August 11, 2010

MY PHILIPPINES: Suman at Tsokolate at the Seagull Mountain Resort

Suman at Tsokolate is traditionally served during Christmas and New Years Eve but because we Filipinos love it so much, it has been made available all year round.

Suman is the Filipino’s version of rice cakes, cooked in coconut milk and steamed in banana leaves and served with sugar on top, preferably muscovado(refined sugar cane) and pinipig (toasted and flattened rice) for that after bite crunch.

It is best paired with mainit na tsokolate (hot chocolate), and I’m not talking about Hershey’s or Nestle’s pre-packed powdered just add hot water hot choco. I’m talking about old fashioned native style hot chocolate made of ground Tablea or Cacao Chocolate tablets gently stirred in hot steaming water and a little milk till it becomes thick and rich. Now that’s hot chocolate right there! *wipes drool*

Like I said, it is available all year round, so we took a 2 hour drive to the mountainous roads
of BUDA (Bukidnon-Davao boundary), the one place I know that serves the best Suman at
Tsokolate, Seagull Mountain Resort.

Most travelers going to Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro and vice versa make it a point to drop by at the resort to grab a quick bite of this delectable suman and a cup of the piping hot tsokolate.

Aside from suman and tsokolate, the resorts restaurant also offers a wide range of Filipino
dishes, the Pork Sinigang and Pancit Bami is worth mentioning.

Seagull’s attractions also include a golf course, several swimming pools and a hidden natural waterfall. One can also stay overnight at their country-style cottages and log cabins.

The mountain resort is one of the 3 resorts of the same name owned by the Dureza family of Davao.

LOCATION: Brgy. Buda, Davao City

HOW TO GET THERE: Most buses going to Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro pass through Buda, so from the the Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao, take the bus with these routes and tell the driver or ticket collector to drop you off at Seagull Mountain Resort.

+63 (82) 296-0303

written by KIM


  1. Cool~! I've been living in Cagayan for almost a year and i didn't know about this resort. Is it along the road? or i need to have another ride (motorcycle) to get there?

    Cagayan de Oro Philippines

  2. Hi Kriza! It's just along the highway, on the boundary of Bukidnon and Davao. If you're commuting, just tell the bus driver to let you off at Seagull, they are familiar about the place. No need for another motorcycle ride.


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