Category Archives: Negros Occidental

Feel The Old Negros at Buglas Coffee Bar


Filipinos are known for their passion for food and it is said that we eat a minimum of five times a day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, few “official” snack times like the obligatory merienda, and a few munches in between. Nowhere is this passion for food larger than life than Bacolod City, the unofficial food capital of Western Visayas. Lacson Street is Bacolod’s tourism strip, cafes and restaurants are lined up in the whole stretch. Feeling the urge for afternoon snacks? I recommend trying Buglas Coffee Bar, beside Business Inn.

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Fight For Resumption of Bacolod to Incheon Flights Heating Up


Last December 2012, Bacolod City Administrator Atty. John N. Orola, Jr. announced the planned resumption of international flights from Seoul, South Korea. This is in response to the improvements of the key golfing facilities in Bacolod City, citing complaints posted previously by the Korean tour company. However, the Bureau of Immigration seems to be a pain in the neck of the city’s plans as they refused the requests, admonishing the lack of personnel to supply the needs of our International Airport.

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Merci Contributes to Negros Tourism with Tourist Bus Launch


Inset: The new Merci Bus, a tourist bus, parked outside the new City Hall.

Merci Pasalubong, the largest pasalubong retail chain in Negros Island and one of the largest in the Philippines, gives back to the Island’s tourism industry as they will launch their latest contribution – Merci (tourist) Bus. Tour groups wishing to travel around Negros can now enjoy the comforts offered by this spacious 31-seater bus with reclining seats and an inbuilt entertainment system for long travels. The bus medicine kits, fire extinguishers and a variety of communications systems in case of possible emergencies.

Inset: The interior shot with the reclining seats of the 31-seater Merci Bus.

As Merci Pasalubong is known for its yummy pasalubong delicacies, they will also be offering for sale Merci food items onboard for a smooth trip without having to go on a stopover to buy food. For a special package, the food items will be served onboard the bus while those interested can get a bonus package of touring the Merci Commissary Compound to see first hand how the quality Merci products are made. Tour participants will be given complimentary bottled water and fans, fit for summer tours in the Negros Island.

Inset: The Merci Bus now ready to service guests visiting Negros Island.

The Merci Bus will be ready to service our valuable guests and tourists around the wonderful attractions of Negros Island as it will be launched at the steps of the Provincial Capitol of Occidental Negros on October 3, 2012, Wednesday, 3pm in Bacolod City graced by Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. For more information on the Merci Shuttle Bus, please call Landline (034) 702-3189 or mobile numbers Globe 0917-3048267, Smart 0928-5041751 or Sun 0922-2813181 or email Ria Akamatsu at ria.akamatsu@merci.com.ph.