Punong Restaurant in Bingcungan opens

Feb 3-9, 2011

The much awaited opening of Punong Restaurant along the highway in Bingcungan, Tagum City finally came Friday.

Motorists and passersby have long noticed of the construction of the huge restaurant with a wide roof made of cogon grasses, and Mark Madayag, supervisor of Punong Restaurant, said that the construction and preparation took them one and a half years before the newest and refreshing restaurant finally opened last Jan. 28.

“We offer delectable food specialty from the bangus, shrimps, prawns and crabs fresh from the punong (fishpond) we have,” he told local reporters dining in on the very first day the Punong Restaurant started doing business with the public.

The main dining hall of the restaurant is replete with dining tables and chairs made of bamboos and wood with rattan ties and bundles and hanging native decors effectively giving an relaxing ambience of the place which sits like atop the waterways of punongs, a view of rushing cars in the highway in its west and a wide-expanse panoramic view of the punongs and of the farther Masara mountains in its north to east vista.

Punong Restaurant is semi-enclosed by a boardwalk where customers can take a leisurely walk, and sooner it would have boating services for them to go into boating experience and try catching bangus in our punong for the meal they want, said Madayag.

Punong Restaurant has first food specialty tapping the crabs, shrimps and bangus fish from the 50-hectare punongs of Madayags which can make a year-round supply to the restaurant.

The resto’s foods made of crabs, prawns, shrimps and bangus are steamed, grilled, ginataan, sizzling or cooked uniquely, like the nilasing na hipon, which is priced P145, the inihaw na bangus at P130.

Besides, it offers soup and other food to compliment its specialty, tapping pork, chicken meat and beef.

The restaurant has also a smaller dining hall annexed to the kitchen and a coffee shop. It has a parking space which can accommodate 40 vehicles.

Punong Restaurant is owned by MAFERZ, Inc., a company of the 8 brothers and sisters of the fishpond-owning Madayag family hailing from their patriarch Arsenio Madayag and matriach Irenea Fernandez Madayag of Bingcungan. (cha monforte)

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