DAVAO: THE CHEESE MAKER

meeting the cheese maker, Olive Puentespina

meeting the cheese maker, Olive Puentespina

A few weeks before my trip to Davao, I read an article in a travel magazine about artisan cheese in Davao.  It was interesting.  But since I’m not so fond and knowledgeable of cheeses with foreign sounding and hard to pronounce names… I didn’t place it in out itinerary.  I’m more of “store/grocery bought cheese” person.  On the day we were to fly back to Manila, our host, Imee Garcia suggested to check out this place that makes and sells cheese.  Good thing, Imee knew and enjoyed snacking on cheese, she coached us what to get.  We ended up buying 5 or 6 varieties of Malagos Farmhouse cheese.  You can also buy a small insulated bag or styropor boxes to keep the cheese fresh while in transit.

While rummaging through the fridge, Olive Puentespina came out to say hi to Imee and a few other friends who also dropped by.  She is the one responsible for these wonderful artisan cheese, which is now becoming synonymous to Davao.  Of course, we didn’t let the opportunity pass to have a photo taken with her.

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a difficult choice…

we took these home

we took these home

we also got this cute insulated bags so the cheese will stay fresh while we finish off our tour of Davao

we also got this cute insulated bags so the cheese will stay fresh while we finish off our tour of Davao

Visitors in Davao head to Malagos Garden Resort (which is quite far from the center of the City) to buy these delicious cheeses… there is actually a branch right in the city.They say you’ve not been to Davao unless you try Durian… but I’d rather have cheese.

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