25 Sep2007


I was simply stunned and overwhelmed by the reader response to this earlier post on Marketmanila t-shirts. It isn’t often I get 160+ comments on a post so seemingly innocuous in nature. I was even more stunned when Lee, a regular reader and commenter from Bacolod, sent these totally unsolicited and amazingly cool t-shirt designs. I asked Lee for permission to post these graphics and I must say, I thank him profusely for taking the time to come up with these original designs. A wonderful graphics artist, Lee went so far to assure me they are not simply clip art drawings but actually original designs… I am truly amazed… At any rate, what is the hubbub about? I figured I should give you all an early, possibly premature heads up to better gauge the potential reader response. Everyone assumes I am selling shirts, which I am not…so here is the plan or intention…

Every Christmas Marketman & family typically sponsor donations to schools, usually in the form of hundreds of books for libraries, and/or we facilitate gingerbread and candy or food donations to children’s wards of hospitals or we donate to more established children’s charities or to environmental causes. But we can only do so much as an individual family. In the past, I have asked for reader participation only in the form of comments, which in turn translate into more books, more money or more trees, etc. that are donated. This year I want to do a little more. So here is the beginnings of a plan…


The Intended Beneficiaries

Grade School Children in a City Public School(s), probably ages 4-10, who are recognized as being malnourished or undernourished, and who are chosen to participate in the school’s feeding program. The intention of the program is to improve their caloric and vitamin intake and to get them to a more healthy weight. The by-product is that they will hopefully do better in school. And the lure of a meal(s) will also attract them to attend class. There are several feeding programs in place and I already have a particular school in mind, but details have not been hammered out with school administrators so I cannot name the school until the program is certain. And I agree this is a stop-gap measure, not a permanent solution, but I still think it is a wonderful and concrete gesture if a shirt means 17-20 meals for hungry kids.

How will it work?

For every PHP500 that readers “donate” directly to the feeding program, Marketman will give the reader a free t-shirt (possibly one of two or three final designs), choice based on availability on a first come and first serve basis only. The PHP 500 donation will go directly to the feeding program, and Marketman will not retain ANY of this money. In other words, FULLY 100% of the gift or donation will end up with the malnourished kids. I estimate that each meal will cost roughly PHP25-30, so a PHP500 donation (or one t-shirt) will in effect feed 17-20 kids. Marketman will shoulder the full cost of the t-shirt and will treat this as his “gift” to you and in effect, to the feeding program, along with coordinating this effort. Donations will be collected at one or two Metro Manila sites in November (probably Makati and Mandaluyong, and maybe Cebu City) over a period of say 2-3 days only. Unless the schools can mobilize earlier, I suspect the feeding programs will occur in January and February 2008. No donations by mail, cheque, etc. can or will be accepted. Readers abroad will have to ask relatives in Manila to go to designated pick-up sites. Please understand I cannot manage the hairy logistics otherwise. This is already a major effort for me as described.


The Magnitude of this Effort

Initially, I was prepared to sponsor up to 300 limited edition and otherwise impossible to acquire Marketmanila t-shirts, which in turn would result in PHP150,000 in donations to the public school feeding program, or as many as 6,000! meals. Marketman would give away 300 shirts, in effect, my donation would amount to roughly 36,000 or about PHP120 per shirt. Unfortunately, that means a pretty modest quality shirt, but hey, it’s the hungry kids that we are really thinking about… However, based on the reaction so far, Marketman has upped the ante, and is willing to print up to 500 shirts if readers out there are really interested in helping. This would mean as much as PHP250,000 in money for a feeding program (or several programs) or as many as 10,000! meals.

Why is this worth the effort and hopefully, your time and money?

What is Christmas if not ultimately the spirit of giving. And as a group of people interested in food, how can we collectively do something good, and yet, not bust the bank? I think this is potentially a very good thing. You give PHP500, which in turn will provide 17-20 basic meals for undernourished children, Marketman gives you a limited edition t-shirt in return, valued at PHP100-120, totally free, Marketman gets a teeny weeny bit of publicity from the website address printed on the back of your t-shirt, but I make no money whatsover from the process or my website and as many as 10,000 meals will be provided for students who need it most.

What do you think?

So what do you think? Is this a looney idea? Are there enough of you who want shirts? Wouldn’t this make a great Christmas present? What I need to know NOW is a rough number of shirts that I might need to print. If you are interested, please leave your comment here, and a rough estimate of the number of shirts you might sponsor. I realize this is a preliminary call, and I will not hold you to the number if you don’t like the final sayings on the shirts or any other reason. I have not decided on the final design of 2 or 3 different shirts. This is just an estimate. But I will give preference to those who indicate their interest early if it turns out that the t-shirts are spoken for like hotcakes. Then again, maybe only a dozen readers will think this is a worthwhile endeavor. Let the comments begin…



  1. Roberto Vicencio says:

    Can you pls time the collection of donations a few days past paydays so that the finances can be managed or scheduled. Tshirt is an added bonus but I really would like to give to this project.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:08 pm


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  3. curlytwirlygirl says:

    count me in. this is a great idea! always looking for ways to share the christmas spirit. 3 shirts, please. i’m assuming free size?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:09 pm

  4. k says:

    Count me in, MM!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:22 pm

  5. Blaise says:

    Count me in.. I usually give my tithe to a community that helps funds an orphanage for the poor elderly people, but since it’s going to be Christmas soon, I could definitely accommodate another..

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:22 pm

  6. titashi says:

    MM its not a looney idea, its a great idea! i’ll get 2 shirts please, whatever design you come up with : )

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:23 pm

  7. grace says:

    wahhh i have no relatives in manila or cebu!!! I want a shirt too!

    Hopefully I can find a friend who will be in Manila that time.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:27 pm

  8. belle says:

    Please count me in too. Maybe we could do this as yearly project for Christmas or some other ways to help people in need out there.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:32 pm

  9. arlene says:

    Oo naman sama ako dyan.. Its true Christmas is giving…
    ganda ng shirt…

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:32 pm

  10. Marilou See says:

    Please count me in…T-shirt or no T-shirt, I would gladly support you on your feeding program. Hoping your pick up day shall fall on weekends….


    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:33 pm

  11. lee says:

    thanks for the feature :) the suki graphic is still a work in progress. i intend to add more produce to surround the oval logo… what else to add?? help?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:46 pm

  12. allen says:

    Count me in! Suki is very Pinoy and very true to the essence of this site… but then arketmaniac is also cool, the more hip version. But both are great! Let’s feed more kids! :)

    Sep 25, 2007 | 5:49 pm

  13. Blaise says:

    Hey Lee,


    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:00 pm

  14. allen says:

    Oops, wanted to say Suki is very Pinoy nad tru to the essence of Being a reader of this site :)

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:00 pm

  15. deanne says:

    hey MM! i’d gladly get 2 of those shirts…notepads would be cool too. hehe. or like small shirts for our kids. fantastic idea! maybe this can be a MM tradition every xmas? would be great if you date the shirts, for example, xmas 07?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:10 pm

  16. blue says:

    sign me up! a cause like this is worth all of our time.. oh and if you need help during the actual feeding activity, i can lend a hand as well =)

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:15 pm

  17. Adam says:

    Hi MM

    Definitely count me in – you asked about the number of shirts we might sponsor, about 3 from me. I wish it could be more….

    I missed the blog with suggestions for t-shirt design (and I lke Suki) – how about ‘Blog until Tender’ or ‘Market Manila – no extra seasoning required’. Apologies if they have already been suggested.

    Good work fella!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:22 pm

  18. Gina says:

    I will get one, extra small (adult size). Suggestion: open a bank account preferably with a bank that has many branches. That way those of us in QC do not need to go all the way to Makati or Mandaluyong. Thanks

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:23 pm

  19. Risa says:

    I’m in MM! This is a great idea.

    My mom also has a plant store near Lung Center should you need a pick up point in QC. She also has a regular booth at the Lung Center Sunday market.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:30 pm

  20. wysgal says:

    I’ll take one!

    Opening a BPI bank account may be a good idea to for accepting donations. It’s surprising how many legit brick + mortar businesses facilitate payments this way; make payment over the counter, and fax the deposit slip somewhere — I’d expect the bookkeeping wouldn’t be any more difficult than what you’d have to do to take in funds from 2 actual locations in November. You’d have to make a fax number publicly available though (or ask people to email you a scan or the deposit slip).

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:35 pm

  21. Dea says:

    It is indeed a worthwhile project. Will be reserving my P500 for this.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:36 pm

  22. paolo says:

    I would like to donate to your cause (in memory of my mom.. August 21, 2007) this Christmas for the underpriviledged.

    Arriving in Manila on Nov 4th and departing on Nov 15th. Preferrably, I’d like to drop off my donation in Makati location i.e.. StarBucks, the day before my departure.

    Can you send me a private email for further details?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:36 pm

  23. elisha says:

    please count me in. thanks!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:36 pm

  24. Bubut says:

    pls count me in.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:43 pm

  25. erleen says:

    3 for me! 2 adults 1 kid

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:45 pm

  26. bluegirl says:

    2 shirts for me!

    How about establishing a Paypal account for contributions of those who live in the US?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:48 pm

  27. TOPING says:

    Sign me up for all three designs…

    Sep 25, 2007 | 6:58 pm

  28. kikas_head says:

    Yup, we’re in (again regardless of t-shirt). Your idea is absolutely brilliant!!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 7:12 pm

  29. Maricel says:

    I agree with wysgal. It would be easier for those outside Manila to send their donations, shirt or no shirt because this a very good project and we are sure that the proceeds would really go to the feeding of the kids.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 7:12 pm

  30. xiao li says:

    I would want to order two shirts. If you need help manning the booth for the pick-up center, please do let me know too :).

    Sep 25, 2007 | 7:13 pm

  31. ENYA says:

    Count me in, Mr. MM!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 7:41 pm

  32. gerri says:

    Yes MM! Would like to participate too (even without the shirts) I’ll get 3 pls. Thanks.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 7:52 pm

  33. chinkee says:

    Shirt or no shirt, this is a really good idea. Count me in MM :)

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:16 pm

  34. kulasa says:

    YES! What a good idea! Put me in for 2 shirts pls. One for me and another for hubby Kulas. Let me know the time and place of collection.

    Wysgal is correct, you may want to open an account and it will be easier.

    You may also want to do feeding sometime mid-year. Kids always get treats on Christmas but forgotten the rest of the year. Plan on this and I would bet you’d also get a lot or response – with or without t-shirts.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:16 pm

  35. Susan says:

    Do count me and my family in!!!! Great idea! Merry christmas.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:17 pm

  36. marie says:

    Next Christmas (or could be this Christmas along with the shirt), you should give out canvas tote bags to be used for actual marketing / grocery shopping! I think this is uso now in the States… Bring Your Own Bag… You can have your logo on it + Lee’s designs as well. Let’s lessen the millions / billions of plastic bags clogging up our world!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:18 pm

  37. Jacob's Mom says:

    Saw “SUKI” and it made me smile. It’s perfect. Good job, Lee! What a wonderful idea, MM. Would appreciate your opening an acct for this project — my mum lives outside of Manila so this would be helpful.

    I’m thinking that this would be a great Christmas present for people who are difficult to shop for. Make a donation in their honor and they get the shirt plus maybe a little card explaining the feeding project? What do you think?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:21 pm

  38. Apicio says:

    That’s amazingly stylish Lee and to MarketMan can they (the charities) be persuaded to open paypal accounts to simplify donations from abroad?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:28 pm

  39. Rach says:

    count me in! I agree with marie, canvas tote bags is a great idea! I think its more apt than a shirt and is very useful too. That way, we can help in the feeding program and also promote saving the environment.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:29 pm

  40. filet minion says:

    this is another superb idea MM! i don’t think your fans would care even if you just gave them used rags which you’ve autographed. people would still be just as inspired and enthusiastic to give. i pledge 2k mm, and i’ll be happy with one shirt (and extra happy with 2 of different designs–but no pressure on you).

    thanks! and i rarely say this because it sounds so trite, but now seems most auspicious– god bless you and your family for your kindness!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:29 pm

  41. sister says:

    A couple of T shirts, a no-plastic bag and voila! a green charitable outfit for all seasons. Make P500. the minimum suggested donation, do not turn down bigger voluntary contributions, after all, you are not selling the shirts. The shirt is merely a token acknowledgement of a donation.
    See if Io can put together a Marketman foundation, so you can legally accept donations by check.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:34 pm

  42. Marge says:

    Count me in! The opportunity to help feed our less fortunate countrymen plus a cool shirt, definitely something to look forward to this holiday season.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:44 pm

  43. moni says:

    I’d like to contribute to a worthy cause and please count me in – two t-shirts please.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:47 pm

  44. ragamuffin girl says:

    I’ll get 3-4 shirts, hopefully of different designs :) Several canvas tote bags (you decide the price, even PHP 500 is ok as it is for a good cause) is a wonderful idea! I bring my own bags to the market/grocery all the time. I can give the shirt inside the bags. But even if it’s only the shirts available I’d still pledge! Will it come in free size? ladies’ baby tee? :) The designs are great, the reason for the project, even better. Kudos for spreading the spirit of sharing and goodwill this early into the holidays.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:48 pm

  45. aleth says:

    sali ako… “suki” yata rin ako… 2 shirts po. please let me know in advance the date and exact place of collection.. i will only send my cousin… wish i could be there to assist po… :(

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:50 pm

  46. Em Dy says:

    Count me in too.

    And do accept deposits for those who’d want to donate and not get the shirt.

    Love both Lee’s designs but I feel the marketmaniac one would look better with your site’s basket logo.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 8:51 pm

  47. Ruth says:

    Was away for 10 days for holiday and your website was the first I checked upon arrival!

    Oh yes count me in – 5 shirts for me please.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:13 pm

  48. abby says:

    count me in MM^^

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:18 pm

  49. Gia Mayol says:

    Count me in too marketman

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:21 pm

  50. The Steak Lady says:

    Great idea,MM! =) and i love the idea of the shopping bag too. i agree with sister, minimum donation is Php500, but welcome bigger donations from others who would want to do so =) Good luck! and love the Suki design Lee =)

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:23 pm

  51. Gina says:

    Hi MM! I signed up for 1 shirt earlier. But after reading the later posts, I realize now that the canvas tote bag idea is way better. My vote goes to the SUKI design but with your trademark basket of produce on the upper right edge of the oval (instead of the scattered aubergine, chili, fish, and mango), and your URL on the back. The message is succinct and apt; the item functional and chic at the same time. So if given a choice, MM, tote bag for me. Once again, bank account or Paypal please. Thanks.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:28 pm

  52. Krizteene says:

    Hi, MM! It’s been a while. I resigned from my work so I had no access to the Internet for a month or so. Anyway, even if I don’t celebrate “Christmas” like Catholics do, please count me in! More blessings to come your way!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:34 pm

  53. dee says:

    i want a shirt!! :D please tell us when the feeding outreach will be.. i’d like to volunteer! my friends want to come along too… college seniors want to do something good this xmas! :D

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:50 pm

  54. kitkathie says:

    Count me in as well — I support your worthy cause. =)

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:52 pm

  55. Myra P. says:

    MM, count me in for 2 tees but I would prefer the canvas tote bags. They are a useful green alternative and One Size Fits All! With the shirts, what a headache to get the sizing right.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 9:57 pm

  56. Dennis says:

    I’m in MM. 3 shirts for me. It’d be nice to have your web address on the shirt too.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:01 pm

  57. elaine says:

    I WOULD GET 2 shirts of 2 different colors/or designs or both.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:02 pm

  58. elaine says:

    BTW, I missed the canvas tote bags, if there is, I’d GET 1 TOTE BAG in ADDITION to the 2 shirts I earlier posted. tnx

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:04 pm

  59. monica says:

    Hi, Marketman! It’s my first time to actually drop a note even though I’ve been reading and enjoying your site. I can’t live without it! Anyway, this prompted me to leave a message. And yes, I am so willing to help out regardless of the shirt. But what a great bonus for doing good. I’ll have to tell my family in Manila to help out, too.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:04 pm

  60. mimayjoe says:

    hi! please reserve 2 adult shirts for me. i prefer the marketmaniac. thanks so much

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:14 pm

  61. jafores says:

    I would be willing to donate more or even bid for the t shirt. suggest you also consider just selling the shirts and donate profits to the cause. this way if the program goes bonkers,(shirts in the thousands) you can manage the costs to you while bieng able to maximise potential. Im willing to help MM best regards.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:19 pm

  62. zena says:

    Lee, some green things like maybe avocadoes, cabbage, ampalaya, etc. Oranges for color and different colored capsicum/s.

    MM, please count me in for 2. Thanks!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:20 pm

  63. bijin says:

    what a joyful idea! and perfect timing to blog about this because my friend who brought your yummy mag present for me is going home for good this Sat. i could send the money thru him but i’d hate for him to go all the way to Manila just to drop off the donation so i hope there’ll be a more efficient way.

    gosh, i hope i can catch him before he takes off. will let you know if it’s a go.

    lee, your design is cool!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:23 pm

  64. teny says:

    Helping people this xmas season is always a welcome idea. just tell us how.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:23 pm

  65. kyang2x says:

    Count me in too! Pls provide bank account if possible. thanks!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:31 pm

  66. Grace Encarnacion says:

    im in. 1 for me please

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:32 pm

  67. Candygirl says:

    I’m getting one t-shirt. PS. Can you have some in women’s sizes so I can actually wear it (when I do my groceries, hehehe)?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:35 pm

  68. Candygirl says:

    I agree with Elaine….I’d like a tote bag too like the canvas grocery bags of Rustan’s.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:37 pm

  69. Chinachix says:

    What a great idea…I really like canvas tote suggestion though. Shades of Anya Hindmarch’s super sold out “I’m not a plastic bag” bag…

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:43 pm

  70. tulip says:

    I also like a shirt and if possible a tote bag like
    Anya Hindmarch “Im Not A Plastic Bag”.And if you need a place/pick up point, I may volunteer to have my space somewhere in the Ortigas Business District for your project. You may freely use it if you are interested.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:43 pm

  71. leira says:

    count me in.. even if im out of the country will find a way to get hold of the t-shirt.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:45 pm

  72. Evangeline says:

    Marketman, please count our support. My family is very much willing to help you with this endeavour and we will all be very proud to wear T-shirts.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:47 pm

  73. odette says:

    I would love to help. Thanks! for giving us a channel.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:48 pm

  74. chrissy says:

    marketmaniac! love it! besides the suggested bank deposit, how about gcash?

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:49 pm

  75. flip4ever says:

    If its too much trouble for you to establish a bank account or paypal account (there is probably paperwork involved to prove to the tax authorities that this was a charitable project and not a for-profit venture)– maybe suggest to the school that they set up a bank account or paypal account specifically for this project.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 10:53 pm

  76. Mrs Kookie says:

    Hi Marketman! Count me in… We did a feeding program before for a school that targeted streetchildren and it would really be nice to contribute to something similar… Imagine, 10,000 meals/kids. Hopefully it inspires them to stay in school.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 11:01 pm

  77. mariapia says:

    Count me and hubby in! I love the idea of a shopping bag, too!

    Sep 25, 2007 | 11:10 pm

  78. brenda says:

    count me in.. good thing I am in Cebu, just post where is the pick-up point.

    let us help feed the children….

    Sep 25, 2007 | 11:21 pm

  79. Larees says:

    I want one and willing to pay the Php500 (or more). It’s for a really good cause and Php 500 is nothing really compared to the effort on your part.

    Sep 25, 2007 | 11:22 pm

  80. Marisa says:

    game! hope i can ask someone to make the donation time and place.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:00 am

  81. Ods Banez says:

    please think of a way that your readers abroad can contribute to this excellent idea. a dollar account for this specific project?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:12 am

  82. edee says:

    count me in as well….love lee’s SUKI design :)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:13 am

  83. ykmd says:

    Great idea MM! I really hope you’ll be able to figure out the logistics so marketmaniacs abroad can contribute too.

    Nice design Lee! How about adding easily recognizable (and more indigenous) fruits/veggies like atis, calamansi, guayabano plus crabs/mussels?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:14 am

  84. acmr says:

    I am in too. A shirt would be nice, but I will donate either way. Paypal sounds good to me too.

    Thanks and way to go!!!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:40 am

  85. chi says:

    Be more than happy to help little (or big) kids have a few square meals BUT I DO NOT NEED ANY T-SHIRTS! Please throw mine back into the pool to re-cycle for other donators who want them.

    Question: How do out-of-the-country folks get their donations to you?


    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:49 am

  86. Jade186 says:

    Kahit anong ilagay ninyo diyan sa T-syert, ayos lang sa akin. Kasali po ako!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:52 am

  87. pixeldose says:

    The suggestion on having an account that people can make payment or transfer funds to sounds a great idea — especially for people like us who live abroad. But yeah, I’d go with whatever works easily and less logistically challenging for you.

    That would be 2 XXLarge shirts for me, tenkyouberimats.

    I’m curious as to whether we can have our own custom captions on the shirt though (it’s a stretch, I know, hehe … i just got to try).

    Anyway, I really like to have my shirt say “What the heck is budbud kabog?” in front and the basic “marketmanila.com” in the back — all in bold black letters. I think it’s a great caption to make people curious about your site, imo.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:40 am

  88. ECC says:

    Great designs Lee! I would also like to donate … better if there is a way to send a check or via PayPal. Hopefully, my trip in November will push through … or will ask a cousin. No need for the t-shirt even though they are so nice. But, if you decide to also make tote bags, I would love to have one.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:41 am

  89. danney says:

    Can I have 3 XL shirts please. How do I send my payment? I ‘m here in LA and I can send a Western Union money order address to whom?. Tote bag is nice too as long as it is biodegradable.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:49 am

  90. andrew says:

    count me in too.. i want the shirt and tote bag if there’s one for my wife..

    Sep 26, 2007 | 2:34 am

  91. lojet says:

    Put me in for 3 if you have a
    cebu pick up point. I have relatives in Cebu. If not, I can pay with paypal even without the shirt. Thanks for the chance to participate, MM.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 2:36 am

  92. tulipfleurs says:

    Hello Market Man! I would love to donate to this worthy cause. However, since I’m here in the states, can you please tell what would be the best form of receiving the payment? I’m sure I’ll be able to get other “donations” from my friends and family here. You are truly a remarkable individual! Take care! :-)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 2:42 am

  93. kongwi says:

    count me in…just let us know how to make our donations?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:41 am

  94. Cookie says:

    Count me in! 2 shirts for me. We could try to do this every year??! I love the idea of a tote bag too – maybe for next year? And maybe opening up a paypal account as suggested?

    This blog has certainly become one big family with the love of food as its anchor. Kudos to MM and kudos to all for making this blog such a success!!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:06 am

  95. eumir213 says:

    What a great idea MM! Count me in…

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:18 am

  96. rhea says:

    count me in too please… good idea din yung canvas shopping bags…

    Sep 26, 2007 | 5:43 am

  97. dizzy says:

    will help and will order 2 for now =)
    for those who have blogs, maybe we can set a day (a week, a month) to help promote it? (if needed)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:11 am

  98. joy says:

    sali po ako…. 1 medium t-shirt please…
    tote bags sound nice too. =)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:28 am

  99. tin cc-ong says:

    Hi, MM!

    I would definitely want a t-shirt! ^_^

    Regarding Paypal — while the service is finally available in the Philippines, we can only accept payments but not cash out. (And the fees are a bit painful)

    Gcash is the easiest, I think and fastest. (Cash-out fee is 10% of the total amount). Bank deposits would be good too (BDO would be the most convenient because they offer banking even during the weekend). ^_^

    I’d want a canvas bag as well! ^_^

    – Khristine, Iloilo City

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:36 am

  100. shalimar says:

    give love give give give…. another xmas charity post that will bring tears…looks like a bright christmas for the needy children underway ;-)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:46 am

  101. bedazzle says:

    count me in, MM. two for me, please. and if you need a helping hand just let me know (although i know you have more than enough). it’s for a very good cause kasi so i’d like to give not only money but also my time. merry christmas to all!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:11 am

  102. Tina says:

    2 shirts and 4 canvas tote bags. More if you can get it done in time for Christmas Shopping or have different designs!! I’d rather spend my money for gifts with you then at the mall. Great idea. If you need Manila based people to roll up their sleeves and help out then count me in.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:28 am

  103. Tina says:

    Me again – Really like Lee’s Suki. MM please do kids sizes as well. If you do that I’ll add another 3 shirts to my order (kids size – especially the suki one :)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:33 am

  104. Marketman says:


    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:33 am

  105. Trina says:

    Saan ba pipila? :D

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:35 am

  106. honey says:

    Lee, throwing in a fish pan and a budbod kabog in the design?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:47 am

  107. melody says:

    hi MM! would love to help you out with or without the shirt (bonus na lang yun, hehehehe). and the tote bag sounds nice, too.

    by the way, i work at DepED Central Office so in case you need help, just tell me.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:47 am

  108. hchie says:

    MM, how about some kitchen aprons? Please include your basket in the design if possible. It’s so Marketman.:-)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:48 am

  109. alicia says:

    Hello. Love it. I would love to get a few tshirts (6-12) and some tote bags(24-36). Maybe a few dozen in all. I will give them out as Christmas gifts with market manila inspired creations from my own kitchen. I will email you seperately by tommorrow to confirm the exact number into your planning /production. Also, I would like to inquire if we could sell some at my daughter’s school Christmas shop? The parents would love them and we try to incorporate into the mix (minimum of 50%) products that directly benefit a charity.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:48 am

  110. chubby says:

    I want the SUKI shirt!!!!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:48 am

  111. Mila says:

    I’ll ante up for the equivalent of four tshirts.

    By the way, since I noticed people also offering their time, wouldn’t it be a nice eyeball opportunity if we pitched in on the feeding program? We could all wear the tshirts, prepare and feed the kids. Whaddaya think? or is that too corny for words?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:53 am

  112. puFF says:

    count me in!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:53 am

  113. marco says:

    Great idea! Two shirts please! One for me, and one for my bride to be!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:53 am

  114. Avic says:

    Hi MM, 2 shirts for me (xl or xxl) and a tote bag. Thanks.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:04 am

  115. Olive says:

    Hi MM! I don’t comment much but you can count me in :)Love the idea of the tote bags, aprons…

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:08 am

  116. wits and nuts says:

    Opening a bank account would expedite the collection process and the accounting itself. I am doing this for my collections.

    I will take one shirt. :p

    Seems everyone is excited now. :p

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:18 am

  117. ctl98 says:

    Great idea MM! I’ll try my very best to find a way to get my donation to the donation center.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:20 am

  118. alicia says:

    What about Marketmaniac for shirts and Suki for tote bag? Ok, I know this sounds aggressive but do you think for a few Saturdays before the Holidays, Salcedo market( and possibly a few others of your choice) might allow you to sell your shirts/totes?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:29 am

  119. Bengski says:

    Sali ako dyan!
    Where and how do I send the one thousand pesos donation/payment? (for 2 size L tshirts…)
    2 colors lang kaya? black and white? :-)

    This is so exciting! You just made my day, Thanks MM!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:44 am

  120. jo-i says:

    wonderful idea. the shirt is a bonus. to be part of a worthwhile endeavor is reward enough. would love to participate. the makati collection site should be accessible. thanks!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:46 am

  121. Lei says:

    MM, count me in! I would willingly donate to this charitable cause. I am also gearing towards getting probably both a white and a black shirt. Definitely, I would be a part of this.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:49 am

  122. jong says:

    i’ll have 2 shirts, as well. will wait for the totes, too

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:53 am

  123. Lei says:

    MM, before I forget, I am also interested in the tote bag if that ever materializes!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:58 am

  124. danney league says:




    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:02 am

  125. Ronnie says:

    Count my family in as well. We’re definitely interested to give–with or without the shirt! :)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:04 am

  126. Marilou See says:

    Hello MM, I just make my reservation for 1 t-shirt yesterday,…puwede pahabol ang make it 2 pcs…since I want to share your wonderful blog to my favorite niece also.


    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:16 am

  127. isagarch says:

    Hello all, I have been a lurker on this site for a while now and its bookmarked on my view everyday list, I am actually going home to Manila on the 1st of Nov and will be there until the 13th — just an offer – i have a paypal account and i would be happy to accept for you and withdraw it in Manila and hand it to you personally or deposit it in your account. MM, I would be happy to tell you who i am, where i live, and since manila is all about connections – you can call my mom too! For my donation to the cause, if the shirts are in envelopes already i can bring the back with me and pay to ship them to your US and canada readers. That being said – either way, put me down for 2 shirts!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:25 am

  128. bernadette says:

    I wish for a nice Marketmania/Suki tote bag kasi my complimentary tote bag from 7-11 is in rags :-)! Just tell me where to send the donation and I can ask one of my sisters to go there! The feeding program is such a marvelous idea because a lot of children here (according to one of our wards) go to school only because they can “snitch” from the baons of their classmates! Unbelievable but true!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:26 am

  129. Emie says:

    hi MM, this is my first post because I want to be counted in! if you can have the tote bag, i’m getting one too. i’ve been visiting your site almost everyday after finding this about three months ago. i’ve learned a lot so far and even had tried some of the recipes featured here. keep it up MM!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:28 am

  130. melvs says:

    two t-shirts for me please. I like the suki design.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:28 am

  131. Ronee says:

    Two for me Marketman. What are the sizes of the shirts?
    Nice gesture. You will be Blessed!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:46 am

  132. Trina says:

    As everyone has already said, this is a great idea and God bless you for coming up with it :) Count me in too!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:58 am

  133. Blaise says:


    I think we could do 2 batches of this charity work. We could run this shirt thing the soonest, and we could have another one around November, just in time for the Anniversary of MarketManila..

    What do you think??

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:04 am

  134. mikky says:

    congratulations for a great idea…it’s a very worthwhile project to have….keep it up :)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:07 am

  135. ana5678 says:

    You should print, stitch or even patch those designs on canvas, katsa or even burlap tote bags similar to the “I’m not a plastic bag” of Anya Hindmarch. This way, sizes aren’t an issue, you help cut down on the use of plastic bags for the sake of the environment, it has something to do with markets, conceptually, and it’s just plain sensible. Since one can use it daily (vs a t-shirt) you get more use out of it and merchandising wise, that means more visibility. Just my 2 cents’ worth.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:13 am

  136. suzette says:

    great idea! 3 shirts for me pls :) tote bag and apron too.
    the distribution of shirts/ feeding day would also be a nice opportunity for the next eyeball.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:18 am

  137. mudra says:

    I’m a regular reader although this is only my second post. I’ve always enjoyed the exchange and feels so much part of this “family”.

    Would love to have 2 shirts please. Will this come in ladies’ baby tees?. A tote bag for me, too! What about kids’ sizes?

    If you need help to man the booths, will be willing to assist in any way possible. =)

    A Joyous Christmas to all, indeed!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:25 am

  138. Noel says:

    OK, will get 1 T-Shirt. I like the Suki design on the front, and the Marketmaniac design on the back.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:29 am

  139. ihid says:

    Bank deposit will work for me here in Mindanao. Will fax deposit slip, or scan email. Please reconsider.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:31 am

  140. ysa says:

    i’m in, MM! tote bag and a tshirt for me too!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:33 am

  141. Jaja says:

    Great idea MM! Count me in!!! =) if you need any assistance in the logistics department, let me know. I would be happy to be of help=)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:48 am

  142. sonny sj says:

    congrats on a very noble cause!
    2-XXL shirts for me please – black and white.
    i go Gina’s recommendation to have the MM trademark on the upper edge of the oval design instead of the scattered fruits/produce.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:51 am

  143. Silly Lolo says:

    You are crazy good, MM! And Lee, that design is superb! Whatever you do, please do not fail to include those of us in far away lands. Remember, this is about the kids, not the bag or the Tshirt! Think dollars, Euros, Pounds, Yen, or whatever! It’s for the kids!
    Anxiously awaiting further directives!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:54 am

  144. Jennifer says:

    1 tote bag and apron for me please :)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:55 am

  145. kristine says:

    Count me in! =)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:57 am

  146. CecileJ says:

    Baka maubusan ako! Count me in for 2 shirts…and if you need a helping hand, count me in as well! God bless you and your family for this effort and for giving us a chance to help out too.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 11:20 am

  147. chunky says:

    siyempre naman! i pledge two. God bless your project.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 11:25 am

  148. consol says:

    count me in, dear MM! and oh yes, the black tee, please, thank you.

    by the way, it is nearly a year since the second EB. are there any plans to hold the third one any time soon?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 11:29 am

  149. ratacutie says:

    Hi…I’m a regular reader as well but this will be my first foray to actually publicly comment in a blog. Your Christmas project is just too irresistible. Please count me in for 1K. If you will make babies’ sizes, I can make it 1.5k (2 adults, 1 baby). What the heck, make it PHP1.5K…the shirts don’t matter, but I do like the designs. I like the idea of the market bags as well. Bought the one from Healthy Options but not from Rustan’s (it’s too expensive vs. Healthy Options). I hope you make this a yearly effort. :) I wish you more successes.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 11:29 am

  150. Blaise says:

    Right on, SILLY LOLO! ;P

    Sep 26, 2007 | 11:35 am

  151. reaku says:

    count me in

    Sep 26, 2007 | 11:55 am

  152. CecileJ says:

    Lee, add clams! The explosive kind!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:00 pm

  153. praetorian says:

    Two shirts for me too!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:05 pm

  154. portugalbear says:

    count me in MM. Will get 2 adults and 2 kids size (if available).

    should you need help in logistics, count me in also.

    a eyeball meeting to map out the logistics endeavour of this cause is a great idea!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:14 pm

  155. Myra P. says:

    MM, someone mentioned the Salcedo Market as a pickup point — I know that dry goods other than stuff related to food cannot be sold there, but will ask if a one time exception is possible. A table for one day is only Php550.

    You might have better luck at the Sunday Legaspi Market which allows the sale of practically anything. Because it is a smaller market, It is also much less crowded there, and parking is easier.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:20 pm

  156. RobKSA says:

    If you can open a PNB account where I can send money then count me in. The suki design with your URL would be nice.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:23 pm

  157. Marketman says:

    Myra, I do know the manager of Salcedo, so I will ask if I can have a pick up point there. Others, the bank account issue is quite complicated, as it must be set up in the name of beneficiary school(s) but I cannot control if all the money then goes to the feeding program, hence I am trying to be very careful and safe, for everyone’s peace of mind… I also want no tax complications… will consult my lawyers for assistance…

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:32 pm

  158. carmina says:

    i like the suki design. can you have the colors of the t-shirt in violet and green too. thanks.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:34 pm

  159. Bengski says:

    Hello MarketMan, its me again…
    I agree with hchie. mas maganda siguro kung andun din yung trade mark mong basket saka yung mangosteen.

    Wait, wala yung mangosteen sa tabi ng chillies!
    Oo nga, nawawala yung mangosteen…!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:47 pm

  160. MarketFan says:

    …you gotta reserve one for me also..
    reusable canvass tote bag idea is also cool and timely…something we can bring to the grocery without picking up another extra plastic bag..will make Al Gore happy


    Sep 26, 2007 | 12:48 pm

  161. Dick says:


    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:06 pm

  162. KpKafle says:

    I’m from San Francisco and would be happy to donate to this program directly. Your endorsement is good enough for me to know that the money will go directly to the kids in need. Just post the details. Your T-Shirts look great but donating and helping these kids is more than enough fulfillment our end here in the US. We are so lucky, its time to give back.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:11 pm

  163. sylvia says:

    Hi MarketMan, 2 shirts for me please and 1 tote bag, if you push through with it. I like the idea suggested above of “marketmaniac” for the T-shirts and “suki” for the tote bag. Thank you for coming up with this brilliant idea and providing us the opportuntity to help feed the chidren. Btw, do we get a receipt so that the donation can be tax deductible? ;)

    Oh wait…I have a suggestion for the marketmaniac design. In place of the sili, can you put mangosteen or mangoes or durian instead? The sili is just too identified with Mexican cooking. It would be nicer to have something that is more Filipino or at least Southeast Asian in nature.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:18 pm

  164. Lenlen S. says:

    Count me in. 2 T-shirts and a Tote Bag please.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:27 pm

  165. Pebs says:

    This is indeed a great idea, and judging from the huge response, it will be a tremendous success! I’ve always believed that there are many out there who are ready, willing, and able to help the less fortunate. All that is needed is a worthy cause, a trustworthy champion (MM) and an easy method of donation.

    By the way, Melody, you mentioned above that you are with the DepEd. There are 15-20 kids in our area who we help support by giving them money for pamasahe to go to school. We give them P10 a day each. This should be more than enough for their transportation to & from school (P4 each way). Unfortunately, they are only able to use the money to get to school, then have to walk back. The rest of the money goes to their teachers’ “trays”. I’ve heard stories about students being forced to buy snacks from their teachers but I can’t believe it is still happening. One student said her teacher wouldn’t allow her to go to the bathroom because she couldn’t afford to buy from the tray. Some students started hiding their money in their shoes but the teachers soon found out and now they check the kids’ shoes! Can you tell us who can we contact to report this? I cringe at the thought that the funds we have solicited from our good friends and family are going into the pockets of the teachers and the kids we are supporting have to walk several kilometers to get home.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:31 pm

  166. joey says:

    Count me in as well! Great idea! :) I’ll take a bag too if you decide to go for that :)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:38 pm

  167. bealtea says:

    what a grand idea. count me in for 3 shirts.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:41 pm

  168. Bex says:

    ayy, i want to join too. hope u can do the tote bag as well. you’re doing such a good and wonderful job, MM.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:43 pm

  169. Mandy says:

    that’s a great idea–i love the bag idea too. it can be even used for shopping/grocery instead of plastic bags (anya hindmarch’s “i am not a plastic bag” kinda thing)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 1:50 pm

  170. jb says:

    Pebs – that sounds so sad!

    MM – If I can find a way to donate (through friends that may visit Manila in December), I will definitely be onboard.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 2:17 pm

  171. Teresa says:

    Better late than never… I’d be behind you in this marketman. :)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 2:55 pm

  172. katring says:

    I agree with those who said to open up a bank account – preferably with one that has an on-line facility. maybe you can set it up under the name of one of your businesses or under a relative’s name so your identity remains a secret :-) we can do on-line fund transfers to facilitate those who want to donate but are not in manila or in cebu :-)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 2:56 pm

  173. buffy says:

    count me in… would like to help any way i can…

    Sep 26, 2007 | 2:56 pm

  174. Teresa says:

    Better late than never…. I will be behind you in this marketman.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 2:58 pm

  175. erleen says:

    If you need volunteers, count me in! Plus some…

    MM is even consulting his lawyers!

    This is getting crazy!(Crazy in a fun way!)

    Can’t wait! =)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:16 pm

  176. titashi says:

    i’ll get 1 tote bag if matuloy po MM : )
    excited na ako mag-November! hahaha…

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:26 pm

  177. linda says:

    6 totes for me and to give away to friends and I’ll proudly carry it with me whilst I’m shopping here in Oz.I’ll just get a friend to pick these up for me.

    More power to you MM!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:29 pm

  178. Raneli says:

    MM: what a truly way to celebrate X’mas! the
    gift of sharing! Count me in.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:32 pm

  179. Marketman says:

    From my rough count, about 230-240 shirts, and perhaps another 40-50 totes so FAR! Sounds like we have to figure out how to do this!!!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:48 pm

  180. lee says:

    sent you email

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:55 pm

  181. Katrina says:

    I’ll take 2 T-shirts, please! :-)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 3:58 pm

  182. marz says:

    Hi MM,

    Clap, clap, clap to you on this very noble endeavor!
    I’ll have one shirt please.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:08 pm

  183. nunosapunso says:

    I’ll take a tote bag please…I guess I’ll have to send my father to the pick up point.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:18 pm

  184. Marissa S. Gonzaga says:

    Hi MM! I’m a silent SUKI of your blog but please count me in. great idea!!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:18 pm

  185. CecileJ says:

    Uhm, pwede dagdag? 1 tote bag also, please. Let’s give Anya Hindmarche a run for her money!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:27 pm

  186. nang says:

    plus 2 shirts for me and husband as well as 1 tote bag for food shopping. mm, it’s really a good idea to check things out with your lawyer. if this turns out to be bigger than expected, you may need certain permits from government agencies that regulate solicitation and donation activities like the dswd. i’m not so sure about this but it’s worth looking into because we don’t want our little project here to turn out bad eventually.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:28 pm

  187. Ley & Hubby says:

    Count us in MM.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:37 pm

  188. Gina says:

    Hi MM! This is my third suggestion: why don’t you run another poll on your home page so you have a running count of how many want t-shirts (include sizes–for adults, kids, and ladies baby tees; when you finalize the design you may also want to run another poll on 2-3 design options), how many want canvas totes, and I guess aprons as well. Also include people’s preferred mode of payment, just to give you an idea of what would be most convenient for most. But first you may want to pose the basic question: would you like to participate in Marketman’s Christmas feeding project?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:39 pm

  189. Zita says:

    Me too! 1 large, 1 XL and a kids size kung pwede?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:50 pm

  190. Trish says:

    Hi Marketman! I like the design with the MARKETMANIAC but prefer it to be written MARKETMANiac, with the “iac” italicized. Some unsolicited suggestion from a marketman-maniac!!!

    You may also want to make aprons too.

    I will definitely buy a ton of these and send to my cousins who are MM fans in the States!!!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:51 pm

  191. palengkera says:

    How about “Market Me”

    Sep 26, 2007 | 4:57 pm

  192. Digs says:

    Great Idea to celebrate the gift of sharing MM! Count me in, 2 shirts and a bag.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 5:00 pm

  193. bluegirl says:

    addl to my list: 1 tote bag; and if there’s an apron, 1 of that too.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 5:06 pm

  194. edee says:

    ok make it 3 shirts for me and a tote bag :)…..easiest sa amin dito sa ireland eh thru western union, coz it only cost 10euro fee, whatever amount na ipadala (well up to 6K euro yata) ….hope you can consider it as well, give as a name and address to send and a mobile number so we can text pag napadala na….just a suggestion……..GOD BLESS!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 5:07 pm

  195. k says:

    Hi MM!

    Three shirts and a tote bag for me, please.
    Lee, how about adding some dayap and bagnet in the Suki logo?

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:13 pm

  196. mojito_drinker says:

    hi MM – i’m in =) 1 tshirt and a tote bag

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:19 pm

  197. Joan Cosico says:

    Hi MarketMan,

    I’ve been a lurker in your site for quite awhile now (first site I visit every morning) and I couldn’t pass up this chance to help out. Please count me in for 2 shirts and a tote bag (very good idea since this actually will be more visible when we go to the market!). More power to you!


    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:33 pm

  198. James says:

    Hi, MM!

    Anything for a charitable cause by you! Count my wife and I in. Will also volunteer as a kitchen help for the program. Pls arrange a pick-up point for us QC residents… maybe at the Lung Center Sunday Market.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:52 pm

  199. melody says:

    that makes me so mad, Pebs. please do send me the details (what school, location, etc.) through email. i will see what i can do.

    sorry for being off topic MM. if it’s possible, could you have baby tees? so i can wear it even during ordinary days

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:56 pm

  200. melody says:

    sorry i forgot to add my email: m3lody@gmail.com

    Sep 26, 2007 | 6:56 pm

  201. skyemermaid says:

    what a wonderful idea. :)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:08 pm

  202. Catalina says:

    A tote bag and an apron for me please. Collection points are both out of my way though :-( But if Mandaluyong means MegaMall, then I can manage :-)

    Sep 26, 2007 | 7:46 pm

  203. lexie says:


    What a great idea, I would love 2 t shirts but am happy to donate to this cause with or without a t shirt.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 8:44 pm

  204. Didi says:

    Count me in!!! T- shirt, tote bag, and an apron too!!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 9:48 pm

  205. Chinachix says:

    forgot to put in my order in an earlier post. 3 shirts please, black if possible.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:05 pm

  206. Myra P. says:

    Pebs and melody, how sad that this happens. Despite my own problems, I’d love to be able to help less fortunate children. But I wonder if I can trust anyone. Sometimes you can’t even trust the people recieving the charity (ex, the kids can just walk and use the money to buy candy to eat on the long walk home), but the teachers themselves?? How apalling.

    I think MM is getting such a great response from his readers because over the months, we’ve come to trust him. If he wanted to scam us, he could send us our shirts and keep the rest of the money — use it to buy more fishpans or pay off his credit card debts from the ton of stuff he sent home in balikbayan boxes, LOL.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:07 pm

  207. marie says:

    Wow galing everyone liked my tote bag idea! Anyway Marketman, the tote bag should have a bottom okay, to fit in loads of produce. And handles that don’t dig into your shoulders =) Good if it can stand up on its own (meaning the canvas should be thick) but if it can’t, okay lang, ala the Rustan’s bag which is easily foldable and can be stored in one’s purse. I’m a firm believer in Bring Your Own Bag and seriously, in about 2 months I’ve probably saved like 100 plastic bags! Not just for food shopping — bookstore, record store, clothing store, anything! You’ll never go back to plastic…

    Aprons are a good idea as well. You might want to rethink the T-shirt idea, may be too complicated? Oh and having more Pinoy-themed food on the logo / graphic is a very good idea. Western food is too plain / predictable I think.

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:57 pm

  208. marie says:

    Oh and, I’d like 2 tote bags please!

    Sep 26, 2007 | 10:58 pm

  209. Maria Clara says:

    This is an overwhelming support to your worthy cause. Like Silly Lolo says, I too await further developements on your feeding program and will be glad to abide with whatever you come up with.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 12:30 am

  210. eustressor says:

    count me in! 2 shirts and a tote bag please.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 3:22 am

  211. petitefleur says:

    Count me in, MM! :)

    Sep 27, 2007 | 4:08 am

  212. Onie says:

    i’ve been a regular reader for almost a year but it’s my first time to actually write. reading the blog is my own cure for my homesickness! there’s an overwhelming response to this project – providing nourishment to the poor school-aged kids is a great cause! i am definitely joining (although i will have to ask my sis to do it for me as i live in canada)! hope to be able to join one of the meetings when i visit…

    Sep 27, 2007 | 4:20 am

  213. smiles4angels says:

    count me in! :)

    to lee: great designs

    Sep 27, 2007 | 5:54 am

  214. chi says:

    Hi MM,

    I checked with my bank (Washington Mutual) with regards to the process surrounding a Benevolent Account which could solve the dilemna of a central repository for donations from abroad. The rules and regulations are clearly defined on a single sheet which I can scan and email to you if you provide me with an eddress.

    Basically, the account will need 2 Administrators (primary & secondary) and a named Beneficiary (the school itself or the Dept of Education or whatever). The account can only be in existence for 6 months or less. At the agreed time, the bank can then wire the funds to the named beneficiary’s bank. I like this part as the money never crosses a specific individual’s hands.

    The account will have the ability to eletronically accept bank-to-bank deposits contingent of course on online compatibility with the sending bank. Donators can retain their online deposit receipt for tax purposes. At WaMu, this is a free (no fee, non-interest bearing) account.

    All of the above are specific to WaMu but I suspect most other US banks will have similar if not identical governance. You can decide how you want to set this up. Just thought I’d provide you with an available option.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 7:04 am

  215. Marketman says:

    Latest SUMMARY ESTIMATE – ABOUT 280 shirts and roughly 60-70 totes!!!

    Sep 27, 2007 | 7:24 am

  216. millet says:

    i’m in, MM…3 shirts, please! this is fantastic!

    Sep 27, 2007 | 7:42 am

  217. eej says:

    MM, would you please provide an update on how we can do our share on spreading good cheer this Christmas, sans shirt or tote bag. Electronic(PayPal)transactions preferred.

    Sorry for all the extra leg work, but your annual family benevolent holiday project just snowballed in to a major charity event! Hats off to everyone’s generosity.


    Sep 27, 2007 | 7:43 am

  218. gemma asis says:

    count me in MM, a t-shirt and a tote bag maybe?

    Sep 27, 2007 | 7:56 am

  219. dhayL says:

    Excellent idea MM, what a turn out!! :) Just let us know how to send the funds for those outside the Philippines ok? I like the reusable grocery bag and apron idea too! That’s so cool! I know you’re still finalizing the designs and all, but if I can make a suggestion, why not use your trade mark – french market basket for the apron, and have something like “ilovemarketmanila.com”, or “iloveMarketManila.com”; and for the tote bag, why not add “who’s your” suki, instead of just “SUKI”?? What do you think?

    So, that’ll be 1 tote bag and 1 apron for me pls and thank u!I’m so excited, I’m already picturing myself cooking at home using your apron and going to the market with your bag! :)

    Sep 27, 2007 | 8:15 am

  220. Socky says:

    Hi, Marketman!
    Please count me in and my friend Poch. I will bring hers when I visit her in toronto this December. That’s two (2) t-shirts please.

    This t-shirt idea rocks!

    Sep 27, 2007 | 8:28 am

  221. hchie says:

    I’d like to get 2 totes please. Thanks.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 8:34 am

  222. ichabod says:

    Please reserve me one shirt please.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 8:46 am

  223. Em Dy says:

    Hi again. If you’re doing the tote bag, I’d rather have that one instead of a T-shirt because of fit issues. But if you’re just doing the shirts, I’d stick with my reservation of 1 tee.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 9:18 am

  224. corrrine says:

    2 tees for me. cheers and good luck!

    Sep 27, 2007 | 9:23 am

  225. wits and nuts says:

    Aside from the tee that I previously requested, count me for the tote, too :p

    Sep 27, 2007 | 9:54 am

  226. dee bee says:

    Hi marketman, hope that in the future you can set up a foundation where we, from overseas, can send our donations to. please know that even though we cannot send any monetary support now, you have our heartfelt support in this so very worthwhile endeavor. all the best!!

    Sep 27, 2007 | 10:17 am

  227. Pebs says:

    Thanks Melody. I will get the details and email you.

    Sorry MM for taking up so much space on your site for a personal rant. It was totally rude of me. I just got all excited when Melody said she was with the DepEd.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 10:30 am

  228. sometime_lurker says:

    1 shirt, 1 tote.. not in the country though, will think about that…

    Sep 27, 2007 | 10:42 am

  229. Marketman says:

    Pebs, no problem at all, happy the two of you connected and hopefully can do the public some good… deebee, foundation establishment is actually not that easy, but yes, in the longer term, it is something I hope to do…

    Sep 27, 2007 | 10:54 am

  230. forever_lurker says:

    count me in..1 shirt and a tote :)

    Sep 27, 2007 | 11:18 am

  231. James says:

    Hi, MM!

    Kindly include a tote bag for me. Thanks.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 12:14 pm

  232. cc says:

    Count me in for a shirt and a tote.
    indeed a popular blog…200+ respones.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 12:17 pm

  233. fe says:

    count me in, i prefer the tote bag. sana same design as the shirt…

    Sep 27, 2007 | 3:02 pm

  234. elit says:

    Hi MM! Please reserve two shirts for me of different designs. Thanks!

    Sep 27, 2007 | 3:29 pm

  235. ana says:

    please count me in! thank you

    Sep 27, 2007 | 5:01 pm

  236. ana says:

    Please make it one shirt and one tote bag. thank you

    Sep 27, 2007 | 5:06 pm

  237. carol says:

    I want a tote bag! It’s more “thematic” :-)

    Sep 27, 2007 | 5:58 pm

  238. ysa says:

    MM, if you want some help in the distribution and feeding program, i’m volunteering. why not make the event an excuse for an EB? Just a thought… :)

    Sep 27, 2007 | 6:23 pm

  239. Lani says:

    count me in for the t-shirt.

    Sep 27, 2007 | 7:43 pm

  240. marosee says:

    hey MM! count me in for 1 shirt and 1 tote.. i agree with ysa..it would make a great EB :-)

    Sep 27, 2007 | 11:01 pm

  241. chi says:

    Hi MM,

    If you’re going to have totes – I would like 5 of those please! Just to remind people in the US though, charitable donations where you receive something in return, are NOT tax deductible!

    Sep 28, 2007 | 1:34 am

  242. bigeater says:

    sama ako diyan pero xxl size ko

    Sep 28, 2007 | 5:35 am

  243. corrine says:

    MM, if there’s an apron, I would like to change the t shirt to apron! thanks!

    Sep 28, 2007 | 10:21 am

  244. frank says:

    MM: great idea you got here and timing is impeccable. contact me if you want free airtime on #1 AM radio station in the Philippines with wide-satellite AND global internet coverage.

    for your worthy cause, i’m willing to hook you up with my friend, the news director, for interview and/or plug in.
    just be prepared to print a lot more tees than the 500 once your initiative takes off.

    best regards.

    Sep 28, 2007 | 1:35 pm

  245. Faye says:

    I’m in

    Sep 28, 2007 | 1:53 pm

  246. kaoko says:

    It’s not a loony idea. Count me in :D

    Sep 28, 2007 | 4:08 pm

  247. Mona_C says:

    I really like the feeding program, the shirts are just the bonus. Please post the mechanics of the donation and I’ll figure out a way to get it to you. Now if we had more bloggers like Marketman with workable ideas on their pet causes we won’t have to rant all the time about bureaucracy benefiting only those who want to line their pockets or grab credit from private sector initiatives… Oops, hehehe. The shirts are lovely, but the program is lovelier. Thanks for letting us participate, Marketman! I’m sooo in.

    Sep 28, 2007 | 6:05 pm

  248. Rowi says:

    Great ideas! Great responses! Count me in, pls! A canvas tote and a t-shirt would be nice.

    Sep 28, 2007 | 10:14 pm

  249. Ted says:

    I think Philippine PayPal users can now receive money from other countries. You might want to take a look at this link and set up an account just for this charity. Please check out the link below.


    If this is doable, count me in for 3 kid’s shirts which i would also like you to give to 3 lucky kids who will be the recipient of your cause.

    Sep 29, 2007 | 4:01 am

  250. jo says:

    Sorry for the late response MM, but yes count me in. Two tees with different design and a tote for me please.

    Sep 29, 2007 | 9:08 am

  251. pinkytab says:

    I can realize my dream of setting up a “soup kitchen” in the Phil. through you. I wish you God speed in this endeavor. Knowing that you will use the money for the project wisely I will donate to this cause generously. Let us know how you plan to receive the donations from abroad, be it in cash (I can ask a friend to give cash) or through a channel abroad. No need for anything in return.

    Sep 29, 2007 | 10:34 am

  252. sistah says:

    Two shirts for me pls. Bless you MM for your big heart. Wish you success in this worthy cause!

    Sep 29, 2007 | 12:51 pm

  253. reaku says:

    add 2 totes for me!

    Sep 29, 2007 | 5:35 pm

  254. currystrumpet says:

    2 totes for me! i love “who’s your suki?” hee hee!

    Sep 29, 2007 | 7:06 pm

  255. muhsin says:

    This is really a great idea!
    I don’t remember when it was that I read in the times magazine that somewhere in India if I’m not mistaken, a nice man cooked breakfast everyday out of his own pocket for poor elementary students, and that meal might be the children’s only food for the day. The man said he does not know for how long he could support these children but as long as he could, the kids are going to be fed.
    Marketman, I believe you could do more than 500 shirts! you are one of those servants given by the Master 5000 or 3000,and invested in return doublefold!

    Sep 29, 2007 | 8:20 pm

  256. stef says:

    I’m in, with or without a shirt. But if you figure things out for US contributors, I may want a shirt and tote for a relative….

    Sep 29, 2007 | 8:40 pm

  257. Maricel says:

    I think Trish’s idea of MARKETMANiac is great for the shirt along with your French market basket logo. Paging Lee…..

    Sep 30, 2007 | 7:12 am

  258. Cathee says:

    Hey MarketMan,

    This idea is so kewl!!! Count me in for a t-shirt (Black-XL) and a tote bag (sana katcha type)…

    I’m in Butuan City but I can probably ask my Dad in QC to give the donation on my behalf.

    Rock on!

    Sep 30, 2007 | 8:49 am

  259. jingle says:

    What a great and noble idea. And was amazed at the response. 2 black suki shirts and a bag for me. And would gladly offer a hand in the distribution and actual feeding program day. Just sound the bell.

    Sep 30, 2007 | 11:33 am

  260. zena says:

    I already reserved my shirts a week ago but i just learned about the tote bags! Great for picking up produce in Salcedo. 2 totes please! And if you need physical help, count me in too. =)
    It’s become a frenzy, MM! Don’t pull your hairs out just yet. Hehe.

    Sep 30, 2007 | 9:23 pm

  261. aggie says:

    count me in MM!! 2 shirts for me please and a tote bag!
    Great idea!!

    Oct 1, 2007 | 7:02 am

  262. George says:

    count me in. 2 shirts for moi

    Oct 1, 2007 | 7:32 am

  263. inday hami/iloveiloilo says:

    Ayos gid, MM. Count me in!

    Oct 1, 2007 | 9:58 am

  264. peanutbeanma says:

    i’d like 1 shirt and a tote bag please..wait…is there a tote bag? im too excited to reserve a shirt for myself and well, kinda lazy to read all the other comments….

    Oct 1, 2007 | 2:43 pm

  265. Jun says:

    Hi MM, Pls. count me in for 2 shirts. Always happy to support a noble idea.

    Oct 1, 2007 | 6:03 pm

  266. Marketman says:

    SO FAR, ROUGHLY 320 SHIRTS and 100 TOTES. I haven’t found a supplier for the latter yet but working on it… and frank, sorry for the late reply to your incredibly generous offer to put his on the air…but I think for now I’d like to keep it to the Marketmanila family… I think I can barely handle the logistics for about 500 shirts/totes as it is… But thank you very much for the offer!

    Oct 1, 2007 | 7:52 pm

  267. Budji says:

    Great idea! 2 tshirts please. adult sizes. Thanks.

    Oct 1, 2007 | 8:30 pm

  268. Budji says:

    Ohhh… I forgot, 2 totebags please. Just to pitch-in to this great project: the ideal size is for shopping tote bags is 15″L X 6″W X 16″H with the drop size of 10″ for the handles. The bottom should be doubly reinforced for the heavy food and veggies. An inner pocket attached to the opening would be ideal. Just a suggestion po. =)
    Thanks, Mr. MM!

    Oct 1, 2007 | 8:37 pm

  269. belci says:

    count me in for 5 tote bags. if tote bags won’t push through, then i can convert to t-shirts.

    Oct 3, 2007 | 5:14 pm

  270. Gina says:

    MM, hi. I signed up for 1 tote bag. Would like to add 1 more please. I don’t know if this has been done before, but yours might be the first Philippine food blog to organize, and generate support for, a charitable undertaking completely online.

    Oct 3, 2007 | 6:11 pm

  271. GinaOris says:

    4 tote bags for me. Thanks.

    Oct 3, 2007 | 7:31 pm

  272. redd says:

    hi MM!!! i’ll get 3 t-shirts please. i’m abroad but i’ll ask my brother who’s in Manila to get it from the drop-off points. i hope there will be one in the QC or Pasig area area though. thanks! brilliant idea! more power!

    Oct 3, 2007 | 7:35 pm

  273. Gia Mayol says:

    count me in for a tote bag too, MM. that brings my contribution to 1 t-shirt and 1 tote bag. thanks MM

    Oct 3, 2007 | 7:40 pm

  274. Liza says:

    Count me in for one shirt for the cause.

    More power to you, MM.

    Oct 3, 2007 | 10:13 pm

  275. john paul sarabia says:

    hi mr.market man,i’ll get 1 shirt.

    Oct 3, 2007 | 10:19 pm

  276. monica says:

    I originally posted that I wanted a t-shirt. Yes, I still do. But I also want two tote bags. That would be great for grocery shopping. So this Christmas, I will be part of helping undernourished kids and keeping the earth green by reusing the bags. Score!

    Oct 3, 2007 | 11:18 pm

  277. tulipfleurs says:

    Hello Market Man:

    I don’t know how the donations from abroad will work but I’m sure I can figure something out since I do have relatives back home. For now, I’d like to have 3 t-shirts and 3 tote bags. Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

    Oct 3, 2007 | 11:44 pm

  278. yam says:

    Please count me in! 1 tote bag, 1 tshirt (but if you will produce different designs count me in for all designs)

    Good cause, MM :)

    Oct 4, 2007 | 1:40 am

  279. nads says:

    I want 1 shirt and 1 tote bag please :)

    Oct 4, 2007 | 2:01 am

  280. Fran Magbual says:

    I wish I knew someone in Manila that could pick up a tote bag for me!

    Oct 4, 2007 | 8:35 am

  281. maj says:

    Hello MM,

    I hope i’m not too late for this… count me in for 1 SUKI shirt(in XL) and 2 tote bags please.

    MM, i salute you for your good heart.

    Oct 4, 2007 | 10:04 am

  282. Mandy says:

    count me in: 1 bag and 1 tshirt :)

    Oct 4, 2007 | 1:16 pm

  283. missuztee says:

    Please count me in for the tote bag. =)

    Oct 4, 2007 | 4:34 pm

  284. Edik Dolotina says:

    Where can i send my donation so I can have a t-shirt?
    By the way, I love the Marketmaniac design. Can I have those?

    Oct 4, 2007 | 4:57 pm

  285. Ana de Guzman says:

    would like to join your cause. pls count me in for a t-shirt and bag :)

    good luck!

    Oct 4, 2007 | 7:21 pm

  286. Miles says:

    cool designs!! i like the marketmaniac design for the tote bag so count me in. my office is near the salcedo market so i can go there for the pick up.

    Oct 5, 2007 | 12:06 pm

  287. Miles says:

    forgot to add that your marketman logo is also a nice design could you incorporate it in the marketmaniac shirt/tote?

    Oct 5, 2007 | 12:11 pm

  288. Queen B says:

    hi! count me in, I’m thinking of getting 2 shirts. If there is a pick up point in Market! Market! it will be easy for my mum to pick up the shirts… Will wait for the details in the coming weeks…

    Oct 5, 2007 | 3:38 pm

  289. Booey says:

    Hi, signed up to this tshirt drive through email but since all your emails are gone and i might be missed out in the counting, just wanted to reiterate my participation in this worthy cause…

    Oct 5, 2007 | 4:58 pm

  290. Maricor says:

    I am offering my home as a pick-up point in Quezon City. Just let me know when. And one tote bag for me, and one for Mom, please.

    Oct 5, 2007 | 7:10 pm

  291. Hatari says:

    I’d like to sign up for a shirt please (XXL)….it’s a great project. Kudos to you for leveraging your cyberfame to push this endeavor.

    Oct 6, 2007 | 8:39 am

  292. munchkinmommy says:

    hi MM! i hope i’m not too late…i want a shirt and a tote as well. i’ll ask my relatives to grab them for me as i am in texas. :)

    Oct 18, 2007 | 10:33 pm

  293. Tina says:

    Hi MM, Please count me in for 1 tote bag. Thanks.:)

    Oct 20, 2007 | 2:17 am

  294. melizza says:

    One shirt for me too MM. And please dont forget me if you need extra manpower. =)

    Oct 20, 2007 | 11:11 am

  295. Chona says:

    Dear MM,

    I would like to reserve 1 t-shirt size L and one tote bag pls. It would be great if the ladies’ shirts would come in baby tee style. :)


    Oct 29, 2007 | 1:01 am

  296. Duday says:


    AM I too late for the TOTE BAG, count in me plssssssss.

    super thanks MM.

    Nov 6, 2007 | 5:02 pm

  297. cathie says:

    Hello MM!!!

    What a good and big heart you have! I’m sure this project would be a huge success!!!

    I know this notice is very late but can I still order tote bags (1 for each design)?! Hope so!!!!! :)

    Nov 9, 2007 | 10:09 am

  298. Edik says:

    i’ve noticed that SM has also introduced their own version of a tote bag for their “green” program. i was quite pleased and bought 3 pcs.

    i wonder how can i own MM’s totes and shirts. i’ve posted an inquiry on how to avail and where to send payments but i didn’t hear any response except those of foundation-thing.

    i wish this will be solved soon. i wanna have MM’s tote bags and shirts.

    Nov 14, 2007 | 6:19 pm


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