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SUGARLANDIA BARQUILLOS | BACOLOD CITY
Have you tried Sugarlandia Barquillos Products?
Its beginnings could be traced back at the turn of the 19th century when Bonifacia Unson Conlu, a 40-year-old “panadera” (baker) from the town of Parian, Iloilo, migrated to Negros. Because of her expertise, she started a home-based business making made-to-order pancit molo and special pastries such as Hojaldres, Tartitas, Utap, and Barquillos.
Her expertise in baking and pastry making was handed down to her daughter “Tiya Dami” or Damiana Mercado in real life.
Sugarlandia Barquillos started as a home industry employees very few workers, most of them were immediate family members. Because of the quality and good taste of their product, more affluent families in Negros patronized their products. The word of mouth endorsements by its regular patrons helped Sugarlandia to expand its market.
In the 60’s Sugarlandia Barquillos as a cottage industry became one of the pioneer members of the then National Cottage Industry Development Administration (NACIDA) which then carried the label “DELICIOUS BARQUILLOS HOMEMADE BY TIYA DAMI”. Because of this Sugarlandia’s products started to be seen in some big grocery stores in Bacolod, aside from its original home-cum factory/outlet.
Product development and technology improvement brought about by a larger market came to Sugarlandia in the early 70’s. They started to make their original barquillos wafer into multi-layered and of different lengths. Round and square tin cans packaging were introduced and even of corrugated boxes.
Products of Sugarlandia Barquillos include Barquillos, Piaya, Banana Pinasugbo, Barquiron, Squid Rings, Biscocho de Cana, Masa Podrida, meringue, Lubid-Lubid, Kinamonsil, Sinambag, Native Chocolate (Tableya), Galletas, Utap, Butterscotch, Honeyflakes, Rosquetes, and other special home-processed delicacies. The latest addition to the line are the Mango Glazed, Mocha Logs, ChocoBarq, Cinnamon Sticks and Chocolate Barquillos.
Aside from their main outlet, Sugarlandia Barquillos Products are now available at the Negros Showroom located at the Central City Walk, Robinsons Place, Bacolod City.