PatisTito Garden Café

Patis Tito Garden Cafe is undergoing extensive renovation from April until the end of 2018 to provide you with a more delightful customer experience. We look forward to serving you again in January 2019. Please watch out for updates on our progress.

PatisTito Garden Café is your destination for a memorable encounter with Philippine culture through Filipino food in our unique version of a Filipino home. Using only fresh and locally sourced ingredients, we serve slow-cooked meals within a verdant garden nurtured for almost 25 years. 

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The First Philippine Embroidery Exchange

Zita Agaid, Tinggian weaver from Namarrabar, Abra and Alida Tagorda, piña embroiderer from Lumban, Laguna join Patis Tesoro during her talk on national identity through textile during National Arts' Month last Feb 21 & 22, 2016 in San Pablo, Laguna. 

Zita Agaid, Tinggian weaver from Namarrabar, Abra and Alida Tagorda, piña embroiderer from Lumban, Laguna join Patis Tesoro during her talk on national identity through textile during National Arts' Month last Feb 21 & 22, 2016 in San Pablo, Laguna. 

The #EmbroideryExchange last 20-21 February 2016 at PatisTito Garden Café coincided with National Art's Month, where Patis Tesoro imprinted the importance of national identity on textile through: A talk on the piña process: From plant to finished product, and a presentation of indigenous artisans from Northern and Central Luzon, collaborating for the first time in Philippine history. 

Book signing. Patis signs her book 'The Art of Philippine Embellishment' brought by students from Philippine High School for the Arts. 

Book signing. Patis signs her book 'The Art of Philippine Embellishment' brought by students from Philippine High School for the Arts. 

The 2-day cultural fair was well-attended by students of life and lovers of art from all-over the country. Booths displayed Patis Tesoro dresses, designs on textile & drawings, her antique collection, handicraft products from Mindanao brought by Menor Usman, handwoven textile from Abra, hand-embroidered pina textile from Lumban, organic herbs, local delicacies, natural remedies and fresh fruits & vegetables. 

After the talk on the piña process in the morning, followed by a buffet of home-cooked native dishes, the Agaid clan of Tinggian artisans gave a colorful performance appreciated by the guests who came for merienda. 

The Embroidery Exchange was the first of its kind in the Philippines.

We are honored and humbled with how this cultural fair turned out and that is thanks to everyone who supported us:

Inquirer Lifestyle's Marge Enriquez and Angel Guerrero's Adobo Magazine team led by Irma Mutuc and Anna Gamboa were also in attendance who interviewed Patis, thanks to Susan Claire Agbayani's article in BusinessWorld. Artists At Maculangan of artbooks.ph, Tess Pettyjohn, Annatha Lilo Gutierez, Tony Mariño, artist Cristina Grisar Brias from Chile, retired and former first counselor of the French Embassy Hugues-Antoine and wife Janet Suin, Metropolitan Museum of Manila's President, Tina Colayco and staff Etsy Bagos & Desi Tolentino, artist Florencia Guillen from Mexico, Tweetums Gonzales, Nanette Medina, Becka & Dado Jose, Jun Valeña, Maribel Tesoro, Dara Villonco, Ixi Mapua, Paula Anntoneth O, Jean Dee and Chase of jaddstudio.com, Tim Dacanay, Alodia Cecilia, Tim Dacanay, Moira Lang, Michael Kipping, Bob and Mila Lane of Silahis Arts & Artifacts, Ann Mercado of Casa San Pablo, Rosalie Blume, Mela Balcazar, Ixi Mapua, Joe Geronimo, Noemi Marasigan, Theresa Dizon-de Vega, Camille Mamaril, Irene Javier, Herminio Eguia, Elaine Monasterial, Lanie Tigas who came all the way from Bataan, Mariel Lim, Danielle Guillen,Gaile Guevarra, Willhelmina Garcia,  

 

 

The New Year in Philippine Textile

Ending 2015 in style to prepare for the New Year, we began our trip from San Pablo, Laguna in Central Luzon to Currimao, Ilocos Norte in Northern Luzon. The start of 2016 will truly become an exciting beginning of appreciation for Philippine tradition  and culture!  Read more...

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Regrowing Philippine Cotton

Dr. Edison Rinen is in the house! Well, actually at the farm of Patis Tesoro in Tesoro del Monte in Tiaong, Quezon.

Dr. Edison Rinen and members of Phil-FIDA (Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority) from the Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DOA) has visited Tesoro del Monte in Quezon Province once a month to facilitate a learning workshop on cotton production that began on November 24, 2014. 

In a land area of more than 500 square meters owned by Patis Tesoro, cotton was planted in varying soil conditions to assess which type of soil is suitable for the kind of cotton Patis wants to produce wherein organic cotton has never been planted before in the province of Quezon. 

With the help of the Department of Agriculture, farmers and land-owners learned the essential conditions of the cotton seed, soil and weather conditions and also learned the different types of pests that are harmful and helpful in the success of cotton cultivation. 

Harvested cotton worked on by mother and daughter in PatisTito Garden Café.

Harvested cotton worked on by mother and daughter in PatisTito Garden Café.

No pesticides used here but we have learned how to manage pests organically.

Although the targeted cotton yield of 10 kg was not met (only 2 kg was harvested within the 7-month training duration), it was determined that roughly 4,000 cotton seeds are to be planted to achieve the goal in the next period which will be compliant to the regulations of the Department of Agriculture in producing Philippine organic cotton. 

Ultimately, we are very happy with the fruitful turnout of this collaboration between our government and Patis Tesoro, which actively contributes to the sustained revival of Philippine Cotton.

Government Certified!

A taste of Italy at PatisTito

A couple of years ago in Milan, Italy, Patis met Ana bel Mayo.  She was featured in a fashion show staged by I Colori Del Mondo, a non-profit association which promotes the appreciation of cultural diversity among ethnic minorities, of which Ana bel is founder.  After nine years, Ana bel came to the Philippines for a home visit and spent some time at Patis Tito Garden Cafe and soon-to-open Bed & Breakfast. 

One brisk Monday morning, Ana bel took our staff on a field trip to the San Pablo Public market. There she happily shared her expertise in purchasing quality fresh ingredients by giving tips on how to choose meat, fish, vegetables, and fruits—a trained eye she obtained by running a 200-capacity restaurant in Italy back in the day. 

How to know if meat is fresh
Good meat is identified by the fiber or lines on the sliced meat. The thinner the fiber, the better the cut. However, choosing quality meat is a bit tricky. Freshness cannot be based merely on color, as some sneaky vendors can enhance this to make it look pinker or redder. According to Ana bel, you need to find a trustworthy vendor who can consistently supply quality meat through trial and error.  

How to know if fish is fresh
One must inspect the scales and eyes of the fish, Ana bel points out. The eyes should be clear and the scales should be intact. To be more certain, smell the fish as it should not smell foul. This applies to prawns as well, as the prawn's head should still be connected to its body and not hanging loosely. 

How to know if vegetables and fruits are fresh
Vegetables are easy to choose based on appearance. These should look as if they were recently pulled out from the soil.  San Pablo is still a largely agricultural community, and with the growing number of organic farming, buying fresh and organic vegetables has become easier. 

As for fruits, mangoes are currently in season. The best way to know if the nice fresh mango you see is a sweet deal, is by holding it close to your nose and smelling it. If you cannot put the mango down due to excessive sniffing of its delicious aroma,  then you are certain of buying a delightfully sweet bunch!

Why is a Filipina-Italian immigrant so concerned with sharing her knowledge of Italian culture to fellow Filipinos? 
Ever since it opened as Kusina Salud in 2004, PatisTito Garden Cafe has been an advocate of the slow food movement which started in Italy in 1989. Ana bel is one such bagong bayani who generously shared her experience of a foreign land to her own countrymen.  This movement does not only contribute to the livelihood of local farmers of fresh produce but also ensures that the way of life of future generations is enhanced with the sustenance of rich gastronomic traditions closely tied with its local heritage.  

Salamat Ana bel Mayo! Hanggang sa muli! Ciao!

From Seed To Show

PhilFIDA Director Dr. Edison Rinen of Region I and II gives his opening remarks at the Farmers' Field School on Cotton Production held in Tesoro del Monte, Quezon, Philippines.  He credited Patis Tesoro's invaluable contribution to the revival of cotton farming among other fibers.

The opening message of Dr. Edison Rinen of the Department of Agriculture's Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (Phil-FIDA) at Tesoro del Monte, Quezon for the second session of the Farmers' Field School on Cotton Production enhanced the already positive morale of the participants last February 9, 2015.

The Phil-FIDA Director of Regions I and II stated that Patis Tesoro's enthusiasm in the revival of abaca, pinya and this time, Philippine cotton, further inspired Phil-FIDA to continue the Farmers' Field School which began last November 24, 2014. Watch the youtube video.

And as the revival of Philippine cotton continues, the fashion show of Patis Pamintuan Tesoro for Rustan's,  "La Collection Rouge" at the Sofitel Plaza last February 17, 2015, shows a promising future for the fashion industry in the Philippines where locally grown indigenous and organic raw material can create sophisticated yet self-sustainable works of fashionable clothing that the country can truly be proud of.

With Rustan's Marketing Head, Dina Tantoco and Tim Yap. 

With Yasmine Hidalgo, PR of Sofitel Plaza Manila. 

Being interviewed by Joseph Garcia of BusinessWorld. 

With Film Producer Moira Lang, Nina Tesoro Poblador and the husband and wife founders of OurAwesomePlanet.com, Anton and Rache Diaz.

Inspired by French Chinoiserie design, "La Collection Rouge" is Patis Pamintuan Tesoro's fashion collection for Rustan's.

Patis puts flavor to the 9th DLSU Global Business Conference 2015

On February 7, 2015, Patis Tesoro gave a talk on Sustainable Fashion Design at the 9th Global Business Conference at De La Salle University in Manila. 

The process of making pinya fabric projected silently in the background as Patis began by saying that truth be told on that Saturday morning, she should be gardening at PatisTito Garden Café in San Pablo, Laguna! She explained however that she wanted to seize the opportunity to speak to young minds on the importance of passion in entrepreneurship and commitment to heritage conservation. 

Patis candidly gave her life story peppered with tongue-in-cheek witticism which made many a young lass in the audience giggle and blush.  The narrative was told in remarkable detail likened to the intricate patterns seen on her designs for her upcoming fashion show for Rustan's at the Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza on 17 February 2015. 

Along with another speaker, Dr. Frank Wadsworth, Head of Division of Business, Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus, and DLSU College of Business Student Council President Juancho del Rosario (whose mother's wedding gown was made by Patis), she answered questions from DLSU students which made for quite a flavorful morning.

Along with another speaker, Dr. Frank Wadsworth, Head of Division of Business, Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus, and DLSU College of Business Student Council President Juancho del Rosario (whose mother's wedding gown was made by Patis), she answered questions from DLSU students which made for quite a flavorful morning.

Our Newly Renovated Shop

Check out the items we have for sale in our newly made-over shop in PatisTito Garden Café.

Aside from hard to find local antique items and Philippine folk art, our shop in San Pablo City, Laguna sells blankets and table linens designed by Patis Tesoro, organic pain relievers, roasted coffee beans, bottles of raw honey from Palawan, creamy organic peanut butter and natural cleaners and deodorizers. 

We will include some photos of our goods soon! Meanwhile, here is a snapshot of our newly-renovated shop. We are excited to see you soon! 

Our Lady of Smiles

Handcrafted & painted altar for Our Lady of Smiles following the Mexican Art of tin-making using motif of the Bleeding Heart. 

Using oil paints, crafts person of Patis Tesoro hand painted the plain white figure of Our Lady of Smiles in Filipino-Mexican inspired colors. 

This work of art is currently on display at PatisTito Garden Café and will be made available for viewing for a limited time only.

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Email us at patistito@gmail.com or call/text us at +63927-308-5339, +63906-443-9092, (049) 543-5971

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