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SLERS Express Meals: Your Favorite Filipino Meals Made Express

Taste the Goodness of Your All-Time Favorite SLERS Products at Affordable Prices

Before becoming a household name, SLERS started as a personal hobby of Ofelia Cosin Pelaez, or “Fely” as she is known to her friends and family. In 1969, Fely learned to make traditional smoked country hams in her home in Bukidnon. Soon after, friends and family began buying her hams for Christmas dinners.

The house where the first ham was made in 1969.
The house where the first ham was made in 1969.

Fely’s American-style ham became so popular that it quickly transformed from a simple hobby of a school teacher to a cottage industry, and eventually a family business that has become synonymous with high-quality hams and other meat products.

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The name SLERS is actually an acronym of the nicknames of all five of Fely’s children; Shirley, Litlit, Earl, Ray, and Sharon. It was in 1987 when Fely and her husband moved to Cagayan de Oro to retire and Fely’s daughter, Litlit, or Mercedes Pelaez Mejia, took over the business.

 

The Transformation of SLERS Hams to a Multi-Product Enterprise

By the late 80s, SLERS began offering more than just American-style hams. With Litlit at the helm, SLERS started producing more diverse products, which began with the introduction of the SLERS Tocino, even though her mom Fely was initially against the idea.

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Today, SLERS is one of the most successful family-owned companies in the country, offering a diverse menu, from their flagship ham, Jamon Cagayan de Oro, to a wide range of food products including pork barbecue, Tocino de Cagayan, fresh native chorizo, beef pastrami, smoked country bacon, and longganisa de Cagayan.

That’s not all.

For meat lovers who want to try the different SLERS products without having to buy an entire pack of smoked ham or a whole kilo of tocino, they offer the SLERS Express Meals diner. The place to go if you want to check out their high-quality food products or simply want to grab a bite of your favorite traditional Filipino meal.

The diner offers a great selection of different meat products prepared just the way you like it.

 

The SLERS Express Meals Menu at Student-Friendly Prices

Apart from the quality, SLERS is also known for the reasonable prices of their meat products. The express meal diner continues the tradition of providing topnotch food at affordable prices. Their student-friendly meals are among the most popular, since a large chunk of the diner’s clientele, and even their food stalls, are students.

 

Here are some of the food items you will find on their eclectic menu:

 

  • Hamdesal Sandwich – A popular item on the menu, the hamdesal sandwich is a delicious treat, combining the pandesal—a classic Filipino favorite—with a slice of SLERS sweet ham and fresh lettuce. It’s the perfect affordable meal for someone on the go.

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  • Grilled Pork Belly – For any meat lover, the pork belly is one of the most beloved hog parts. You add SLERS’ time-tested preparation and cooking techniques in the mix, and you have a delicious and satisfying meal that’s not too heavy on the wallet.

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  • Ham and Cheese Sandwich – A classic combo. SLERS quality ham and cheese stuffed in bread, is there anything else better?

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  • Tocino Meal – Before Litlit first introduced the tocino back in the day, sweet meat was virtually unheard of in CDO. Today, it’s one of the most popular meat products among Kagay-anons, especially when it’s from SLERS.

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  • Chicharice – Kagay-anons are among the biggest fans of SLERS chicharon, another creation that has made SLERS a truly multi-product business. And one of the reasons why it’s so popular is because it’s more than just a snack. SLERS chicharon is just as good, if not better, as a meal by pairing it with fried rice.

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Those are just a few of the offerings you can find at the SLERS express meal diner. In addition, they also offer a couple of equally tasty desserts at very affordable prices; the coco banana flan and the buko pandan.

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You can check out these delicious and affordable meals in one of two locations; at the ground floor of Gaisano City, along Corrales Ave. and at the South Bank Plaza Bldg., along the corner of Velez and Yacapin Streets.

So what are you waiting for? Call you friends and head over to SLERS Express Meals and fill your tummies with amazing dishes that are masterfully created and perfected by SLERS since 1969.

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SLERS Treats for Christmas and New Year – More than Just Ham

Among the highlights of the Pinoy Noche Buena is when the Christmas ham is served, and when we talk of Christmas ham, Cagayan de Oro is blessed to have some sumptuous homegrown hams.

Of course, one of the all-time favorite CDO homegrown hams is the one that started it all—SLERS ham. This brand of ham has been loved by Filipinos not only in CDO, but also in various parts of the country (even as far as Metro Manila) since 1969.

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Of course, there is a perfectly good reason for people to love the SLERS ham. For one thing, it barely needs cooking. And it can satisfy the hunger of several people, making it an ideal food to serve if you have a sizeable number of guests for Christmas.

But it’s not just the ham that people have come to enjoy among the SLERs products. Some of their other products offerings have also become a favorite for Christmas and New Year. Here we will talk about the various SLERS products you may want to partake of during your Christmas and New Year celebrations.

 

The SLERS Ham

Of course this would be first on our list. As mentioned earlier, the Christmas ham has been a Noche Buena mainstay for years and people have come to like serving it during Media Noche as well. The good thing about the SLERS ham is that it comes in several varieties, so you’ll be sure to find one that suits your taste and needs.

  • Jamon Cagayan de Oro

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This is known as the ham that started it all. Back in the 1960s, when Fely Pelaez first tried her hand at making ham, this was the variety that she learned and later perfected. This was also the first kind of ham that she served to family and friends, and later started selling. Even to this day, this still remains the flagship product of the company.

  • The Picnic Ham

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This is a smaller leg of ham that’s cured and prepared in the same way the original Jamon is. If your Christmas and New Year gatherings are quite small, then this could be the perfect ham for you.

  • The Sweet Ham

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This is a lightly-spiced pear-shaped ham that has just the right kind of sweetness Pinoys love. This is perfect for when you’re preparing sandwiches or are having a Christmas and/or New Year dinner with just your immediate family.

 

  • The Country-Style Ham

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Do you want to have ham for Christmas and New Year, but are worried that budget is tight? Well, this could be the solution to your dilemma! This mildly-cured, naturally smoked, and perfectly grilled ham is affordable enough for those working on a tight budget.

 

Other SLERS Meat Products

Not in the mood for ham? Or perhaps you want to serve other meat products aside from ham for your Christmas and New Year dinner. Here’s what SLERS has to offer:

  • Tocino de Cagayan

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  • Longganisa de Cagayan

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  • Fresh Native Chorizo
  • Pork Chorizo

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  • Chicken Loaf
  • Smoked Country Bacon

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  • Thick Bacon
  • Smoked Liempo

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  • Smoked Pork Loin
  • Beef Pastrami

 

With all these delicious options, is there really anything else you can ask for?

 

Pica-Pica

We all know that Christmas and New Year gatherings don’t end after dinner. In most cases, it’s a “morning the night” scenario. So, whether you choose to play some video games, have a videoke session, watch some movies, or just spend the night chatting with family and friends, why not do so with a bottle (or two) of wine and some SLERS pica-pica products?

  • Chicharon

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This is another all-time favorite from SLERS. Many people have come to love the SLERS chicharon and enjoy it as a snack or even as a viand (chicharice, anyone?). Of course, it can also be the ideal pulutan!

 

  • Banana Chips

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This Pinoy delicacy has just the right kind of sweetness for the Filipino palate. It also has the kind of crunch we love to pair up with our favorite drinks. Isn’t it just fun to munch on a delicious treat while spending time with loved ones and enjoying our favorite pastimes?

  • Peanuts

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Fried, with aromatic toasted garlic, this is how Pinoys like their peanuts! And this is exactly how SLERS prepares the peanuts they have to offer. And you’ll be sure to love the fact that it’s always fresh and crunchy. Munch away!

Christmas and New Year gatherings are never complete without our favorite food treats. And that is why it’s never complete without SLERS.

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SLERS Holiday Hams – A Highlight of the Noche Buena Feast

The holiday ham is one of the mainstays of the Pinoy Noche Buena. Every year, when Filipino families gather for their Christmas feast, the holiday ham is likely to be part of the main fare.

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There is indeed good reason for ham being a holiday favorite. It is common for families to prepare a lot of food for Noche Buena. The good thing about ham is that it barely needs cooking and it can be served to a good number of people.

And when we talk about holiday hams in the Philippines, the hams of Cagayan de Oro are among the most popular and well-loved all over the country. Of course, a favorite of Kagay-anons is the holiday ham that started it all in the first place—SLERS ham.

A Good Number of Options

One of the best things about SLERS ham, aside from the fact that it is really flavorful and mouthwateringly delicious, is that there are a good number of options for you to choose from. This means you can still get to enjoy your Christmas ham even when you only have a small budget to work with.

Here are the SLERS ham products you may want to consider for your Noche Buena this year:

 

  • Jamon Cagayan de Oro

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You could say this is THE ham that started it all. Cured the old-fashioned way and then traditionally smoked before being cooked with fresh pineapple, this is the flagship product of SLERS and a favorite among ham lovers since 1969.

  • Picnic Ham

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This is cured and flavored in the same way as Jamon Cagayan de Oro, but it is a smaller leg of ham trimmed from pork shoulder with the skin on and the bone in. Perfect for smaller family gatherings.

  • Sweet Ham

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This is a pear-shaped ham that is lightly spiced so as to bring out just the right kind of sweetness you want in your ham. If you’re having Noche Buena with just your immediate family, this could be the perfect ham for you.

  • Country Style Ham

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A mildly cured ham that has been naturally smoked and then grilled to perfection, this is the ideal ham for those who are on a budget but don’t want to miss out on good food for Noche Buena.

Christmas will be here before we know it. It is best to start planning your Noche Buena menu as early as now, and SLERS ham definitely should be on it.

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Halloween Pica-pica and Get-together Suggestions for All Hallows’ Eve

Halloween is a fun time for kids, with the trick-or-treating, parties, and other activities to take part in. But Halloween isn’t just for kids. Adults like you and me can have fun on All Hallows’ Eve, too!

Even if you aren’t fond of costume parties, you can still get your family and friends together to enjoy a relaxing time together, especially since we have a super long weekend to look forward to at the end of this month. Read on as we share with you some of the things you can do on this Halloween weekend…

 

Scream Your Lungs Out with a Horror Movie Marathon!

The funny thing about people is that we love to scare ourselves. Well, then, Halloween is definitely the best time of the year for you and your loved ones to get a good scare. And one very effective way to do that is to watch a bunch of horror movies.

Do a quick online search for good horror movies and draw up a list of movies to watch as early as now. After all, All Hallows’ Eve is just around the corner. And don’t forget to prepare something to munch on for your horror marathon as well. Other than the usual popcorn and chichiria, you may want to grab some SLERS chicharon, too.

 

Unwind with an Intimate Cocktail Get-together

Sometimes the only thing it takes for you to relieve yourself of stress and recharge is some quiet time with the people closest to you. You may want to take the opportunity to get these people together during the long Halloween weekend. A relaxing cocktail get-together should do the trick. Here are some snacks you can prepare for the occasion:

  1. BOB

No, of course we’re not suggesting that you eat someone named Bob! What we are suggesting is a simple yet delicious treat for you and your guests this Halloween—Brie on Bread.

All you need to do is buy your favorite French bread, cut it into bite-sized pieces and then put a slice of Brie on each piece of bread. Voila! You have a tasty treat for your cocktail gathering.

2.Pizza

This is the ultimate go-to treat, especially when you don’t have to think about your menu too much. After all, who doesn’t love pizza?

Choose two or three flavors and have each pizza sliced into bite-sized squares so your guests can easily enjoy it during your get-together.

3. Mini Sandwiches

Make sandwiches as you normally would and then slice each sandwich into four to make bite-sized versions. Yes, it’s that easy to prepare good food for a cocktail gathering with your loved ones!

We suggest you whip up sandwiches using your favorite loaf of bread, cheese, and SLERS ham—a concoction that’s simple yet mouthwateringly good.

4. Pie Crust Dippers with Banana-Nutella Dip

You may buy any brand of refrigerated pie crust you want. Roll it out, cut into your preferred shapes using cookie cutters, and then bake for about 10 minutes (until edges are golden brown).

Puree two medium-sized bananas and then mix it with half a cup of Nutella and eight ounces of Lite Cool Whip. Enjoy!

5. Bacon and Parmesan Pasta

Yes, you’re just having cocktails, but you can’t deny the fact that Filipinos will always appreciate something heavier than finger food at any gathering. So, to satisfy guests who may want a heavy snack to go with their drinks, you may want to prepare this flavorful pasta dish.

You may use either rigatoni or farfalle for this dish, which is easy enough to prepare. Simply make white sauce and then throw in the cooked pasta and some parmesan cheese. Add some SLERS bacon (cut into small pieces) and greens (basil or parsley) for added flavor.

 

These are just two suggestions on how you can enjoy your super long weekend this Halloween. Remember, Halloween pica-pica doesn’t have to look like ghosts and ghouls, and you don’t have to be in costume to have a proper Halloween get-together. What’s important is for you to have a good time with the people you want to spend this occasion with.

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And in case you just want some alone time during the upcoming long weekend, then why not plan a quick weekend getaway? For a day trip, you could bring SLERS ham sandwiches to keep hunger at bay. For a trip that’s a bit longer, you may want to bring SLERS chicharon, banana chips, or peanuts to munch on throughout your vacation. Whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go, have fun!

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Various Ways to Enjoy Bacon

Bacon is one food many people admit to not being able to live without. If you, too, are a bacon lover, then you would surely appreciate the following recipes that use bacon bits. No matter how much you love a particular food, it can get boring if it’s prepared in the same way every single time. So give one or more of these recipes a try!

 

Salads 

One of the most common ways to use bacon bits is as a salad ingredient. Here are some of the best salads with bacon bits we’ve come across:

1. Fresh Greens and Avocado Salad

Mix your favorite fresh greens with sliced avocado and then top with bacon bits. You may also add shaved parmesan cheese to it and a dressing of plain yogurt, Dijon mustard, green onions, agave nectar, and apple cider vinegar.

2. Tomatoes and Lettuce Salad

Mix tomatoes (preferably cherry tomatoes) with romaine lettuce and then top with parmesan-bacon crisps. Prepare the parmesan-bacon crisps by combining bacon bits and parmesan cheese, and then baking the mixture until golden brown. You may top the salad with a dressing of anchovies, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.

3. Fresh Summer Salad

Mix watermelon slices, halved strawberries, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly-sliced cucumber, cubed feta cheese, mint leaves, chopped spring onions, olive oil, and red wine vinegar together. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then top with crispy fried smoked bacon bits.

 

Pasta

Other than salads, bacon can also be a perfect ingredient for adding flavor and texture to pasta recipes. Here are our favorites:

1. Bacon and Parmesan Pasta

This recipe is similar to a carbonara, but is creamier and less eggy. The beauty of this recipe lies in the fact that after making the white sauce, you can add ingredients based on what you can find in your kitchen.

2. Squash, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pasta

This is one pasta dish you can prepare in a cinch. Just caramelize some onions, fry your bacon, cook the pasta, sauté the squash, slice some basil, and then throw them all together (seasoned to taste), along with some goat cheese.

3. Creamy Pasta with Tomato, Bacon, and Ricotta

This is another recipe that’s ideal for times when you only have under an hour to prepare something delicious for your loved ones. Simply put a pot of water on to boil and then cook your bacon until golden brown. Add chopped onion and peppers, garlic, tomatoes, salt, and red pepper flakes. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta in the now-boiling water. Add ricotta cheese to the sauce before spooning it onto the cooked and drained pasta.

 

Other Recipes

Other than salads and pasta recipes, here are other delicious ways you can enjoy your favorite bacon bits:

1. Street-Style Grilled Corn

Grilled corn is a common sight in our markets and a popular treat, especially among children. You can tweak it a little and serve it during a weekend get-together with family and friends. Simply brush the grilled corn with mayonnaise and then roll it in crispy fried and finely crumbled bacon. You may also sprinkle it with chili powder for added bite and serve with lime wedges for a more tropical appeal.

2. Bacon-Cakes and Berries

This is a simple yet mouthwateringly delicious treat to prepare. Just prepare buttermilk pancake batter and then stir crispy fried bacon bits into the batter. Lightly grease a skillet and then cook the pancake in batches over medium heat. Once cooked, you may top your pancakes with fresh berries and serve them with maple syrup.

3. Grilled Onion Crostini

Onion isn’t something many people appreciate, but when paired with bacon and prepared in this manner, you’ll be sure to give it some consideration. Spread softened cream cheese on French baguette slices and then top with grilled onions (thinly sliced) and crispy fried bacon bits. Sprinkle chopped thyme leaves on top, and then add pepper to taste.

Of course, the easiest way to enjoy your favorite bacon is simply to fry it and then serve with toast or rice. But if you’re in the mood for a little creativity and you want to enjoy a classic foodie favorite in interesting ways, then why not try any of the recipes mentioned above?

Food is as much an experience as it is a necessity for our health and nourishment. This is why it is often a good idea to learn new ways of preparing old favorites. And with bacon, you can never go wrong!

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SLERS – Offering Healthy Baon Options for Your Kids

It’s back-to-school time! This means you will once again have to prepare your kids’ baon every day. Of course, you could simply give your kids some money so they can buy food from the school canteen. But how can you be sure they’ll choose healthy snacks? If you want to make sure, then it’s best that you prepare their baon instead.

 

Healthy Choices from SLERS

When it comes to healthy baon, SLERS is one of the best brands to choose. They have a variety of products that are not only healthy, but delicious as well. Your kids will be sure to love their baon, and you won’t have to worry about them constantly eating junk food. Here are our top five choices of SLERS products that are ideal for your children’s baon:

 

  • Chicharon

If your kids only require light snacks, then they could snack on a pack of regular chicharon. The crunchy goodness of this treat will make them feel like they’re enjoying chips, but you are assured they’re eating something healthier. If your kids’ normal school activities call for heavy snacks/light meal, then you may want to prepare your own version of the SLERS chicharice simply by packing rice in a lunch box and then topping it with SLERS chicharon special.

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Chicharon special has bits of meat in it (unlike regular chicharon, which is purely pork rind), making it a simple yet delicious viand. If your children have more adventurous taste buds, you may even want to give them fiery chicharon, which will surely add some zing to their baon. And here’s some wonderful news for you: SLERS currently has a 3-for-100 promo for their chicharon!

 

  • Smoked Country Bacon

Everybody loves bacon, right? So your kids will be sure to appreciate having bacon for their baon. You could simply pack bacon and rice in a lunch box or prepare a quick bacon-and-egg sandwich. But if you want to make your kids’ baon more interesting, why not prepare bacon and cheese strata? It is easy enough to find a recipe online, and the dish is easy enough to prepare. The good thing about bacon is not only that kids love them, but also that you can prepare it in so many delicious ways.

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  • Tocino de Cagayan

This is another delicious food item that goes well with steamed rice. It also goes well with another Pinoy favorite—sinangag (fried rice). And while pork tocino may not be as versatile as bacon as far as recipes go, that doesn’t mean you’re left with no choice but to pack it in a lunch box with rice. There are still a few ways you can make your children’s tocino baon more interesting. For example, you could prepare Vietnamese spring roll and make it extra special by throwing in strips of cooked tocino. This is an especially good idea if you want to encourage your children to eat vegetables.

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  • Sweet Ham

The easiest way to prepare these delicious cold cuts is, of course, to slap them onto pieces of bread for a sandwich or, again, to pack them in a lunch box with steamed rice. But if you want to make snack time more fun for your kids, take some time to prepare something attractive, but still healthy and yummy. One suggestion would be for you to make pinwheel bites, which simply requires flattening a few slices of wheat bread, topping it with mayonnaise, ham, and cheese, and then rolling it up and cutting it into bite-size pieces. Done!

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  • Chicken Loaf

Children love burgers. Well, you can make your own version with the SLERS chicken loaf. Since these cold cuts are shaped in circular slices, you could buy burger buns and simply slap on a slice of chicken loaf and cheese for a healthy sandwich. You may add mayonnaise and ketchup if your kids like them so they’ll feel like they’re really eating a hamburger, only healthier and a lot tastier. And just like the other meat products offered by SLERS, this makes for a delicious viand as well, so you can serve it with rice if you want.

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With the mouthwatering fare offered by SLERS Industries, you can make sure your children eat healthy snacks whether at home or in school. For light snacks they can munch on during break time, SLERS also offers banana chips and peanuts. The wide variety of options offered by SLERS helps ensure that you’ll never run out of ideas where your kids’ healthy snacks are concerned.