What It Means to Be Fearless: One Woman’s Story

It wasn’t that long since I last wrote about Ade’s Cakes but you’ll be surprised at how much this amazing lady has accomplished between then and now. A mother of two school boys and a devoted wife to an incredibly supportive husband, Ade Garcia of Ade’s Kitchen just completed another milestone in her career.

ADE AT MONSTER KITCHEN ACADEMY (AND HER SIGNATURE HALO HALO CAKE SPECIAL)

Ade recently completed yet another course in baking and pastry making at the renowned Monster Kitchen Academy in Cagayan de Oro City. Despite her hectic schedule as a mom, wife and entrepreneur, she would take a bus from Bukidnon to Cagayan de Oro long before the sun rises just to arrive at her class on time on weekends. If you must know, Cagayan de Oro is about four hours away from Quezon by bus. It had to be weekends so she can attend to her kids during schooldays and run Ade’s Kitchen.

She admitted she had a difficult time juggling business, school and family but if there is one thing she wanted to thank the Almighty Father for, it would be her number one fan — the father of her two brilliant boys. Her husband, Ade mentioned in one of our girl talks (sorry Ade, I must disclose this here), has been very supportive even before she started Ade’s Kitchen. Especially in taking care of the kids.

There was even one time when I personally went to pick up an order hours before the shop officially opened, I found them both assisting the crew in packing customers’ orders due at noon that day. This, I guess, is one of the things that make Ade’s Kitchen stand out — their willingness to walk the extra mile to meet each client’s needs. Sometimes you just have to pick an order up early before office hours, especially when the cake is for a boss or a colleague. They’re happy to do that for you, you just have to ask them nicely.

And so as her winning piece in her most recent stint at Monster Kitchen Academy, Ade came up with her original master piece — Halo Halo Cake Special. This mouth-watering cake is inspired by the Filipino dessert, halo-halo. Intrigued, I had to order to see for myself if it was indeed as good as it looks.

Ade's Halo-Halo Cake Special. Mango chiffon filled with two layers of custard and bits of sweets you commonly find in halo-halo -- macapuno strings, sweet corn kernels, sweet white beans and nata de coco -- wrapped in ube cream frosting and topped with cherries, corn flakes and white chocolate artistry instead of your usual barquillos. Even the elegant lace around the cake is edible!
Ade’s Halo-Halo Cake Special. Mango chiffon filled with two layers of custard and bits of sweets you commonly find in halo-halo — macapuno strings, sweet corn kernels, sweet white beans and nata de coco — wrapped in ube cream frosting and topped with cherries, corn flakes and white chocolate artistry instead of your usual barquillos. Even the elegant lace around the cake is edible!

And I wasn’t disappointed.

Every bite teases you to take another… and another… until you can have no more.

Ade’s Best-Sellers

We’ve always been fans of Ade’s Cakes and if I were to recommend top three of her products, besides her Halo-Halo Cake Special of course,they would be her Choco-Caramel Cake, Food for the Gods and Carrot-Walnut Bars. We have also tried her creme brulee and next on my list would be her cakes-in-a-jar.

Ade's Choco-Caramel Cake (chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting)
Ade’s Choco-Caramel Cake (chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting)

 

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A LITTLE BACKSTAGE TOUR

Before Ade’s Kitchen

Locals who know Ade know that she held an important position in a thriving rural bank (she was branch manager) in town, but no vault could ever contain her adventurous spirit and keep her from pursuing her dreams. Besides, she never imagined herself working in a bank forever. It is said that everything we want is on the other side of fear, and so she fearlessly stepped out of her comfort zone to experience working outside the country and start her own business.

Humble Beginnings

Ade’s Kitchen started as a home-based meat processing business that also sold donuts and yema candies. This was the time when Ade saw how important it is to have a supportive family in doing business. Without her family, she never would have had the courage to conquer her fears and move beyond her comfort zone. It was her sister, Josie Baguio, who saw her passion for food business and so she encouraged Ade to learn more about the food industry. In fact, it was her who financed her schooling in Manila.

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For Ade Garcia, learning is a life-long process. She is always excited to improve her skills and share her gift to the world.

As if what she learned in Manila was still not enough, she took another lifestyle course in baking at Monster Kitchen Academy when she came back home. The income she had from her yema candy business paid for it.

Support from Family

 

Ade considers herself lucky to have been born to a close-knit family. The Baguios are perhaps one of the oldest settlers in the town of Quezon and not only are they known for being successful business owners and farmers; they are also known to be a family who prays together and supports one another. And so when Ade was honing her skills at Monster Kitchen, they knew she needed extra cash. To help her out, they would ask her to bring them samples of what she learned from school to their Saturday family rosary meetings. They paid her for it, of course. This kind of support was what motivated her to take another step further out of her comfort zone when she finally opened a commercial space to include a fast food joint and catering service.

Ade at Monster Kitchen Academy
Ade at Monster Kitchen Academy

Support from Community

Word of mouth is by far one of the best forms of free advertisement, and so when a few people knew of the good food Ade’s Kitchen served, the entire town knew about it. Her biggest break, she shared, was when she was given the chance to provide packed meals and snacks during the annual general assembly of Associated Bukidnon Sugarcane Farmers, Inc. (ABSFI). Now everyone in the province of Bukidnon knows how big this assembly is; no less than two thousand sugarcane farmers come to this event every year. ABSFI also happened to be one of her biggest clients when she was still branch manager of the rural bank in town and she personally knows the company president. More than personally knowing the company president, however, she would still emphasize that it’s not about who you know; it’s about the quality of relationships you build with the people in your community.

“It’s not about who you know. It’s about the quality of relationships you build with the people in your community.”

This opportunity given to her by ABSFI enabled her to purchase a big oven and her very first commercial mixer. This is why whenever there are events spearheaded by ABSFI, she and her husband would always go in full support.

On Conquering her Fears

Apparently Ade draws much of her strength from her family. Leaving her day job was perhaps one of the most hardest decisions she had to make, but the challenge was nothing compared to going out into the world and offering them a huge part of yourself — in her case, her cakes.

Some people will buy, some wont, but either case she knew she had to be prepared to face and handle rejection. But this, for her, is not a valid reason to keep her from pursuing her passion. The fear of dying without trying to reach for her dreams was greater than her fear of rejection.

This hardworking lady sure knows how to have fun. She and her supportive husband are regular participants of the annual PL3 Fun, a fitness event spearheaded by ABSFI President, Mr. Pablo Lorenzo III.
This hardworking lady sure knows how to have fun. She and her supportive husband are regular participants of the annual PL3 Fun, a fitness event spearheaded by ABSFI President, Mr. Pablo Lorenzo III.

 FUTURE PLANS

Today, Ade’s Kitchen not only caters to ABSFI functions. Aside from her regular customers from around the neighborhood, she also gets to serve in other government and non-government agencies’s meetings and events.

Ade owes everything to the God who has always been there for her and her family in good times and in bad. She admits she is in the process of designing the future of Ade’s Kitchen, but if she would have one priority item on her wish list right now it would be a car (or a truck or a van), something she can use to transport her packed meals and cakes. “I might become rich in this lifetime, or I might not,” she beamed. “But right now, I’m pretty much content knowing that I’m pursuing my dreams and doing the things I love most.”

Well, Ms. Ade, you already are wealthy. Your family and friends are treasures no amount of money can buy.

 

10 Comments

  1. thata said:

    You are blessed with supportive family and friends… And am so proud of you ADE..

    July 19, 2015
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  2. Josefina Rulida Ancheta said:

    I’m from Quezon Bukidnon and presently living here in Taguig City,I felt proud
    for Ade”s of her creation in baking and with her determination to do all of these. Matikman
    nga itong Halo Halo cake nya,I’ll be requesting a pasalubong from my sister having a short vaction now in Quezon,Bukidnon.

    July 20, 2015
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    • lorenza said:

      It’s a must-try, Ms. Josefina. Thank you very much for your kind comments.

      July 21, 2015
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  3. Amelia Beran Ursal- Fuentes said:

    very nice story, Mam Lorenza.
    I personally knew Ade ( and she’s fondly called Gingging )….
    And I am one proud taga KIOKONG.
    And I hope to read more of your post. God bless!

    July 20, 2015
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    • lorenza said:

      Thank you for your kind comments, Ms. Amelia. I really appreciate it. I hope this has inspired you.

      July 21, 2015
      Reply
  4. Lyn Juab, from Manuto said:

    Congrats Ma’am Ade,!

    July 20, 2015
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  5. Nash Dominique said:

    That’s my aunt right there!

    July 20, 2015
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  6. NOnabelles said:

    I am also from Quezon but im presently staying here in Makati..Everytime we have small gatherings way back home i usually ordered her cakes..Though i haven’t tried it yet but my family said..”LAMI JUD DAW”.
    And lastly may koneksyon siya sa mga clients niya..Great job Maam Ade..Thanks Lorenza,(Yuyen) very inspiring.

    November 9, 2016
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  7. rosanna parone said:

    Wow, congratulations Ms. Ade, proud Quezonia here!

    November 9, 2016
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  8. Kaye said:

    So inspiring!!❤️ the halo-halo cake looks so yummy. I hope she puts up a shop here in Cagayan de Oro so we can give it a try!

    November 13, 2016
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