Meet my friends Pia and Nor Domingo. Pia is my friend from childhood. Her husband Nor may look familiar. He is an actor who’s done a number of commercials and movies. He appeared in Philippine Educational Theater’s “Haring Lear” (a Tagalog adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” featuring an all-male cast) as Goneril and a restaging of “Care Divas” as Jonie. He was also in the KC Concepcion-Richard Gutierrez movie filmed in Santorini and a number of more current ones. Nor also works behind the camera as a cinematographer and director.
In between acting stints, Nor thought of starting a small enterprise. He did some research and taught himself how to make sorbet – Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet. It is now a real family business with their kids Pepe and Pilar helping out at times. While Nor creates the sorbets, Pia does the management side as she is used to running a home-based food business, having been a wedding cake baker at some point.
Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet is a homemade frozen dessert made from all-natural flavors with no artificial colors, low on fat, zero cholesterol and 100% yummy!!! They only make flavors with fruits found in the Philippines.
Me: Why and how did you come up with the idea of getting into the homemade sorbet business?
Nor: Why? The real answer is I was really getting depressed that my work was taking me away from my kids too much. It was really getting painful everytime I see my kids faces everytime I leave and they ask how long I’ll be away. Iana would start counting the days before I even step out of the house.These were precious times. Pretty soon they’ll stop caring and the roles will reverse. I don’t want to miss this and regret! So I thought why not start a business I can do at home? I can work at the same time be with them.
Me: What was the inspiration behind creating Filipino sorbets?
Nor: The original plan was opening an Italian Ice store much like the one I go to in Staten Island. About the time I was perfecting my product, Italian Ice kiosks opened in a couple of places. I had to think of a way to be different from them. I can’t remember who (probably Pia) suggested that to make it unique, I should try making sorbets with local fruits. I thought it was a great idea! Get a product that is ‘foreign’ and give it a Pinoy flavor! It could be attractive to locals and at the same time showcasing Philippine fruits to tourists in a form that is refreshing and familiar to them.
Me: What are the flavours of Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet?
Nor: Our current flavors are Sampaloc, Guyabano, Passionfruit, Dalandan, Avocado Berry, Pinya’t Sili and Santol. I make Kamias but only when our tree bears fruit. But I always make it a point to come out with a new one every month.
Pepito’s Pinoy Sorbet is available at P190 per pint. Half-gallon (4 pints) and one-gallon 8 pints) orders accepted, at least three days in advance.
It is available at 241 Connecticut St., Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City. Also at Connie’s Kitchen Deli, 4th St. cor. Broadway Ave., Quezon City and The Food Bin, Katipunan Ave. Ext. inside Wham Burger compound.
Aug31 at Mercato Centrale BGC from 7pm to 12mn
Call 925-5817, 0920-907-2901 to 02. Or check out their Facebook page.