Davao's White House

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


LOCALS called it the White House, built by abaca plantation owner Robert Ker during the early 1900s, the Ker Mansion stood on a hill, which overlooks Bajada. It served as the landmark for many Dabawenyos particularly as it stood on the corner of Jose P. Laurel Avenue and the road going to Buhangin.

The house and the adjoining lot has been bought by real estate developer Camella, which built a pine forest-themed condominium residences in the area, luckily they preserved the old house which can be considered as one of the few remaining heritage structures in the City.

A few months back the old house was converted into a fusion restaurant run by chefs Cathy Binag and Nino Laus with the help of former House Rep. Tony Boy Floirendo.

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Renamed into the White House, the fusion resto incorporates Japanese, French and Italian cuisine and is set amid an old-world environment. The house has been meticulously preserved, a new custom-built kitchen specifically added for the restaurant.

The prime mover of the project is Cathy Binag, image consultant and celebrity stylist who has practically relocated to Davao to run the White House, chef de Patron is Niño Laus, one of the celebrated young chefs in the country today. He has his own restaurant called Ninyo Fusion Cuisine in Manila and is known to experiment on various combination of different flavors, textures, cuisines and techniques in coming up with original concoctions.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 07, 2012.

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