05 Aug2008

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The new gift shop at the Dauis church is straight out of a snazzy southeast asian resort… A very pleasant surprise to come across, and hopefully appealing to enough visitors to support itself. While I was on my lightning visit, I noticed that cafe workers were also undergoing training in the proper way to serve customers. I hung around for a few minutes listening to the instructions, which must have been coming from an expert brought in from Manila or Cebu, as the instructions were certainly impressive… I hope the service there surpasses all of our expectations as that will really be a gem of a cafe in such an unexpected location…

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The gift shop was still sparsely stocked, but there was an impressive selection of locally made placemats which were just a notch above the ones you commonly see for sale in handicraft stores. These had slightly more sophisticated colors and designs, and while incredibly pricey at PHP75 a piece, I bought two dozen as my little show of support for the incredible efforts being exerted to bring the Dauis complex back from incredible neglect and disrepair.

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The cafe is expected to open in afew weeks, first inside the building that was recently refurbished, and then later, outside under the wonderful acacia tree and teak terrace.

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One of the display cabinets at the shop was an old aparador, now with a glass front. Simply beautiful… I am told that Handumanan, roughly translated, means remembrance or perhaps memories of a bygone time…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Katrina says:

    When we had dinner there, they said that the guy in charge of table settings, etc., was trained at Peninsula Manila. It’s terrific that they’re going about it in a professional manner. That’s the difference a benefactor with taste and long-term vision makes.

    Aug 5, 2008 | 4:08 pm

     
  2. Amor says:

    I so love the name of the shop…
    For me, it a very authentic Bisaya word :)

    Aug 5, 2008 | 5:05 pm

     
  3. Gay says:

    My oh my, I love the old aparador. We keep such cabinets at home, handed down from my grandparents. What makes me really happy is that I got my Lolo’s study table :)

    Aug 5, 2008 | 5:16 pm

     
  4. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Whoa!!! Just looking the the first pic, I thought this topic was part of your foreign journey. I had to take a second look before I realize it had native stuff. The gift shop is really very chic!!!

    Aug 5, 2008 | 9:12 pm

     
  5. maria says:

    mm, is dauis in bohol? They did a good job in the interior design.

    Aug 5, 2008 | 11:13 pm

     
  6. maria says:

    sorry, my question answered in previous entry. My bad.

    Aug 5, 2008 | 11:15 pm

     
  7. maria says:

    oh and by the way, while you were in bohol, did you order the famous baklayon torta and baked polvoron from Didang`s? SUPERB!!!

    Aug 5, 2008 | 11:17 pm

     
  8. eej says:

    Love the rustic, Balinesque feel in the photos. I hope this site becomes a must see tourist destination in Bohol.

    Handumanan — a nostalgic memento, a reminder. Whoever chose the shop name, did a good job.

    Aug 6, 2008 | 2:27 am

     
  9. sonianer says:

    from what i was told, bea jr. brought in the members of movement 8– a group of the country’s known designers — to help her with the shop– hence the polished look and choice merchandise.
    lets hope the tourist trade in bohol is vibrant enough to sustain the shop

    Aug 6, 2008 | 4:27 am

     
  10. zena says:

    I had the same reaction as Apicio! I thought it was a continuation of the caviar blog. Same foreign location…NOT!. Very impressive.

    Aug 6, 2008 | 7:39 am

     
  11. Topster says:

    They did a good job with the interior, the wooden beams and girders are offer a nice contrast to the plastered wall with the lighted shelves. It is a nice touch of blending a little modernity without sacrificing the structure’s heritage.

    Hope more of our well-off kababayans would adopt this stance and conserve our structures but still make it useful for business.

    Aug 6, 2008 | 8:30 am

     
  12. lyna says:

    I so love the aparador!!!!

    Aug 6, 2008 | 10:49 am

     
  13. toping says:

    Handumanan also translates as “keepsake”.

    Aug 7, 2008 | 11:15 am

     
 

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