Mass Wedding in Bacolod City

Mass Wedding

On Saturday, February 16, the annual Mass Wedding was held in Bacolod City at the Bacolod City Government Center. In keeping with tradition, 2,013 couples were wed for 2013! A number of Philippine celebrities were on hand for the event, including Philippine boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao.

Mass Wedding

There is Senator Franklin Drilon! The security was tight and hard to get near for a close up photo but Senator Drilon is in the pink colored shirt, near the door with his left hand raised. The Honorable Senator revealed that he is allocating P5 million to the City of Bacolod for the improvement of Bacolod City Public Plaza. This is very good news. The newly weds and other city residents will have a nicer place to go and relax in the near future in downtown Bacolod. A great and appreciated gift to the City.

Mass Wedding

A sea of umbrellas on the grounds of the Bacolod City Government Center.

Mass Wedding

The crowd is swelling! The brides and grooms are ready to begin the ceremony, performed by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

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Here come the brides!

The Bacolod Mass Wedding was a fun event and I imagine some of the newly weds are still on their honeymoons! May they all have a long and blissful marriage, full of health and prosperity.

It was reported that the youngest couple being married was 18 and the oldest couple were both 70. Among those with the largest age gap, the groom was 44 and the bride was 82. Yes, you read it right. They were applauded by the crowd because they appeared to be really in love due to their long kissing session.

It was a nice day for a wedding!

 

 

 

 

Best Sandwich Deli in Bacolod

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One of the newest arrivals on the Bacolod food scene, which expats will enjoy, is The Fat Chef Bistro and Deli. It is located behind Lopues Mandalagan shopping center, near the Mandalagan Art District. I knew I was in the right place when my pulled pork BBQ sandwich arrived with the diagonal cut. This is the indicator of a good deli sandwich!

Fat Chef's

Every sandwich on the menu of The Fat Chef Bistro and Deli is served with choice of fries or garden salad. I chose the garden salad with my pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Price is P140.

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A pulled pork BBQ sandwich with fries.

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A banana and Nutella Crepe. There are four different dessert crepes on the menu at the Fat Chef’s, including Mango and Rum. Sounds good, huh?

Amstel Sterk Beer

Amstel Sterk Beer from Amsterdam. This was my beverage of choice to go with my pulled pork BBQ sandwich.

Fat Chef's

There are a number of imported foods and beverages in the deli. A large can of ravioli captured my eye! I also saw a jar of gourmet peanut butter made from mixed nuts. P280 per jar.

Fat Chef's

Fat Chef Bistro and Deli has a fairly large wine selection. P99 per glass or P400 per bottle when dining in. Red and white wines are available.

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The Day Menu.

There are many items on the menu at Fat Chef Bistro and Deli that I think many expats and Filipino customers alike will enjoy. Some of the items that sparked my interest are New England Clam Chowder, the six different sausages served with sauerkraut and German Spatzle, several specialty salads that include salmon and anchovy, baked artichoke, a cold cut platter, a cheese platter, savoury crepes such as Crepe Benedict and Spinach & Ricotta Crepe and 7 exciting side dishes, which include rice pilaf!

Yeah, I would love to film a Man vs Food episode in Fat Chef Bistro and Deli! Let me be the MAN! If I skip breakfast, I think I can handle it!

 

 

 

 

Totally Thursday in Bacolod

At Imay's

At Imay’s Restaurant

Our favorite place in Bacolod to eat Filipino food is Imay’s Restaurant. Located on Luzuriaga Street, Imay’s has been a tradition in our family, as it is the first restaurant we introduce to foreign friends and family members who visit us from the USA and China. Everyone always raves about the food at Imay’s, as they are eating the local Negros Occidental Cuisine for the very first time. 

Private Dining Room

Private Dining Room

It was hot and a little dusty outdoors, so we went to the private dining room to enjoy our lunch.

Fried Squid Heads

Fried Squid Heads

Fried Squid Heads is our son’s favorite dish at Imay’s.

Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

My favorite! Imay’s Baby Back Ribs are not mostly fat and bones but have plenty of great tasting, tender pork rib meat. Only two small bones, surrounded with nice pork BBQ rib meat. Wow! Onions rings come with the order. P190 for the Baby Back Ribs and they are the real deal with the right amount of grill charring.

Gary and Friends

Gary and Friends!

Next stop was Lopues Mandalagan Shopping Center on Lacson Street. There is a new open area in the back of Lopues where one can shop outdoors but the area is covered on top. One can find here almost any type Christian religious statue for home or garden!

On a note of interest. In this area behind Lopues is a new establishment opening next week. Fat Chef’s Bistro and Deli. The owner saw us looking in the restaurant windows and despite not even being open for business yet, he invited us in to take a look. The stock is very little at this point, since not officially opened, but we were allowed to buy Croissants with strawberry filling, which are imported from Germany. In the refrigerated showcase, I saw different cheeses, sausages and cold cuts. I also saw jars of German Sauerkraut on the shelves, among some other imported items. Their restaurant menu was still being developed but deli sandwiches will be available and I noticed clam chowder, too.

Cool Birds

Cool Birds

Back home, our son decided to make some Cool Birds with modeling clay. He and everyone else were gearing up for the night’s Birthday Celebration for our best friend, Dudz.

Cool Cake

Cool Cake!

Our son’s cool birds found their way to the top of the cake.

Grilled Pork

Grilled Pork Liempo

Don’t be concerned, as I trimmed the fat before eating the liempo.

Cake Smearing

Cake Smearing!

My wife is always the culprit. People at a birthday party are going to get their face smeared with cake icing.

We had a nice Birthday meal for our friends. Grilled Liempo, BBQ  Chicken and Lasagna were the main meal items. After the meal, we sang karaoke until 1130pm. Friday, my voice was hoarse!

Totally Thursday was a fun filled day for us all. Lunch at Imay’s, window and real shopping at Lopues Mandalagan and a Birthday Party, BBQ and Karaoke Jam Session to cap the evening.

It really is more fun in the Philippines! Especially in the Bacolod area.

I hope to ………..

See you around Bacolod!

See you around Bacolod!