“Batangas is now Bigg’s Diner’s second home,” exclaimed Mr. Martin Buenaflor, Chairman of the Board, Bigg’s Inc.
Bigg’s Diner indeed got a second home in Batangas as they open a new store at SM City Batangas. The first Bigg’s Diner in the province, and the first ever outside of Bicol, is at SM City Lipa.
Bigg’s Diner SM City Batangas had it’s soft opening on January 8, 2011 but it was only after barely two months that the grand opening transpired – a day after the soft opening of Bigg’s at SM Sta. Rosa, their 3rd CALABARZON store.
The blessing of the store was done by Rev. Fr. Mateo L. Orario who was joined by the guests of honor – Batangas City Vice Mayor Joe Tolentino, Mr. Phillip Baroja, City Administrator, and Mr. Bong Moraleja, Chief of Staff of the Office of the Vice Governor. And of course, leading the celebration were Bigg’s Executives – Mr. Carlo Buenaflor, General Manager and Mr. Martin Buenaflor, Chairman of the Board.
Following the blessing and the ribbon cutting was the candy and coin shower. Adding candy to the coins being showered to the guests is a Bigg’s tradition – with the hope of sharing the company’s blessings to everyone.
Then, the guests of honor and Mr. Carlo Buenaflor had their short messages. This was followed by another Bigg’s Diner tradition – the slicing of the Giant Burger! This Giant Burger symbolizes the birth of Bigg’s – having started out as a take out restaurant specializing in burgers. Since then, it has always been part of every grand opening of Bigg’s stores.
Following next is the performance of our favorite mascot – Bigg’s Elvis! We’ve seen Bigg’s Elvis a couple of times since the grand opening of Bigg’s SM City Lipa. But he never fails to entertain us each time. And he still looks like Richard Gutierrez! Haha. 😀
Everyone got to taste Bigg’s flavorful meal. The BBQ-Fried Chicken-Spaghetti combo will always receive the “Delicioso!” remark from us. I skipped the slice of the Giant Burger though. It’s too much to take, haha!
Want to know more about Bigg’s Diner’s early years? Click our related story featuring Bigg’s Diner at SM City Lipa.
Thank you Bigg’s Diner for sharing this unique dining experience with the rest of the Batangueños!
Special thanks to Sir Carlo and Sir Martin; to Ms. Sheila Panganiban, Assistant Marketing Manager of Bigg’s SM Batangas; to SM City Batangas Admin.