The first time I laid eyes on this dessert, it was love at first sight. That fateful day, however, I had to go to a party and I was informed that this torte should be kept frozen until ready to eat. Trying to force the issue, I asked the saleslady how long it can be kept at room temperature. The unfortunate answer was, "one hour". Wonderful.
I dreamed about this torte every night since then until I finally got the chance to get back to the shop*. It was definitely worth the wait, so forget the diet (It's fruit. Vitamin C trumps calories). Light and crisp meringue topped with balls of the Philippines' legendary mangoes and trimmed with whipped cream, Cuerva Bakeshop's Mango Torte should be decreed our national dessert.
*Paz Reyes-Cuerva Bakeshop, Petron Service Station, Dasmarinas Village, EDSA cor. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City; Tel. Nos. 844-0966, 844-8278, 817-0200