12 Jan Pigeon Hole: Another Great Weekend Getaway to be Opening Soon
There’s something about weekend getaways that just draws in Cagayanons by the thousands. Perhaps it’s just the penchant to unwind, to somehow de-stress, or to bond with family or friends, and the farther from the city, the better, so as to see more “greens” and mountains rather than the familiar street and building jungles we all see daily.
Pigeon Hole is that weekend getaway that will definitely give you plenty of “greens” and mountain views that can be breathtaking. Located at the Magic Farms in Mambatangan, Alae, Manolo Fortich, just a 45-minute drive from the city, they will be holding a soft opening this coming January 23, 2016.
Owned by one of CDO’s oldest families, the Sarraga family, the Pigeon Hole is aptly named because since 2013 the property served as the family’s private gun range for clay pigeon shooting. Sometimes called clay target shooting, round clay orange targets called “clay pigeons” are launched into the air by spring-loaded traps and shooters with single-shot shotguns have to shoot down the clay pigeons while still in the air. Pigeon hole is also the name for the birdhouse used for pigeons.
Once just a family getaway with some metal plates propped up on tires and a plywood-boxed structure, the Sarraga family soon saw its potential as a weekend getaway business. Construction began last year and slowly the family began layouts and decorating using materials they had collected over the years from their trips abroad. For now, the site features a casual dining restaurant and open spaces suitable for selective parties and events. Even before the planned soft opening the Sarraga’s brought in selected guests for reviews and critiques. The whole family is now involved in running all aspects of the venue, from the cooking to the restaurant to the construction and maintenance of the place.
The January 23 soft opening will actually be a dinner buffet so reservations will be needed since tickets are limited. The dinner buffet is at P250 per person with free complimentary drinks. No walk-ins will be entertained so it is important to book and reserve for the tickets, especially if you’re planning to bring the whole family. The buffet starts at 6:00 p.m. but people are encouraged to come early to take pictures and to see the lay of the land.
After the soft opening, Pigeon Hole will open only on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are plans to eventually open from Fridays to Sundays, and then on a daily basis. They also plan to eventually serve for lunch, dinner, and snacks. The place can be reserved and opened for special occasions and events on any day using either the restaurant or the open space venues. For those especially interested, the pigeon hole shooting range will be open for a special fee, but for now, only for those with experience in handling firearms. Eventually, instructors will be made available for beginners.
For the soft opening buffet reservations, you can call 0927-1381518.