Yoki's Farm | Things to do in Mendez-Cavite
|Open:||Everyday, 7am - 4pm. Open on holidays.|
|Address:||Brgy. Palocpoc I, Mendez, Cavite|
Square, flaky, and perfect for a snack, Jacobina Biscuits have become the most famous homegrown product of Mendez. According to owner Fe Panganiban, his grandfather Paterno Noceda named the biscuits after a beautiful woman he once met.
Noceda Bakery has been making them since 1947 and little has changed in the baking process over the years. Made of flour, sugar, milk, and butter, the dough is cut into tiny squares and baked for about 30 minutes in a wood-fueled brick oven.
Sold in snack packs (P27 to P55) and family packs (P125), the biscuits are available daily in the bakery in Mendez and in another branch in Tagaytay. The product is also exported to Filipino stores in other Asian countries and the United States.
The largest collection of jigsaw puzzles in the world, Puzzle Mansion is a novelty museum in Tagaytay City. It has a collection of 1,500 jigsaw puzzles, and growing, a passion of Mrs. Georgina Gil-Lacuna since she began puzzle solving in 1986. The jigsaw puzzles come from various countries in the world. Most depict fine art pieces such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch's The Scream, and Pablo Picasso's Guernica. While most are in 2D, a small collection include 3D and 4D pieces. The highlight of the museum is the Ravensburger Puzzle, the world's largest jigsaw puzzle with 32,000 pieces. Guests can check out its puzzle store on the second floor, where you can buy some of the puzzles already featured in the museum. Accommodation, which starts at P4,480/room, good for 2 to 4, is also available. This includes breakfast, the museum entrance, and use of the infinity pool.
Exploring Amadeo wouldn't be complete without drinking a cup of Amadeo Coffee or Pahimis Blend, and getting lost in one of its coffee farms. Coffee farms carpet 75 percent, or 3,600 hectares, of Amadeo's total land area. With about 4,000 coffee farmers in town, every street reeks of coffee, some turned into dryer beds for coffee beans. While visitors can easily knock on someone's door to check out his coffee farm, the best farm to see is the farm project by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCAARRD). The 2.7-hectare farm project, called Science and Technology-based Farm on Coffee Production, is headed by the farmer-scientist Teodoro dela Cruz. He tours travelers around his farm, and introduces them to many coffee planting techniques such as multiple cropping, multiple stem pruning, and fertilizer application.
Things to do nearby
- Take a quick trip to one of the most popular daytrip destination for locals, the picturesque city of Tagaytay
- Enjoy breathtaking views of the serene Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from the top of the mountain
- See the Gingerbread House, Sonya's Garden, Mahoogany Market, Good Shepherd, Picnic Grove and more!
- Enjoy a local specialty called Bulalo made by cooking beef shanks and marrow bones in a tasty broth
- Experience a hassle-free journey in an air-conditioned bus and learn about the city from your guide
From picnicking with a view of the Taal volcano to witnessing spectacles of the puzzling and animalistic nature, Tagaytay Escapade offers the perfect quick getaway for Manila city dwellers. The tour is done in groups of 10 with comfortable, air-conditioned transportation to and fro. The final stop brings guests to a Pasalubong Center where they can buy delicious and quirky souvenirs for the folks back home.
Where to stay
HillCreek gardens sits amidst a 3.2 hectare working coffee farm and private family estate. Now opened as a garden venue, it has become a preferred destination of couples seeking a secluded, yet luxurious setting for their al fresco wedding.
Potter’s Ridge Hotel is an accessible and ‘Relaxing Gateway’ to escape your busy routine and ordinary life in the city. Located 67km away from Makati, this hotel offers a unique blend of nature while taking a road trip in a blissful and quiet place.
Getting there and around
Brgy. Palocpoc I, Mendez, CaviteGet directions