Former Saudi OFW finds sweet success at Cedar Crest
Ice candy is one of the all-time Pinoy favorite
treats for both kids and adults especially during the scorching summer months.
Recently, one unique variation of the popular frozen refreshment has created a
buzz around the metro with its creamy and refreshing smooth flavor.
This is Tristan's Ice Cream Candy which is ice
candy with the richness of ice cream. Concocted by Tristan Cristobal, a former
Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) turned entrepreneur, the story of the ice cream
candy's success dates back when he was still working as an accountant in
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and how his business got its breakthrough at a DMCI Homes
community called Cedar Crest, located in Acacia Estates at Taguig City.
"I decided to venture into this business after
being inspired by a concept from a friend," said Tristan, as he narrated the
journey of how he began his personal study on ice cream-making while working
"The Cedar Crest community was really the
first to believe in my product," recalled Tristan. "It's really hard to find
people who will give you the opportunity. Luckily, the convenience store here
gave me the chance, starting with buying 50 pieces late last year."
Cedar Crest is medium-rise enclave that has
been home to the Cristobal family for over five years. Personally for Tristan,
it is both a sanctuary and a springboard for his business.
He launched his ice cream candy during one of Cedar
Crest's video feasts, which is a gathering that spread God's Word in a series
of recorded talks. After the celebration, Tristan distributed samples of his
product to let his neighbors taste his creamy and refreshing homemade ice cream
candy which comes in different flavours such as pandan, caramel, strawberry,
chocolate, and a lot more.
From then on, the community convenience store
began placing orders which increased over the months. The number of Tristan's
resellers eventually grew and now reaches Las Pinas, Parañaque, Novaliches, Bataan, Quezon and as far as
Nueva Vizcaya. The product even caught the attention of morning TV show Unang
Hirit and was recently featured in the program.
of financial literacy for OFWs
Tristan also notes that making ice cream candy
is one of his investments to help secure the future for himself and his family.
Apart from his ice cream candy business, one of the things he is passionate
about is helping his fellow OFWs save money and get back home to their families.
Hence, during his last two years abroad,
Tristan and his wife became active in the Angat Pilipinas Coalition for
"Through Angat Pilipinas, I sometimes led
talks on financial literacy to help my fellow OFWs build the future that they
want within their envisioned timeframe. The advocacy is about educating OFWs to
use their earnings wisely," he said.