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Balay Verde’s Farm to Table Day : A Visit to Huni Farm in Wangan, Calinan in Davao City

Balay Verde’s Farm to Table Day :
A Visit to Huni Farm in Wangan, Calinan in Davao City

One of the two farms we visited last September 09, 2017 was the Huni Farm or formerly known as the Balik Bukid sa Wangan.

It is owned by Mrs. Louella Garcia and located in Wangan (hence the former name) in Calinan, Davao City.


We enjoyed a really refreshing passion fruit juice for a welcome drink upon our arrival that was made fresh waiting for us for breakfast after quite a long trip from downtown Davao in Abreeza Mall.  As I looked around while drinking this fresh juice, it made me think life in the farm on weekends is one that I can enjoy.

Maam Louella toured us around the farm after the filling and delicious breakfast they prepared for us at the farm house.
*Watch the video at the end of this blog.*

The chickens in their farm are allowed to grow as natural as possible without using antibiotics and without boosting their growth time unlike the commercial chickens that most are served in fastfoods and restos, sold in the public markets and supermarkets.

The thought and reason of how I have tried to stop and avoid eating chicken as much as possible for more than a year already since someone I know got a little scare and personal wake up call on health and was asked if they eat chicken and the relation to what they found out.

The owner of Huni Farm reminded us all over  of that thought as she talked about antibiotics on the livestock that we eventually get to be served when we dine in most restos and fastfood chains. Even with the ones perhaps we cook at home and serve to our loved ones unless we know well the source, what they were fed and how they were grown. Take time to ponder on what kind of food you eat before all is too late.

I have included my dear little guy and hubby from that abstaining from chicken as much as we can.  Since we were young, and even our young today, we may have all been eating chicken bred from the antibiotic revolution.  Eating pork meat is a another story and is a continuing struggle on our part, to be honest. The temptations around us with a lechon haus just a few meters away from our place and cravings yet to be tamed down for real.


Organically grown broccoli and it is my first time experience to see the plant (I’ve seen broccoli so many times in the market, supermarket and on the table as food of course) and eat it right then and there.

Some side bits here: Broccoli is from the cruciferous family of vegetables. It belongs to the cabbage family with its large flowering head eaten as a vegetable.  It is being called by some as a miracle food basically for it has many health benefits.

I have seen it being made into broccoli rice as a healthy alternative to the usual white rice that almost all of us Filipinos are used to. That’s one way to incorporate it into your daily healthy diet if you are game enough to try it. Healthy living and eating can take some effort. If we want that, we shouldn’t be making excuses.



They let us harvest our own choice of organic veggies to bring home with us!


Enjoyed these organic cucumbers! I sliced some and placed it in my water to keep our body hydrated; helps our body detox and flush out toxins; and maintain a healthy complexion. 

We also got to the part of the farm too where they make their own fertilizers as well as some of the feeds they give to the livestock they grow in the farm.

The left over food from the resto (while some of which they give out of generosity to the people working in the mall), the extra veggies, and even the waste of their own farm animals are used to make their own fertilizers or feeds. Feeds and fertilizers were developed from the farm using surplus vegetables, animal wastes and left-over food from the restaurant.

Maam Louella also mentioned that they intentionally do not clean up some parts of the farm where there are plants as it serves a good purpose of plants decomposition that eventually returns nutrients to the soil naturally.

All that we’ve seen and heard during this tour should be a wake up call and more importantly a serious reminder in reality to choose what we eat wisely. Grow your own veggies and choose to eat healthy for a longer and healthier life ahead!

Visit Balay Verde in Abreeza Corporate Center or what they refer to as the mall’s Expansion Wing on the second floor. It is right in front of Anytime Fitness. Satisfy your daily cravings of healthy and organic food in this quiet part of the Abreeza Mall.

They have their merienda buffet at P199. Their lunch and dinner buffet is for P299 per person. If you get lucky, they would be serving their roasted pig which is organic farm bred.

Don’t miss their healthy and delicious salad bowls! Must try indeed!


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Harbour City Dimsum House at SM Lanang Premier

Harbour City Dimsum House captures the palates of the people of Davao especially those dimsum lovers with the dishes they have. There you can experience classic dimsum and tea house dining experience similar to those found in the Hong Kong landmark destination, Harbour City, which actually serves as an inspiration for the resto’s name and concept.

Tracing its roots from Ding How and Ding Qua Qua restaurants which started dimsum cuisine in Cebu and the concept of all day dimsum dining offering recipes that have made these brand names part of the popular Cebuano cuisine.

They continue to make their way of bringing the unique dimsum dining experience to other cities in the Philippines and make people experience – Everyday Hong Kong.

Harbour City Dimsum House Everyday Hong Kong in SM Lanang Premier Davao CityHarbour City experience highlight is this iconic dimsum trolley or cart wheeled over to customers and diners table for fast and easy selection, just as they would do in dimsum houses in Harbour City in Hong Kong.

Once the carts are beside the table, diners are treated to a sumptuous array of dimsum dishes in bamboo baskets. The original steamed fried rice is their signature dish. They also have a spicy version for those who prefer such.

Best sellers from the wide selection include shaomi, empress rolls, chicken feet, spring rolls, sweet & sour and stuffed pao. Watch the video below we put together what dishes we’ve had during a lunch there with Davao Digital Influencers (DDI) and our media friends.

Harbour City Dimsum House in Davao opened at the ground floor of SM Lanang Premier last July 29, 2017. From Cebu City to Davao City, the Cebu franchise is owned by the Koksengs. The family also owns Dimsum Break which has also branched out in Davao from Cebu at Gaisano Mall of Davao.

They have branches nationwide with four (4) branches in Metro Cebu in Ayala Center, SM City Cebu, SM Seaside City and Marina Mall in Mactan.  They also have branches in Cagayan de Oro in Centrio Mall and SM City CDO; as well as in SM City Iloilo and in Dumaguete City. 

My boys and I have dined there last August, a month or so since they opened. My fave since has been their vegetable spring rolls. I have a thing for fried spring rolls. They usually served it cut into three parts perhaps to make it more easy to eat and indulge in.

Spring Rolls of Harbour City Dimsum House at SM Lanang Premier IMG_20170906_121740

Another personal fave is their garlic pork spare ribs.

Garlic Pork Spare Ribs of Harbour City Dimsum House at SM Lanang Premier IMG_20170906_214831_153

Among their desserts, I love their leche flan most.

Leche Flan dessert of Harbour City Dimsum House at SM Lanang Premier IMG_20170906_190607_043

I have yet to try their coconut creme dessert which is somehow evasive as it often runs out of stock when we are there. Chef Gene likes to order that dessert they said.

The Xie Ping or the Chinese verion of our halo halo using ube or purple colored shaved ice is another popular dessert at Harbour City Dimsum House.

Xie Ping Chinese shaved ice halo halo dessert of Harbour City Dimsum House at SM Lanang Premier IMG_20170812_161408

Visit Harbour City Dimsum House in SM Lanang Premier at the ground floor near Happy Lemon, between Serenitea and Sports Central.

Enjoy Everyday Hong Kong in Davao at Harbour City!

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