22 Jan2010


Hopefully. :) I take it as a good omen that during a typical hotel buffet breakfast this morning, we were seated a few feet from the table of former President Ramos. I went over to say hello (my father was a friend of his from way back when) and chatted with him and several members of his party (some of whom Mrs. MM and her brother had worked with previously) about names and events which I believe may have even pre-dated my birth! :) It was a pleasant exchange, and when asked what I was doing in Cebu, I answered I was donning my lechonero hat today…

Cebu is bustling/crazed today with several of the current crop of presidential and vice presidential candidates, former politicians, etc. in town for a series of events, forums, debates, and what have you. Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas are also here today to campaign and attend a fund-raiser planned for them this evening to raise funds to train poll watchers in every barangay in Cebu during the May elections. Cebuanos engaged in business, politics, education, medical and other professional fields are sitting down to one large lugaw and toppings dinner by Chef Derek Dytian tonight. Zubuchon is proud to be a sponsor and will be contributing several lechons to have with the lugaw, and the appetizers will be provided by Margarita Fores.


So with the day starting off with a chance meeting with a former President (and one of the better ones we have had in recent memory), I am hoping that the day will end with the next President and Vice President sinking their teeth into just a bit of that Zubuchon skin. :)



  1. Bubut says:

    wow that would be a nice combination, lugaw and zubuchon !

    Jan 22, 2010 | 10:27 am


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  3. Lei says:

    i know that most will want this blog to be apolitical but i just wanna say that they have my vote!!!

    Jan 22, 2010 | 10:55 am

  4. terrey says:

    they have my and my family and extended family’s vote too… :)

    Jan 22, 2010 | 10:57 am

  5. Rose5 says:

    mine also… Ninoy & Mar

    Jan 22, 2010 | 11:43 am

  6. aleli says:

    Sorry, not my vote

    Jan 22, 2010 | 11:46 am

  7. farida says:

    they have my vote too…and the rest…

    Jan 22, 2010 | 1:01 pm

  8. sgt.bugoy says:

    Noy na, Now na!

    Jan 22, 2010 | 2:34 pm

  9. chip says:

    Too bad there’s no “like” button as in FB, but, I like this! [thumbs up] hehehe

    Jan 22, 2010 | 3:21 pm

  10. emsy says:

    i hope more people will contribute so people will be encouraged to be poll watchers…it’s a great way to ensure clean elections.

    Jan 22, 2010 | 3:54 pm

  11. Ging says:

    OT: we are watching the presidential forum..and ERAP has provided major entertainment from the very start. If you are not watching now, better watch the replay.

    Jan 22, 2010 | 6:10 pm

  12. silly lolo says:

    I heard it from the grapevine: Marketman will be the very first ever Cabinet Member with the title of Secretary of Food! Nobody will ever go hungry anymore!

    Jan 22, 2010 | 8:32 pm

  13. kit says:

    Thumbs up MM. I would rather have the next president and vice president enjoy Zubuchon, the best pig ever, than watching the news how politicos put pork in their pockets

    Jan 22, 2010 | 9:07 pm

  14. Hershey says:

    Lechon and Lugaw :D interesting combination :D

    Jan 22, 2010 | 9:33 pm

  15. Cynthia says:

    Silly Lolo – – “Secretary of Food” isn’t such a far-fetched idea. I’m reminded of Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed column suggesting renaming the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Food. It makes so much sense. Here’s the article:


    Jan 22, 2010 | 10:09 pm

  16. jdawgg says:

    NOT Nonoy, Maybe VILLAR

    Jan 23, 2010 | 1:49 am

  17. pegi says:

    The whole family is for Noy-Mar tandem ! The SILENT PARTNER TO END CORRUPTION!

    Jan 23, 2010 | 4:43 am

  18. s says:

    im not sure w/ NOY yet! but my VP is MAR. :)

    Jan 23, 2010 | 9:14 am

  19. millet says:

    defintely noy-mar. and “our” zubuchon is happily going places…high places!

    Jan 23, 2010 | 11:01 am

  20. Bernard says:

    Hi MM! Can you email me privately? I have a few comments regarding Zubuchon. Thanks.

    Jan 23, 2010 | 2:59 pm

  21. Jing says:

    Yes! I’m for NOYNOY & MAR!!!

    Jan 23, 2010 | 3:05 pm

  22. susie b says:

    I was at the forum last night and based on how the men answered questions, my perception of sincerity and body language, I was most impressed by Gibo. I think most people who were there thought the same; he won the mock election.

    Jan 23, 2010 | 10:57 pm

  23. Footloose says:

    First off – Great redesign! Encourages serendipitous browsing down memory lane. Specially kind to seasonal recidivists who cannot rearrange life to allow year-round visits.

    Second – I gather that he is one of your cuisine idols and in retracing your lechon odyssey, I can’t avoid noticing that your entire exploration embodies and affirms his view that it is not brain surgery to be a great cook, you need only to:

    Use the best ingredients;
    Use the best tools;
    Do the task over and over again until it is mastered.

    Finally – You recounted not finding any guide about the subject when you set out in your lechon adventure and yet arrived at the destination crowned with a resounding validation from no less that AB himself who has gone great distances seeking the ultimate pig treats and therefore knows whereof he speaks. Forgive me then for leaving out passion, your most important ingredient methinks, and tongue-in-cheekyly encapsulate the feat with:

    A gourmet, roasting pigs in Cebu,
    Turns them crisp and so crunchy to chew,
    Well, the secret is pin,
    To punch holes on the skin,
    The stuffing, and his army of crew.

    Jan 24, 2010 | 12:07 am

  24. aji says:

    I’d rather not talk about who to vote for here. But MM for Secretary of Food?! YEAH!

    Jan 24, 2010 | 7:13 am

  25. Alex says:

    Noynoy has not done anything for himself I am afraid. All his glory is credited to his parents. I believe that this country needs a leader who can think, and not just live on hopes and dreams. More power to the best pig ever.

    Jan 24, 2010 | 10:40 am

  26. ajing says:

    OmG, villar is the male counterpart of Gloria…kill us!

    Jan 25, 2010 | 10:35 am

  27. elit says:

    I will support you all the way to Secretary of Food MM but sowee no support here for Noy…Mar is ok :)

    Jan 25, 2010 | 12:08 pm

  28. Helen says:

    I’m for Gibo….

    Jan 25, 2010 | 4:32 pm

  29. chinky says:

    Yesto MM as Secretary of Food!

    Jan 25, 2010 | 7:49 pm

  30. BD says:

    I got used to enjoying lugaw with tokwa and baboy so I guess a soyed vinegar dip that goes with it will ruin my zubuchon.

    Jan 26, 2010 | 7:19 am

  31. MARGHI says:

    It’s interesting to see what your readers are thinking politically! Thank you ZUBUCHON!

    Mar 16, 2010 | 9:37 pm


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