After 19 years, Forest House, a bistro cafe and bed and breakfast in Baguio, announced it would be closing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Forest House thanked its customers in an announcement through social media. It is known as one of the top bed and breakfast establishments in the country.
“Whether you dropped by for a cup of coffee or a feast with your family, we thank you for your support. We are glad that Forest House became a part of your dining experience. But unfortunately, an era comes to an end. Forest House is closing its doors,” it said.
In 2018, The Philippine Tatler awarded Forest House Baguio as of the Philippines’ Best Restaurants, wherein it received a four-star rating.
“True to its name, Forest House opens its doors to a home. The foyer brings the warmth of a cosy living room, and the menu the heart of a home-cooked meal. On a clear day, the balcony presents a view of the mountains framed by the colours of Baguio’s flora and fauna. At night, it is transformed into a romantic setting,” Philippine Tatler said in its writeup.
Forrest House is the latest addition to the growing number of micro, small, and medium enterprises that were forced to stop operations due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez reported over 525,000 or 52.66% of MSMEs in the Philippines had to cease operations due to the lockdowns imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We are grateful for the last 19 years. Each time you entered, we warmly welcomed you; and as you left, we thanked you and bid you goodbye. But this time we say our last farewell,” the Forest House said.
In May, Marco Polo Davao confirmed the news on the “indefinite cessation of hotel operations effective June 15, 2020.”
Marco Polo Davao opened in 1998 and has 245 rooms and suites, and 12 function rooms for social gatherings and business meetings.
Employees expressed their gratitude to Marco Polo, which is the only five-star hotel in Mindanao.