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Yes, Good Shepherd Products Are Really Being Sold in Metro Manila

It’s not fake news.
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Anyone who’s ever made a pilgrimage to Baguio or Tagaytay to sample some of the yummy products of the Good Shepherd Sisters convent knows any trip there is worth it. Besides the cookies and pastries, it’s the ube jam that’s been a cult favorite for many people for years. 

Which is why fans practically broke the internet when they found out they didn’t need to make the trip to either of those two places to get some of that righteous ube jam.

Yummy.ph was the first to report that the workers of Bahay Pastulan worked out an arrangement with social enterprise startup SPEW Organics to make some of the Good Shepherd products available in Metro Manila.

Because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, not to mention the Taal Volcano eruption in February, many products have remained unsold, especially the ones at the Bahay Pastulan location in Tagaytay. But through the help of SPEW, these products are now making their way from Tagaytay to refrigerators and shelves of customers in Manila

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For some reason, however, word started going around recently that it’s all fake news: that news about these products being made available in Metro Manila simply isn’t true. A post on Facebook, which seemed well-meaning enough, said somebody had verified the news with the Good Shepherd nuns themselves, who supposedly refuted the story.

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Perhaps because of the confusion, the Good Shepherd Facebook page has finally come out with a statement to clear the air. 

Essentially, while operations in the three convents have been severely impacted by the Taal volcano eruption and COVID-19, limited products ARE “available online through social enterprise platforms such as SPEW PH.”

Meanwhile, products in Baguio and the convent in Quezon City are unavailable at the moment. 

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“While it is a fact that many of our economic justice program participants (beneficiaries) are affected, our shelters all around the country remain open to care for children and women who are victims of gender and sexual exploitation.” 

There you go. We don't know about any other unauthorized resellers, but if you’re still keen on getting your hands on some ube jam or those alfajores cookies, best thing to do is go to the SPEW PH website directly.

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