A Night Market Experience This Christmas


For Negrénse food lovers like me who chose Metropolitan Manila as a second home, one would take a chance to relish the once a week night market experience of great food. Banchetto and Mercato Centrale are just two of the countless night markets that have sprouted in Metropolitan Manila. These weekly night markets offer a vast array of food selections that would not just appeal to the palate but to those who are in a tight budget. Bacólod City is already one unique culinary experience where the classiest of food in the big Metro finds itself cheap yet retaining the classic presentation and taste. It has been my longtime dream of seeing a food market sprout in the City of Smiles. A week ago someone whispered to me that something more sizzling hot than grilled porterhouse steaks is going to happen at Central District.

For those who are not familiar of the Central District, it is the area behind San Antonio Park and a stone’s throw away from Robinson’s Place Bacólod Central Citywalk. If passing by Lacson Street from either North or Southbound, one would notice the big tarp with the giant signage “Central District” beside Robinson’s Bacólod blocking the access road commonly known with the informal name “Yanson Avenue”. Otherwise known as CDIP which stands for Central District IT Park, it is a development project launched by the Yanson Family designed to be a hot commercial district of the City with some planned highrises and lifestyle commercial strips for a unique shopping and dining experience. True enough for its ultimate purpose, even as trucks pile building materials on-site and groundworks going on, the place will already be a venue for a unique dining experience.

Comer.cio, a play of the Spanish words “comer” or eat and “commercio” or commerce, will open the so-called “Yanson Avenue” of Central District for two-day night market. Just as Christmas bazaars have been sprouting around as well in the City of Smiles, it is but fitting to give tribute to the City’s rich culinary culture. The event was organized by Negrénse students from Manila, they wanted their kasimanwas to have a first hand Banchetto or Mercato experience. Comer.cio will open doors between 4:00pm to 1:30am for two days from Dec. 16-18, 2011. Great Negrénse food is best experienced in the artisan dishes that food concessionaires would have for you. If you happen to be in Bacólod or a kasimawa, bring along friends for a night of fun and food. If you are interested and want more details or exhibit your culinary skills as an artisan concessionaire, you may connect with the lovely organizers at 0922-829-1049 or email them at comercio.bacolod@yahoo.com.

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About Mark Mayo - Magallanes

MARK MAYO - MAGALLANES – blogger by passion, cook by hobby, student by life, theater actor by fate, writer by work, and Christian by grace. Part Filipino, Chinese and Spanish by blood, he is proudly 100% Negrénse. His love for his home Island of Negros, heritage and lifestyle has led him to write much about it and full-time, all-time. View all posts by Mark Mayo - Magallanes

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