Malagos Farm Artisanal Cheeses & Chocolates
When we hear Davao, the first thing that comes to mind is fruits or even the Philippine Eagle. But did you know that the city is also home to artisanal cheeses and chocolates that were dubbed to be the Philippines’ best?
They’re all here in Malagos Garden Resort and Malagos Farm House. The two are owned by the same family, the Puentespinas of Davao. However, the former is located away from the city and more connected with nature. While the latter is a restaurant located in the city.
Malagos Garden Resort is probably a good destination for travelers of all ages to visit. We’re lucky since AirAsia now flies to Davao City from Manila 3x a day, 7 days a week! Travelers from the Queen City of the South, Cebu, may also enjoy 4x weekly flights to Davao. The budget airline intends to increase flight frequencies to Davao starting in September 2022.
Following a tree-to-bar philosophy, the farm makes their chocolate products just near where they were grown. Traditionally, chocolates around the world are grown in cacao-growing nations in Africa, South East Asia, and some parts of Latin America. Then the cacao beans are transported to chocolate factories in the United States or Europe. Here, it is different. The chocolates are farmed, processed, and manufactured all in one place.
The Malagos Garden Resort has a chocolate museum where you will learn much about cocoa and how it becomes chocolates. The museum also discusses how Malagos Chocolate became one of the world’s best, with multiple international awards.
The farm also offers a unique experience wherein guests can participate in creating their very own chocolates! It is a part of their tree to bar philosophy so guests can fully understand where their favorite treats come from.
While you’re there, be sure to try a variety of chocolate treats in the cafe. They serve freshly made chocolate concoctions chocolate lovers will adore. You should also try their Premium Unsweetened Chocolate pouch for your perfect cup of hot chocolate. Compared to other commercialized chocolate drinks, their unsweetened melting chocolate tastes authentic with hints of liquor-like flavors, slightly bitter, and leaves with a very fruity finish. You may opt to add sugar, and it is best enjoyed with ensaymada, just like what we did in the cafe, or any sweet pastry you like.
Malagos Garden Resort
The Malagos Chocolate museum is located in the vicinity of Malagos Garden Resort. The Resort is advocating for safe, sustainable, and healing experiences that are refined by nature. The garden resort is very much open for tourists of all ages, as they offer a unique experience that no other resort offers yet. Be closer to nature, and experience fine farm-to-table dining at its finest.
The Malagos chocolate spa is a first-of-its-kind experience in Davao. They offer facial and body treatments that incorporate the use of chocolate! Yes, you read that right! Here, chocolate isn’t just used to create delicious treats and to help you relax. The healing and soothing properties of cacao work wonder for the skin, leaving you recharged. The chocolate spa offers affordable rates ranging from P750 for a 45-minute back and arms massage.
While you’re at the resort, be sure to get around and visit their aviary bird feeding dome with some of the friendliest birds you’ll ever meet. Some of these are a 28-year-old cockatoo and two colorful Eclectus parrots named Midori (Green, Male) and Ruby (Red, Female). A Philippine eagle owl also catches guests’ attention and is ready for photo ops with visitors.
Malagos Artisanal Cheese
Malagos Artisanal Cheese from Malagos Farmhouse is a world-class product crafted locally with sustainably and responsibly sourced raw materials. From soft cheeses to hard cheeses. Malagos Farmhouse will definitely have one that your tastebuds will adore!
What started out as an at-home activity not too many years ago, Malagos Farmhouse cheeses are crafted by Olive P. Puentespina. She started crafting her homemade cheese at her kitchen for her kids. Then this activity sparked an idea of motivating her to learn the art of making fine cheeses.
Her passion and dedication to cheesemaking led her to expand the family business venture. The intricate art of making cheese is made even better with the use of high-quality ingredients which are sourced from their farm.
Today, Malagos Farmhouse creates more than 10 varieties of goat’s milk cheeses and eight varieties of cow’s milk cheeses. Each is flavorful and a delight to enjoy on its own, with a glass of wine, or add to any salad or pasta recipes.
Aside from sumptuous handcrafted cheeses, you can also try their seasonal harvest products, such as their pasteurized fresh goat’s milk and yogurt. They also offer seasonal fruits preserves such as mangosteen, bignay, and guava, alongside savory sauces like chili jam, basil pesto, and roasted cherry tomatoes.
Malagos Farmhouse is located at the heart of Davao City. So visiting it wouldn’t be a hassle. A simple taxi ride would take you there.
How to get there?
Malagos Garden Resort is approximately 32 kilometers from downtown proper. It takes approximately an hour from the airport or city center.
Malagos Garden Resort
Purok 2, Brgy. Malagos, Baguio District
By Private Transportation
From the main city, head south until you reach Ulas junction. Turn right following the Bukidnon-Davao (BuDa) Highway. Turn left upon reaching the Calinan crossing and then right when you reach the small rotunda in the same direction towards the Philippines Eagle Center. The resort is on the right side, along the road, opposite Puentespina Orchids.
By Public Transportation
TAXI: Approximate rate from the city center to the resort is around PhP700 – PhP1K one way.
BUS and L300 VAN: Leaves the Bankerohan Terminal every 15 minutes. Travel time would be approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Terminal for Annil Bus and L300 Vans are located at the corner of Quirino Avenue and San Pedro Extensions, Bankerohan, Davao City (beside a Bank).
Malagos Chocolates and Artisanal cheeses are just some of the world-class products being made in Davao City. As a matter of fact, Davao City is declared to be the Philippines’ Chocolate Capital this 2021. Meanwhile, Malagos artisanal cheeses are now widely distributed in Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo, showing no signs of settling. We are just excited about the possibilities and Pinoy pride that these two outstanding products have for the rest of us.