EDAR’S PLACE RESTO AND LODGE: Cateel’s Most Recommended Place to Stay

After gaining its reputation as the “next big thing” in Mindanao Tourism, my hometown of Cateel has now considered a must-visit destination to discover. Thanks to the magnificent Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park, Cateel is now considered an important tourist destination not only in the Province of Davao Oriental but in the whole Davao Region.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS ECOPARK 20157But there’s more to Cateel than Aliwagwag Falls. Name it; we have it – unspoiled beaches, pristine coves and lengthy coastlines, other breathtaking waterfalls, untainted rivers, preserved mangroves, amazing caves, historical landmarks and parks, and other natural and man-made wonders. These comprise the reason why we say “Here at Cateel, We Have It All”.

DCIM100GOPROAnd to fully appreciate all these, it is recommended that visitors stay for two days and a night and get to tour around the must see, must experience things in our town. And there’s no other perfect place to stay in Cateel than the EDAR’S PLACE RESTO AND LODGE.

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EDAR’S PLACE RESTO AND LODGE is situated in the town’s Poblacion. It is by far the most preferred place to stay in Cateel as it offers not only quality service and good accommodation at very affordable and economical rates but offers true Cateeleño and Mandaya hospitality to its guests.

EDARS PLACE CATEEL DAVAO ORIENTAL 105Long before the place was opened to guests and tourists, Edar’s Place was a beautiful residential home owned by the family of Ms. Becky Edar, a local resident of Cateel. The house is an elevated bungalow type made entirely of hard wood of different variety. From floors to ceilings to walls, furnishings and furniture – everything is made of hard wood. This house is so unique among other houses in Cateel. I remember the countless times I took a glimpse whenever I passed by the area. It is just a head turner.

EDARS PLACE CATEEL DAVAO ORIENTAL 100Soon after, the house was opened for homestay. Guests are privileged to experience the different yet homey ambience of the place. Since the day the Edars opened their doors to visiting guests, beautiful things and excellent reviews were said about the place. Soon, they added new rooms at the back of the main house to cater the increasing demand of guests staying at this beautiful place.

DCIM100GOPROWhen Typhoon Pablo struck Cateel in 2012, Edar’s Place was not spared. Along with other buildings in Cateel, some parts of the Edar’s were destroyed. Luckily, the damages were not as huge like most of the houses in Cateel. And the owners immediately made repairs as the demand for room accommodations during the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo increased. After the repair, Edar’s Place opened their doors again to the guests and become the home of Local and International Aid Organizations helping to rehabilitate Pablo-stricken Cateel. It even became the home of international and local media outlets covering Cateel at that time.

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When Typhoon Pablo struck Cateel in 2012, Edar’s Place was not spared.

Today, EDAR’S PLACE RESTO AND LODGE has grown from simple homestay to a lovely Inn and Resto Bar. From 4 rooms, it has now 16 air-conditioned rooms each comes with own bathroom and toilet and TV Set. There are two types of room accommodation guests can choose from. One room for 2 persons is Php 1,000.00 while room that can accommodate 4 persons is at Php 1,500.00. Extra person is charged at Php 200.00.

Quality Service and Good Accommodation
at Very Affordable and Economical Rates

DCIM100GOPRODCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPROFor your sumptuous meals, you need not to go out to find must-eat food in Cateel. Edar’s Resto Bar serves dishes of your choice. The restaurant offers selections from your regular chicken meals to seafood. If you get lucky, lobsters locally known as “banagan” and freshwater crabs are also available. Otherwise, you can arrange ahead for your food choice.

EDARS PLACE CATEEL DAVAO ORIENTAL 50 EDARS PLACE CATEEL DAVAO ORIENTAL 54 EDARS PLACE CATEEL DAVAO ORIENTAL 55 EDARS PLACE CATEEL DAVAO ORIENTAL 62 EDARS PLACE CATEEL DAVAO ORIENTAL 67And just so you know, Cateel is situated in the eastcoast of the Province facing the vast Pacific Ocean. When in town, wake up in the very dawn and head straight to the beach and catch the beautiful sunrise rising from the Pacific horizons. Edar’s Place is just 15-minute walk to the nearest beach. Of course, you can ask the friendly staffs or no less than the owner Ate Becky Edar for assistance.

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Ate Becky, the lovely owner of EDAR’S PLACE.

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Awesome Place

DCIM100GOPRO Cateel has it all – waterfalls, beaches, coves, rivers, caves, parks, historical landmarks and other natural wonders. Take time to explore these natural and man-made sights and be awed by the Wonders of Cateel. But of course, there’s only one place that can be your home away from home in Cateel and that is EDAR’S PLACE RESTO AND LODGE. 

EDAR’S PLACE RESTO AND LODGE
G. Dacuycuy Street, Poblacion,
Cateel, Davao Oriental
Contact Person: Ms. Becky Edar
Mobile Number: 0921-476-6907

FINDING ENLIGHTENMENT AT MAHAN-OB BEACH

When everybody was busy preparing for the New Year’s celebrating, there I was consuming my time lounging at my much loved place on earth, the Beach.

I was home for the holidays at my hometown Cateel in the province of Davao Oriental. From day one until the last day that I was there, no was no single day that passed without me visiting the beach. Cateel, being a coastal town that faces the great Pacific Ocean, has been a coastal paradise for me. My love for beach traces back here.

While I enjoyed my beach life there for the whole time, I was also there to find peace, solace and enlightenment from a life I have in the Big City. I grow up in Cateel learning the simplest life it can offer and when blessed to have a great life in the city, there are simplest things that seemed to have changed – things that I missed so much. Life in the province is laidback. Hassle free. No worries. No pressures. I missed those days when life was just like that – simple! These are the things that I tried to live while I was there for ten days. I told myself I was home, I must enjoy it.

Among the beaches I frequented for ten days there, I fell in love with Mahan-ob Beach. There is nothing special there – just the gray sand, the misty cove, the coconut trees and the huge waves sweeping off the dark shores. What I love about it is its innate tranquility that surrounds the whole place drowning me to its private serenity.

When I got there, total stillness enveloped the whole place. I can hear the strong blowing winds and the splashing of powerful waves. The moment I got there, I looked for a corner where I can comfortably settle. The coconut tree was the perfect spot. I was sitting under that coconut tree armed with camera but lazily capturing yet another beach scene that I can hopefully share to my cyber friends. But it was reverse. I was captured by the beach. I was bedazzled not by its beauty but by its solitude.

I sat there for hours staring at afar trying to recollect all the pieces of my yesteryears from the day I can still recall my life in my hometown, to the day I left there to get a life in the City and until the day that I was right there again sitting under that coconut tree recollecting these pieces of yesteryears.

Sitting there, my emotions shifted from joy to sadness and smiles to frowns as I relive those moments. Gently, my tears fell down my cheeks. I can savor it salty taste. Admittedly, when I went home for the holidays, there was a part of me that was broken. A part of my being that needs to be repaired. Spending time alone in this beach was my hope to find light and answers to everything. But softly, my crying continued. Suddenly, a strong cold wind caressed my face and clouds became darker. It was about to rain, I thought. But there was I, still sitting at that corner, succumbing to my sentiments. All I care was to let lose. Pouring out what’s inside me. Slowly, the heavens drizzled. I, on the other hand, stuck on that corner feeling all what was inside me. At another instant, I looked up the skies; there was a light beaming from the army of dark clouds. Slowly it grew until the skies become clearer. There was light.

From a distance, the raging waves are battling each others to reach the lonely shores. They were huge ravaging waves that appeared like monsters ready to attack its prey – ready to attack me. The waters nearly reached where I was sitting. Yet, they failed to reach me.

While I was there staring at everything, I was trying to find meaning of all these. The reason why I was home for the Holidays, the lonely beach, the weather, the waves – everything became a puzzle to me. They were like shattered pieces I wanted to put back. I, myself, was like shattered pieces I wanted to put back in shape.

And then, there was inside of me that whispered, “LET GO… LET GO… LET GO…” It was something that I didn’t expect but it was something that put a smile in my face. I stood up from where I was sitting, ran to the shores and yelled out from my lungs everything I wanted to shout. It was a release. I ran to the seas and washed all the sands covering my body. It was like washing away all my pains and anguish. I felt good. I was home. I was at the beach. It felt good.

Minutes later, I looked around searching for other souls but learned I was all alone from the moment I got to Mahan-ob Beach. Me, myself, I and the beach.

It was getting darker again. It was time to leave Mahan-ob Beach. This time, full of enlightenment.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

REVISITING MAHOC BEACH

The beach is one of my favorite escapes and beach bumming, as I called it, is definitely my favorite outdoor escapade. Blame it to my hometown Cateel. It is where my love for the sun, the sand and the sea started. It is where the “son of the beach” in me was born. Cateel, situated in the great seas of the Pacific, is blessed with undisturbed coasts and pristine beaches truly so ideal to laze around – enjoying the sun, the sand and the sea. Among those unspoiled beaches I can truly take pride of is the MAHOC BEACH. Revisiting this beach was part of my quest while I was home. [Read more…]

A NOSTALGIC VISIT TO DANOG FALLS

I was at home for a day spending the rest of my stay in Cateel when suddenly a great boredom struck me. I must go somewhere and spend time to a place that would reconnect me to my yesteryears in hometown of Cateel. But to where? At a second, a good plan popped up in my mind that gave me an instant thrill. Yes, I wanted to visit a place I never get to see in 17 years. That thought, that plan instantaneously made me exhilarated.Right there I thought if there is one place I’d like to willingly rediscover in our hometown, it would be a place where my love for waterfalls started – Danog Falls, a place worth of my sentimental reminiscence. It is my first waterfalls experience shared with high school friends in Cateel. Every time we recall that experience, it always leaves beautiful smiles on our faces. [Read more…]

SAN ANTONIO-BAYBAY CREAMSAND LONGBEACH

“What? Cream Sand Long Beach? That is new!” That was my initial reaction to the Facebook shoutout of my friend from my hometown Cateel announcing the launching of “San Antonio-Baybay Creamsand Longbeach” last year. It was a sort of surprise to me. I grow up there but I never heard such place. At an instant, the “son of a beach” in me wanted to go home basking into the beauty of this newest beach attraction in birthplace Cateel. But being tied up at work, I had to pass the opportunity witnessing the launching of this new pride and had to wait for my next visit to Cateel.Since that day, I had wanted to go home to experience beach combing at the Longbeach. But whenever I planned of visiting my hometown, it got always canceled. I had to wait for another ideal chance to come back. Until I forget such plan. [Read more…]