when i was preparing our itinerary for the Dipolog/Dapitan trip I accidentally found out about Goodtimes Cafe. :-) This place made me more excited about the trip! It reminded me of Sonya's Garden in Tagaytay...
Goodtimes Cafe is located at corner Lopez-Jaena and P. Garcia streets in Biasong, Dipolog City. Created and owned by Ed Tabancura. It's an artists' haven.Goodtimes Cafe is actually a private mini-park about 1,000 square meters with a two-story ancestral house along the road, an art gallery by the left sideyard, a pension house by the right, and an indigenous open chapel at the back area.
This is the entrance. Sorry, we've covered the gate.. :-) At least seeing the same in photos during itinerary preparation helped us find the place. It is located in a residential area that's why we made several rounds before we actually found it. :-)
This is still at the entrance (immediately inside). I love how it makes you feel the ambiance of the place already. I love how these broken tiles made a nice artsy facade. Part of the artistry motiff of the place, recycling old or broken stuff for art seems to be part of the place's charm.
This figure is still part of the entrance art... But you'll consistently find similar images around.
I forgot the name of this guy. :-) He was the one who entertained us when we got in. We have to pay for an entrance fee if we want to check out the place. I think he was intending to show us around but since the group split once inside the cafe to take photos he just let us be. :-)
Inside the ancestral home, the general atmosphere is similar to the photo shown below. Art pieces are all over the place.
There are mini nooks inside and outside the ancestral house where people can have their meal and their little chats. :-)
I separated from the group who were enjoying taking photos together... then I saw this part...their mini kitchen, still filled with artsy stuff... :-)
Well, even the comfort rooms didn't escape their want to fill the whole place with art. :-)
Here's another comfort room...
Here's a view of a portion of the garden where they have the chapel for all religions. :-)
I joined the group again when I saw them having fun taking photos at this spot. When i saw what's making them like this corner I liked what i saw. :-) A pregnant deity... nice! I love the details of the walls too. these are not clearly seen when you're there. It appears clearly in photos though.
beside the pregnant deity corner is already the Galeria Indelicio which houses several works of Ed Tabancura as well as those of his friends and students.
I wasnt able to see the pension house and try their food. I guess it would be nice to experience the place and its relaxed and artistic atmosphere(we were in a hurry to head to Dapitan after). That would be part of my to do list if i'll be back in Dipolog.
For those planning a trip to Dipolog/Dapitan... including this place in your itinerary would be nice to experience the artsy fartsy life in Dipolog! :-) I'm just glad we did not take it off the list of must see in Dipolog...
Goodtimes Cafe, Dipolog City
February 26, 2010
some photos were taken using Ms Nadie's, Joy's and Juvee's cameras. but mostly were taken by my canon Ixus 70.