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Modernization won’t compromise essence of Manokan Country – Tan

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• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod City Legal Officer Atty. Romeo Carlos Ting Jr., Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, and SM Supermalls President Steven Tan (L-R) at the signing of a 40-year lease agreement between Bacolod City and SM Prime Holdings Inc. yesterday.*

SM Supermalls president Steven Tan said Manokan Country holds a special place in the heart of Bacolod City. It is not just a simple food strip; it is a cultural icon, a representation of the warmth and hospitality that define this vibrant city.

For years, this establishment has been a hub for local cuisine, attracting tourists from all over the world who seek to indulge in the flavors and experiences Bacolod has to offer, Tan said during the signing of the lease agreement yesterday between the Bacolod City Government, represented by Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, and SM Prime Holdings Inc., president Jeffrey C. Lim, which he witnessed.

However, as times change, so do the needs and expectations of the people. In order to stay relevant, it is crucial that we embark on a journey to modernize Manokan Country, Tan said.

“Bacolod City has always prided itself on its rich heritage and traditions and, in a world that moves at a rapid pace, it is essential that we adapt and embrace change while preserving our cultural identity. The modernization of Manokan Country will allow us to retain our authenticity while catering to the needs of a modern society,” he said.

Modernization does not mean compromising the essence or character of Manokan Country. It means providing better facilities, improved infrastructure, and a more comfortable and convenient dining experience. It means embracing technology to streamline operations, enhance customer service, and provide a smoother transaction process, Tan said.

“By investing in modernization, we can create a more attractive and efficient venue that meets the demands of the 21st-century consumer,” he said.

Tan thanked Mayor Albee Benitez, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and city councilor, MSMEs for supporting this endeavor, adding “Let us work hand in hand to transform Manokan Country into a modern destination that showcases the best of Bacolod’s culinary heritage. Together, we can create a more vibrant, prosperous, and memorable experience for the people of Bacolod City, for the tourists, and for the entrepreneurs who do business in this iconic establishment. And may we embark on this journey of modernization with a shared vision and a brighter future ahead.”*

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