When you are having a bad day or when you wake up in the morning, not in the right mood, sometimes, all it takes to be able to cope with stress is just a scoop or two of ice cream. True enough, it has the ability to cheer up your mood as it melts in your mouth and leave a delightful aftertaste.
Ice cream is introduced in the Philippines during the American Period when refrigerators and other cooling devices are introduced. In the Philippines, the traditional variation of ice-cream is called “sorbetes” that was uniquely made by coconut milk or ordinary milk. Sorbetes is sold by “sorbeteros” who peddled wooden carts which were colorfully painted that can attract kids eyes.
One of the popular stores that sell sorbetes in Cagayan de Oro is the Nenecitas Sorbetes. According to an interview of Sunstar.com.ph with Nicollo Sarmiento, the son of Nenecitas, the business started around 2015 the same year when his daughter was born. Their business was not planned to become an ice-cream store but when her mother visited Bohol to attend a fiesta, she tasted an old family ice cream recipe and immediately got interested in the taste. His mother then called him and told him that she was interested in putting up an ice cream business with him and with the help of his Tito, he learned the craft of ice cream making. He admitted that it was difficult at first, but through their hard work and determination along with experimenting with various ice flavors, Nenecitas Sorbetes was born.
Nenecitas Sorbetes started small and had its first customers in Alae, Bukidnon where people just drop by and buy its product. As time went by, more and more people started to like its ice cream that is why it has focused on producing more ice cream to cater to the growing demand for their product.
What’s even more heartwarming with Nenecitas is that they are actively supporting local farmers by buying their produce and dairy products. According to Nicollo, that is what sets their ice cream from other brands, it is by patronizing and using local ingredients especially those that are coming from the province of Bukidnon. With that, he shared that some people would approach them to sell varieties of fruits like avocados, mangoes, and durians. And also, coconut farmers would come to their place to sell their products with the awareness that they are using coconut to make the base of their coco creams to achieve a healthier ice cream, and which made their prices more competitive in the market.
To date, Nenecitas Sorebetes has a store in Ayala Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro City, a local store in Alae, Bukidnon and a number of stalls soon to open within the city this year. It will also be catering events and parties soon.
Nicollo ended, “When you buy from a family owned business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, or a little boy gets his team jersey, or a mom put food on the table. Customers are the shareholders, and they are the ones that small businesses strive to make happy!”