For years, the question on everybody's mind was not if McDonald's is going to open in Dumaguete... the question was not even when McDonald's is going to open in Dumaguete... but why in the world has it taken so long for McDonald's to come to Dumaguete? After all, the city already has a Chowking, a Shakey's, a Goldilocks, a Greenwich, a Dunkin Donuts, two Jollibees, and even a Pizza Hut. As more and more of these big brand restaurants opened, the gaping whole in society created by the lack of a McDo became more and more apparent. But now, at long last, this city of 100,000+ people has acquired the apex of fast food restaurants.
I couldn't actually get inside McDonald's on that opening day because the crowd was huge. There were people lining up outside the entrance, and the guard would only let people in when other customers came out. In Quezon Park across the street, there were preparations for some sort of McDonalds concert. The governor of Negros Oriental was there for some opening ceremony the previous day. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a parade through the city. Dunkin Donuts got a parade when they opened... the opening of a McDonald's probably warrants a week-long holiday.
I can just imagine the explosion of widespread hysteria that is sure to accompany the opening of the city's first big-name shopping mall, Robinsons Dumaguete, later this year.