Welcome to Poggio Bustone
The name that makes us recall the journey of Francis of Assisi and his first companions to communion with God, with one another, with the people and with all of creation. Initially rejected by their hometown, they journeyed to look for a place where they could discern the Will of God for them. Upon reaching the town up on a mountain, to the curious onlookers of who could, they are: he greeted them, Buon Giorno! Buona Gente!
It is the same greeting we return back to you: Good day! Good people! as we introduce ourselves and invite you to “come and see” and linger awhile at Poggio Bustone, our renewal center.
We are Franciscans, your Lesser Brothers, humbly striving to live and give witness to our charismatic identity as a contemplative fraternity in mission. In the spirit of St. Francis and his first companions, let us be your co-journeyers to reconciliation with God, with ourselves and with creation, as we tread together the pathways that will bring us to Communion with God through life-giving listening to, “tasting and seeing” the Word of God, in prayer and in contemplation Communion with oneself by finding the inner peaceful self Communion with one another as we recognize that all of us are God’s children Communion with nature as we commit ourselves to respect and care for creation.
Poggio Bustone is located along the beach of Zambales, the province connected to the Franciscans since San Pedro Bautista, a Franciscan missionary, fought for the human rights of the Zambales natives.
Walk–in guests will not be entertained. This is to ensure that we can screen who are our guests.
Reservations are to be handled by an FDO from Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, (telephone no. 02 3718399 or cp 0949 7103757) in Manila or text Fr. Andres Chito Rañoa, OFM (cp 0917 4912473) or Fr. Virgilio Ver Mendoza, OFM (cp 0955 6556568) or Br. Mario Mayoke Ricablanca, OFM (cp 0977 2554358) in Botolan.
Deposit is required to confirm a reservation that is non–refundable. The minimum deposit is 50% of the rental fee. A Security/Damage Deposit of P5,000.00 may be required. It is refundable if no damage nor violations. Additional when the amount of damage exceeds said deposit. Full remittance of the donation and security damage deposit must be remitted 3 weeks before the scheduled date. If the full donation is not given on the due date, the reserved date is automatically canceled and the reservation deposit is forfeited. Check-in time is 3:00 PM and Check-Out Time is 12:00 NN.
Postponement or rescheduling of the visit without penalty can only be made 7 days before the original date otherwise a penalty of 30% of the transaction cost will be imposed.
Cancellations made 15 or more days before check-in date will incur a cancellation charge of 20%. Cancellations made more than 7 days in advance but less than 15 days will incur a cancellation charge of 40%. Cancellation made 48 hours before the scheduled event date will incur a cancellation charge of 50%. In case the guest fails to appear in the Center by 6 p.m. on the reserved date, the fee for the room shall be charged to him/her. Any refund will take at least 3 weeks to process.
Check-in @ 3 pm and Check-out @ 12nn two hours before 12nn the guest will be reminded Any extension shall be communicated to the office at least 3 hours before the scheduled check out. A fee of P 250.00/ hour will be charged for the extension. A minimum of 1-hour extension is allowed Electrical appliances (rice cooker, stove, (karaoke) are prohibited to be brought in.