Friday, April 2, 2010

Dipolog: goodtimes cafe

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.
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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. :-)
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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.
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This figure is still part of the entrance art... But you'll consistently find similar images around.
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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. :-)
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Inside the ancestral home, the general atmosphere is similar to the photo shown below. Art pieces are all over the place.
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There are mini nooks inside and outside the ancestral house where people can have their meal and their little chats. :-)
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I separated from the group who were enjoying taking photos together... then I saw this part...their mini kitchen, still filled with artsy stuff... :-)
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Well, even the comfort rooms didn't escape their want to fill the whole place with art. :-)
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Here's another comfort room...
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Here's a view of a portion of the garden where they have the chapel for all religions. :-)
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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.
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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.
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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...



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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.

2 comments:

  1. How to get to this place?

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  2. we had a pickup with us when we tried to look for the place.. but i guess it'll be easier if you'll take a tricycle to get there... :-)

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