Rumors started that a secret garden tucked in the rolling hills of Tagaytay existed. This secret garden then became the talk of the town as Manila’s inner circle raved about the new and exotic place. Stories were all in admiration and glee about a flower garden that is soothingly pleasing to the eye. And then there is the appetizing country cuisine with fresh and organically grown ingredients right from the garden itself served in fine tableware that complements its idyllic setting. Finally, there is Sonya herself with memories of growing up in her grandmother’s country garden in the Philippines as she lived out her dream of living life based on her philosphy of “the art of doing nothing”. All these add up to none other than Sonya’s Garden.
The garden was supposed to be the private paradise of Sonya open to only family and friends. Eventually those family and friends invited their own sets of family and friends. After much persuasion from all those who enjoyed what the garden had to offer, Sonya decided to share her paradise with more people. In 1998, she opened the doors of her secret garden to the public just in time for Valentine’s Day. Since then, it was never the same. The once secret paradise became a respite for the city dwellers and a refreshing experience to those who are looking for something different. [Read more…]