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The Sweets and Treats Business of Merci

I’m always fond of eating Negrense delicacies like piaya, mango tarts, biscocho, and other sweets, being a resident of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, the sugar capital of the Philippines.

As such, meals are not complete without the sweet desserts. In addition, it is a Negrense culture that friends and relatives from other parts of the Philippines visiting Bacolod City are always given “pasalubong” usually consisting of Bacolod delicacies like piaya, to be brought to their homes and to give to their families.

Pasalubong, as defined in Wikipedia, is the Filipino tradition of a homecoming gift. It is literally means “something meant for you when you welcome me back.” It is one of the most distinctive and widely practiced Filipino traditions.

One of my favorites manufacturers of sweets and pasalubong treats in Bacolod City and whose products are sold all over the Philippines and abroad is Merci.

“Merci” is a French word which means “Thank You”. It started in 1995 as a small bakery, supplying bread to a single store at the Libertad Market in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Later on, it evolved into a fast food restaurant serving delicious affordable snacks and meals for people on the go.

In January 2005, Merci launched its Pasalubong Treats — to cater to the growing tourist and balikbayan crowd that regularly visit Negros Occidental.

From its humble beginnings, Merci has now 24 branches in Negros Occidental, with two more branches opening this year:  one in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental and another at the Iloilo City Airport.  

In 16 years, Merci has delivered quality food products, pasalubong treats and sweets in its 99 outlets and dealerships in the province of Negros Occidental, Panay provinces, Cebu, including the cities of Iloilo, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga.

In addition, for sweet lovers and pasalubong buyers in Metro Manila, Merci products can also be found there. It is also exported to the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world.

Will I become diabetic due to my constant eating of sweets and treats, like from Merci? I don’t think so. I guess I have just a sweet tooth and enjoying my hobby – eating Negrense delicacies.

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1 Comment

  1. I so love biscocho and tarts, Atty. I don’t like piaya much though 🙂

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