Food for the Heart: GMA Artists serves their culinary creations to Manila Food Bloggers

Bettinna Carlos, Ryza Cenon and Chynna Ortaleza are not just pretty faces that you see in GMA-7‘s soap operas or billboards along EDSA or in glossy magazines. These beautiful ladies are budding entrepreneurs as well. Their hobbies turned business are now becoming famous to everyone with a sweet tooth! I, together with some food bloggers were able to sample some of their delicious creations in GMA 7’s first ever food blogger event, “Food for the Heart“.

GMA7 Food for the Heart

There were so much desserts to choose from but I was eyeing Bettinna CarlosNutella Rocks because I heard it was selling like pancakes! I first learned about this sinful treat was when she was featured in one of GMA News TV’s show.

GMA7 Food for the Heart
At first glance, it looked rock hard and dry-like. Hence, the name. But once you bite into this Nutella Rock, you’ll be asking for more! It’s chewy, delightfully sweet, moist and very satisfying. This would be lovely to eat with a glass of cold milk on the side, don’t you think?

Bettinna’s Dulce de Leche Pecan Cheesecake Cup was also a hit.

GMA7 Food for the HeartThe pecans give this dessert a different twist. The nutty flavor compliments the sweetness of the heated sweetened milk or dulce de leche. Every bite was worth the calorie!

Apart from that, she also gave everyone a sample of her Red Velvet Brownie with White Chocolate Frosting for Valentine’s Day. Truly Kapuso!

GMA7 Food for the Heart

Bettinna Carlos is the owner of Baked Bites that can be bought at selected Moonleaf Teashops (The Columns, Ayala Makati branch, and Mckinley Hill, The Fort branch), and at Rain Tree Teapresso Blends at White Plain, Quezon City.
Nutella Rocks – Php40.00 per piece in stores / Php450.00 per dozen by order.
Dulce De Leche Pecan Cheesecake Cups – Php55.00 per cup in stores / Php650.00 per dozen.
For orders and inquiries, you can contact 0917-861BITE(2483).
Baked Bites are also available for shipping nationwide.
Twitter and Instagram: @abettinnacarlos

Ryza Cenon on the other hand, whose true passion is cooking and baking, can sure make delicious indulgences even without any formal culinary training!

GMA7 Food for the Heart
Coconut Ferrero, Cookie Butter Nutella, Brookies and Red Velvet Whoppie Pie! These sweet treats can be your tea’s perfect partner. It can provide that much needed sweet ending after a heavy meal.

This Red Velvet Whoppie Pie with fluffy frosting sandwiched in-between the two red velvet cookies has just the right amount of sweetness with a little bit of heat from the cayenne pepper.

GMA7 Food for the Heart

I love the flavor combination. Such a delicious creation! Another perfect partner to a glass of milk.

I love coconut and Ferrero Rocher so much that this Coconut Ferrero cupcake sent me straight to the moon!

GMA7 Food for the Heart
I gobbled up the Ferrero instantly! The cupcake was deliciously moist with a hint of lemon. It was an unusual combination of flavors but it surprisingly worked. Pretty to look at, too!

She also made Lasagna, Mini Spinach Pizza and Buffalo Wings for something savory.

GMA7 Food for the Heart
These 3 dishes were nothing fancy but they were absolutely satisfying and presented beautifully. The flavors of each dish were evenly spread.

Ryza Cenon cooks and bakes to satisfy requests and orders from her close friends as of the moment. But if you want to have a taste of her sweet delights, you may send her a direct message via her social media accounts:
Twitter and Instagram: @iamryzacenon

Amusingly, Chynna Ortaleza, who actually doesn’t bake at all, tried to whip up something in the oven for the first time and was able to come up with something delicious! Surprisingly (even to herself), it tasted great! She fondly named it Cherry Pizza and Organic Banana Prune Walnut Bread.

GMA7 Food for the Heart
Her Cherry Pizza using tart as a base, had fresh crushed macadamias on top of the cherry jam. For someone who doesn’t cook nor bake, her concoctions were wonderful! It was very creative. While her Organic Banana Prune Walnut Bread reminds me of a Christmas Fruit Cake sans the rum. Next time I eat this, I’ll top it with vanilla ice cream!

Twitter and Instagram: @chynsortaleza

Trivia: Ryza and Chynna who happen to be the best of friends, will be future business partners as well.

It was a sweet-filled afternoon with these Kapuso stars! They were joined by their good friend, Benjamin Alves, for support. But moreso, he obviously enjoyed and indulged in every sinful confection.

GMA7 Food for the Heart

Watch out for the food stalls of these GMA-7 artists in some upcoming food bazaars this year!

For more on the event, visit, or check out its Facebook page,


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