ traveler ) an informal grouping of a plant society . The  Philippine Orchid Society also organized a field trip to Cavite on May 23, 2009. The group seldom meet  after it was disbanded sometime in 2009.

Phalaenopsis schilleriana aka Tiger orchid

Nepenthes truncata

The farm also successfully propagated several species of Nepenthes ( pitcher plants) and some of them were grown from seeds or cuttings.

different pitcher plant species being propagated

 Dendrobium uniflorum aka popcorn orchid

This farms specializes on herbal plants, annuals like zinnias , hoyas, dischidias , native ferns, native orchids, some orchid hybrids like Cattleya, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis

flowering zinnias

 The are grown from quality seeds

 ashitaba

The Real ashitaba and Commercial ashitaba

This is the real Ashitaba herbs  ( Angelica keiskei )  came from Okinawa , Japan .Nonetheless, modest conditions for cultivation and fast rate of growth, with optimal temperatures ranging between 19 -30 degrees Celsius . As far as the author is concern, There are few plant nurseries in the Philippines that grow this plant successfully , The other one is the EDSA Garden House , herbal farms in Tagaytay and Baguio area.

Gynura which is cheaper compared to the real ashitaba . Ashitaba herbs cannot grow well in Metro Manila and it is a little bit more expensive compared to gynura because it is not easily propagated and it requires a cooler day and night temperatures .  I think it was  commercial people and propagators who thought that it was ashitaba and people sometimes believe them. It is useless to argue to people unless they have done proper research and have tried propagating the real ashitaba at their own backyard.

Gyunura procumbens

The one which is popularly grown and being sold at the local market is Gynura  procumbens or commonly called Longevity Spinach, Leaves of Gods or  Sabuñgai Gynura procumbens has been used as “FOLK MEDICINE” for hundreds of years. This herb has been found to be an extremely alkalizing and miraculous antiviral, anti-inflammatory edible plant. High in antioxidants Gynura procumbens offers the possibility of remarkable results when it comes to improving overall health and longevity, and aiding in conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s also been known to significantly support the detoxification process. This plant is widespread in southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam , Cambodia and even in the Philippines.

Website : http://stuartxchange.com/Sabungai.html

 Almost every residents plant this kind of herb in our place in Novaliches / Fairview  and they are relatively easy to grow,propagation is by cuttings .

website: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements

http://www.ashitabaplant.com/

Thai basil

http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/t527/ldvchan/Taeniophyllumsp_zpsae1d8605.jpg

Taeniophyllum orchid with seed capsule

Note : The proprietor does not allow farm tour and only sells their produce at AANI Taguig Saturday and Sunday Market ( whole day )  and at Centris Sunday Market 6:00am to 12:00NN . The farm also accepts bulk or wholesale orders.

Contact :  APO Wong or Mr. Jason Wong-09176333138

Email: jpcw13@yahoo.com.ph

Paradizoo : A Haven for Nature Lovers and Best Practices in Agriculture

Mendez, Cavite province – Philippines

entrance

Zoomanity Group the leading Company in theme park industry is part of the Yupangco Group of Companies.  The farm is located in the town of Mendez in Cavite province. It is about 2 and 1/2 hour drive from Makati City .  Paradizoo is a 10 hectares farm with 2 more hectares to be develop ( total farm area is 12-hectares ) . The farm  apply the BEST Practices in agriculture especially in farming like vermi-culture  , bokashi soil, hydroponics and putting up compost pits .

WELCOME Pavilion or  Paradizoo Cafe

What is Bokashi Composting?

Bokashi composting is proven safe, convenient, and quick way to compost food waste in your kitchen, garage, or apartment.

Bokashi means fermented organic matter in Japanese. Bokashi composting uses a selected group of microorganisms to anaerobically ferment organic waste. The microorganisms are applied using a impregnation carrier such as wheat bran.

bokashicomposting :http://bokashicomposting.com/

rabbits nibbling on grass

The farm had several animals being reared like rabbits.  Some are also for sale.

fish spa

One can have a foot spa for Php 60.00 which can last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

bloggers enjoyed hand- fed budgerigars

The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) is one of the birds being captively- breed in the facilities . For a minimal fee, the public can hand feed the animals.

miniature horses

a participant feeding a goat

One of the favorite attractions in Paradizoo is the FARM FRENZY.  It is an area where guest can cuddle animals such as rabbits , hamsters ,  budgerigars  . Be amazed by the farm collection of Dorper sheep , Boer, Kalahari  and Saanen diry goats , Rusa and turkeys from Australia which are also for sale.

flower garden

The flower garden show the  different color contrast and different varieties of flowering plants and herbal plants like marigold, mayana, dog fennel, kuyapo neatly arranged .

PerPETual Park- Pet Cemetery

Pet lovers and Animals lovers have a reason to bury their pets .  The farm will soon be offering”  pet columbary ” , a comforting means of expressing a lasting tribute to you favorite pet by selecting a burial plot and a permanent marker in marble or in granite .

flowering zinnias

butterflies and bloom

herbs and plants for sale

beehives

The farm also produces honey and other bee by-products such as beeswax . It had several bee colony and bees are such an important insects which aid the blooming plants in pollination.

lettuces grown in hydroponic

violet colored-lettuces planted in rows

Plant Me Home” experience, where you can select and pick vegetables and flowers from garden plots to take home. It’s a destination for pleasure, learning and healthy living.

strawberries

Semi-terete vandas , dancing lady orchids ( oncidium hybrids) , white cattleyas , Dendrobium hybrid are planted around the Orchid Pavilion.

white cattleyas

 Solanum mammosum or mickey mouse plant

Utong is a coarse and branched half-woody plant, prickly or unarmed, growing to a height of 0.4 to 1 meter. Stems are prickly and covered with soft short hairs. The fruits resembles the popular Disney character mickey mouse hence plant and horticulture lovers nickname them as such. The fruits are also favorite among flower arrangers because of its orange color and unique shape.

Popularly  called mickey mouse , utong , talong susu, tagotong , apple of Sodom

jackfruit tree with fruits

Most of the trees, flowering plants and animals along the pathway  were properly tagged . For some city dwellers and even school children who may not have seen actual flowering plants and fruit bearing trees , the signage is very important and educational too.

ornamental plants like bromeliad  top and boat plant

a Bromeliad and boat plant  (Rheo discolor ) locally called bangka-bangkaan , oyster plant add beauty and color to the landscape, this is also a practical way to save space ( vertical landscaping ) and practical way to using used plastic cups .

Website : http://stuartxchange.com/BangkaBangkaan.html

* Note : I must ” Thank” Engineer Grace Nicolas-Bondad, Mr. JB L. Badon, Filipino Health Bloggers and the rest of the Zoomanity staffs for the warm accommodation to the group.

Website : http://zoomanity.com.ph

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/zoomanitygroup

Paradizoo

Address: Km. 63 Panungyan Road, Mendez, Cavite, Philippines

General Inquiries:
     • Call : (02) 899-9595 local 344
     • Text : (0918) 503-3399 (Smart)
                 (0928) 808-5555 (Smart)
     • Fax : (02) 899-9829
     • Email : info@zoomanity.com.ph
Marketing Department
     • Call : (02) 899-9824/ 895-7142/ 898-3695/899-9828
     • Text : (0928) 808-5555 (Smart)
     • Email: reservation@zoomanity.com.ph
Event/ Promo/ Advertising Department:
     • (02) 899-9595 local 344
     • Email : promo_inquiry@zoomanity.com.ph
                  zoomanityg@gmail.com

Mini Buses of Cavite

Tanza , Cavite province- Philippines

Mini-buses ply many places from the mid- 1960’s until 1980’s in Morong, Cardona, Binangonan, Angono , Taytay  in the province of Rizal while most mini-buses still ply the route of  Tanza, Cavite City, Bacoor , Naic, Tagaytay  City in  Cavite province until now.

Binangonan Liner is considered one of the first companies which introduced the  mini-bus  had  following signage  : Sta. Ursula, Joel & Aileen, S.A., Monina, Marsha, Tingting, Trinidad, Jaynar, Robeliner, Cabo among others.

I still remember that there are also mini-bus which ply the route of Sapang Palay , Malinta and Bagong Silang and their terminal is at Doroteo Jose station in Santa Cruz , Manila.

Most of the “mini-bus ” or ” baby bus”   were also converted into “service”   and  converted into school buses by their operators and rented out to  students , young professionals or groups.   The interior is like psychedelic  with loud music which accompany the route .  They are hip, fast and funky that can rival any passenger jeeps .

The colorful mini-buses seating capacity can range from 30 to 60 people depending on the size of the bus. Some people also call them auto-bus, trambia

I always ride the mini-buses from Baclaran to any parts of Cavite .

Unfortunately , recent news from Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board ( LTFRB)  is planning the phase -out theses buses to pave way for more modern fleet of buses.

Whenever you are planning to go and visit the province of Cavite and some places with mini-buses or baby buses route. Do not hesitate to ride them and fell the nostalgia and rich transportation heritage of our country.

Links:

GMA News: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/182591/balitanghali/mga-baby-bus-sa-cavite-ipe-phase-out-na-ng-ltfrb

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cavite.baby.bus

Land Transportation and Franchising Board :  http://www.ltfrb.gov.ph/

Far Eastern University – Cavite tour

Far Eastern University campus – Metrogate Estates, Silang, Cavite, Philippines

Far Eastern University – Cavite ( High School Building )

In January 2009, a ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of the construction of the Far Eastern University Silang campus which will rise on a six-hectare area at the Metrogate Subdivision. The school offer basic education and tertiary courses such as Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism, Business, Education, and health-related degrees. The alumni affair office conducted several  tours  in FEU -Cavite when the buildings are still yet to be finished. The author is quite fortunate to have signed-up in one of the tour organized by the alumni office.

Map of Far Eastern University – Silang- Cavite

Architecture : FEU-Silang campus boast of a world class sustainable  green architecture  designed by Architect Daniel A. Lichauco to maximized the use of the  the wind and having high ceilings in order for the natural air flow to pass the building, This  also to allow the structure to breath  .

facade of FEU- Building with flowers

 Ms. Mona and Soler Santos are the artists who designed the artwork which became the basis for the facade of the buildings in FEU Cavite.

The place is much cooler compared to Metro Manila and very windy .  Hence putting additional electricity within the building is minimized .Sustainable architecture is framed by the larger discussion of sustainability and the pressing economic and political issues of our world.

ceiling

In the broad context, sustainable architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space.

hotel laboratory

The hotel laboratory set-up was sponsored by SM foundation . The hotel laboratory rooms are used by the HRM and Tourism students for their courses.

hotel laboratory with spacious living area

L-R Mr. Adolfo Caparas class 1980 ,Mr. Ramon Aganan , Ms.Edna Yao-Lim  Mr. Martin Lopez and Mr. Allan Flores batch 1980 showed off their FEU- collectible memorabilia items.

fresh sliced mangoes and watermelon

lunch buffet set-up

group picture

After the short tour , the group was treated to a sumptuous lunch hosted by FEU -Cavite chapter President Mr. Allan Rodriguez  and Mr. Martin Lopez- FEU Alumni Affairs Office

group picture taken in front of FEU- Cavite building facade

Note : I would like to ” Thank”  FEU alumni affairs office thru Mr. Martin Lopez  and Mr. Allan Rodriguez- Flores (  FEU Alumni- Cavite Chapter President ) for the tour arrangement  inside the campus and for their gracious accommodation to the group. All pictures were taken by the author , to those who wish to use the pictures for any purpose,  Please cite this link.

Website: http://www.feu-silang.edu.ph/