by Nicole J. Managbanag

DURING summer or even the rainy season, ice cream is definitely an all-time favorite not only for kids but also for adults.

Here in Cagayan de Oro, an ice cream store has been slowly trying to capture the local market with its delicious yet affordable blend of different ice cream flavors that everyone should surely love.

Ice Kingdom, conveniently located at the corner of Rizal and Hayes Streets, has its own version of mouth-watering ice cream and tasty nachos that every child would want and of course, adults, too.

Available at Ice Kingdom is Snow Joe’s variety of ice cream that comes in six flavors – choco peanut, midnight cookies, cheese, strawberry, coffee crumble and tiramisu.

The store’s specialty is the Big League 10 that has 10 scoops of ice cream with a lot of toppings. Nachos are also available to complement with the sweet ice cream.

Ice Kingdom is owned by Dra. Thea Girado-Pineda, a native of Negros who grew up in Manila.

Pineda started the business by making purified tube ice and sold it to select clients in the city.

Her icemaker, supplied by a very refutable brand VOGT tube ice machine from the US, can make 1,000 kilos of ice tubes per day.

Since her dream was really to put up an ice cream parlor, she decided to venture into it but with a little twist. She came up with something new and something different – not the usual brand that ice cream lovers usually crave yet very affordable. This is the Snow Joe Cream coolers (previously known as Presto Ice Cream) that Pineda is exclusively distributing in Visayas and Mindanao.

Ice Kingdom has been in Cagayan de Oro for almost two years and is slowly trying to capture the city’s big market.

As an expansion, Pineda says Ice Kingdom welcomes dealers who are interested to sell Snow Joe ice cream. They only need a Letter of Intent and a filled up application form, which is avai-lable at Ice Kingdom.

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