You’re on your way to Dahilayan Adventure Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northern Mindanao right now, and you are anticipating a day of exhilarating fun. You want to bring your own snacks and refreshments so you can keep your energy up throughout your adventure, or perhaps stop by a diner along the way to satisfy your appetite first before moving on to your epic adventure. Where do you go?
You’re traveling from Cagayan de Oro to Bukidnon and want to bring sustenance for the long trip. You’re tired of the same old fast food fare and want to try fresh, organic food for a change. Maybe you even want to stop somewhere for breakfast or brunch before proceeding to your vacation destination. Is there a diner along the way that’ll satisfy your craving for a hearty treat?
You are a resident of Cagayan de Oro and you’ve tried just about every restaurant, diner, and fast food place in the city. Now you want to try something new; not necessarily new food, but new place, new atmosphere. You particularly want to experience an authentic “country” vibe, but you don’t want to venture too far from the city limits. What’s the best restaurant to visit?
These are just some of the situations you just might find yourself in and questions likely to come to mind at the time. Well, we have news for you! There is one good answer to all of those questions: Drop by the SLERS Country Store!
Yes, you read that right. SLERS, the company that brought us the mouthwatering country-style leg ham more than 40 years ago, the same company that introduced Cagayan de Oro to the sweet meat known as tocino, the very same company that gave us our all-time favorite chicharon now gives us another clever innovation. And they have gone back to where their story began.
If you’ve followed SLERS’ journey from a kitchen-based enterprise to a dynamic, multi-product business, then you probably already know that it was in Camp Phillips, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon that Fely Pelaez made her very first ham and it was also there where she established SLERS, with her husband’s family and a few close friends as her first customers. From that humble beginning, the enterprise grew into the leading ham supplier in Northern Mindanao, with people from as far as Metro Manila placing orders.
In the late 1980s, Mercedes Pelaez Mejia took over the running of the business and implemented a number of changes, innovations that further transformed the enterprise into the SLERS that we know today. But if you think she’s done innovating and improving SLERS, think again. She has just come up with another idea, one that would bring their products closer to the tourists who regularly flock to our region to experience the many adventures the area has to offer. And even if you aren’t a tourist, you can also enjoy the unique experience offered by the newly-opened SLERS Country Store.
The SLERS Country Store is located in Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. As mentioned earlier, the family decided to go back to where the business was born—Manolo Fortich. And they have made sure that when people come to the store to buy their products or enjoy a meal, they won’t just get good food, they’ll get a memorable experience!
Among the best things about the SLERS Country Store is that the food and drinks are all fresh and organic. The curing and cooking plant for their hams is in Alae, and that is also where the rest of their products, like the all-time favorite chicharon, are prepared. This means everything you order from the country store comes directly from the plant. That’s as fresh as you can get! Plus, they serve real, fresh pineapple juice! What is Manolo Fortich known for if not Del Monte Pineapples? You can just imagine how good fresh pineapple juice will taste. And because there are also several farms in Bukidnon, SLERS Country Store also serves fresh cow’s milk. What better way to experience the country vibe than to get everything fresh, right?
Whenever you find yourself in Northern Mindanao for a vacation, don’t miss out on the chance to savor the unique experience SLERS has to offer. Sample their delicious products at any of their stores within Cagayan de Oro or chill in the refreshing ambience of their country store. Spending some time in the countryside is often the best way to let go of the stress of your daily routines. See you soon!