Pilar Municipal Mayor Carlos “Charlie” Pizarro Jr. leads today the formal opening of Mercury Drug branch in Barangay Alauli, Pilar, Bataan.
Pizarro was joined by key officials of Mercury Drug tagged as one of the most popular and trusted drug stores in the country.
Mercury Drug, one of the country’s biggest drugstore chain, first opened in 1945 in Manila after the city was liberated from the Japanese occupation. According to the Mercury Drug website, Mariano Que started his business by buying a bottle of sulfathiazole from a peddler for P100.
Mercury Drug is more than just a pharmacy – it is the country’s trusted and caring health and wellness partner, providing the widest range of branded and generic medicines, as well as a complete line of healthcare and personal care products, including medical devices, and basic everyday needs.
Through the years, Mercury Drug has opened store after store all over the Philippines to bring medicines within easy reach of its customers. Today, it has grown into a vast network of more than 1,100 stores nationwide with over 14,000 employees, who are continuously trained on product knowledge and customer service.
Its founder, Mr. Que, was said to named it after Mercury, the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology, whose caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol of medicine.
The store began cutting packaged, bulk items into single pieces and selling them individually; this practice is colloquially called tingí-tingì in Filipino.
Photos courtesy of Pilar LGU