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Despite his passing, Mang Danny’s legacy lives on as his children take over the ice cream business


REMEMBER Mang Danny, the man behind Mang Danny’s Ice Cream? The famous ice cream that made thousands queue and wait for hours in Roxas Night Market – all for a sweet and delicious scoop.

Dionilo dela Torre, populary known as Mang Danny, passed away on Wednesday early morning, July 8. He was 65.

His wife, Yolly dela Torre, confirmed this to Sun Star Davao on Wednesday afternoon. She said Mang Danny died due to complicati­ons and prostate cancer.

“He was in and out of the hospital since January this year,” she shared. Mang Danny was born on May 13, 1955. He has three children: Elena Nieves, Jesenilo dela Torre, and Ma.fe Salazar.

The Mang Danny’s Ice Cream craze

His ice cream owned the spotlight in 2015 after various posts on Facebook and other social media sites saying his ice cream is worth tasting. This made Dabawenyos curious and many waiting in line for hours.

People would start to queue as early as 6 p.m. just to have a taste of his famous ice cream. The crowd would burst out in applause as he rolled in his chrome-plated ice cream cart at around 9 p.m.

“Pila na ka dekada nilabay, estudyante pa ko ug dili pa sikay iyang ice cream, suki nako niya. Salamat Mang Danny, usahay sa una kulang ko og piso sa akong bayad pero ginapapali­t gihapon ko niya (A decade ago, when I was still a student and his ice cream is still unknown to many, I was already a regular customer. Thank you Mang Danny, sometimes even if my payment lacks a peso, you still let me taste your ice cream),” Maribel Tisio Heramil commented on a Sun Star Davao’s Facebook post about Danny’s death.

A netizen also reminisced about her experience just to have a scoop or two of Mang Danny’s ice cream.

“Niadto jud ko og Davao (City) para lang makipila kay Mang Danny. Nalimot nako unsa to na year (I even went to Davao City just to line for Mang Danny’s ice cream. I forgot what year it was),” Digos-based customer Roselle Manayaga Labajo shared.

The legacy lives on

Yolly shared that their business will continue and will be managed by their son Jesenilo and daughter Elena. Their other daughter Ma.fe is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). (Read full story on

He really made sure to pass the recipe to his children and I know that he’s happy now that our children will be taking over. YOLLY DELA TORRE

Mang Danny’s wife

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