A toilet here in Bohol is currently making a buzz in the internet world when a foreigner uploaded a video of his visit at the Shell Gas Station. The video was mentioned on various sites which made the toilet more popular. Due to curiosity of what makes the toilet famous, I visited the Shell Gas Station’s famous toilet.
Location: J.A. Clarin Street, Tagbilaran City; near HNU High School entrance
When you enter a public toilet, you would first notice the smell of the place. When I entered the Shell gas station’s toilet, my experience was totally different since the smell was very good. The room was just like I was inside a luxurious hotel. The background music added more appeal to the place. With the slow music and Christmas songs playing, the place tempted me to stay longer. Since the toilet is very clean and well-maintained, the place definitely provides the meaning of CR – Comfort Room. I was not only relaxed with the ambiance of the toilet but I also enjoyed looking at the displayed magazines and souvenir items. There was one thing that caught my attention inside the comfort room, the telephone. Yes, there is a telephone inside the toilet.
During my stay at the toilet, I enjoyed taking a lot of pictures and video of the place. I was not bothered if someone was waiting for me to go outside since it was raining so hard. The design and the displays of the women’s toilet is just the same with the toilet for men since I asked someone if I could take a peek at the room. If you happen to be in Tagbilaran city, you can visit the famous toilet and be amazed with the comfort the toilet brings. According to some of the employees, the Calceta branch of Shell Gas station is also having a good design of their toilet.
Here is the video of my experience inside the famous toilet.
According to the employees of the gas station, the owner, Rex Carampatana, conceptualized the luxurious toilet. Rex wanted to promote the tourism and to provide the customers a comfortable and unique experience. The employees were amazed with the popularity of the toilet. According to them, a lot of local and foreign visitors are now visiting the toilet. They also mentioned that even Arnel Pineda, Jacob Benedicto and Marlo Mortel visited the toilet when they were in Bohol last December 13 when they had their concert here.
Upon searching the web about the owner of the popular Shell Gas Station in Tagbilaran, I stumbled into a PhilStar’s article on Rex Carampatana’s vision of this investment.
Shell Petroleum retailer Rex Carampatana, a franchisee of Shell Gasoline Station located in Cebu South Road in Lawa-an, Talisay, is embarking into a concept that answers the call from the tourism industry, to provide decent comfort room, and lounge for motorists or tourists’ especially in the stop-over facilities.
Carampatana is one of the very few Shell retailers in the country, that invested into re-engineering a gasoline station, in order to provide utmost customer experience, not just to buy gas and leave the place, but to linger, making it a mini “destination.”
For those who were not yet able to see the viral video, here is the video taken by Jason Godfrey.
With the popularity gained by Shell gas station, this could possibly create a very good image for Bohol. I was once had a talk with a visitor in Bohol when we had our trip to Cebu months ago. He mentioned that he was amazed with the cleanliness of the public toilet of the tourist spots and other public toilets in the province. He appreciated the cleanliness of the Tagbilaran port’s toilet at that time. If this good image will continue, we can expect more and more tourists will appreciate the cleanliness of Boholanos.