At five each morning I am already awake to start my day to get my pick of fresh catch from the Barangay Guinhalaran fish port and transports it to my tapahan. I dries, brines and then smokes tubs of round scad (galunggong) and milkfish (bangus), a trade that I’ve learned from my parents. My parents business started in 1970’s and continues to thrive from the big buyers like Bascon Restaurant, Bobs, El Ideal etc. “Di ko naisip na lalaki ito”, says Gina. I was content on earning just enough money to survive, but then customers started coming to buy my produce as presents to Filipino based in other countries. I was so young then when I started selling smoked fish or tinapa here in Silay and usually you’ll find me right beside the door of El Ideal Bakery with my baskets of tinapa. Now on my 40’s widowed with one child, I am still enjoying my time selling tinapa and thanking GOD for putting fish in the sea. I was able to send my daughter to school and get a degree from selling tinapa. Tinapa business it isn’t that easy at all. Leaving home early in the morning to buy scad and milkfish was tiring at times. It is called commitment to buy ice to load on your basin to put the fish on. It is called patience to carry out the tedious task of smoking fish. But I still come everyday and smoked and sell tinapa as I can because  it is an income. I sell my tinapa and I enjoy selling tinapa.


Tess Buison

(Note: I bought and tasted her fresh tinapa and it was superb!!! Still moist, but nicely smokey and not overly salty. If you happened to drop by  in El Ideal look for Gina she is right there beside El Ideal Bakery door with her baskets of yummy tinapa perfect for your breakfast 🙂 ).




When you are in Silay what would first pop up on your mind? Heritage houses, museums, cultures, arts and history right? But Silay is not just about heritage houses … it is also about CAKES!

ANN CO CAKES offer the best cakes and coffee in town. If you are a coffee lover with a sweet tooth for desserts and an art enthusiasts then this coffee shop will leave you buzzing from their coffee, desserts and ambiance. My partner and I been in this place many times, as this is one of our favorite place to dine out. Ann Co Cakes offers all day breakfast, lunch and dinner as well.

This cozy little café has a very inviting space. The interior decor painted with colorful paintings and art. The goal is to make it look warm, pleasant and friendly while trying to indulge yourself in their mouth-watering cakes which are made in-house with immaculate detail that can only be matched with their genuine smooth brewed coffee.







My gorgeous honeybee!

They also serve hot and cold beverages, variety of cakes and sweet treats. Frozen treats are also available for those who love their cakes chilled.







The café is very accessible as this is located along the national highway in Silay City, located at Margarita Bldg. Rizal Street, Silay City, Negros Occidental with contact number: 09173010938


View of Ann Co Cakes outside at night

I want to add more before I forgot, their staff are very friendly, attentive and accommodating. Service is fast  with nice utensils!

I give this place a score 9 out of 10 if ten is the highest. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Craving coffee yet? make sure you have this coffee shop on your visit list when you travel to Silay!