Sr. Fidelis Atienza, RGS, the “mastermind” behind Baguio’s famous Good Shepherd ube jam (purple yam), peanut brittle, and other delicacies died on Saturday (March 20). She was 102.
Atienza passed away at the Religious of the Good Shepherd Community in Quezon City after “66 years in religious life.”
Atienza founded the Marian Bakery in the 1960s where she creatively made us of host cuttings for the delicious “crispies” that would become today’s “angel cookies”.
She introduced the bestselling ube jam during her assignment in Baguio in the 1970s. This enabled her congregation to send thousands of youths to schools.
“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. One time she was asked about her beauty secret. She happily answered, ‘For the soul, lots of prayers. And for my skin, only Cetaphil,’” RGS posted on social media.