Come this October 25, MARINA will be celebrating its 25 years of existence.
Many Filipinos are craving for authentic Iloilo specialties. And when it comes to finding the best restaurant to satisfy the indulgence, MARINA tops all in its class. MARINA provides only the finest Filipino cuisine and unsurpassed family-oriented service for two decades now.
MARINA is synonymous to the freshest oysters in town! Whether fresh, kinilaw, sizzling, steamed, baked or grilled, diners go nowhere else but to MARINA for oysters. Diners are also crazy about its other bestsellers which include Native Chicken Roasted with Lemongrass, Prawns in Chili Sauce, Grilled Managat (sea bass).
MARINA has always been ahead of other players in its league for simple reasons. It has maintained the authentic native Filipino taste in its offerings. Aside from the unique Filipino concept in the over-all look and design of their outlets, MARINA’s restaurants have always been clean and spacious which makes dining a pleasant experience for its customers.
MARINA has evolved to become the most-loved and preferred by many from upper and lower market today.
In 1987, the first MARINA restaurant was born beside a river in Iloilo. Renowned entrepreneurs RP and Roland Gorriceta, their parents Ross and Marina and the whole family conceptualized and put up the business venture with simple things in mind: no frills, no fuss cooked meals that are fresh and healthy and family-oriented service in a relaxing setting that renders a truly native Filipino ambiance. “The restaurant has been named MARINA because it is located near a body of water, it mainly serves seafood from Iloilo, and it’s the name of our mother”, RP proudly explains.
With the overwhelming success of the first MARINA, three more outlets in Iloilo and another four in Cebu opened soon after. Thus, in the early 90’s, MARINA was already a popular brand in the restaurant industry in the Visayas region.
Bringing MARINA in Manila
It was already known that competition of restaurants in Manila is chokingly tough. There are other dining services which were more established than MARINA. Most Filipinos would also prefer cheaper food, especially with the current state of our economy.
But moving MARINA to Manila was inevitable. With the clamor of MARINA’s numerous customers from Manila and the encouragement of Gorriceta’s family friends, MARINA opened its first Metro Manila branch in Ortigas Center. As expected, it was a huge success that within six months, led to birth of another MARINA in Jupiter Street, Makati City.
To date, MARINA can be seen all around, in SM Mall of Asia, Trinoma Mall Q.C., Market! Market! and Roxas Boulevard in Boom na Boom Complex. Another addition to the several branches of MARINA, the Gorricetas also opened recently a line extension of MARINA which they named Villa Arevalo located in the posh city of Alabang in Alabang Town Center.
Despite too many business difficulties that they have encountered for the past years, MARINA has proved to its patrons that they can provide Good and FRESH Food. Big Servings at a Fair Price.
Remember the date: On October 25, all MARINA branches will marked down the price of their Oysters! From P299 per order (of 8 to 12 pieces), baked, grilled, steamed or spicy Oysters will be sold at P25 only and together with order of any MARINA dishes!!! Maximum of 2 orders per table. Waiting time is around 15 minutes.
By the way, every Monday, MARINA is serving Blue Marlin Steaks at 50% OFF! The promo will be until November 26, 2012 only so treat your family and friends now! See my review soon!!