JOLLY University Year 4 Grand Champion's Tribute Dish To Mom

JOLLY University Year 4 grand champion Bernice Angeline Tenorio whips up special dish tribute

Most, if not all, will agree that the best cook in the world is their mother -– no dish is as gratifying as the one prepared by Mom. Be it being fed home-cooked meals, learning her kitchen techniques, or being nurtured back to health through comforting soups or desserts, any dish cooked for the family by Mom is always hearty, thanks to her tender loving care.

For 19-year-old Bernice Angeline D. Tenorio, JOLLY University Year 4 Cook-off grand winner, she chose to honor her first kitchen hero, Mommy Lalaine, through her cooking. Unlike dishes that are inspired by trips abroad or created for personal glorification, Bernice’s award-winning recipe at the recent tilt was drawn from her fondest memories of, and deep love for, her amazing mother.           

Champion in the making

The eldest among the brood of six, Bernice grew up in a big family with modest means. Despite financial hardships, her endeavors as a child were much bigger and boundless -– she was raised a champion. Bernice graduated class valedictorian in grade school and was a consistent top student achiever in high school.

Bernice’s interest in cooking didn’t start until her grandmother, who operates a home-based kitchenette in Marilao, Bulacan, passed away in 2012. Left with the nostalgia of keeping her mother’s recipes alive, Mommy Lalaine decided to take over the business. From there, Bernice knew she needed to help her mother run it, thus they decided that she will take up Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST). 

A self-trained cook and home-based baker, Mommy Lalaine is a former magazine writer and reporter with a degree in Mass Communication from St. Scholastica’s College Manila. She gave up her career to become a full-time housewife and mother to Bernice and her other siblings.

“She’s my first idol and mentor. I learned a lot about cooking from her, I look up to her and I try to mirror her strength: her patience, discipline, resourcefulness, the diligence, and how she handled the nitty-gritty aspects of running our small kitchen while looking after the family’s welfare. I remember both of us staying up till the wee hours of the morning finishing bulk food orders or decorating cakes for customers. It was tiring but very fulfilling,” she remarked.

Bernice said that her Mom’s perseverance simply astounds her. “Just like she would in her cakes and pastry creations, she would strive long and hard in executing to the detail to beautifully achieve the end results.” 

Jolly moment                 

When the news about JOLLY University Year 4 cooking competition reached Bernice in UST, she immediately signed up to try out, for a chance to showcase her innate cooking abilities. Mommy Lalaine, her Dad and her siblings supported her in her cook-off bid.

With much thought and a grateful heart, Bernice, with the help of her coach, came up with the Chicken and Mushroom Empanadilla dish, her prized entry in the recent JOLLY University Year 4 Cook-Off.  The recipe was simple yet creative, an easy-to-do JOLLY-inspired dish with balanced elements that satisfied judges’ expectations. According to Bernice, the Empanadilla, which is her original recipe, is her “little” way of thanking mommy Lalaine for everything she has done for her and the family.  

Though the recipe that wowed judges at the JU competition took only less than two weeks to finalize, Bernice is happy that she was given the golden opportunity to show her best while dedicating a dish made just for her Mom –- win or lose.  “I didn’t have a clear sense of winning; the other entries were equally great. It was a tough competition; I just maintained focus and trust in my abilities, and tried  my best to apply what I have learned from Mom and from the JU boot camp. I’m pleased to have fought and won the title for my Mom,” she said.

Success beyond measure

Now on her way to breaking new and higher grounds as an aspiring professional chef -- Bernice is busy training along with fellow representatives from UST for her first out-of-the-country culinary competition, the Hong Kong Culinary Classics happening this May – she couldn’t think of anyone else to dedicate her hard-earned triumphs and delicious new dishes other than her mother.

“If there is one thing that I’ve learned in this journey with my Mom is that there is a reason behind every action that we are doing. Whether good or bad, you learn from the experience and you’ll come out as a better person. There’s still a long road ahead of me. But with perseverance, guidance, and constant love and support from my loved ones especially my mother, I know many wonderful things will happen eventually,” she concluded.

Bernice’s mom is a living portrait of the many mothers who have selflessly supported, endlessly inspired, and rejoiced in their children’s unforgettable life milestones. 

JOLLY, for its part, pays tribute to all the amazing mothers by providing quality canned vegetables and fruit products that will help Moms cook easy to prepare and healthy dishes that will inspire to celebrate jolly family meal times together. 

More Kwentong Jollibee Viral Videos Set To Be Released - Touching Mother's Day Video Now On Mainstream

The phenomenal, viral success of the Kwentong Jollibee Valentine’s Day episodes “Vow”, “Crush”, and “Date”, have made Jollibee the industry benchmark in impactful digital content marketing and branded story-telling.

To date, “Vow”, “Crush”, and “Date” have successfully set the internet on fire with over 46 million views on Facebook and YouTube, with 2 million shares, 8 million engagements, touching 82 million netizens as it tugged at heartstrings and rekindled long-forgotten feelings and memories of loved ones.

Beyond the brand, the Kwentong Jollibee series has pushed its cast and directors to the limelight – with a growing following and talent contracts and projects in tow.

“Kwentong Jollibee’s overwhelming success is attributed to the very purpose of the campaign: to share people’s love stories and love in different forms—a topic that’s relatable and close to the hearts of Filipinos,” said Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and PH Marketing head. “For the upcoming series, we aim to keep our fans engaged by keeping the kind of story-telling that will creatively capture their continuing love affair with our brand.”

For special family occasions that will be celebrated this year, Jollibee is set to release a new set of equally-moving videos – still inspired by true stories - which revolve around love and the shared joy among family members. First on the list is the Mother’s Day video recently released at Jollibee’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel. The short film was helmed by multi awarded filmmaker Pepe Diokno, one of the three viral video directors that shot to fame after the successful Kwentong Jollibee: Valentine series. Ready your hearts and be prepared to be touched again with this heartfelt tale of love, sacrifice and joy – in the trademark Jollibee way. 


Buy One Free One Casa Italia Gelato on Mother’s Day Weekend

This Mother's Day, Casa Italia has a special treat, not only for mothers, but for everyone who has a sweet tooth.

 Satisfy your gelato craving through a wide spectrum of premium flavors that can only be found in Casa Italia. Handcrafted with only the freshest ingredients, their vast gelato creations are certain to lure even the most discerning patron.


And the best part? You get to enjoy two cups for the price of 1. Yes, just for this Mother's Day weekend, Casa Italia is offering a buy 1 take 1 promo on all gelato flavors!

But Casa Italia is not just about the gelato.  Their kitchen cooks up a wide array of dishes which families can feast on this Mother's Day.  Get your share of their generous portions of Ribs and Chicken Platter or take a hefty bite off their Beef Pot Roast. And for sharing, you may partake of the Truffle Mushroom or Parma Peach Pizza. For Pasta lovers, there’s the renowned Pasta A La Bolognese and, for the more adventurous, the new Salted Egg Pasta.

So head on over to Casa Italia this Mother’s Day Weekend for the best gelato deal PLUS a complete fix on authentic Italian cuisine!  Visit any of their stores located at the Forbes Town Road, BGC or at the G/F, The Block, SM North EDSA.

Make Mother’s Day Extra Special With Baskin-Robbins

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to show your love and appreciation for the woman who loves you unconditionally – your mom. Make this occasion extra special with an all-time favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake! 

Apart from a wide variety of sizes and flavors to choose from, you can also customize the design of your cake. Plus, make it even grander by getting Baskin-Robbins’ new two-layer cakes! 

Visit Baskin-Robbins shops at SM East Ortigas and Ayala 30th in Pasig, Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Uptown Place Mall, and SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5 and Glorietta 5 in Makati; Fairview Terraces, Trinoma Mall, SM North (Main Building and The Block) in Quezon City; SM Southmall in Las Pinas; Solenad in Sta Rosa, Laguna; SM DasmariƱas in Cavite; and SM Pampanga. 

For more information, log on to or check out their social media accounts:, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.

Mother's Day At The Orchard Golf & Country Club

Mom fair & Mother's Day brunch on May 14, 2017 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM at The Orchard Golf & Country Club Grand Ballroom. The objective of the said activity is to gather families and kids of our members and guests to a day of fun bonding.

See attached poster for you to know the complete details.