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.

Dirty Ice-Cream

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.

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.