09 May2008

Just a quick blurb. Jiggy, a long-time reader of marketmanila.com (though she comments under another name, which I won’t give out so you can’t put face to name together), emailed me this morning to check out today’s Philippine Daily Inquirer, Lifestyle Section. As many long-time readers probably know, the PDI and MM have this hot and cold thing going, with them doing a feature on Marketman very early in the life of the blog (article since removed from their site) that brought me lots of readers, then they did a feature on a beach house and its architect who won an award for the design, and where I cook a lot of the dishes featured on this blog (article since removed from their website), then they had a recipe contest where someone stole a yema photo from this blog among others, yet the guy won the contest nevertheless, and the newspaper eventually published a lukewarm evasive apology, then the whole “scribes and mangosteen” brouhaha wherein the writer posted a “heavenly” apology, and then another post regarding food writing/journalistic ethics which seemed to strike a raw chord with some PDI writers/contributors, and a couple of other behind the scenes interactions, including potentially positive collaborations on a feature on the public school feeding programs (never managed to set a mutually convenient date), and an article for their on-line version… so whenever someone tells me to look at my Inquirer, I am never sure if that is a good or bad thing…

But it’s an innocuous good thing this time around. In the Lifestyle Section, page F-3, there is a half-page article/feature (90% photos) by Jenni Epperson of folks with re-usable market bags and totes shopping at the Salcedo Saturday Market, and one of the photos is of Jiggy, with her marketmanila.com cacha tote. Heehee. See, the tote is now famous! And plus Jiggy and other donors to the feeding program got to help out some undernourished kids as well! Thanks for the heads up, Jiggy! And Lee, who designed the tote, you may want to get yourself a copy of today’s paper for your own files… Which reminds me, I better get cracking on that feeding program if I am to continue it this coming school year!



  1. Bengski says:

    Waahh! Its now a bit late in the afternoon!
    The morning newsstad near my place is closed.

    I wonder if its available in the internet…

    May 9, 2008 | 4:26 pm


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  3. edee says:

    i’m getting my tote today :) ….i’m flying to london this afternoon and spend the weekend at my friend’s place, whose parent’s brought the bag, shirts and other pasalubongs from manila, finally i’ll be able to get my autographed bag and shirts …..yipeee……

    May 9, 2008 | 5:10 pm

  4. smiles4angels says:

    aaaaw. if i received my pay before the tote came out, i probably bought one. congratulations!

    May 9, 2008 | 5:24 pm

  5. elaine says:

    Man, it’s kinda late in the afternoon and a slim2x chance of getting a copy but nevertheless am proud to have contributed to the feeding program and am proud to have my tote too!!!!

    May 9, 2008 | 6:28 pm

  6. wysgal says:

    I was in the US when you were selling these so I had to ask a friend to pick one up for me. I’ll be seeing him next week so I should be able to start using your tote bag soon. MM Tote Bags in Philadelphia!

    May 9, 2008 | 10:16 pm

  7. Homebuddy says:

    Hey, where can one buy this tote bag? Would really like to have one!

    May 9, 2008 | 10:18 pm

  8. arlene says:

    Hi MM,

    I was out of the when finally the totes are out…
    Hope you can do the program again, we can help the feeding program and buy tote..


    May 10, 2008 | 11:57 am

  9. ECC says:

    Hi MM! How about dedicating a page on your blog where your readers can post their pictures with their MarketManila t-shirts and tote bags next to places around the Philippines and the World? Something like the Roaming Gnome in the Travelocity ads.

    May 11, 2008 | 3:14 am

  10. ragamuffin girl says:

    I use your bags all the time here in HK. Gave 5 of them to friends here as well! Soon they will be seen in Melbourne! :)

    May 11, 2008 | 10:40 pm

  11. pilar says:

    I use my MM tote (with the valuable MM signature affixed to it) too when I go shopping…carrying those cardboard bags can be irritating sometimes.

    May 12, 2008 | 2:05 am


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