17 Feb2009

Tonight is the night in North America. No Reservations Philippines episode is scheduled to air at 10pm eastern and 7pm on the west coast, Monday night, the 16th. I hope it does a nice job of showcasing Filipino food. With a large proportion of readers of marketmanila.com based in North America, I am hoping some of you will get to see it. I have a couple of posts on it lined up in the hours ahead, including the full menu served, once the program has aired. Happy viewing! :) If you want more previews, visit the No Reservations/Travel channel website with crew photos, including this one of the lechon, and other crew photos, including more pig here and who is that cook?… :)



  1. jenny says:

    can’t wait to see it!!!!i will be taping it..

    Feb 17, 2009 | 5:42 am


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  3. edee says:

    was looking at their website as well earlier and was meaning to tell you about the lechon photo with the best pig EVER caption :) hoping someone will post the episode in youtube soon!!!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 6:45 am

  4. alilay says:

    i am watching a marathon of NR since 9 am it is now 3pm we did not go anywhere today being President’s day and raining we are camping in front of the TV yeyy!!!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 6:48 am

  5. Marketman says:

    edee, I just saw it myself. I am giddy. Seriously giddy. That makes the entire effort worth it. I don’t even need to see the program anymore… What am I typing??!? :)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 6:48 am

  6. flip4ever says:

    I think its 10PM for most of the continental US, so the east coast people will see it first (3 hrs before the west coast does)…i noticed a lot more blogs mentioning it within the last 3 days…i read that the travel channel has arranged with a company to create increased “buzz” on the No Reservations series with food bloggers.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 6:56 am

  7. Marketman says:

    flip4ever, this buzz on marketmanila is self generated… :)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 6:59 am

  8. Laura says:

    We’re ready to watch the launching of your showbiz career tonight MM :) Likewise, I’m very hopeful as well that this episode will help introduce Filipino food to the international viewers and push it to the limelight…I think it’s about time. Your time & effort is well appreciated. The lechons look amazing!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 7:01 am

  9. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Wow!! Look forward to ours here in the Philippines…

    Feb 17, 2009 | 7:20 am

  10. charmaine says:

    yehey. No Reservations featuring MM and his lechons! it’s past 7 PM here and less than 3 hours to go.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:07 am

  11. Queen B says:

    I hope somebody will post it to the youtube. I don’t know when it will be shown here, if ever… Can’t wait to see it! Hopefully it will draw attention and interest to the Philippine cuisine.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:17 am

  12. Pica says:

    Hello .. I am one of your daily lurkers! =) I am so totally excited for tonight’s episode. We are recording it for posterity’s sake but will watch the episode as it is telecast. Congratulations in advance and thank you for furthering our culinary reputation. It’s weird but I feel excited and nervous about the episode!!! Congratulations!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:22 am

  13. JLB says:

    I can’t wait! Two and a half more hours. :D

    I’ve been watching the No Reservations marathon, I find the episodes on Asia the most interesting.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:32 am

  14. Grayzo says:

    Hi MM! Looking forward to watching the episode. Going through the photos though, I can’t help but wonder if Tony wrote these himself, or if one of his staff did. In either case, I’m disappointed with the lack of (or altogether non-existent!) creativity in the captions, given that the photos themselves (especially the stuffing and roasting lechons) are just begging for witty remarks to accompany them!

    I’m sure your MM community here will be more than thrilled to put in the captions! =)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:33 am

  15. mikelinparis says:

    730pm east cst time…and counting. am watching back to back episodes of no reservations here in boston and just saw the teaser for the Philippines segment. did see the glistening , roasting pigs, MM and the crew.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:35 am

  16. pulutan says:

    well, MM i got my e-reminder from travel website this pm telling me that tonite is ‘D’ nite. . . dvd recorder set up at 10pm (travel channel COMCAST 69 to replay at 2am)tennessee time i bought a pound of fresh chicharon from barbeque restaurant near my place & with garlic-flavored suka (Datung Puti brand) everything is set. btw, this bud’s for you, MM!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:39 am

  17. AleXena says:

    MarketMan I saw you and the spices hihihihi!=)

    “Best Pig Ever”! that rocks!!!

    I sure wish I was the the tapsilogan he went to. People there didn’t give a hoot that Anthony Bourdain was there!!! I would have to slapped myself silly just to know if I am not dreaming if I was there.

    YouTube YouTube YouTube!!!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:40 am

  18. Marketman says:

    Grayzo, I doubt Mr. Bourdain uploaded and added the captions for the photos… they did seem a bit uninspired… but I guess it’s all just a teaser towards the program itself… mikel, what are you doing in Boston, wasn’t cold enough in Paris?

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:43 am

  19. Marketman says:

    pulutan, wow, they must have good chicharon in tennessee! Alexena, apparently, they cut out the tapsilog segment… with all this hype, who knows, the lechon segment might be just a minute or less! :)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 8:45 am

  20. Ejit says:

    it’s 9:00 PM here in the caribbean… 2 hours to go… 11:00PM pa kasi ipapalabas dito kasi one hour advance kami sa east coast… para sa mga nasa Eastern Caribbean it will be shown in Channel 22.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:01 am

  21. Marketman says:

    This is so cool, a viewer in the Caribbean, one in Tennessee, one in Boston, a few on the west coast… this is too cool.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:13 am

  22. flip4ever says:

    MM, Tony’s blog is up on the travel channel website. No surprise where he rates your lechon…YOUR LECHON ! Heehee. :)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:16 am

  23. Marketman says:

    flip4ever, OMG, OMG, OMG, I am hyperventilating. #1 Roasted Pig Ever. OMG. Link here for others who are wondering why I have used OMG more times in one sentence than I have ever done before. Yikes. :) I need a Diet Coke from 10 am to steady my nerves. Hahaha.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:29 am

  24. molly says:

    hello what time will it be shown here in manila? and what channel? sorry if i missed reading the info or if it was already given before…thanks :-)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:30 am

  25. Marketman says:

    molly, no date for the episode in Asia yet, I suspect several more months at least. :(

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:36 am

  26. Tricia says:

    MM, you made the Philippines #1 in Anthony Bourdain’s hierarchy of pork book! OH WOW!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:39 am

  27. mikelinparis says:

    crossed the atlantic to watch no reservatons in real time! ok, had business in boston too..great timing.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:39 am

  28. Joni says:

    Congratulations again MarketMan!! You rock! We’re all happy for you! What an achievement! wowowowowowowowowowwowoow

    No. 1 lechon (roast pig) in the world!! :)

    Best Pig…EVER!

    I am so buying a DVD of this season. :)

    Have a nice day everyone! :)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:45 am

  29. sometime_lurker says:

    click here to see AB’s Hierarchy of Pork Woohoo! Congrats, MM!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:45 am

  30. Lee says:

    Numero Uno in the hierarchy!!!!

    And I had a taste of the numero uno pork in the list during the eyeball.. plus the sisig which was described by Bourdain (2009) as a “divine mosaic of pig parts, chopped and served sizzling and crisp on one side on a screaming hot platter.”

    Bourdain,A.(2009) Hierarchy of Pork. Retrieved February 17, 2009 from http://anthony-bourdain-blog.travelchannel.com/read/hierarchy-of-pork

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:55 am

  31. Marketman says:

    Lee, the sisig Bourdain had was the ORIGINAL in Pampanga, not the marketman version, I didn’t make lechon sisig for them as they had already eaten it earlier in the trip, and dishes were somewhat coordinated to ensure tasting a maximum number in a limited timeframe… :)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:57 am

  32. Quillene says:

    Congrats, MM!!

    I still don’t understand why Mr. Bourdain is still very nervous about the episode airing. But BEST PIG EVER! has to be the best testament to how much food is respected and loved on this blog!

    Congratulations to you, the family, and your crew!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:10 am

  33. Mila says:


    It’s official – Best Pig Ever! Photo and on the blog, we top Bali! Yay MM and Crew!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:11 am

  34. vyxz says:

    Congrats, MM! I’ve been refreshing this page nonstop. I hope we get to see the episode online somewhere. Am so proud of you for putting the Philippines on the map. Kudos!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:23 am

  35. Boljo-anon says:

    The verdict is out. Cebu lechon is the BEST! Congratulations MM!!!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:23 am

  36. Nina says:

    28 more minutes and counting here in NYC ‘burb!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:37 am

  37. sunset says:

    wow marketman’s lechon as #1… that’s really big!!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:46 am

  38. Lee says:


    bourdain missed the number 1 sisig in the heirarchy… i pity him.. but anyway he had the number 1 roast pork… he can’t get all the firsts all the time… :)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:48 am

  39. Quillene says:

    Re-reading the blog for the umpteenth time! Hehehehe!!

    I still can’t help saying “Yes! Yes! Yes!” as I go along.

    I am happy and hopefull that noting the regional differences, this will prompt him to come back and explore the other things he has yet to try.

    Aside from the Heirarchy of Pig, this has got to be one of my favorite passages (Thank you, Mr. Bourdain!) …

    “And for viewers who weren’t previously familiar with the wide and tasty spectrum of flavors available over there, I hope the sight of me shoving a lot of very tasty stuff into my maw provides — if nothing else — inspiration to look further.”

    Mabuhay for Philippine Regional Cuisine!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:52 am

  40. AleXena says:

    “It can now be said that of all the whole roasted pigs I’ve had all over the world, the slow roasted lechon I had on Cebu was the best.”- ANTHONY BOURDAIN

    Bravo MarketMan! Bravo!!!=) You really deserve this for doing such a feat to dicover the best way to do the simple lechon.

    I would be having regular coke for this if I were you hahaha! You deserve it;)

    I’m glad he liked the original sisig from Pampanga.=) It really is the best I have ever tasted.

    I’m keeping positive no matter what! Your lechon will be the STAR of the episode!=)

    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:54 am

  41. Quillene says:

    Lee that is v.funny! I guess it’s his first time to encounter sisig so he has nothing to compare it with yet. Not unless he already has a list of Best Beer Drinking Dishes… :)


    Feb 17, 2009 | 10:59 am

  42. sunset says:

    i guess some folks are already watching ” THE NR EPISODE ” this very moment. its kinda silent here, i kept on refreshing this page kase hehehe hmmn kaingit good for them huh?

    Feb 17, 2009 | 11:17 am

  43. chris says:

    congratulations, mr. mm!!! naku, get ready mr.mm, you’ll be bugged with requests/orders for your famous, best pig ever!

    sayang, won’t be able to watch it, no tv transmission, no cable this part of calamba, unless we get our own dream cable…

    so please, sa mga nagrerecord po, pakilagay naman po sa youtube… :)

    daghang salamat!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 11:21 am

  44. bluegirl says:

    OHHHH WOW! Numero Uno! Congratulations MM! I’m so happy for you! Super Well done! Nirvana on Earth!

    Unfortunately our cable here doesn’t include Travel Channel. Hopefully some kind soul will post it in YouTube soon!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 11:25 am

  45. lookie says:

    I think half hour will be for your segment. I’m watching it right now.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 11:39 am

  46. lookie says:

    You look good on tv,MM. i just saw it.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 11:55 am

  47. Pica says:

    THAT WAS A GREAT SHOW!!! You did us proud. I cried the entire episode; it made me feel both nostalgic and proud. Great job. Thanks!!! And those were rockin pigs dude!!!!

    Feb 17, 2009 | 12:50 pm

  48. Maki says:

    I haven’t seen it yet… I’m at work.. T___T

    Feb 17, 2009 | 7:28 pm

  49. Hoz says:

    The Cebu portions are on You Tube. No guarantee how long they will be there.



    Feb 17, 2009 | 7:53 pm

  50. Maria says:

    Congratulations! This is not my first time on your site–I’m, in fact a regular reader, but this is my first post. Besides the lechon, I am now craving for some seaweed salad and kinilaw.

    Feb 17, 2009 | 9:18 pm

  51. Jenny Po Montecillo says:

    I.m also from Cebu, I really miss the lechon. I;m so proud that they show my city where I grow up in a show that I really love to watch.Is it possible to duplicate lechon Cebu, here in NJ? More power to you MM keep bogging.

    Feb 18, 2009 | 6:41 am

  52. Gio says:

    No Reservations? is this the one i see in Discovery Channel, with Anthony Bourdain? please correct me if i’m wrong…

    i’m sooooo loving your blog…

    Feb 18, 2009 | 8:25 am

  53. Jun Bautista says:

    cross-posting this on several topic threads…..

    MM – For those who want to download a copy of the episode (clear avi copy, commercial free) I seeded it at zSHARE…..


    Feb 19, 2009 | 12:39 pm


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