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The Pasalubong Treats of Merci and Demand for Bacolod Real Estate Properties

As a professional real estate broker selling Bacolod properties, I am always happy every time a homegrown Bacolod business make it big, expand its operations and hire more people.

One such Bacolod-based business is Merci, which manufactures pasalubong products like mango tarts, piaya, bischocho, barquillos, and other Bacolod delicacies.

Just recently I was able to visit the factory of Merci, together with other members of the Negros Bloggers. I was able to observe first hand how its different products are made in its factory, using semi-automated and modern equipments. I also met Merci’s president, Jonathan Lo, a young and dynamic businessman.


Why I am happy to see Bacolod-based businesses grow and hire more people like Merci? The reason is simple. The people who are employed are the same people who can now buy real estate properties in Bacolod like subdivision lots, or house and lot, because they have stable job, income, and purchasing power.

Merci, meaning “Thank You” in French, is a family business that started in 1995. Merci is the market brand of CM & Sons Food Products.

It started as a small bakery, supplying bread to a single store at the Libertad Market in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental and soon evolved into a fast food restaurant serving delicious affordable snacks and meals for people on the go.

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

From being a small business, 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.

I wish Merci more success, as it expands its business operations and branches and hire more people.

This way, more people will have income to buy Bacolod real estate properties, like subdivision lots, or house and lot. This way, real estate in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental will have more demand.

About Eli Gatanela

Eli Gatanela is a real estate lawyer and a PRC-licensed real real estate broker. He is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and an International REALTOR® Member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) of the United States of America. Eli has many years experience in real estate brokerage, property legal consulting, and property management. He studied Executive Program in Real Estate Development at the Asian Institute of Management. e-mail: atty.gatanela@yahoo.com

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