26 Mar2007

Seems Marketmanila has been nominated for two awards in this year’s Philippine Blog Awards. The first award is the Blogger’s Choice Award, which I understand will be selected based on votes of bloggers from around the world. In other words, it’s a bit of a popularity contest a la American idol… So I presume the blog with the most readers that vote is the one that will win… If you have enjoyed this site over the past few months and think it deserves the Blogger’s Choice Award, please go to this link and cast your vote. It feels VERY awkward to ask my readers to vote for me… a little self-centered, no?

The second award that Marketmanila is up for is in the category: Home & Living where this site is listed as one of the 5 finalists, along with fellow bloggers Lori, Anton, Toni, and a site I have just visited for the first time today by Nancy called Finestkind Clinic…

dessert comes first
Finestkind Clinic and fish market
Our Awesome Planet
Wifely Steps

The winner of this category shall be selected by an esteemed panel of judges. And since I feel like I know 4 out of the 5 bloggers in this category, everyone should be considered a winner and any one of the finalists would be a great choice for the judges.

I am currently out of town, in a remote provincial location, which, believe it or not, has no internet connections, no electricity except for 6 hours in the evening and no reliable telephone connections. This is my adventure for the year, let’s see how I survive it. And just before I left Manila yesterday, I had serious computer problems so there is a shortage of stored posts. My apologies… In the meantine, if you are bored, check out my archives and read one of over 1,000 previous posts and I will be back to regular programming in a couple of days. Thanks again for your vote for the Philippine Blog Awards!



  1. lee says:

    the vote is cast.

    Mar 26, 2007 | 8:23 am


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  3. corrine says:

    The rule is, only bloggers can vote. I’m no blogger!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 9:21 am

  4. CecileJ says:

    MM, could I vote a gazillion times? Hehe. I’ll cast my vote right NOW!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 9:32 am

  5. CecileJ says:

    Drat, drat and double drat!!! As Corrine said, only bloggers can vote!!!! Sorry, MM. But in our hearts…and tummies, you’re a winner!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 9:37 am

  6. ThePseudoshrink says:

    Go, go, go, Mr MM!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 9:37 am

  7. Lei says:

    I immediately followed the link but unfortunately I’m also not a blogger. =(

    Mar 26, 2007 | 9:43 am

  8. ENYA says:

    We, your loyal followers, would cast a million votes for you, Mr. MarketMan, but a lot of us are not bloggers.

    Maybe what we can do is ask other bloggers [who are not nominated but whose blogs we also visit], to vote for you.

    Unite, non-blogging MM loyalists, and start “campaigning”!

    Now na!!!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 10:12 am

  9. Jacob's Mom says:

    Was finally able to do something for you in return for all the wonderful reads! :)

    Mar 26, 2007 | 10:13 am

  10. TOPING says:

    You’re already a winner, MM. Everyday that I fire up my browser and visit your site first, you win. Every time I frown seeing no new posts, you win. The moment I click on the text box of your comment form to weigh in on the occasional rant/rave, only to discover you’ve already said it all, and a jillion times better at that, you win again.

    Besides, who needs awards? I hereby bestow upon you the title “Blogger for All Seasons”!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 10:49 am

  11. danney says:

    You deserve it!!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 10:54 am

  12. lojet says:

    I knew that amateur blog site of mine would be useful one day. hehe

    Mar 26, 2007 | 11:00 am

  13. perkycinderella says:

    I’m happier voting for you than voting in the upcoming elections.I’m predicting now – you will win!!!! Yehey!!!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 11:01 am

  14. rickyg says:

    No need to feel a little off for requesting votes to your website. You deserve the accolade for the hard work done.

    Mar 26, 2007 | 11:41 am

  15. RobKSA says:

    I agree with the comments, for us you’re the winner. Unfortunately too, I’m no blogger. But wait let me start a blog hehe.

    Mar 26, 2007 | 12:16 pm

  16. Ley says:

    I am no blogger but i tried using the URL number from my friendster account and i was able to vote!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 12:32 pm

  17. peterb says:

    My vote is in! Good Luck!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 1:23 pm

  18. ihid says:

    I’m not a blogger but used our yahoogroup URL – it was accepted ;0).

    Mar 26, 2007 | 2:35 pm

  19. kaye says:

    will surely cast my vote for you and lori… am rooting for you both!! goodluck!!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 3:44 pm

  20. RobKSA says:

    Good, thanks, my vote is in too.

    Mar 26, 2007 | 3:57 pm

  21. Greedy Blugger says:

    Vote is in…

    “It feels VERY awkward to ask my readers to vote for me… a little self-centered, no?”

    it’s the last we can do…

    my way of thanking you for continuously providing us with nourishment thru cyberspace!

    More Power Market Man!

    Mar 26, 2007 | 4:41 pm

  22. catalina says:

    Gotcha! Not a blogger either — but used my son’s blog URL.

    Mar 26, 2007 | 8:03 pm

  23. alilay says:

    my long dormant blog now have some use, i was able to vote for you, unfortunately you can vote only once

    Mar 27, 2007 | 12:49 am

  24. marky says:

    both you and lori got my vote! :D

    Mar 27, 2007 | 12:50 am

  25. kaye says:

    @ alilay…

    if you have several blogs, like me, hehehe, you can actually vote several times as well.. they would only count your blog for one vote but if you have several then you can use the others to vote again.. goodluck to you MM!! i know you can win it.. nice blog here!! so helpful!!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 1:19 am

  26. Chris says:

    Congratulations for the twin nomnations MarketMan!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 2:32 am

  27. MRJP says:

    Aaargh!!! I dont have a blog! I cant vote!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 4:43 am

  28. wil-b cariaga says:

    yeah i think it would be better if anybody can vote. . . even if you are just a blog fan. . . but Market Manila truly deserve to be nominated. . .

    Mar 27, 2007 | 5:31 am

  29. Chinachix says:

    Ley, thanks for the friendster blog account tip. I used my blog account (even though I dont blog) and actually got to vote. Good luck MM!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 5:45 am

  30. melody says:

    good thing i’ve got a couple of blog accounts. my vote is yours MM

    Mar 27, 2007 | 7:33 am

  31. jules winnfield says:

    bugger, i’m no blogger!!! although you know very well you are the market manila legion’s ‘blogger of the …like, forever’ (ü), i really hope you win this one. good luck!!!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 9:25 am

  32. Doddie from Korea says:


    Good thing I did that food blog for eGullet and was able to vote for you.


    Mar 27, 2007 | 11:16 am

  33. TOPING says:


    It appears you don’t need to have a blog of your own to vote (as noted by some people above who used others’ blog URLs). In fact, you can type anything into the Voter’s Blog URL field!

    So in the absence of any verification/confirmation/cookie setting, you can vote, blog or no blog, and vote as many times as you want. Just make sure you vote for this site.

    Go people!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 12:10 pm

  34. TOPING says:

    And here’s a direct link to the vote form:


    Mar 27, 2007 | 12:13 pm

  35. Dennis says:

    Marketman and marketmanila.com truly deserves this award. All of us regular readers (or lurkers) of this site should cast our votes for MM.
    And like what TOPING just wrote, you don’t need to be a blogger to be able to cast your vote. You may use any URL, and I mean any URL. Which also means that you can vote as many times as you want. And don’t worry, no one will brand you a flying voter.

    Mar 27, 2007 | 12:50 pm

  36. Marketman says:


    Thank you so much for your votes! I am still travelling but will be back by Wednesday afternoon with a treasure load of at least 12-15 posts from my relatively remote location on the Philippines islands at the moment… I just realized that the Blog Awards have limited votes to bloggers only…bummer, but it seems some of you have found ways to vote anyways… thank you for all the support! Stay tuned for some really interesting finds and tips for a great summer destination a bit out of the ordinary…

    Mar 27, 2007 | 3:18 pm

  37. amor says:

    Niboto ko para nimo :)

    Good luck!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 3:34 pm

  38. erleen says:

    I am glad I am able repay you on all the good/new things I have learned from you.

    my votes are cast.

    Mar 27, 2007 | 4:11 pm

  39. greedy blugger says:

    Where did my comment go? Could’ve sworn it went through…

    Anyway, you’re a winner Market Man! Thanks for continuously ‘nourishing’ us through this rockin’ blog of yours…

    Voting for you is my lil’ way of saying thanks.

    More power!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 4:20 pm

  40. Digs says:

    My vote is in. Congratulations MM!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 5:45 pm

  41. edee says:

    my vote is in as well, courtesy of my friend’s sibling’s friendster account….hehehehehehe….

    Mar 27, 2007 | 5:51 pm

  42. Mole says:

    I will vote for you.

    Mar 27, 2007 | 8:38 pm

  43. maddie says:

    Voted na! Good luck!

    Mar 27, 2007 | 9:44 pm

  44. Lea says:

    yey! friendster URL works… One vote from Taipei…

    Mar 27, 2007 | 10:54 pm

  45. bugsybee says:

    I want to vote as many times as I can. Pwede ba yun? But you’re already a winner, MM! Congratulations! You deserve it.

    Mar 27, 2007 | 11:26 pm

  46. seadaisy says:

    anyone can vote just put “0000” when they ask for your URL… just a tip. voted before i saw this blog … and of course voted for MM :-)

    Mar 28, 2007 | 4:27 am

  47. ykmd says:

    Good luck! You deserve to win!

    Mar 28, 2007 | 4:38 am

  48. Susan says:

    MM, Hope you get the award you earn it and ofcourse I voted you…

    Mar 28, 2007 | 8:22 am

  49. joey says:

    Congratulations on the nomination Marketman!

    Mar 28, 2007 | 8:40 am

  50. jules winnfield says:

    thanks for the tip toping!!! i was able to vote. NOW C’MON LURKERS OF THIS SITE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD!!! let’s show the market man some love and respect….

    Mar 28, 2007 | 9:33 am

  51. Lei says:

    I got to vote!!! I am not a blogger but thanks to the tip of the rest of the guys, I just placed the URL of my yahoogroup and it was accepted. Yehey!!!

    MM, no matter what the results, you will always be the winner in my book! =)

    Mar 28, 2007 | 9:38 am

  52. linda says:

    one vote from OZ!

    Mar 28, 2007 | 9:48 am

  53. Lani says:

    Congrats! I already cast my vote.

    Mar 28, 2007 | 10:17 am

  54. Lou says:

    You have my vote! Pourquoi pas?

    Mar 28, 2007 | 3:07 pm

  55. alilay says:

    kaye, yup i used my other blog account so i was able to vote again hehehe

    Mar 29, 2007 | 1:24 am

  56. clett says:

    Check out the Filipinas Magazine March 2007 issue. You are mentioned in the article entitled “Behold, the Blogsphere” by Yvette Tan. Very nice write-up about your opinion regarding using blog for advertising.

    Mar 29, 2007 | 6:33 am

  57. Marketman says:

    clett, thanks for that. Ms. Tan has already promised to mail me a copy of the magazine because I can’t seem to find one in the Philippines. I did the “email interview” with her a few months back…I am excited to see the article…

    Mar 29, 2007 | 7:29 am

  58. chinkee says:

    My vote is in. Congrats MM!

    Mar 29, 2007 | 8:54 am

  59. noemi from makati city says:

    You get my vote!

    Mar 30, 2007 | 12:32 am

  60. jo says:


    You definitely got my vote.

    Mar 30, 2007 | 1:13 pm

  61. Tina Ledesma Rivera says:

    Marketman… Congratulations for winning the People’s Choice Award!

    Mar 31, 2007 | 10:50 pm


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