THOSE who have been to Bacolod know that this Western Visayan city is a haven for delicious pastries, cakes, chorizos and seafood. Try them once and you will keep going back for more. This is why foreign and domestic travelers alike end up bringing home loads of Bacolod specialties as pasalubong for family, friends and loved ones when they leave. And long after you have finished your stash at home, you will keep craving for more and wishing there is a way you can ship Bacolod goodies to Manila without costing an arm and a leg.
Well, someone has heard your wish and will do exactly what you wish for this Christmas—The Commissariat Manila. It is a purveyor of the finest goods and delicacies under the entrepreneurial skills of siblings Gino Asensio Lopez and Monique Lopez Ong. Since they hail from the Visayas, specifically Iloilo and Bacolod, and believe that “good food must never be kept secret and should be experienced by everyone,” the siblings started The Commissariat Manila in July 2020. That was the time when the pandemic was at its height, and people were locked down in their homes, so much so that there was a rising need for good food to be delivered to their homes. The Commissariat Manila was established to fulfill people’s need for first-class goods from the Visayas, particularly Bacolod.
Being Negrenses, Gino and Monique know exactly what to source. First on their list are the many sought-after delicacies of Negros Occidental’s Felicia’s Pastry Shop, which come from the kitchen of the three Lacson sisters—Sony Lacson Cometa, Fely Lacson Montelibano, and Margie Lacson Macasa—who set up their pastry kitchen in the 1970s. Since then, the kitchen has been churning out delicious pastries, including the famous Felicia’s Ensaimadas and Cheese Rolls. Even as the legacy is passed down from one generation to another, the quality of Felicia’s goodies never changes. The Ensaimadas and Cheese Rolls remain as the best-sellers. The Ensaimadas come in a box of 6 (Php1,215) and a box of 12 (Php2,430), and the Cheese Rolls are available in a box of 16 (Php1,420).
Through the years, Felicia’s has also become known for its cookies in cans, such as Almond Crisps (Php490), Lemon Thins (Php425), and Almondettes (Php475), as well as its pili products, including Pili Crumble (Php675) and Turron de Pili (Php585).
And then the cakes in cans came—Potato Cake (Php975), Sans Rival (Php995), Swiss Chocolate Cake (Php980), Classic Chocolate Cake (Php995), and Butter Cake (Php850).
All these Felicia’s specialties, for which the brand has become famous, are now available in Manila for a limited time only. These freshly baked goodies are now being air-flown by The Commissariat Manila from Bacolod to Manila every week beginning last November 13, 2021, until December 18, 2021.
The Commissariat Manila has also made available other Bacolod specialties, such as Casa Carmela’s “Bacolod in a bottle” line, such as the best-selling Crazy Rich Crabs (Php500), Sexy Squid (Php375), Chorizo Pudpud (Php375) and the signature Papa Daniel’s Bangus (Php365).
Also on hand are another crowd favorite—the Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizo Recado or Hamonado Bilog—and the newest addition to their Chorizo line, the Chorizo Mozzarella or Muchorellas, which has turned out to be a big hit with the kids since it was introduced in the market. Both are sold at Php395 per pack of one dozen.
Side by side with these popular brands, The Commissariat Manila offers some of their own products, such as Flat Quillos (Php185), and, seasonally, The Commissariat Bantayan Bay half-shell scallops (Php675), which are harvested from the deepest parts of the Bantayan Island waters and flown straight to The Commissariat freezers.
Due to the influx of orders during the Christmas season, it is advisable to make pre-orders early so you make it to The Commissariat’s delivery list. For advance placement of orders, please refer to the social media links below for the Felicia’s In Manila delivery schedule.
For Felicia’s fresh air-flown pastries and limited edition Christmas sets, the pre-order cut-off for each week is on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. All late pre-orders will carry over to the next available shipment date. Deliveries for Metro Manila begin every Saturday of each week from November 13 to December 18, the latter being the last shipment date for 2021.
All on-hand products, such as Felicia’s cakes in cans, Casa Carmela’s bottled goods, Ereñeta-Manaloto chorizos, and The Commissariat’s Flat Quillos, will be available for delivery until December 23 (Thursday) before Christmas Eve, and will continue to be available from December 27 to 31 before the New Year’s countdown. Delivery of fresh air-flown Felicia’s Ensaimadas and Cheese Rolls will resume on January 8, 2022 (Saturday), which is the first shipment date for 2022.
For more information on The Commissariat Manila offers within NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal), visit their website, www.thecommissariatmanila.com.