Merzci Pasalubong Factory (Vista Alegre)

The province of Bacolod in the Philippines is known for its delicious dishes like Chicken Inasal, and delicacies like Piaya, Butterscotch, and Biscocho. Merzci is one of the leading pasalubong (souvenir) shops in Bacolod. So, Happy (me) together with the Trust Officers Association of the Philippines (TOAP) members had the first ever tour in Merzci Pasalubong Factory.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

Website: http://merzci.com.ph/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MerzciPasalubongPH/

Contact Number: (034) 435 4444

Address: Lot 1074 D-3-E, Brgy, Bacolod, 6100 Negros Occidental

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/RkuKy3XXYwffVEiP8

 

Merzci Pasalubong Factory

The pasalubong factory just opened its doors for visitors last February, 2019. It caters guests through it’s viewing deck above the factory. Guests were allowed here so they can see how clean their process is.

viewing deck
The Viewing Deck

This is our view from the deck.

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We were above the factory, so we can see everything.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

It was very evident that the factory is just new because some of the equipment are not yet opened.

new equipments

When we visited, 3 products were only shown to the public. Those were Butterscotch, Biscocho, and Piaya.

 

 

Butterscotch Making

Merzci Pasalubong Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

Here are the cooked Butterscotch which are displayed here for cooling.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

But before it was displayed for cooling, it was placed on this table…

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

and these were cut into small squares.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

 

 

Biscocho Making

Biscocho is a delicacy which is literally toasted bread.

Merzci special Biscocho

After mixing the ingredients, the dough were cut into long sheets so it can fit the machine.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

The sheets of dough undergo this machine…

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

First, the machine flattens the dough

Second, the flat dough is rolled and turned into a long cylindrical shaped dough.

Lastly, a worker cuts the bread in a particular length.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

Then, the dough are cooked in big ovens.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

Then the cooked bread are placed into these racks for cooling.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

The dough were cooked until it becomes a semi crisp. The workers cuts the bread into half…

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

and then they will spread butter on the bread. Then the bread will be cooked again until it becomes Marzci’s preferred crispiness.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

 

 

Piaya Making

Piaya is a bread with sweet Muscovado Sugar filling, which makes it a great snack or a dessert too!

Merzci Piaya Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

After mixing the ingredients, this machine is used to create the Piaya. Machines are being used to make the production faster.

First, The dough is relaxed or flatten.

Second, it is rolled and at the same time, Muscovado Sugar mix is placed in the middle.

Third, balls with filling were created.

Finally, the balls were flatten.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

There are also manual flatting machines in the factory.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

After the Piaya were flatten, they were cooked manually.

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

 

 

Merzci Pasalubong Shop

Freshly baked goodies from the factory go straight to Merzci Pasalubong Shops just like this one.

Merzci Pasalubong Shop Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

Merzci Pasalubong store Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

Merzci’s delicacies are delicious and are highly recommended to be taken home or give your friend as a souvenir. That’s why there is usually a lot of visitors buying it.

Here are some of the TOAP members falling in line and buying some souvenirs.

Merzci Pasalubong store Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

Merzci Pasalubong store Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

 

Here’s mine 🙂 I borrowed their marker and wrote my name plus a “this side up” sign on my box. I suggest you also do this one so if you have decided to have this checked in with your baggage, your box will be treated with love.

Merzci Pasalubong box Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels

By the way, when I got this from the luggage claim area, It is still the same, no bumps or dirt 🙂

 

Happy and Busy’s Smileys

Location

Ambiance

I can smell PIAYA while touring the factory. That’s why the ambiance was nice.

Value for money

I can’t rate this because I did not pay anything. I was on tour with the association.

Fun

It’s nice to see how does Merzci do their products. With this activity, we saw how clean the products were.

 

 

Merzci Pasalubong Factory Bacolod TOAP Tour Happy and Busy Travels
TOAP members

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