Nestled amidst a forest of towering trees hid a secret garden. Carved on a hill, few people knew about the garden until its owner, the San Jose family, decided to let the world in on the secret.
The garden was an event venue and had been in operation for more than a year, but it was just on the first of August when it was formally unveiled to the public. It was also given a new name — Salome’s Garden — to keep guests from getting lost.
“We renamed the place because whenever there’s a party the address would always just say Chippens and guests were getting angry because they would almost always end up going to our restaurant in Padre Gomez Street,” owner Salome “Sally” San Jose said, referring to the popular family-owned restaurant in downtown Davao City.
The place was named after Sally since she was the person behind Chippens’ success. Salome’s Garden is situated in Holy Trinity, Cabantian, Davao City, in a quiet neighborhood disturbed only by the sound of crickets and birds chirping.
The event venue is charming during mornings and afternoons, but the garden positively enchants in the evenings. The backdrop of trees adorned with hanging lights, lighted waterfalls pool, and old fashioned lamp posts coupled with the canopy of stars will make you forget the chaos of downtown Davao.
Guests of Salome’s Garden are treated not just to an exquisite event venue but also to delightful cuisine which Chippens is known for.
Salome’s Garden has a spacious air-conditioned pavilion that can seat 400 people, a smaller meeting room that can accommodate 80 guests, and a garden lawn that’s perfect for an intimate wedding or cocktail party.
It also has a guest house for day accommodations and a lighted infinity pool that can be used for private parties.
Salome’s Garden will soon open a “café on a hill” for walk-in guests that will serve ala carte Chippens’ classic dishes.
How to get there: You can either take a taxi and tell the driver to take you to Holy Trinity in Cabantian. You can’t miss it: it’s at the end of the main road. If you are going to take the jeep, find one that will take you to Cabantian. Get off at Holy Child Academy and you’ll see a sign that points to Salome’s Garden. Start walking. You’ll work out a bit of sweat but it’s worth it.
Here’s a map to help you out: