A fund-raising event turns into a budding business venture for this cake-loving mother of three.
Ces Lopez is the owner of Supreme Brazo Bars, a fast-becoming popular pastry shop in Alabang. It was February 2009 when this pastry aficionado helped out her son, who was then about to graduate from Ateneo de Manila High School, and his entire class to raise money for charity. She decided she would make baked treats which they put up for sale.
Ces immediately thought, what could be irresistible that could sell cheap, by the piece? Then it hit her: Brazo de Mercedes, as it has always been her favorite dessert.
However, just about everyone can find a Brazo de Mercedes anywhere in the Metro. A brilliant idea of cutting it in bars instead of rolled up, she thought was a way to make them different from the other bakeries. And so, she started sending her son three dozens to bring to school, only to find all of them have been sold out even before noon.