The creator of Baguio’s famous Good Shepherd ube jam, Sr. Fidelis Atienza, died on March 20. She was 102.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said she passed away at the Religious of the Good Shepherd Community in Quezon City after “66 years of religious life.”
The congregation posted on Facebook: “She never considered herself ill or infirmed. Her hands were never weary, as she was still helping turn plastics into eco-bricks until her shoulders ached from too much pushing of plastic into the plastic bottles.”
Atienza entered the Novitiate of the Good Shepherd in Los Angeles, California in 1951.
It was in the 1960s when the Batangas City native established the Marian Bakery and created crispies, the forerunner of angel cookies, also a bestseller. In 1976, she introduced the ube jam.
According to her congregation, “She was the original mastermind behind the ube jam, enabling the congregation to send thousands of youths to school.”