Garden Café is located at the heart of Tagbilaran City, Bohol beside the City Cathedral. It’s partly nestled under the shade of the big Acacia tree just a walking distance from Plaza Rizal. It’s a convenient place to dine when you want an ambiance of beauty and peace where you can relax from your hectic schedule and tiresome day. You’ll be able to enjoy a variety of food menu (local, oriental and foreign).
The Montana room at the upper level also offers an old west cowboy museum setting with real cowboy paraphernalias on display from Billings, Montana. The displayed stallion is also a good options for your souvenir photos to be taken.
Tagbilaran City’s main attraction is the Blood Compact at Bool District where Datu Sikatuna (Chieftain of Bool) and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, a Spanish explorer sealed their friendly agreement by cutting their arms and letting few drops of blood to mix with the wine which they drank together. Now that act is famously known as “Sandugo” or in our dialect is” isang dugo” or “One Blood”. It’s a festival celebrated annually every July.
There are many advantages in Garden Café as it’s just a few minutes ride from Tagbilaran City pier, malls and to the Tarsier sanctuary in Corella town. It’s also near the jeepney terminal going to the white sandy beaches of Panglao Island.
Garden Café is also linked to an equally beautiful, convenient and peaceful Dao Diamond Hotel. Dao Diamond is located just a walking distance for those who love walking and a short ride to Island City Mall and Dao Bus Terminal. Aside from that, it’s also linked to Dine & Sign and IDEA Pension House in the town of Jagna, Bohol.
In 1981, two Peace Corps volunteers, John Fisher and George Dennis Drake, came in contact with a few deaf children in a tiny class in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. They were sure there are still unreached deaf individuals/children in the island among the 800,000 population at that time. So they established a Philippine NGO (Non-Government Organization) known as Bohol Foundation for the Deaf and Disabled, Inc., (BFDDI).
BFDDI initiates and undertake deaf survey, student training on vocational courses (e.g. cooking, sewing, cosmetology, carpentry and masonry) and Deaf Festival. When the small grant from USAID came in 1982, a humble bamboo restaurant was built. Garden Café is the first “Employee Income Generating Project. It was built in the lot provided by the Provincial Government of Bohol beside the city cathedral. Mr. Drake also conducted sign language classes at Divine Word College now Holy name University to train teachers for about eight years.
That is how Garden Café have started into business with its deaf crew members supported by the hearing employees. It is patronize by many especially by foreigners because, it offers a variety of food menu both local and foreign foods. There were no competition at that time yet because McDonald and Jollibee were not opened in the province of Bohol at that time. Garden Café’s income supports the education of deaf children in both Bohol and Leyte. So , when you eat, you not only enjoy your food, you will also be able to help support the deaf children’s needs and their education.