Fate of Bacolod Manokan Country Remains to be Seen

Manokan Country Bacolod roof signage

I did something I’ve never done before. For the first time, I paused and took my time to breathe in the sight of our Manokan Country. How I love this hawker-ridden, fluorescent-lit strip that offers the main gastronomic pride of our city: Bacolod chicken inasal. It’s such a humble site yet it beckons both Bacolodnons and tourists from all walks of life. If authentic chicken inasal is what you’re looking for, this is the place to be.

Normally, I would head straight to my favorite inasalan, oblivious to the stalls that come before and after it, deaf to the simultaneous cries of “Inasal, mam? Diri mam. Diri mam.” I know where I’m going. I know what I’ll be having. Pa-a, garlic rice, chicken oil. Solb!
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But that night was different. With all the news of taking it down, I had to take my chance of capturing it before the city’s plan of selling our beloved Manokan Country is realized. Who knows how long it has before the proposed commercial complex stands in its place.

I’m not unaware of Manokan Country’s unpaid debts and sanitation issues. However, these are problems that the city government can easily remedy. How about strict and transparent collection? How about more frequent inspections? Selling is not the answer.

Despite the promise of modernization, I’m not thrilled. Our Manokan Country is a huge chunk of our identity as Bacolodnons. Selling it to a private corporation would mean selling a part of ourselves. I hope it never happens, but if it does, I would miss it badly, even long for it once it’s gone.

But for now, I’ll just keep coming back and enjoy it while it’s still there.

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Fate of Bacolod Manokan Country Remains to be Seen
The city is selling Bacolod's Manokan Country and the land surrounding it to a private corporation.
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