KAMUNING Bakery breads were praised by writers Nick Joaquin, NVM Gonzalez, and Doreen Fernandez among others. It is also patronized by the powerful such as former President Corazon Aquino and the plebeian.
Touched with all these stories, award-winning columnist Wilson Lee Flores journals almost all the anecdotes of loyal celebrity “suki” of Kamuning Bakery.
“I am very touched whenever I meet long-time customers of Kamuning Bakery and their fond childhood memories of the bakery, such as the country’s first woman Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who said that she used to walk from school to Kamuning Bakery to buy hot pandesal, pan de coco and Spanish breads,” Wilson said.
The international banker and Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Rolando Gosiengfiao said that he was eight years old in 1958 when he used to buy pandesal of Kamuning Bakery to “lako” or resell, that the salesladies called him the nickname “Boy Taba” or “Fat Boy.”
Kamuning Bakery founders’ eldest child Beth Javier Africa recounted that she and her mother personally attended to numerous famous customers ranging from the late President Cory C. Aquino who loved the pugon-baked Pan de Suelo to movie queen Gloria Romero who had bought there even in her youth when she used to live along Kamuning Road.
Violinist Joseph Esmilla is a third-generation customer of Kamuning Bakery, starting with his grandfather Sergio Esmilla who lived in Sampaloc, Manila and his violinist father Sergio Z. Esmilla Jr. Other musicians who had bought at Kamuning Bakery range from the late National Artist for Music Levi Celerio to rock music icons Pepe Smith and Mike Hanopol.
Award-winning poet and “Yes” magazine executive editor Jose “Pete” F. Lacaba said that he was first brought to Kamuning Bakery by one of its many celebrity “suki” customers, the late actress Nida Blanca.
“One of the most touching encounters I had with our “suki” customers was meeting Bobbie Malay Ocampo, wife of activist leader Satur Ocampo, she brought her grandson (student of Philippine Science High School) for snacks and introduced him as “the fourth generation customer of Kamuning Bakery” because her late father University of the Philippine’s late legendary Dean Armando Malay and her mother were loyal customers.
“Former Philippine Ports Authority general manager and Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduate Captain Maximo Dumlao was dining with his family on May 10 at the restored café, when he told me that he was grade three in 1946 when he first bought breads at Kamuning Bakery.
“On April 17, my staff emailed me a photo of our long-time customer 80-year-old Paz Bantugan enjoying snacks at Kamuning Bakery Café, she recounted that she was seven years old when she used to buy pandesal from the bakery to lako or resell to others before.