On location for Winnipeg's Cultural Secrets, Ron and Rod Cantevoros with Janet Stewart sampling Halo-halo at Supreme Ice Cream Shoppe (Jim Agapito)
Winnipeg's Cultural Secrets writer, Chris Charney, and I were "email-brainstorming" guest ideas. We called it quits around 4:30 p.m. It had been a long, hot, summer day and I was looking forward to dinner at my parents condo.
After stuffing myself with delicious food, my father suggested that we get dessert. So I'm thinking, pops is going to ask me to grab cheesecake or ice cream from the grocery store. To my surprise, he suggested that we get some halo-halo.
Halo-Halo is a Filipino dessert which means 'mix-mix.' It's kinda between a sundae and slushie. Although their are different halo-halo varieties, the ingredients are usually the same. I like my halo-halo with various Filipino fruits (such as jackfruit, coconut palm, avacado, cantaloupe, plantains), boiled beans (yes, boiled beans, such as kidney beans, garbanzo beans), pinipig (young crushed rice) and tapioca. Those ingredients are mixed with shaved ice and topped with ube (purple yam ice cream), leche flan (a Filipino custard) and a little bit of sugar. Evaporated milk is poured on top.
I had no idea that a halo-halo dessert shop existed in Winnipeg! My parents usually purchased the ingredient from the tindahan (Filipino grocery store) and shaved the ice themselves. I was so stoked! And, if you want to talk cultural diversity, Supreme Ice Cream Shoppe (the place that makes the halo-halo) is run by Gerry Morisson a non-but-honourary-Filipino! I knew this was a place Cultural Secrets of Winnipeg had to visit...but with who?
I immediately emailed Chris while waiting in line for my special halo-halo. My father grabbed a copy of the Filipino Journal and we left. Days later, Chris emailed me saying that both father-and-son Filipino Journal writers/editors duo, Rod and Ron Cantiveros, were interested in feeding Janet some halo-halo. Call it fate or destiny but I'm glad it all worked out.
Jim Agapito, Filmmaker and Winnipeg's Cultural Secrets Transmedia Producer
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