16 Aug2007

“Word of Mouth” is a food blog set up by The Guardian Newspaper (and Media Group) and the Observer Food Monthly of the U.K. I was wondering why I had a noticeable surge in blog visitors yesterday and many of them from the United Kingdom, so I checked new inbound links and it seems that Marketmanila was picked as one of their “Our Faves” Food blogs along with one of my other personal favorites, Eating Asia. Geez, I am very flattered. Thank you “Word of Mouth” for the mention… And welcome to readers who have found this site through the Guardian/Observer Food Blog…



  1. The Steak Lady says:

    Yay! Congrats MM! a well deserved recognition indeed =)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 10:44 am


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  3. Maria Clara says:

    Congratulations and your populations increase substantially. Good work cannot be kept unnoticed! Keep up the good rewarding and entertaining job!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 10:48 am

  4. bluegirl says:

    Congratulations Marketman! The Steak Lady and Maria Clara have put it so well. It’s like an early birthday gift from the world of blog! =)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 10:55 am

  5. Lei says:

    Good job MM!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 11:54 am

  6. wysgal says:

    Nice! If you have more British readers now you really have to try your hand at deep-fried candy bars! Or you could localize it … deep-fried Chocolate Mallows … deep-fried Chocolate Crispies … deep-fried Chocnut (I think that would be too crumbly though). =)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 12:08 pm

  7. flip4ever says:

    Way to go MM !!! Congratulations are certainly in order. Also, because of your links page, I was introduced to, and have been following Robyn and Dave’s (e.g., Eating Asia) recent introduction to Filipino food.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 12:14 pm

  8. Christine says:

    Congratulations! That must be such a wonderful feeling. :) I’m a fan of Eating Asia too and it’s a huge compliment to be fave’d alonside them. Way to go!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 12:16 pm

  9. Mandy says:

    Congratulations! :)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 12:50 pm

  10. smiles4angels says:

    marketman is going global! :) congratulations.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 12:52 pm

  11. kaoko says:

    Congrats Marketman! You definitely deserve it :D

    Aug 16, 2007 | 12:58 pm

  12. linda says:

    Congratulations! You are special and one of a kind:) We just can’t enough of MarketManila.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 1:11 pm

  13. CecileJ says:

    It was only a matter of time….CONGRATS, Blog God!!!! (Sana walang mainggit…)

    And what a nice advanced birthday gift for our favorite Pinoy-na-Pinoy MM! You make all of us proud!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 1:48 pm

  14. nang says:

    you have really arrived!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 1:59 pm

  15. dang aquino says:

    Congrats MM!I’m a regular reader of your blog.I was also surprised to see an article about MM in an edition of Yummy magazine a few months back.Keep up the good work!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 3:23 pm

  16. inday hami says:

    Dapat lang MM!Filipino food should be in the international scene.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 3:32 pm

  17. Connie says:

    Congrats, MM.

    Someone posted a comment in my blog that a neurotic commenter who’s been bugging me lately got his ass kicked here… am looking for it… :)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 3:39 pm

  18. lisa JC says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for doing a darn good job.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 3:41 pm

  19. Em Dy says:

    Congratulations MarketMan. You deserve it. You’re an inspiration to your readers.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 4:13 pm

  20. mardie says:

    congratulations! you deserve it. keep it up MM!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 4:43 pm

  21. belle says:

    Congratulations, MM! Your blog is awesome. :)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 5:16 pm

  22. Tony says:

    Congratulations MM. Now you will have to do an article on steak and kidney pie and black pudding.

    When I was an undergrad in London during the singing sixties I used to read The Manchester Guardian, as it was then called. It is quite left wing, as I was then, like all students. Now I am liberal right wing I do not read it any more. Next stop for you, The Times!I write this from Alabang by the way not from the UK having found the best country to live in, finally. Keep right on MM,

    Aug 16, 2007 | 5:39 pm

  23. bernadette says:

    Congratulations! I too read Eating Asia and i can sense the same joie de vivre with you!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 5:40 pm

  24. Jade186 says:

    This deserves another toast from your vintage wine! Cheers!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 6:39 pm

  25. Roberto Vicencio says:

    It is not surprising. Thequality and sincerity of the articles are superior. This blog has spoiled us. And it’s your fault!

    A well-deserved congratulations.
    May the synatic connection between your taste buds and your keyboard be always sharp and true.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 6:43 pm

  26. Jade186 says:

    OT lang po…ayy, napansin ko lang po na mali ang pagbaybay nila ng salitang “Manila”: dalawang “l” ang nakasulat sa doon sa Word of Mouth. Ngunit ok lang po, ang mahalaga’y nakasama :)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 7:00 pm

  27. charmaine says:

    congatulations. hooray for marketman!!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 7:36 pm

  28. salve says:

    just adding my congratulations to the already long list of well-wishers — from another new fan

    Aug 16, 2007 | 8:08 pm

  29. Catalina says:

    Congrats, MM.

    Aug 16, 2007 | 8:42 pm

  30. joey says:

    Congratulations! :) Bravo!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 8:59 pm

  31. Cookie says:

    Congratulations MM!! This is wonderful, you get to be the Ambassador of Food for the Philippines – and you do a splendid job showing us the myriad of possibilities out there. Thank you!!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 9:50 pm

  32. suzette says:

    a big round of applause to mm and to all of us!!!

    Aug 16, 2007 | 10:13 pm

  33. edel says:

    congratulations mm =)

    Aug 16, 2007 | 11:22 pm

  34. danney league says:

    Congratulations MM. So now you can feature UK chicken pot pie and fish and chips with vinegar?

    Aug 16, 2007 | 11:45 pm

  35. ykmd says:

    Yay! Way to go MM!

    Aug 17, 2007 | 12:31 am

  36. Digs says:

    Congratulations Marketman!

    Aug 17, 2007 | 12:34 am

  37. eustressor says:

    ang galing! congratulations =)

    Aug 17, 2007 | 12:47 am

  38. Apicio says:

    Steak and kidney pie with a pint for you mate. The link should turn certain people several shades greener.

    Aug 17, 2007 | 1:13 am

  39. juls says:

    congratulations MM,,, a well deserved recognition,,, and about time too!!

    eating asia is one of my fave blogs also…

    one reason why people go to your site again and again and again is the amount of updates and the uniqueness of the topics… im sure you’ve piqued the Brits’ penchant for new exotic tastes.

    Aug 17, 2007 | 2:16 am

  40. brenda says:

    Congratulations MM for a job well done. You deserve it. Not only because you love food and cooking and your articles are great but because you’ve got a good heart. God bless….

    Aug 17, 2007 | 3:20 am

  41. Marketman says:

    Geez, THANK YOU ALL for those incredibly kind comments… Maraming salamat!!!

    Aug 17, 2007 | 7:42 am

  42. erleen says:

    superb! superb! superb!

    Three cheers for MM!!!!

    Aug 17, 2007 | 7:44 am

  43. Isabelle says:

    Congratulations MM! You have truly made my web surfing pleasurable and educating as well!

    Aug 17, 2007 | 9:00 am

  44. Dodi says:

    Wowowee! Galing sa masa, congratulations MM!1

    Aug 17, 2007 | 10:17 am

  45. tings says:

    I can’t believe I missed this post! Congratulations MM! You deserve it!

    Aug 17, 2007 | 11:30 am

  46. Rob says:

    Congratulations MM!!! One of the main reasons why I love your blog is that you write in ENGLISH and when you use a Tagalog phrase, you at least translate it into English. You give many of us around the world a deeper insight into the Philippines. Your culinary trips throughout the archipelago have attained legendary status. This is why you are popular world-wide. You do a better job than anyone in the Philippine Dept. of Tourism to promote the country.

    Practically all the other blogs from the Philippines (regardless of topic) use a lot of Tagalog with no translation which limits their audience to those familiar with the vernacular. A non-Tagalog speaker will read their English blog entries on an interesting subject but then the conclusion will be in Tagalog! I find this tantamount to conversing at the dinner table in a language not comprehensible to other dining partners. I know expatriates in Manila that this happens to all the time, usually it’s a joke or some humourous story in English where the punchline is in Tagalog. They think it’s rather impolite.

    I have introduced your blog to at least 20 relatives & friends throughout the world who access it daily. Thank you for allowing us to live vicariously through you.

    Aug 17, 2007 | 1:36 pm

  47. Candygirl says:

    Congrats MM! More power to you :-)

    Aug 17, 2007 | 3:32 pm

  48. chunky says:

    Congrats MM! I am your silent fan! Not so silent today though, can’t help not joining the fanfare. Great work!

    Aug 18, 2007 | 10:40 am

  49. Myra P. says:

    Rob, I second the emotion. When I find myself the minority english speaker in a group, I do find it impolite, or uncomfortable at best, when comments are made in another language I dont understand. And so now you’ve explained why Marketmanila has such a broad audience that includes non-filipinos… Nice to know MM and all posters here are helping to bring filipino food and culture to the rest of the world in a smart and effective way!

    Aug 18, 2007 | 6:01 pm

  50. Marie says:

    Congratulations! It’s gratifying to know that Filipino food blogs are getting more and more attention from the international community. I know that pinoycook.net, another favourite of mine, was mentioned in the (if I remember correctly) New York Times. Great job, MM!

    Aug 18, 2007 | 8:24 pm

  51. Katrina says:

    Well, it’s about TIME!!! ;-)

    Aug 19, 2007 | 2:06 am

  52. Lani says:

    Congrats, MM. World-class talaga ang blog mo. Keep up the good work.

    Aug 19, 2007 | 1:25 pm

  53. dhayL says:

    Congratulations to you, to your staff/crew and family! I’m proud to be one of the thousands if not millions readers of MarkeManila.com!!! Keep up the good work! KUDOS!!!

    Aug 20, 2007 | 1:12 am

  54. edee says:

    congratulations MM, you really deserve all the recognitions you’re getting…….just came back from holidays and loads of catching up to do ! :)

    Aug 20, 2007 | 6:12 pm


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