A tongue with a sense of good taste is a gift from God. Not everyone in this entire world is blessed with it. Some may have developed their skill for preparing delectable food, but not everyone is born with good taste buds. Having been blessed with excellent taste is the secret of the proprietor/ pioneer of Iloilo’s “Buko Ilonggo”.
Kiven De Asis, the proprietor/pioneer of Buko Ilonggo, gladly shared the story behind the success of his buko shake business. He was a secondary school teacher by profession. He finished his bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) in 2001. He served as a school teacher at the Seventhday Adventist Multigrade School in Balasan, Iloilo for three (3) years right after he graduated from college. Like any teachers, Kiven faithfully did his job. He taught his students to the best of his ability. A Chemistry teacher once said in her class that, “the only thing that remains in this world is the word change, and that nothing remain constant. Kiven can relate to this. After three (3) years of teaching experience he decided to explore the field of business. He ventured on a frozen food business, like beef and chicken chorizo, milk chocolate, and dirty ice cream. He named his business QUTONEKI, a
combination of the names of their family members. Their products were distributed at every school around the city.
Not being satisfied with the mediocrity of his business, Kiven ventured into the field of acrobatics. He formed the group which he called “UNI WHEELERS”. This job took him around the country. For two years of their journey, the group has encountered different people with different status in life, cultures and beliefs. It’s tiring but rewarding, but behind the success of their group Kiven felt the difficulty of being away from his family. It was after their last show in La Union that Kiven acquired the idea of establishing fruit shake business. It made him feel better, so he decided to leave the group and went home to Iloilo.
At first, it was all trial and error, before the taste of Buko Ilonggo was finally formulated. It was all done in their kitchen. No doubt that the Buko Ilonggo that you sip is better for your health. For Kiven, business is not all about competition. It is doing your best for the benefit of your customers, “It is only by the grace of God that my Buko Ilonggo business is making its name in the local and national market, Kiven said.”
The following were existing branches of Buko Ilonggo:
2nd level, Robinsons Place, Iloilo City, 2nd level, Gaisano Capital, La Paz, Iloilo City, 4th level, Gaisano Capital, La Paz, Iloilo City, Ground level, Gaisano Capital, Guanco, Iloilo City, Ground level, St Catherine ArcaDE, Aldeguer St., Iloilo City, Ground level, Atrium Mall, Gen Luna, Iloilo City, Ground level, Gaisano Capital, Passi City, Ground level, Gaisano Grand Mall, Boulevard, Roxas City, Ground level, Gaisano Grand Market Place, Roxas City, Ground level, Gaisano Grand Mall, San Jose, Antique, 2nd level, Gaisano Capital, Kalibo, Aklan, Ground level, Iloilo Supermart, Molo, Iloilo City, Ground level, Iloilo Supermart, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, JBLFMU, Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Ground level, Gaisano Capital, Oton, Iloilo, Ground level, Royal Supermart, Kalibo, Aklan, 2nd level, Gaisano Grand Mall, Boulevard, Roxas City, Departure Area, Tagbak Terminal, Jaro, Iloilo City, Arrival Area, Tagbak Terminal, Jaro, Iloilo City, Mohon Terminal, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Gaisano Capital, Bacolod City, 888 China town, Bacolod City, Ground level, Gaisano Fiesta Mall, Tabunok, Talisay City, Cebu, Black and White, Roxas City, BQ Mall, Tabilaran, Bohol, Mobile Division, Roxas City, Ground level, Iloilo Supermart, Tabuk Suba, Jaro, Iloilo City, Iloilo Society Bldg., Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City, Gaisano Mactan Island Mall, Lapu Lapu City, Gaisano Savers Mart Mactan, Lapu Lapu City, Gaisano Grand Mall, Basak, Mactan, Lapu Lapu City, Ground level, Maryville Bldg., Delgado St., Iloilo City, Ground level, Novo Mall, Colon, Cebu City, Ground level, SM City, Bacolod City, Ground level, SM City, Cagayan de Oro City, Mobile Division, Bacolod City, Brgy Infante, Fronting UP High School, Iloilo City, 2nd level, Gaisano SRP, Talisay City, Cebu, Ground level, Lopues, Mandalagan, Bacolod City, 2nd level, GT Plaza Mall, Molo, Iloilo City, Luna St., La Paz, Iloilo City, Ground level, Gaisano Capital, San Carlos City, Lopues, La Carlota City, Lee Super Mall, Dumaguete City, Lee Super Mall, Dipolog City, Gaisano Mall, Iligan City, Fooda Saversmart, Consolacion, Cebu, Hwuasing School, Ledesco, La Paz, Iloilo City. IMT