19 Jul2011

Yup. It’s a lengthy article with wonderful photos of Filipino food but it starts off with a shocking view from without about how some Europeans might perceive the Philippines in several ways… It’s a gritty piece, not fancy travelogue, and it starts with some depressing lines, but winds up with a wonderful conclusion, with Tom Parker-Bowles absolutely “going to bat” for Pinoy cuisine…

If you recall, I had been invited by Margarita Fores at the last moment to a hastily arranged dinner for the writer, here. Marketman gets just a brief mention in the lengthy piece, but the most amusing quote is this: “she (Margarita) introduces me to (Marketman), the THIN and intelligent man behind the blog marketmanila…” Heehee. THIN. THIN. THIN. Cheap thrills. This at the end of my diet a few months ago… Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the issue. :)



  1. ami says:

    oopps, bad of me to presume that there would be a link to the article. Hope our friendly neighborhood magazine stall carries this.

    Jul 19, 2011 | 2:31 pm


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  3. Jeff says:


    Jul 19, 2011 | 3:08 pm

  4. Ellen says:

    will definitely buy this issue!!! and to be complimented on ur figure!! fantastic =)

    Jul 19, 2011 | 3:57 pm

  5. jay p says:

    congrats payatut!!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 4:13 pm

  6. Dragon says:

    which one will go to your head first: to be in Esq UK or to be referred to as thin? LOL!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 4:19 pm

  7. whackerZ says:

    Jul 19, 2011 | 5:51 pm

  8. Footloose says:

    Thanks whackerZ.

    Jul 19, 2011 | 6:32 pm

  9. cumin says:

    Magic words, MM, you might be absolutely thrilled!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 6:58 pm

  10. Kerie says:

    You rock \m/


    Jul 19, 2011 | 7:47 pm

  11. joanne says:

    whackerz! you the man! thanks!

    the article is a great read. love it!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 7:53 pm

  12. manilahotstuff says:

    Absolutely thrilled for you. Excited to read the writeup. And by royal powers who writes about food you are hereby declared thin! Congrats!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 8:00 pm

  13. natie says:

    Abbeylicious sure got my attention….to be called THIN in Esquire is quite a distinction..esp for a foodie!!! WOW!!! and thanks, whackerZ!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 8:01 pm

  14. Mimi says:

    WhackerZ: Thank you.
    Abbeylicious got my attention too!
    Congratulations, MM!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 8:12 pm

  15. Mike says:

    Yeah, really depressing to read some of the stuff Western travel guides write about us, some true, others false, most half truths. But we do have some advocates. Travel writer Chuck Thompson considers RP his favorite place to visit, Rafe Bartholomew raves about us. Many amongst us, esp the upper class, complain that we’re not like Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, etc. But as someone who’s done some travelling myself and seen the homogenization and Disneyfication of the world, I’d rather take all our grit, grunge, and warts, since that makes a place much, more utterly interesting, at least to me (I found Albania much more fascinating than Barcelona). Upper class people talk about the “kabaduyan” of regular Pinoys, I call it “quirky and interesting.” Kudos to you MM for going out of your way to visit the grungiest of palengkes to the spiffiest supermarket/farmer’s market, now that makes an engrossing and interesting travel. I’d really hate to see us go Disney.

    Jul 19, 2011 | 8:39 pm

  16. MP says:

    First, PIGMAN.. then…THIN.. what’s next???

    Thanks whackerZ for the link and Mike for hitting the nail on its head.

    Jul 19, 2011 | 8:48 pm

  17. Lambert says:

    Hahaha! How cute are you! You are thin naman LOL :D

    Jul 19, 2011 | 9:31 pm

  18. dabo says:


    I’m happy for you idol!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 9:39 pm

  19. Connie C says:

    I know, I know, I am confident foodies will not lose the pork for Abbeylicous , her quads and gluts ( and cleavage too)! Gee, if I were younger I’d probably have an inferiority complex. Now to get that copy of Esquire to read that wonderful conclusion by Tom Parker-Bowles and about that thin intelligent man behind this blog.

    Jul 19, 2011 | 9:41 pm

  20. Mom-Friday says:

    Congratulations — for the feature and for being thin!!! :)

    Jul 19, 2011 | 10:32 pm

  21. Melissa says:

    Hurray for Filipino food and for Manila! Loved the article!!!

    Jul 19, 2011 | 10:40 pm

  22. chrisb says:

    You’re funny, MM. That really made your day didn’t it? His description of Margarita Fores is even more flattering but I guess what he really fell for above anything else was Imelda’s charm. And lechon skin.

    Jul 19, 2011 | 11:13 pm

  23. joey says:

    Congratulations!!! I have to keep my eye out for this issue…would love to read his piece, grit and all. Let me know if you come across it over here. Well, without the grit it wouldn’t be our true story I suppose…but fantastic to know that he would “go to bat” for our cuisine :) We are making our mark!

    Jul 20, 2011 | 12:03 am

  24. natie says:

    hehe just finished reading the article online—-very entertaining–nice pics, one of which was a man proudly presenting his prized rooster. He also called you ‘intelligent’, MM..You left that one out…you were more thrilled by ‘thin’. TP-B’s description of the dishes, esp the lechon skin made me so hungry..the unflattering comments no longer bother me. it is what it is—

    Jul 20, 2011 | 12:09 am

  25. natie says:

    oh, you did mention ‘intelligent’–i need new glasses…

    Jul 20, 2011 | 1:47 am

  26. ykmd says:

    To be a serious foodie AND be thin is no easy feat :) congrats!

    Jul 20, 2011 | 3:32 am

  27. Jong says:

    congrats, if you email me a mailing address I can pick one or two or three :) copies and mail it to you.

    Jul 20, 2011 | 6:27 am

  28. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    That was good. Abbeylicious was better. Joke only!

    @Mike – Its true what you say. At the same time, we (Filipinos) don’t do much to elevate ourselves beyond what is assumed about the Philippines. This is on both sides of the Pacific where we indulge preconceived notions or memories of people who have have visited there. It really gets old, almost cliche with visions of poverty, girls, corruption, etc. And for some, this is what they look for. Granted, they can find it, but there is so much more and even more potential for the Philippines.

    One of the statements that stands out is ‘America’s real legacy, a taste for the fast and processed’. Oh how true! If you visit Seafood City or simillar Filipino grocery, there is so much premium on canned foods. I live in an area that has many Illokano households, so I would expect Seafood City to carry an abundance of Filipino produce. Shocking to see that corned beef, condensed milk and canned fruit cocktail is marketed over fresh food. At the same time, convenience and shortcuts are the bane of Filipino cuisine. So many turo turo here reinforcing that Filipino food is ‘brown and greasy’, thus ‘real Filipino’.

    The big one thorn for me is Filipinos being apologetic for what we eat. Many a restaurants here calling themselves ‘Asian’ cuisine, instead of Filipino. Shame. Even a recent airing of ‘Eat Street’ with a Filipino food truck, apologizing for how unappealing Filipino food looks. Freaking vegetarian Indian food looks pre-digested! Granted that all cuisines will undergo a change as they adapt to new homes. But for Filipinos for being in the US since the 1700s, that change is overdue.

    Jul 20, 2011 | 8:59 am

  29. Noel says:

    Congrats, MM!

    Jul 20, 2011 | 9:08 am

  30. Marketman says:

    Jong, thank you so much for that generous and kind offer, but a family member is in London at the moment and will be home in a couple of weeks so they are bringing me a copy. But thanks! whackerZ, THANK YOU for that link. :)

    Jul 20, 2011 | 9:27 am

  31. Eileen says:

    I am so proud and happy for you MM.

    Jul 20, 2011 | 9:47 am

  32. loony says:

    are “thin” and “intelligent” all that mr parker bowles can think of to describe mm? then i don’t think he’s much of a writer. how about erudite or enthusiastic? :)

    Jul 20, 2011 | 1:22 pm

  33. Marketman says:

    loony, hahaha, sorry, but I am happy with thin and intelligent. :)

    Jul 20, 2011 | 2:42 pm

  34. Peach says:

    Hahaha, congrats! :) How kilig is that?? Gosh, I’d buy myself a dozen copies if I were in your shoes!

    Jul 20, 2011 | 2:56 pm

  35. mojito drinker says:

    awesome, i’d be happy with thin and intelligent too :D

    Jul 20, 2011 | 4:11 pm

  36. aji says:

    Congrats MM! THIN! Kainggit.

    Jul 20, 2011 | 9:06 pm

  37. Footloose says:

    This fellow inherited the disarming gene from his mom who obviously must have used it on her current husband. Thin and intelligent can get anybody far with a lot of people. I shall put it down then as more than sufficient payback for the crunchy lechon and pili brittle you brought to Margarita’s feast.

    Jul 21, 2011 | 6:08 am

  38. Jenny says:

    Longtime reader and fan, MM! Saw a link to the article:



    Jul 21, 2011 | 6:27 am

  39. ami says:

    Folks, thanks for the link to the article! Kudos to you MM and others for doing a great job of guiding him through the foodscape of the Philippines.

    I was laughing out loud with his encounter with Imelda. Too funny.

    Jul 21, 2011 | 9:25 am

  40. Gej says:

    Very nice read. Quick pace, very energetic. Proud to be Pinoy. (

    Though the introduction and beginning of the piece were not quite complimentary, but perhaps candid, as the writer seems to be.)

    Congrats MM!

    Couldn’t help but notice – Ivan, you, Claude, Gaita (uh, never mind Imeldific) – Filipino Food, your well-written blogs, our chefs – you are all becoming our foremost ambassadors, it seems. The world seems to be looking at the country, increasingly, through your lens.

    Jul 21, 2011 | 10:29 am

  41. lee says:

    thanks for the link WhackerZ. Good read. Honest writing.

    Jul 21, 2011 | 10:55 am

  42. Mimi says:

    Jenny: thanks! i somehow could not open whackerZ’ link. i read the article via your link.

    Jul 21, 2011 | 12:36 pm

  43. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Thanks!! Jenny for the link.Honestly written..take it with the grain of salt about Manila.. and in the end,it is a nice article about our food,our foodies(Claude,Gaita,MM).. Our heart of gold.. no one can take that away from us!!very proud to be Filipino!!and to you MM WOww!! Thin & intelligent ..i will say a very limited compliments on description of you,Bowles should read you blog^_* so he can learn lot’s more about you.. who, makes us proud to appreciate our cuisine no matter where we are..Kudos MM!!

    Jul 21, 2011 | 2:25 pm

  44. juls says:

    Jul 21, 2011 | 3:24 pm

  45. Deepa says:

    Double congratulations are in order: for the article (which was a great read) and for being introduced as thin!

    Jul 21, 2011 | 4:16 pm

  46. jessica says:

    MM, author of the article is the son of Camilla Parker-Bowles?

    Jul 21, 2011 | 6:54 pm

  47. Marketman says:

    Jessica, yes, he is. Very nice guy.

    Jul 21, 2011 | 9:00 pm

  48. edee says:

    just got a copy of the magazine, can’t wait to get home and read it :)

    Jul 21, 2011 | 9:05 pm

  49. MP says:

    Hi MM, my husband just got back from the UK and got me 3 copies of Esquire, 2 of which I am giving to the snobbish husbands of equally snobbish Pinays living in my building! These 2 Frenchmen never have good words about the Phil one can just wonder why they ended up marrying Filipinas. But what bothers me the most is that the wives do not ‘defend’ us and even say harsher things.. Anyhow, I’d love to see their reactions to Tom’s article. I really loved his honesty. Not surprised that Margarita, you, and Claude made him fall in love with our cuisine. So much for shithole, he had a ball!

    Jul 21, 2011 | 11:38 pm

  50. ka_fredo says:

    Loved how the article was right on cue. You really cant “box-in” Filipino cuisine :) and “we cook it better at home” is very pinoy. I’ve actually heard that from my aunts when I was a kid.

    Jul 22, 2011 | 12:47 am

  51. akosistella says:

    All Filipinos should thank you, MM. You have done more for PH tourism and PH cuisine than all our govt agencies’ marketing promos (meron ba?) put together. How fortunate for us that you, Claude, Ivan and the rest were able to explain “us” to Mr. Parker Bowles. And by George, he got it! ;p

    Jul 23, 2011 | 12:38 pm

  52. fliz says:

    another link for the article click the article again to zoom

    Jul 25, 2011 | 7:36 am

  53. joyce says:

    congratulations! just read the bowles piece now and finished the article with a smile on my face.

    Jul 25, 2011 | 11:34 am

  54. Mom-Friday says:

    hi MM!

    Just sharing this recent post by Philstar about Tom P.B. visit and mention of you, et al. :)


    Jul 25, 2011 | 9:26 pm

  55. Lava Bien says:

    Daphne just posted the pages from this magazine on her site (daphneDOTcom). I saw a pic of (me thinks) Ivan Henares. I guess they called a lot of contacts before coming and meeting them up. Not sure if your picture is there, knowing you as a face covering ala the neighbor of Tim the Toolman show kinda dude.
    Anyways, it looks like a good write up and more on street food.

    Jul 26, 2011 | 10:30 pm

  56. traci says:

    oh my, am late to this na pala! posted a link in the comments section of the dinner blog. sorry for the duplicate!

    Jul 27, 2011 | 8:05 pm

  57. joy says:

    Here’s a Philippine Star link for an article about the visit of Tom Parker-Bowles =)


    Jul 28, 2011 | 6:45 am

  58. Vicky Go says:

    Ivan Henares of the blog Ivan About Town has posted photos of pages fr the article and written the text from each page as caption/comment on his Wall Posts/Photos on FB; Here’s the link:


    Jul 31, 2011 | 3:15 am


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