We came here to celebrate my birthday last year and to get some peace and perspective. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with a friendly smiles of the owners and staff. The place is not far from the centre of Silay City but secluded enough for relaxing surrounded by nature. The place is a blissful sanctuary which reminds me of Bali Indonesia. The place is absolutely lovely surrounded with big towering old trees like narra, coconut, mahogany, lunok, rubber and bamboo. One of the main reasons we liked the place so much. If you want to get some Balinese feeling, this place will meet your expectations. The atmosphere of the place is really unique. Every details of it seems to have a story sometime in the past.

My beautiful daughter at Punong Gary’s Place entrance posing for a picture.








Punong Gary’s Place is an Asian Fusion restaurant that serves  five course – plated meal from appetizer, salad, soup, main course down to dessert for only 750 pesos for dinner and 600 pesos for lunch. Drinks not included. But better check their Facebook page from time to time as the price may vary depends on the season.


Punong Gary’s Place designed by the owner itself – Nonoy Ledesma, an architect by profession. The place managed by his daughter Bing and her husband Chef Joey Benin.

The Story behind Punong Gary’s  Place:

Punong Gary’s Place aim is to transform community and bringing people together to enjoy Good Place Good Food for a Good Cause. Thus, Punong Gary’s Place was emanated not only  to create sumptuous meals but to offer excellent customer service as well. The vision of the place is “to give employment to people in our surrounding community to end the cycle of poverty”.  Truly the owners has a big heart and compassion for their workers. A very inspiring noble acts of kindness. Their employees are from TAKAS Youth Community a local community which they are supporting by creating a platform for harnessing different talents, gifted with potentials. Their workers need not to go to far places in search for a better job to sustain their daily life. It it the dream and hope of the owner of Punong Gary’s Place to see dreams being fulfilled in each of their staff’s life and the generations coming after them.

By dining at Punong Gary’s Place you are supporting this noble deeds. Part of the proceeds goes to TAKAS Youth Community in support of their Clean and Green Project. This project is about converting biodegradable materials into potent fertilisers through vermicompost. The fertilizers produced will go to homegrown farmers who will produce and supply vegetables and other root crops to Punong Gary’s Place. It is the goal of the owner to develop an organic farm of their own and cook healthy fresh food from the their harvest, delivered to their customers diner’s table.

Punong Gary’s Place is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am up to 3:30 pm. They also have Tapas night every Thursday and Friday from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm for 350 pesos per head. For the group of more than ten, no more reservation.

For those who would love to stay overnight they also have rooms or cabana. All prices comes with breakfast.

Punong Gary’s Place is upon reservation basis. Walk in customers will not be entertained. The main reasons of the place is to give its customers a quality service.

Me enjoying my time beside the pool.



How To Get There:

Punong Gary’s Place is just a few kilometers away from the city proper of Silay. Just head up north going to E.B. Magalona. After passing the Hawaiian Philippine Company signage look for the Prycegas compound on the left. Just right after the Prycegas you can find the signage that says to “The Punong”. The place is also accessible by tricycles so just tell the driver to drop you to Punong Gary’s Place.


Address: Hda. Tinihaban, Barrios San Jose, Silay City, Negros Occidental.

We left filled with many memories of this beautiful place. Counting the days until we can return again.

Have you been to Punong Gary’s Place?  What do you think of Punong Gary’s Place? I would love to hear from you.


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    1. Hi Steve! Thank you for your comment. Yes, Punong Gary’s Place is a slice of heaven. very quiet and peaceful. After I celebrated my birthday here last year, we keep on coming back since we really like the place so much.

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