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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Graceland Naga Centro

Naga City - For us Nagueños, Graceland means home, it means Naga. Graceland played a huge role in Naga's food industry dating back in the 70's. Graceland is Graceland Food Industries Inc.'s "First Born" from among the other successful brands like Baker's Plaza, Geewan and Red Platter.

From the humble beginnings of a four-tabled "turo-turo" garage operation, Graceland Food Industries is now one of Bicol's Best Brands. Started by Mr. Felipe Dy Eng Chong, a multi-awarded pioneer in the fast-food industry, also a recipient of the prestigious Halyao Awards for Camarines Sur in 2011 by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Halyao Awards is the most reputable regional annual award given to Bicolano businesspersons/entrepreneurs whose outstanding and exemplary achievements lie not only in their entrepreneurial pursuits but more so in their contribution to the growth and development of the Bicol Region and its people. Commonly referred to as “Tyo Peping”, Mr. Felipe and his wife, Mrs. Felicidad Dy started their food business way back in 1976 using a loaned capital of just ten thousand pesos. Read more about Graceland's legacy, through this link.

Long before Jollibee and McDonald's landed in Bicol soil, Graceland was our fast-food restaurant to go to. Those in their early 30's and late 40's are familiar with that building (photo on top) along General Luna St. For quite a time, this has been the cry of Naga's children because of the rides available in the store. Did you have your birthday party here? As of writing, this lot beside PNB is now a parking space for the company's delivery trucks. 

Graceland is a time-tested company which has grown into various brands that Bicolanos love. Last June, the newest branch of Graceland recently opened along Elias Angeles St. just right beside Nagaland E-mall. This branch by far has the most beautiful interiors from among the existing branches. The store is surrounded with motivational quotes framed in various sizes and also with artificial fruits in frames that will surely delight your senses because of its uniqueness. Lighting of the store is very cozy with different kinds of fixtures. 

Though Graceland may be categorized as a fast-food, many can attest that the meals available Graceland is not really a "fast-food" type because of the good quality of food that they are serving. For those visiting Naga, Graceland can be likened to Goldilocks or Red Ribbon because of the in-house Baker's Plaza, one of Bicol's finest source of bread, pastries and cakes.

Graceland has many best sellers. Try the "So Bicol" meals, all paired with a Bicol specialty like Laing, Bicol Express or Pinangat. Though Geewan along P. Burgos Street, has been established as a tourist destination for Bicol Specialties, the "So Bicol" meals of Graceland are equally competitive to other restaurants. 

Graceland is also very ideal for family and friends dining together. Salo meals like the Pancit Guisado is very  affordable and is good enough for 2 to 3 persons. Lomi, Halo-Halo and the Special Sizzlers (esp the Sisig with Egg) would be my personal favorites. Don't forget a slice of Concorde Cake or any other cake for that matter for your dessert or perhaps a cup of Chocolate Mousse. 

And by the way, burgers might be ordinary but Graceland's Burger and Fries are definitely tasty and it does not have that "fast-food" aura. 

Even when you go to the comfort room you will be reminded to just "follow your dreams".

Baker's Plaza goodies is a staple food in almost every Graceland store. Freshly baked cookies, bread, cakes and many other pastries for your daily consumption or special occasions. Baker's Plaza has been and is always reliable for all of us here in Bicol.

Other Graceland stores in Naga: Ground Level of SM City Naga and a few of their specialties are also served at the main branch of Baker's Plaza along P. Burgos Street. 

Graceland Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/graceland.ph?fref=ts
Contact Number: (054) 473 3515
Website: http://www.graceland.ph/


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