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Sr. Fidelis Atienza, creator of Good Shepherd ube jam, dies at 102

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A prominent member of the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) well-known for their various Baguio City “pasalubong” treats, Sister Fidelis Atienza died last Mar. 20 at the age of 102.


Sr. Atienza was the progenitor of the famous ube jam that is popular among Baguio tourists and locals, introducing the product in 1976.


Prior to that, she started the Marian Bakery in the 1960s, with her crispies becoming the precursor to what are known today as angel cookies.


Apart from baking treats that would allow the convent to provide thousands of youths with education, Sr. Atienza held ministries in communities all over the country, and the world including France and Rome.


Most of Sr. Atienza’s time however, was spent in Maryridge, Tagaytay. There, she would pray with, and counsel visitors at the retreat house.


Before her last two years, she transferred to the Good Shepherd Community in Quezon City, where she would continue prayers and even take the time to create eco-bricks with plastic waste.


“The children in the compound were very fond of their oldest playmate; she was a delight and a source of joy to everyone whom she met,” RGS said.


Sr. Atienza’s cremated remains will be at the Good Shepherd Convent in Quezon City, where her wake will be held in private.


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