Good Shepherd Convent has become one of Baguio City’s most famous and cannot-be-missed souvenirs or treats aside from fresh strawberries.
Home to the Mountain Maid brand, a wide range of sweet delights like purple yam jam, peanut brittle, and homemade breads, Good Shepherd Convent is run by nuns who originally whipped up these delectable treats to primarily help feed the needy. Its sweet success throughout the years until present has made it a long-running social enterprise supporting the local youth and other charity programs.
Established in 1952 through a mission started by Bishop William Brasseur, the convent started adopting children and ministering youth from the Cordillera provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.
As strawberries abound in the cold climate and high altitudes of Baguio, many tourists flock to the fields and have a taste of it but very few buy it to take home since it ripes easily and does not last that long.
The sisters thought about making a jam out of the celebrated fruit. It was Mother Mary John of the Cross Kroner who came up with the recipe, having lived in strawberry farms in the US during her younger years, and passed it on to Sister Mary Carmen Medalla.
The Good Shepherd Convent is just a few minutes of walk away from another Baguio tourist spot which is the Mines View Park. In order to get there, ride a jeepney heading to Mines View Park. Ask the driver to drop you off at Good Shepherd Convent.
Their shop opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM but the stocks sell out fast.