One of my mentees in the Baguio leg of GoSocial Digital Marketing Bootcamp is the owner of Café Yagam. As she shared her inspiring story in our sessions, I was motivated to visit and experience the homey place she described and the traditional Cordilleran food she served. So after the learning event, I urged the core team of the Iligan Bloggers that we visit the café.
Located in the quieter section of Baguio City, Café Yagam is actually a quaint old house complete with a working fireplace converted into a warm comfy resto where people can talk, eat and enjoy each other’s company.
On the outside the café looks non-descript, but once you get inside you will realize that it is a special place sans the glitzy, minimalist décor that is so common nowadays. The overall feel is like a small cottage in the woods, rustic and elegant in its own way. I simply love the earth tones of the interior as well as its country-inspired ambiance. I think the term to describe the interior of this place is “rustic elegance”.
As I settled in the dining room with the other members of the Iligan Bloggers Society, we ordered the following traditional Cordilleran dishes.
Ignilan – White beans with Kiniing and vegetables
Photo : Alexander Singcol
Binungor – Kalinga spicy vegetable stew with Agurong
Photo : Alexander Singcol
Pinuneg – Cordilleran Blood Sausage
After the customary picture taking, we settled down and started our lunch. I must admit, my palate was in for a culture shock. For a person who loves to feast on pasta and Chinese food, the taste of traditional Cordilleran dish seems so different. And yet it gave me a feeling of déjà vu. I felt I had eaten this kind of food before but I just don’t know where. I am not a serious foodie, but I think there are a lot of similarities in cooking among the various regions in the Philippines.
My thoughts on Café Yagam
If you are looking for a culinary adventure then Café Yagam is definitely one of those places that you should visit when you are in Baguio. I know there are numerous attractions to see in the City of Pines and I’m sure you will never really see them all in one visit. But in between picture taking at Mines View Park and roaming around Camp John Hay make sure you drop by Café Yagam. The food is something that you should try and spending an hour or two in that soothing environment will recharge you for another round of exploring Baguio.
Hi! I am Michael, a development worker hopelessly hooked on social media and photography. I am passionate about food, travel, technology and politics. Based in Iligan City, I manage capability building projects as well as policy advocacy initiatives aimed at promoting good governance and sustainable development. In recent years, I am heavily involved in promoting social media optimization and coaching small business owners to help them grow their business in the digital landscape.