Apo ni Lola

Durian Delicacies

"Completes Your Davao Experience"

About Us

Great for Pasalubong!. Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies is famous for our creamy and tasty delicacies made from Davao's symbolic fruit - Durian. Our products range from the traditional and ever-popular Durian candy to Durian tarts and bars to Durian ice cream. In addition to Durian-based treats, we also have products made from other local fruits such as Mangosteen and Langka. At present, we have Yema Mangosteen Bar and Yema Langka Bar, among others. We also pay attention, not only to the taste, but to the look and packaging, as well. Our tasty Durian treats come in colorful packaging that not only entice our customers, but also serve its purpose in efficient product inventory and classification. Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies will surely be an indulging experience for Durian and non-Durian lovers alike.

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  • “The best durian delicacies in Davao. So far this shop is a one stop shop pasalubong center for travellers.”

    — Harold Lupogan

  • “Super friendly staff. Got a chance to meet the owner, lots of products to choose from. Try the ice candy :)”

    — Mark Whillis Baljon

  • “staff are accommodating. more products to choose from. tastes really good”

    — Katleen Joyce Tabanao

  • “NA one-stop shop for pasalubong shopping when you're in Davao City. It's fun talking to their staff. They are not so shy..😆”

    — Klent Calunsag

Arnel “Jojo” Raakin is a third generation descendant of Abondia del Puerto Raakin, or Lola Abon, who made durian sweets a must-have pasalubong item for every visitor to the city, as well as a well-loved everyday item for the locals. It was back in the early 1950’s that Lola Abon started making pastillas. Soon after, a customer suggested that she try making durian pastillas, which proved to be a hit in the community. This started her durian candy business, which later carried her name, becoming known as Lola Abon’s. The business flourished, and it was in the second generation of Raakins, her children, that the brand later became a catchword for all things durian – be it durian bars, durian sticks, durian candies, or durian jams. The products soon found their way into stores, malls, and bus terminals, making it a leading presence in the city’s fruit processing industry. This continued for years after,even after the untimely demise of the family matriarch. Now however, an innovation on the much-loved durian sweets has arrived, thanks to Jojo who has seen it fit to infuse his love of cooking with the passion and drive that must have similarly fueled his grandmother to establish the family business years ago, this time, in the well-apt name, “Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies”. Starting on his own in 1993 with just P500.00 of his own money, he has slowly overcome the odds to build a name for himself, way apart from the rest of the family. In the process, Apo ni Lola Durian Delicacies was born, built through hard work, a passion for the industry, and a strong determination to carry on the business of a grandmother long gone, thereby prove that indeed, the industry presents bright prospects to those who work hard enough to realize their dreams, just like what his grandmother has done before him. Outside Help Comes In The journey however was long and slow, but this did not stop Jojo. He reminisces on those early years of his business, when he relied so much on the so-called “loan sharks” to provide him the badly-needed capital, having no other lending window to turn to. This came to a stop when he was able to link up with various institutions such as non-government organizations (NGOs), government agencies (Gas), and financial cooperatives. More than 15 years later, his big break finally came with assistance from MASICAP Foundation in 2008. This was made possible through the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) One Town One Product (OTOP). The Davao City-based team of the MASICAP Foundation prepared the Feasibility Study which was then submitted to the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for possible financing assistance under the DBP-OTOP Financing Facility. By February 2009, said loan application was approved and released for P100,000.00. Half of the amount was used by Jojo to renovate and improve his store at Matina, Davao City, and the other P50,000.00 was used as additional working capital. In just a few short months, production increased by 60%, and his sales to go with it. From just 1 to 2 cooking sessions per day when it started, Jojo now cooks 6 to 8 rounds of durian sweets a day, sometimes reaching 10 cooking sessions during peak season, such as the Kadayawan or Christmas. This he personally handles, and maintains that he has a hands-on approach in all aspects of the business, from pre-production such as buying raw materials, cooking, packing, labeling, to post-production such as marketing and promotion, and financial management. A local distribution company for a milk product has likewise offered to supply his condensed milk requirement by giving him a 30-day credit with which to settle goods consigned to him. He now consumes 50 cases of the company’s milk product every month, up from 15 cases per month in years past, when he used to go to supermarkets for his requirement. This arrangement has enabled him to expand his production with just a minimum cash outlay. Other raw material needs, such as fresh native durian, he gets from a well-established supplier who ensures he gets the much-needed supply anytime of the year. This can prove to be difficult, especially in lean months when the supply of native durian wanes, or when competition is at its peak. In such cases, his supplier goes the extra mile by sourcing out from other producers/middleman just so he gets the volume he needs. This has proven to be very vital to his operations, enabling him to keep pace with the growing demand for his durian sweets. This “normalcy” in operations throughout the year has likewise enabled him to operate as planned, and has in turn afforded him the chance to hire 9 regular workerswho assist him in all aspects of the business. This is a significant improvement from the 3 staff he had when he was just starting. Estimated gross sales per month for 2009 now reaches P160,000.00, which is more than double the P60,000.00 monthly gross sales in 2008. This big turnaround can be attributed to the DBP loan and the arrangement he has with a local distribution company for a milk product, not to mention the word-of-mouth promotion from old and new-found customers, as well as participation to trade fairs, both local and national. To Innovate is to Create “I am innovative and creative”, Jojo explains. These traits Jojo put to good use in his love for cooking, as he sought to improve on existing products, value-adding not just its taste but its look as well. Jojo named his products “Durian Delight”, “Creamy Durian Bar” and “Creamy Mangosteen Bar”, to name just a few, aptly describing the luscious taste of his durian sweets which, some say, are more fleshy, tasty, and creamy, compared to similar products of competitors past and present. Not only has he made innovations on the durian sweet, but has likewise created 11 equally delectable variants such as durian mixed with butter, peanut, buko pandan, raisin, mangosteen, mallows, langka, mocha, yema and mango. Aside from the taste, he has also changed the way durian sweets are packed and packaged, making use of ribbons to add color to the transparent plastic package, as well as colored paper to color-code the different variants. The latter is an important system he has devised to help him sort, separate, and keep tab of inventories for each of the different variants, as well as give added color to his product presentation. He also offers Durian Delight Assorted Flavors, either packed as 11 or 5 flavors in one plastic bag, enabling customers to get a taste of all or some of the variants. He likewise worked to get BFAD approval for his products which he did in 2005. In terms of marketing and promotion, Jojo starts off by giving his customers, whether walk-in or not, free samples of his products for a first-hand taste. This leads, more often than not, to bigger sales and a loyal consumer base. He likewise opens his store to “emergency calls”, such as when a group of lady doctors from Tagum City woke him up at past midnight to buy his products for pasalubong. Looking to the Future Jojo is thankful to DTI for having triggered the spate of big breaks he is currently enjoying. Aside from the DBP loan, he has likewise availed of technical, marketing, organizational development and financial linkage trainings from the Institute of Small Farms and Industries (ISFI), an outreach arm of the Ateneo de Davao University. At present, he is bent on lessening his loan balance with DBP, so that he can avail of an additional loan which he will use to further the growth of his business. He has also made use of his membership with the Food Producers Association of the Philippines (FPAD) and ISFI-AdDU through Craft Village Enterprise Development and Strengthening (CVEDS) Project as his products are being promoted in these organization’s various events, such as booth participation to trade fairs and exhibits. His products are also displayed in the stores of the others members which also add to his sales as well as promote his products to a larger market thereby cut on advertising costs. This he also does for the other members, as he also displays their products in his store in Matina. At the end of the day, Jojo is guided by the thought that it is not just profits that count, but the good deeds one does to his neighbors, as well. (dti-dcfo)

Product Lists

Small Packs

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    Durian Yema

    P40.00
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    Durian Candy Jam

    P45.00
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    Yema Mangosteen

    P40.00
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    Yema Langka

    P40.00
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    Durian Delight

    P40.00
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    Durian Nuggets

    P40.00
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    Durian Nuggets

    P40.00
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    Durian Buko Pandan

    P40.00
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    Durian Cookies N Cream

    P40.00
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    Durian Cookies N Cream

    P40.00
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    Durian Coffee

    P45.00
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    Pastillas de Leche con Durian

    P45.00
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    Yema Marang

    P45.00

Tarts

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    Durian Tart

    P45.00
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    Langka Tart

    P45.00
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    Mangosteen Tart

    P45.00
  • Traditional

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      Durian Stick

      P35.00
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      Mangosteen Stick

      P35.00
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      Durian Cubes

      P30.00
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      Mangosteen Cubes

      P30.00
    • Other Products

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        Yema Durian Sandwich Spread

        P220.00
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        Durian Chips

        P185.00
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        Dried Mango

        P80.00
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        Dried Guyabano

        P45.00
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        Banana Chips

        P80.00
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        Tablea

        P85.00
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        Durian Ice Cream (pint)

        P335.00
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        Durian Ice Cream (cup)

        P38.00

Big Packs

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    Durian Candy Jam

    50 pcs.

    P180.00
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    Durian Yema

    50 pcs.

    P180.00
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    Yema Langka

    50 pcs.

    P180.00
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    Yema Mangosteen

    50 pcs.

    P180.00
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    Assorted Flavors

    50 pcs.

    P180.00

Boxes

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    Durian Candy Jam

    50 pcs.

    P195.00
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    Durian Yema

    50 pcs.

    P195.00
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    Yema Langka

    50 pcs.

    P195.00
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    Yema Mangosteen

    50 pcs.

    P195.00

Bars

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    Creamy Durian Bar

    P45.00
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    Yema Langka Bar

    P45.00
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    Yema Mangosteen Bar

    P45.00
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    Yema Mango Bar

    P45.00
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    Yema Marang Bar

    P45.00
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    Yema Choco Bar

    P45.00
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    Yema Coffee Bar

    P45.00
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    Yema Nuggets Bar

    P45.00
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    Yema Caramel Bar

    P45.00

Pastries

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    Durian Baked Piaya

    P105.00
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    Langka Baked Piaya

    P105.00
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    Mangosteen Baked Piaya

    P105.00
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    Durian Pie

    Whole

    Slice

    P550.00 P70.00
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    Durian Pastre

    P295.00
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    Durian Hopia

    P85.00
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    Durian Barquillos Polvoron

    P70.00
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    Durian Macaroons

    P75.00
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    Durian Otap

    P95.00

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March 2018

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March 16th, 2018

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May 27th, 2018

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Contact Info

  • 28 San Miguel Village 8000
    Matina, Davao City PHILIPPINES
  • (082) 298-5099 / 0920-410-3333
  • orders.aponilola@gmail.com
  • www.aponiloladurian.com

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