This word is from the Spanish sorbete (meaning: sorbet or sherbet).

local ice cream

a man who sells ice cream

Mamang Sorbetero (Mister Ice-Cream Man) is the title of a popular Tagalog song in the Philippines.

Filipinos jokingly refer to homemade ice cream sold cheaply from street carts  as “dirty ice cream.” Up until recently, sorbetes was generally considered inferior to ice cream made by the large companies Magnolia and Selecta. But with increasing pride in local Filipino artifacts, even the company Selecta is now marketing a line called Sorbetes.

Dirty Ice-Cream

Sorbetes is traditionally made from carabao milk and is served as small scoops (really small in comparison to American portions) on small sugar cones. Filipinos even serve ice cream inside bread pieces that look like miniature hamburger buns!

Favorite ice cream flavors in the Phlippines include ube (purple yam), mangga (mango), macapuno (young coconut) and keso (cheese). The Western flavors vanilla, chocolate, mocha and strawberry are also popular.

The Spanish word for ‘ice cream’ is helado, which never made it into the Filipino lexicon.

Magnolia Ice Cream in the United States is what Philippine-born Filipinos refer to as OMGpeke. It is manufactured by the Northern California company RAMAR, which “legally” pirated the Magnolia brand and logo from the originator in the Philippines.

The original corporation that has been developing the Magnolia ice-cream brand is San Miguel Philippines, which is barred by the laws of the United States from selling Magnolia-branded ice cream within the USA.  San Miguel is currently selling its product in the United States under the brand Gold Label Best of the Philipppines.

Magnolia Ice Cream Flavors in the Philippines

  • Magnolia Classic (Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocca, Strawberry, Ube, Mango, Sweet Corn)
  • Magnolia Gold Label (Double Dutch, Rocky Road, Cookies N’ Cream, Dulce de Leche, Creamy Halo-Halo, Macapuno Ube Swirl, Buco Salad Royale, Quezo Primero, Choco Chip Cookie Dough, Coffee Vienna, Buttery Sweet Corn)
  • Magnolia Chocolait Ice Cream
  • Magnolia No Sugar Added (Vanilla, Chocolate)