14 Nov2007



This is contest number 2 for Marketmanila’s 3rd Anniversary weeklong celebration. I am beginning to sound like a Kris Aquino franchise of game shows. In this post, you will have a chance to win one of two November 2007 issues of Yummy Magazine which is a TERRIFIC issue featuring tons of desserts and sweets for the holidays. It also has a feature on food bloggers and yours truly is in it, along with lots of my other favorites, like Joey at 80 breakfasts, Connie at Pinoycook, Filet Minion and Bogchief et al at bogchinoypi, Franco, Stitch and Salamia at table for three, Anton of Awesome Planet and Toni, at Wifely Steps. I would happily autograph the prize, unless you think that simply messes up the reading…hahaha. At any rate, if you win, the magazine can be picked up this Saturday at the t-shirt and tote pick up point to be announced later today. Winners will be notified by email.


So to join, all you have to do is go to this (#1) post on balls, then this (#2) other post on balls and tell me which one you liked better, #1 or #2 post. And also, please tell me what YOUR preferred brand of Queso de Bola is. Just leave a comment with your answers and that’s it. Simple, right? But in case that wasn’t clear, The Kid’s Labrador has left a sample answer in the first comment, below. Oh, and three last things, I bought these two Yummy magazines to give away… it isn’t some cheesy promotion by the publlisher. And I did the article on markets around the world for free. Editors, any reason why you penciled in a moustache (bigote) for Marketman??? Yikes. :) Good luck everyone!



  1. The Kid's Labrador says:

    #1, Marca Pina :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 8:35 am


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  3. mila says:

    I noticed the “dirt mark” lol! Maybe they needed to make you look distinct from the other writers.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 8:42 am

  4. Malou See says:

    I would go for post #2, very explicit explanation and comparison on all the queso de bola commercially available. Honestly, I’m not fond of queso de bola, unless someone gave me one :P Of all I tasted, I would go for the Marca Pina.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 8:47 am

  5. melody says:

    #2. i never did like queso de bola but we’ve always had Marca Piña at home

    Nov 14, 2007 | 8:58 am

  6. Miriam says:

    Hi! I also liked Post #2 better because it contained more information about various types of queso de bolas. I’m fond of GOOD queso de bola but I don’t buy these so I found the information your provided very useful. :) I also prefer the Marca Pina brand.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 8:59 am

  7. blue says:

    #1, love the humour..as for QdB,i’m really not much of a fan except for the holiday memories attached to it. but i’d like to try Marca Pina since i think i have not yet come across it in our Noche Buena.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:00 am

  8. keithchiko says:


    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:05 am

  9. Kongkong622 says:

    #1, Marca Pato :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:06 am

  10. chinkee says:

    Hi MM, although i learned something new (as usual) from your 2nd post i liked the 1st one better because it really had me in stitches and gave me a pretty good disposition that week :) I can only get either Marca Pato or Piña hereabouts and like the latter better, specially with freshly baked pan de sal dipped into a steaming mug of native tsokolate. The contrast between salty and richly sweet in the combination is perfect on chilly “ber” mornings, specially before the kids wake up he he! Congratulations on the anniversary and thank you again for making our lives better :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:10 am

  11. Jenny says:

    #2 Marca Pina too.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:12 am

  12. titashi says:

    #2, magnolia – just because i haven’t tried other brands of queso de bola yet, poor me!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:13 am

  13. Mags says:

    #2 Marca Pina. Used to think the chees was way too smelly. but now i’m wondering where to get qdb in Tokyo in time for the holidays!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:20 am

  14. crissy says:

    I like the second post (Battle of the Balls). It gives a review of the different brands of QdB that are available. We like Marca Piña, since the ones from Magnolia pale in comparison to the former. Haven’t tried Marca Pato yet.

    P.S. Marketman, you are quite the favorite in Yummy magazine. You’ve been featured twice! Quite an accomplishment, since it is a new magazine :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:27 am

  15. J Co says:

    #2 – i go for marca pina. we usually just eat it as sliced and am curious to try the leftovers as cheese pimiento. anyone willing to share recipe for this? thanks in advance.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:30 am

  16. charmaine says:

    #2, marca pato.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:33 am

  17. Sgt. Bugoy says:

    #2 Magnolia

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:35 am

  18. Onie says:

    #2 because of the info on various brands of QdB. Marca Pina only because it’s my dad’s favorite :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:36 am

  19. Duday says:

    #2 Magnolia QdB

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:39 am

  20. mylene keane says:

    #2 – like you said, it was more exhaustive. I prefer Marca Pinya. The other balls do not taste like edam cheese at all.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:43 am

  21. Lei says:

    #2, and marca pina it is for me!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:58 am

  22. DADD-F says:

    I’d go for post #2 which is informative and quite useful. I used to hate queso de bola but now, I can eat lots in one sitting if it’s Marca Pato.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:59 am

  23. cathie says:

    First post is funny but I prefer the second post because of the ‘history’ part and the various cheeses you featured. :)

    My family loves queso de bola specially a Magnolia QdB!!!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:06 am

  24. sonny sj says:

    Post #2, it’s more informative. I always buy Marca Pina.
    Just bought the Nov. issue of Yummy last Tuesday but I would not mind winning another one; will give the other copy to my sister if ever.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:09 am

  25. tulip says:

    #2, Marca Pina

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:33 am

  26. The Steak Lady says:

    I enjoyed your second post, MM =) and our family’s choice is Marca Pato for the grownups (more distinct taste) and Magnolia Gold Queso de Bola for the kids =) does the Quezo de Bola spread of La Cocina de Tita Moning count? it is soooooo good! =)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:37 am

  27. rocoi says:

    i also like the second post more, MM. and my family likes Magnolia gold. :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:42 am

  28. Noel says:

    I like the #2 post as its more informative, historically and gastronomically speaking. I would like to try fresh edam Qdb, since I already tried marca pina when I was a kid. :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:54 am

  29. munchkin mommy says:

    #2, Marca Pato :D

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:55 am

  30. kaye says:

    #1, Marca Pina :)

    i am really of fond of cheese and queso de bola is one of them.. i’ve been eating marca pina way before i was able to attend “eb’s” and the distinct taste makes me long to buy them even if it’s not christmas..

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:58 am

  31. rianne says:

    hello! I like number 2, marca pina po..

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:58 am

  32. kiss says:

    #2, Magnolia :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:04 am

  33. Doddie from Korea says:

    #1 Magnolia

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:10 am

  34. Joyce says:

    #1 Marca Pina

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:12 am

  35. gvc33 says:

    Hi marketman, I liked both posts – the first one because the title was naughty and the second because it gave a comparison provided for available balls in the market. Here’s to more of your fun contests!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:13 am

  36. Emie says:

    #2 post. it’s more informative. i have no idea about queso de bola until reading it. i usually received some qdb every holidays as give away from my clients or office. i serve them in thin slices during christmas and some are cut in cubes for my buko fruit salad. I usually received the least in your lists, but for this coming holidays, i really have to try your recommended brand-the Marca Pato and some of the more expensive one too (will buy in grams too-hehehe). BTW, i already bought Yummy magazine last week pa, but if i got one with your autograph, i love it!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:16 am

  37. gina says:

    #2, magnolia gold

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:16 am

  38. nancy says:

    #2, Marca Pato

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:18 am

  39. ratacutie says:

    #2; Marca Pina…but note, I got this brand from my husband as he’s the only one who likes QdB. I dont eat/like cheese (other than Brie and mozzarella). :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:23 am

  40. aw says:

    #1, marca pato

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:32 am

  41. Franco says:

    Hi MM,

    Thanks for the mention.
    Just wish Yummy got our address right. Oh well.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:41 am

  42. Teddycapz says:

    Your article # 2 rocks – it is more insightful and definitely enlightening with regards to trivia pertaining to them red wax-enrobed balls of cheese.

    I go for Marca Pato – simply because it’s my late mom’s fave.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:55 am

  43. Marketman says:

    Hi Franco, I got the address RIGHT, I hope… :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:55 am

  44. zena says:

    #2 by far, Marca Pina.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:56 am

  45. CecileJ says:

    Battle of the Balls (#2) for me. And I like the buttery, nutty taste of Marca Pina…and an autographed Yummy mag, please! ;)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:02 pm

  46. Gus Hansen says:

    #1, definitely Marca Pato

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:10 pm

  47. tyn says:

    # 2 post for me, Marca Pina

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:13 pm

  48. consol says:

    I choose Post #1 for the belly laugh I got when I first read it. Marca Piña for me. Thanks MM! Good luck to everyone!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:15 pm

  49. Myra P. says:

    MM, the bigote is part of the disguise, LOL.

    Franco, if there was a typo, you should let the editors know so they can publish an erratum :)

    Steak Lady, I LOVE queso de bola spread too, my vote is for whatever cheese they use for it. Probably Marca Pina.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:15 pm

  50. cwid says:

    #2, Marca Pina. In fact, I brought home 2 red balls with me last September. Very good with toast and coffee.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:17 pm

  51. Blaise says:

    #2, Marca Pina

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:21 pm

  52. aggie says:

    #2 Marca Pato

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:30 pm

  53. Myra P. says:

    Just occured to me…. First a post about a “bone holder”, followed by a post on “balls”.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:45 pm

  54. avatar says:

    #2, Marca Pina.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:54 pm

  55. katring says:

    #2 (more interesting info), Marca Pina. Great with warm pan de sal and a tsokolate!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 12:57 pm

  56. Melizza says:

    I choose ball post #1, because it’s a fun read. (And it’s nice to see Marketman’s laidback side!)I’d like to try Marca Pina on my ensaimada recipe. :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:04 pm

  57. filet minion says:

    disclaimer from bogchinoypi blog:

    First off, shout out to YUMMY for being crazy enough to feature a delinquent blog like ours. Now we feel the pressure to keep the place up.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:10 pm

  58. Marketman says:

    now, now, filet, just get cracking on more posts, for goodness sakes… Myra, P., hahaha, obviously that was intentional…

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:22 pm

  59. sometime_lurker says:

    Does it have to be just one??

    Equally loved them (the posts), I feel they’re incomparable–very different from one another, albeit the focal point the same.

    As to the brand, can I say none of the above?
    Just the imported edam for me as I never got what QdB was all about. Although these posts made me ponder how they’re like on top of ensaimadas and toasted on pan de sals (as in most comments). But now that I’m clueless where to get these around here, I’ll just experiment on me edam. ;)

    Funny, when we get these ‘balls’ for Christmas, it just sits there, on its quiet little corner…

    ..until it gets booted for injuring somebody’s foot.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:36 pm

  60. Myra P. says:

    MM, I waiting for the next post on some “bushes” for the holidays — maybe a nice evergreen or pine bush? LOL

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:40 pm

  61. elaine says:

    I love both marca pina and pato…my late dad loved queso de bola and would always have these during the holidays…anyways, I got a copy of yummy magazine already and read about your take on markets..plus the different purveyors of sweets with some of their recipes too!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:40 pm

  62. suzette says:

    #2 and marca pato :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:55 pm

  63. Katrina says:

    I’m not joining the contest, as I already have a copy. Just wanted to agree on how fantastic this issue is — it’s my favorite one by far! Of course, that has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a dessert special…hehehe! But really, the magazine is packed with deliciousness and interesting stuff to read by and about my favorite bloggers and bakers. The November Yummy mag alone will be responsible for some significant amount of sugar intake on my part. ;-)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:56 pm

  64. Lissa says:

    #2, Marca Pato

    Nov 14, 2007 | 1:58 pm

  65. Olive says:

    Hi MM! Just want to know if you’ll be there on Saturday at the pick-up point. Because if you’re going to be there, I’m going to bring my copy of said mag and have it signed:)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 2:21 pm

  66. Rhoda May D. Laureano says:

    #2 post, marca piña

    Nov 14, 2007 | 2:27 pm

  67. Meg Mationg says:

    Hi MM, my choice is number 2 post, and my favorite queso de bola is marca pina :-)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 2:34 pm

  68. Ronee says:

    #2. Marca Pina and Pato are my favorites. Bring back childhood memories when apples and queso de bola completes our Christmas.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 2:34 pm

  69. Liz Tolentino says:

    #2, Marca Pina
    Mr. MM pwede ba queso de bola na lang premyo LOL! meron na kasi me kopya ng Yummy November ish or if you can sign the copy pwede na rin hahaha. Joke lang po! Nice articles by the food bloggers…

    Nov 14, 2007 | 2:49 pm

  70. chad says:

    The number 2 post hands down. Very incisive and worthy of print. And Im not even starting to patronize yet. Never known any other worthy ball than Marca Pina.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 2:50 pm

  71. Cathy says:

    Hi. I remember my Aunt mentioning the Marca Pato brand of Queso de Bola. I’d like to get one for her. Where can I buy it? :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 2:56 pm

  72. carina says:

    ay i have this issue na ! :)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 3:04 pm

  73. Marketman says:

    Cathy, any large grocery should be carrying it at this time of year…

    Nov 14, 2007 | 3:05 pm

  74. Dennis says:

    Post #2. Marca Pato period.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 3:08 pm

  75. Teresa says:

    #2, Marca Pina. I already have the issue but would love to acquire another copy with your autograph. It got me excited to find you featured in this issue and the fun doubled to find my name too somewhere in the pages. By the way, Mae already texted back. I’m looking forward to the copies of the little brown book.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 3:16 pm

  76. ging says:

    Hands down Number 2; Marca Pato

    Nov 14, 2007 | 3:58 pm

  77. edrid says:

    #2 Magnolia ;-)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 4:01 pm

  78. bernadette says:

    #2 for informative writing :-). I always take Marca Pina for the holiday feel. Good luck to me! Thanks, MM!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 4:32 pm

  79. Bubut says:

    #1 Marca Pina. I hope i win… :-)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 4:49 pm

  80. whit says:

    #2, Marca Piña


    Nov 14, 2007 | 4:55 pm

  81. Marisa says:

    #2 , sorry not too fond of queso de bola… so no personal favorite… maybe what i eat it with.. i could answer… pandesal

    Nov 14, 2007 | 4:55 pm

  82. ajie says:

    #2. I love the details on that post. Magnolia, childhood fave.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 5:20 pm

  83. Digs says:

    #2, Marca Pina.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 5:36 pm

  84. ENYA says:

    Hello, Mr. MM!

    Thank you very, very much po for everything.:)

    Hi, Ms. Myra P! How are you?
    We’re getting jealous na kay Marketman. He always hears from you.
    Kumusta na po our recipes? (he-he!)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 5:46 pm

  85. millet says:

    i love both posts, but i like marca pina. have come across dried up marca pato several times. love post no. 1 for the “haha” factor, and no. 2 for the comparative analysis. not that i would mind having to do that research myself :-)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 5:52 pm

  86. jem says:

    I would go for post #2.

    I’m really not fond of queso de bola. We only to buy it (the smallest one!) though for my dad since it’s his fave treat for christmas. We usually buy the Marca Pina brand.


    Nov 14, 2007 | 6:16 pm

  87. ching says:

    # 1, marca pina qdb

    Nov 14, 2007 | 6:18 pm

  88. eustressor says:

    #2, marca pina (“,)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 6:38 pm

  89. edel says:


    i love pato brand =)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 6:38 pm

  90. artisan chocolatier says:

    I like #2 for the details and #1 for the humor. I grew up with Marca Pina so am biased to it. But will make sure I’ll have both balls this Christmas!!!! hahaha

    Nov 14, 2007 | 7:12 pm

  91. Traci says:

    #2, no doubt. i’ve been conditioned by schooling to look at “origins” so i appreciate reading about the history of the queso de bola. we usually have both for christmas!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 7:44 pm

  92. Traci says:

    sorry, both Marca Pina and Marca Pato I mean!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 7:46 pm

  93. Ana says:

    #2 Marca Pina

    Nov 14, 2007 | 8:21 pm

  94. Juls says:

    I’ve been buying Marca Piña, Pato, an Dutch Master brands for years. The distributors say that they’re all made by the same company in Holland. Is this just a matter of rebranding the same product? I say a blind tasting is in order.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 8:37 pm

  95. Liza says:

    #1, I thought post #1 was nice and humorous.
    Marca pina, that’s the brand we grew up with.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:11 pm

  96. brenda says:

    I’ll vote for post #2 with a detailed info and comparison on diffrent brands. I am not really a fan of QdB, but I think I have tried Marca Pina before and kinda like it.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:21 pm

  97. Hchie says:

    #1 Marca Pato

    Nov 14, 2007 | 9:23 pm

  98. Nel says:

    #2, Marca Pato. But I see Marca Pina more in Shopwise so that’s what I end up buying. Queso de bola is everyday cheese in our household =)

    Nov 14, 2007 | 10:52 pm

  99. NYCMama says:

    #1, but my favorite Dutch cheese is Reypenaer.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:06 pm

  100. Evangeline says:

    I liked the second post more because of the lessons and wisdom regarding QdB. My favorite is always the Marca Pina QdB.Yumyumyum!!!!!

    Nov 14, 2007 | 11:32 pm

  101. Glecie says:

    #2 -> More information about other brands out in the market
    Marca Pina

    Nov 15, 2007 | 12:55 am

  102. Ebba Myra says:

    I chose Post # 2, it is so informative, something I need coz I remember those days that we would get “1/4 size QdB for Christmas. I think my dad and older sisters will get them together with “hamon” from somewhere in Sta. Cruz or Ongpin (I really am not sure). Anyway, here in Texas they are selling them in Oriental Stores and I am not sure which brand to buy, and did not want to spend so much for something I might not like later. I think I will buy the Maca Pato brand.

    Nov 15, 2007 | 1:27 am

  103. Jade186 says:

    #2 Marca Pato

    Nov 15, 2007 | 1:58 am

  104. Silly Lolo says:

    Myra P: You’re naughty! But very funny.

    Nov 15, 2007 | 2:00 am

  105. Avic says:

    Post #2. you are really funny MM! :)

    Nov 15, 2007 | 4:16 am

  106. Ronnie says:

    #2 – and it’s Marca Pina for us!

    Nov 15, 2007 | 5:45 am

  107. chunky says:

    #2- Marca Pina, no doubt!

    Nov 15, 2007 | 7:02 am

  108. Trina says:

    #2 – Marca Pina. I just recently came across the Queso de bola Cheesecake recipe and I’d really like to try it. =D

    Nov 15, 2007 | 7:56 am

  109. shalimar says:

    ewan.. i dont know the market there ;-)
    but wished i could win too hahaha…..

    Nov 15, 2007 | 10:24 am

  110. jenny says:

    #2 – Marca Pato.

    Nov 15, 2007 | 10:34 am

  111. Pebs says:

    Hope I’m not too late: #2, Marca Pato

    Nov 15, 2007 | 11:03 am

  112. gansilagan says:

    #2 for the very detailed comparison. It’s Marca Piña for my husband, Marca Pato for me and Magnolia for the kids – the younger generation don’t seem to appreciate the taste of QdB. However, due to our tight budget we only get to buy one brand, Marca Piña. The Magnolia QdB, we usually get as gift as part of the Christmas goodies from our office.

    Nov 15, 2007 | 11:18 am

  113. Myra P. says:

    Silly Lolo, what’s life without a little greenery? :P

    Nov 15, 2007 | 11:29 am

  114. adoree uy says:

    #1, definitely a funny post. brand marca pato, for me.

    Nov 15, 2007 | 12:48 pm

  115. virgie says:

    #2, Marca Pina it is.

    Nov 15, 2007 | 12:58 pm

  116. Charmaine says:

    Hi MM! Definitely #2 article for its pure informativeness. Although if you wanted to be fair, you could have tried out all those imported Edam’s from Frico. And guess what? Marca Pina is actually made by the same company! I didn’t used to like QdB as a child, but when my tastebuds became more mature I could it slices of it on its own. I think the whole Italian wave did it… don’t you notice how much good edam tastes like a specific italian cheese? Yum yum. Edam turns out to be cheaper, so sometimes I cheat and use Edam for certain italian applications. Most people can’t tell the difference at all!

    Nov 15, 2007 | 2:31 pm

  117. Charmaine says:

    i just noticed how many typos I have in my entry. oh the shame! will that earn me points, somehow?

    Nov 15, 2007 | 2:32 pm

  118. Franco says:

    To Myra,

    Yes, I told the editors. All is resolved and forgiven. :)

    To MM.

    It amazes me how people have forgotten how to say PLEASE. :) The link is correct though. :)

    Nov 15, 2007 | 6:02 pm

  119. bedazzle says:

    #1 coz it’s funny..am not much into queso de bola but i choose magnolia

    Nov 15, 2007 | 7:34 pm

  120. ofelia v. perez says:

    Ten Chefs featured in Yummy Mags: Vanessa Conanan, Henry Sison, Ricky Sison, Ron Bilaro, Jill Sandique, Jasmin Magallanes, Tess Sutilo, Ajie Acorda-Mendoza, Carina Guevara, and Pixie Sevilla-Santos.
    Submitted by; Mrs. Ofelia V. Perez of No. 116 Almond Nut St.,
    Marikina East Subd.,San Roque, Marikina City
    Tel No. 645-5754
    date: nov. 16, 2007

    Nov 16, 2007 | 4:58 pm

  121. Marketman says:

    ofelia, ???

    Nov 16, 2007 | 5:02 pm


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