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Day 4 of my 6-day Cavite Expedition: Silang Edit

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Basil Mencias  • Contributor
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The latter half of the day before had already been amazing and we were left wondering how the next would be better. We set off for our long day’s journey of the rest of Silang.

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Ilog Maria Facebook Page

Bawai’s

First on our list was a restaurant unlike any other. It looked like a house at first, with just a sign outside that says its name: Bawai’s. Silang, we pondered, are full of signs.


 But we had also already learned that places like that are likely to surprise us. We were invited to a restaurant located on the second floor of the building. The place was delightfully set up and the cool weather added to its feel.


 It was a modest dining area for 20 or so people but it was nonetheless, aesthetic. The owner, Mr. Virgilio Tatlonghari, met with us as we ate. 

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Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen Facebook Page

Their menu is filled with Vietnamese favorites. We learned later that Bawai means ‘grandmother’ in Vietnamese.


 Their coffee had been angelic in taste and sight since it had a different way of straining the coffee of its residue. We then had a crepe-looking dish with delectable surprises inside. 

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Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen Facebook Page

We also found out that the restaurant only opens on certain days and times, mostly via reservation. Even so, loyal patrons from all over never fail to keep coming back.

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Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen Facebook Page

Chateau Hestia

Conveniently a short walk from Bawai’s was our next destination: Chateau Hestia. Named after the Greek goddess of the hearth, the restaurant lives up to it by making sure that everyone has a memorable dining experience. They specialize in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. 

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Chateau Hestia Facebook Page

The place looked stylish with its comfortable arrangement and a view of the garden outside sure to delight guests. They also displayed a fine selection of wines and meats for sale.

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Chateau Hestia Facebook Page

We had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Lope Ramos Torres, the manager of the establishment while tasting their flavorful palate. We were served an array of pizzas and sausages so delicious it made us forget that it was our third breakfast of the morning. 

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Chateau Hestia Facebook Page

But Chateau Hestia’s surprises didn’t end there. After eating, we were shown rooms with varying design inspirations located around the huge estate. No two rooms were the same save for their appeal. Each accommodation spelled class, comfort, and elegance in their unique ways.


By then, we were convinced that the place was a certified must-visit. 

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Chateau Hestia Facebook Page

Ilog Maria

From the name, I deduced that we were going to visit a river but the ever-surprising Silang thought it best to give us another one. To our astonishment, it was a farm most known for its honeybee colonies.


 All of the bees’ products and by-products were utilized to make a wide variety of goods for a long list of purposes, ranging from skincare to overall health. Bars of soap, juices, and even vitamins were sold there. 

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Ilog Maria Facebook Page

We found ourselves interviewing the owner, Mr. Joel Magsaysay. He taught us a lot of interesting facts about the farm, his endeavors, and bees in general, showing us around all the while. He even demonstrated how they harvest honey and gave us a taste of its pure sweetness. 

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Ilog Maria Facebook Page

They also offer a free healing program involving bee stings as the primary treatment. We were taken to a hall where numerous used canes, walking sticks, and a wheelchair were on display. 


They had been left there by their owners as proof of the program’s success, after being cured of their illnesses. People from far and wide visit there every Wednesday for this purpose.

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Ilog Maria Facebook Page

Day 1 tour: Naic

Day 2 tour: Kawit

Day 3 tour: Dasmariñas

Day 5 tour: Alfonso

Day 6 tour: Mendez


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