A momentous occasion visits the shores of Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort (SETIR) once again as the resort opens a new restaurant on June 12, 2022. Spearheaded by SETIR’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ryna C. Brito, and head chef, John Kyle Ureta, Mangrove proudly embraces Filipino cuisine, art, culture and education, all combined into one casual fine dining restaurant.

As a restaurant that combines casual fine Filipino dining and education, the menu of Mangrove not only includes facts about the environmental saving trees and their benefits but the food options are inspired by popular dishes from regions in the country with abundant mangrove trees. These included the delectable Piyassak of Sulu, the healthy and refreshing Ensaladang Chamba of Zamboanga, and even the one-of-a-kind Tiulah-Itum of Zambales and Tawi-Tawi. 

In line with Mangrove’s creed of mixing education into its restaurant concept, Coron Aquatic Biologist, Rechie Cabales, was also invited to speak about the benefits of mangroves in our ecosystem over the dinner. Rich Filipino culture was also incorporated into the restaurant’s grand Independence Day opening through an eye-catching mural painted by celebrated Filipino artist, Kookoo Ramos, live OPM performances by a local band from Coron, and cultural dances such as the Tinikling, Sayaw sa Cuyo at Toting, and Pandanggo sa Ilaw by Palawan State University, Coron’s Lahiwayas Dance Troupe. Additionally, guests were also given a warm welcome and service from Mangrove’s team, which is mostly composed of Culionaires, further embodying the ecotourism aspect of SETIR.

Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort is a unique resort located in Culion, Palawan. For inquiries and bookings, you may visit https://sunlightair.ph/manila-busuanga-4d3n to view our available travel bubble packages.