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 email@example.com.
Sea travel is often the most taxing experience for many people and it took a bit of toll on my Singapore-based guest I fetched from Iloilo. Knowing that a good view could relieve one of discomfort, I took my guest to the Provincial Capitol Lagoon. I have featured the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and it’s newly installed fountains before but this time, I will be seeing the fountains myself. Previous decorations in the Provincial Capitol was just sleezy Christmas lights spelling out greetings of “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” in Hiligaynon. This year and may become a permanent sight in the Provincial Capitol, the area is draped in blue and green.
This particular day, the Provincial Capitol Lagoon was full of families going into night picnics on the park lawn. I still remember more than a decade ago when my family would do the same bringing picnic mats but instead of bringing picnic baskets with goods, we would buy snacks or dinner at the McDonald’s branch across. Even as distractions like TV and internet has seemed to have replaced outdoor quality time, I am happy that this has not been totally gone after all. Nothing beats the fresh air, a simple comfort that residents of Bacólod City still enjoy and something that counterpart cities in other parts of the country could only wish having.
The skating rink that was built in my childhood years is still in good shape and a number of roller skaters and skateboarders doing their tricks with friends. On the stage platform, some ladies were doing some dance exercises, another group was busy with what seems to be tai-chi while there were a lot of joggers for that day. My bet is that they were trying to drop off some pounds after a full noche buena on Christmas night and reserving some more for the New Year’s feast. The Provincial Capitol Lagoon is most alive in this time of the day and served it’s ultimate purpose of being a place for family bonding with some occasional couples “PDA-ing”.
While I was reminiscing the sixteen years I spent in this city and the memories I had with this place, Doc Richard was busy taking some snapshots of the place. He found it very impressive and what could be most picturesque Provincial Capitol he has ever seen. The almost 80-year old Provincial Capitol of Occidental Negros was and still is an impressive structure that is a testament to the power that the sugar industry now holds. It is still best to it by the steps of the Capitol, sit by the grasses or feeding the tilapias with popcorn or rice pops for good family time. My hope is that this heritage park will be maintained well for future generations to enjoy.