Gourmet Resto Farm of Father Franco in Buda
Some 88 kilometers from Davao City, along the Buda road (Davao-Bukidnon road) at the Marilog District, an Italian missionary named Father Franco Uras (SDB) opened the Bosco Center for Hope for Integral Development for Lumad Youth and Children.
It is a place where visitors can taste and buy Father’s Italian homemade gourmet products, which are made of home-owned, home-grown organic produce. The profit such as pasta sauces, bread spreads and fresh bread is part of a program to raise money and awareness for the lumad children and youth.
The Lumad is a term being used to denote a group of indigenous people in the southern Philippines. It is a Cebuano term meaning “native” or “indigenous”.
It was beautiful to see Father Franco Uras and his sweet Italian accent again after a year. Father Franco belongs to the Salesians of Don Bosco calls the Philippines his home for about 50 years! He has been living in Marilog District for 15 years, he said, and loved his life in this paradise very much!
Sit down and order pizzas (starting at Php150 only), pâté or bread, coffee,…. or all of it.
We are a vivid fan of his protects, knowing that they are all natural, no preservative no extra flavoring – just fresh herbs and healthy vegetables. We love especially his Sun-Dried Tomatoes! One glass cost Php120.
We were even able to watch the process:
His lovely products include Vegetarian Tuna Sauce, Pesto in Olive Oil, Herbed Mushroom Sauce, Herbed Mushroom Sauce… The prices are between Php120 to Php390 (prices as of February 2016).
Father Franco’s program has no FB account and abstains from any other marketing and lives from word of mouth, he was surprised yet happy to hear that his little gourmet resto farm has become a little bit more known through the help of social networks and that people very much appreciate it.
If you like to purchase these gourmet products here in Davao, swing by ECHOSTORE (Read here more) at Unit 1 Lenel Bldg., Robinsons Highlands, Carlos P. Garcia Highway (Diversion Road) Buhangin, Davao City. They are open from 9am to 10pm daily.
So folks, if you haven’t been there yet, take your friends on a food trip to Father Franco’s place:
Directions: From Davao going to Bukidnon (Buda road), after Arakan, you will need to pass by the Seagull Mountain Resort. Head straight on, after a few kilometers, spot the La Toscana Pizza resto. You are already very close! You will drive down the valley and spot the Buda National High School.This is the moment you need to slow down because a few meters after the school, there is the entrace of the Don Bosco Living Hope Center.