17 Dec2010


It took roughly 70+ man hours of work to complete this year’s gingerbread creation. And it is small compared with previous years houses. Every single member of Marketman & family’s household contributed something to this edition. Call it the bayanihan approach to gingerbread. An interesting mix of Western tradition with local design… And it will be on view a wider audience (for the first time ever) this Saturday night on the show “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” which is doing a Christmas special.


Rushing home from a business trip to Cebu, I got to our house 20 minutes after the GMA crew had arrived. This was a totally unrehearsed interview, at nearly 9 in the evening, after an extremely busy day that started at 4am in another city! I may cringe badly when it airs after all the atrocious answers I blathered on about. And they may just voice over all of my responses like they did with the lechon feature last year. :) Many thanks to the patient and professional crew from GMA. I am very uncomfortable in front of cameras but they made this about as bearable as it can get. My wish is that folks across the country and elsewhere focus on the gingerbread, the idea of family traditions, the wonder of making things with one’s own hands, and the memory triggering smells of spices and all things nice. NOT on Marketman. :)



  1. BumbleBee says:

    Hey MM! :) I can’t wait to see your gingerbread creation this year!

    May I ask, what made you and your family choose to have this tradition for Christmas every year? :) This comes a close second to (if not tied with) the yearly family reunions/parties you host, I bet.

    Dec 17, 2010 | 4:50 pm


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  3. Anne :-) says:

    Thanks MM! I’ll watch this episode on Sunday. :-)

    Dec 17, 2010 | 5:59 pm

  4. kim e says:

    how i wish i have extra time to make a gingerbread house. :)

    Dec 17, 2010 | 6:11 pm

  5. moni says:

    I will definitely watch it tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing your gingerbread house with the rest of the world. Happy holidays.

    Dec 17, 2010 | 7:41 pm

  6. EbbaBlue says:

    I will search for it now on my cable, you see not only we have different schedules, some program are not on a regular slot. On my previous visit in Quezon Province, I brought with me a Gingerbread Kit, and my 2 nieces tried to do it while we were on the beach. It was a disaster, I wonder if it was because of the wind or the humidity of May.

    Dec 17, 2010 | 8:02 pm

  7. MHM says:

    Can’t wait to see it! But I’m in Sydney, so where can I?

    Dec 17, 2010 | 8:37 pm

  8. mamba says:


    when will be the episode be aired?

    Dec 17, 2010 | 10:15 pm

  9. mary says:

    You are too humble MM. I am willing to bet anyone that your answers were not atrocious. I say this because your written communication is excellent. Thus, your oral communication cannot be too far behind even if you were in front of lights, camera, and a “celebrity”.

    Dec 17, 2010 | 10:17 pm

  10. Junb says:

    Nice one MM, You are really a celebrity now….maybe next one will be an offer for a movie hehehe…

    Dec 17, 2010 | 10:20 pm

  11. Shane says:

    this is great, MM! I will be on the lookout for this. I don’t have Filipino cable but I go to this website where they upload most if not all the shows for the three major stations.

    Dec 17, 2010 | 10:26 pm

  12. CarmL says:

    I have no Filipino cable either.. Will you post the gingerbread pics sometime soon?

    Dec 17, 2010 | 11:20 pm

  13. Grace says:

    Looking forward to see you in Kapuso episode this Sunday.

    Dec 17, 2010 | 11:29 pm

  14. jhaz says:

    I’m so excited to see your gingerbread house MM, will surely tune in tomorrow.

    Dec 17, 2010 | 11:45 pm

  15. faith says:

    Oh, yes! Please do share where I can watch this online after it actually airs. I won’t be home for it tomorrow night. =(

    Dec 18, 2010 | 12:23 am

  16. Ralph says:

    I hope you post pictures after it airs for those who might miss it tomorrow. (ducks. raises hands.)

    Dec 18, 2010 | 12:24 am

  17. Teresa says:

    I really like that – having said; the wonder of making things with one’s own hands. It’s going to be a must watch episode of Jesica Soho later tonight… I also like the idea of starting traditions or adding new traditions to what is already practiced in the family. It just makes all of us look forward to the coming of the holiday season to build more lasting memories for young and old.

    Dec 18, 2010 | 1:14 am

  18. bagito says:

    Can’t wait to see it!

    Dec 18, 2010 | 3:20 am

  19. natie says:

    I found out 4 days ago I also have GMA in my cable channels–YEY!!! i could watch your interview!!

    Dec 18, 2010 | 5:02 am

  20. Britelite says:

    Can you please feature it here also as I will be missing the show due to a Christmas party?

    Dec 18, 2010 | 8:43 am

  21. shane says:

    @ faith: Here’s the site I go to to catch up on all the shows from the Philippines:

    It is a neat site where all the shows from the three stations are uploaded. The site changes once in a while but if you have a facebook account, you can subscribe to http://www.facebook.com/dapeke to get updates about any changes.

    Dec 18, 2010 | 9:29 am

  22. Gay says:

    Can’t wait to watch it later!

    Dec 18, 2010 | 1:14 pm

  23. mary chen says:

    mm, please post your feature in Jessica Soho’s show here in your blog. I have a Christmas party to attend later and i might not see it. please pretty please!!

    Dec 18, 2010 | 2:59 pm

  24. sophie says:

    hi MM your crew at BTC informed us earlier of your show tonight… I am waiting for the airing. BTW, lo and behold…everybody is correct that the taste of ZUBUCHON is really different and tastes really yummy…I love it…you won’t imagine that we ate a part of it in a resto at BTC, the remains of a kilo was able to travel with me and by boyfriend to Taoist Temple, Magellan’s Cross, Sto Nino Shrine, at Fuente where we buy some pasalubong for family back in Manila, at Ayala Mall then home…and when we open the package of our treasured ZUBUCHON…SKIN STILL CRISPY…WOWWWW! so now, it would be part of the dinner with some soy sauce, kalamansi, sili as “sawsawan” Yum yum!

    Dec 18, 2010 | 6:50 pm

  25. greens_blossoms says:

    woooohoooo!!!!! looks so great – you and the gingerbread house :-)

    Dec 18, 2010 | 8:57 pm

  26. Marketman says:

    Geez, after 2 hours of filming, a rapid 30 second clip! :) Have to write a gingerbread post so you can see it in more detail… up next. :)

    Dec 18, 2010 | 9:00 pm

  27. Pilar says:

    I love it, Marketman! Very native. Nayong Pilipino theme. Merry Christmas!

    Dec 18, 2010 | 9:05 pm

  28. moni says:

    MM, I just saw your awesome gingerbread house on Jessica Soho’s program. The native Filipino theme is so fitting. Well done.

    Dec 18, 2010 | 9:05 pm

  29. jhaz says:

    Congratulations MM! I had goose bumps while watching you on KMJS, medyo bitin lang po.
    But your bayanihan approach to your gingerbread house was really great. Excellent!

    Dec 18, 2010 | 9:20 pm

  30. raddar says:


    Visited your site for first time tonight. After watching Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho and after Mama wanted me to search for puto bumbong recipe in the net (also prompted by KMJS). Love your puto bumbong blog two years ago. I also love your gingerbread masterpiece featured in KMJS. It challenged me to begin a yearly family tradition by cooking at least one recipe for noche buena that my loved ones, especially my son, look forward to.

    Judging from your two blogs I’ve just read (on puto bumbong and the KMJS feature), I find you unassuming, friendly and very Pinoy at heart. Just added your site to my Favorites.

    Incidentally, your awesome gingerbread houses/community was featured in my most favorite Pinoy tv show, KMJS.

    God bless po.

    Dec 18, 2010 | 9:51 pm

  31. Ms. D says:

    Dec 18, 2010 | 11:59 pm

  32. eden claire says:

    Thanks Ms D, got to see the replay

    Dec 19, 2010 | 1:31 am

  33. HD says:

    Salamat sa internet napanood ko ang Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. Nung makita ko si Kris at si Marian sa preview, alam ko nang maiksi lang yung mga ibang features. :) As usual may kahalong mahabang chicka sa kanila.

    Dec 19, 2010 | 6:52 am

  34. moni says:

    Sophie, the best sawsawan for Zubuchon would be native vinegar with crushed garlic, chili and a little salt. That’s the authentic Visayan dip.

    Dec 19, 2010 | 8:00 am

  35. joyce says:

    shucks! i missed this! thanks for the link mrs. d

    Dec 19, 2010 | 1:01 pm

  36. EbbaBlue says:

    I just finished watching the whole episode of JSoho minutes ago, and .. wala ang portion mo, nor Kris and Marian (as mentioned above). Could it be that not only our skeds is different here, but also we are delayed by about a week’s episode? Naku, gabing-gabi pa naman yung airing ng program na ito, and I waited, kahit na nga sa preview I had my suspicion, but I kept on watching… and wala talaga. Maybe next Saturday our time? Bakit yung ibang program ng GMA naman, 1-day lang ang difference?

    Dec 19, 2010 | 1:23 pm

  37. Bubut says:

    @EbbaBlue, you may have a different schedules of GMA program compared the one here in Manila. Just check on the links send by Mrs. D.

    MM, when you mentioned it at your previous blog, i know right away that it will be at KMJS show..Congrats and thanks for sharing your family tradition. Merry Christmas to you and your family and the crew in Cebu. God bless.

    Dec 20, 2010 | 9:49 am

  38. Cindy says:

    What a lovely gingerbread house you made MM! I saw it in JS christmas special, makes me want to start it as a family tradition. Merry christmas to you and your family!

    Dec 20, 2010 | 10:55 am

  39. sonny sj says:

    thank you for the link Ms. D.

    Dec 20, 2010 | 11:53 am


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