I bet every Pinoy who has been to Baguio (well every Pinoy for that matter) knows what Good Shepherd is and how good their ube jam is. I am such a fan of ube (purple yam), that I eat anything with ube flavor, ube cake, ube candies, ube pastilas, ube ice cream, name it it's my favorite.
I only knew that Good Shepherd has a branch in Tagaytay when my bestfriend Kristina came to Manila to look for a wedding venue back in 2011. I accompanied her and her family to Tagaytay to check out possible venues for their wedding and we did a side trip to Good Shepherd to buy delicacies. And from there on, a trip to Tagaytay had always been incomplete without a visit to that place.
On our recent trips to Tagaytay, as we drive up Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road we've passed by this new looking place that had a sign that said "Bahay Pastulan" and on my recent trip to Tagaytay, that the only time we made a stop. And it was indeed the Good Shepherd convent that sells homemade goodies, and that it is their new home in Tagaytay.
Bahay Pastulan is also known as Good Shepherd Tagaytay, a store that has been selling homemade goodies for over 18 years. It is the home of the nuns that belongs to the Maryridge community of the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters (RGS), which is a Catholic congregation.
Their new place that opened in October 2013 is very serene and had a bigger parking lot. The simply manicured sprawling garden leads to a bigger establishment that can accommodate more people. There is also a space where people can stay for a stop over before going up to Tagaytay or going back to Manila.
Besides their timeless offerings of sweets and goodies, they are now offering snacks that can be eaten right then and there at the tables set up around the vicinity while they relax and enjoy the cool Tagaytay breeze. The prices of their goodies and delicacies didn't changed that much btw.
Although we didn't stay longer, we just bought my favorite ube jam (which is I would like to claim as one of the best ube jam I've ever tasted in my entire life!) and 2 orders of their turon -- which contains banana, langka and ube jam (of course!) wrap in spring roll wrapper and deep fried. They cost Php 20 only for 3 larger than bite size pieces and we ate them while we drive back to Manila and they didn't even lasted for 30 minutes! Besides, they are best eaten while they are still warm.
After savoring the ube jam for only 2 days, I promised myself to always pass by Bahay Pastulan everytime we go to Tagaytay. :-)
Bahay Pastulan/ Good Shepherd Convent
Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Brgy. Francisco,
Tagaytay City, Cavite, Philippines
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