02 Dec2012

It crept up on me, and I just realized, that, more or less, marketmanila.com has turned 8 years old (actually it passed unnoticed last September 1), while I was in the U.S. on a visit. In blog years, that feels like I turned 80. An old dog. :) Over the past 8 years, or roughly 3,000 days, I have managed to write 3,429 posts, many of them inane, some of them taking dozens of hours of hard work to craft, from the recipe testing, to the photography, writing, and responding to reader comments. That is the equivalent of 1.14 posts on average, every single day, rain or shine, fine or foul weather, cheery or fowl mood. And over that time, millions of page views and 123,000+ reader comments have been logged in as well. Frankly, I do feel like a bit of an octagenarian, and there is only so much one can think of to write, right? But with toes dipped in restaurants, running a family business(es), blogging, cooking, raising a terrific teen, etc., I have been spread a little thin lately…

And I have to admit, only because I will be forced to admit it in the days ahead, that I kept one little thing private from almost all of you for the past 4 years. The Teen appears in a magazine in the days ahead, and she is part of an article that will make it crystal clear why every September for the past four years, I have had a near blog meltdown and have seriously thought about putting the blog to rest at that time of year. September was a seriously downer month for me and Mrs. MM, but it’s all worked out well in the end. She made a bold decision on her own, she stuck it out, and she has truly enjoyed her experience. But you’ll have to figure out what local magazine it is on your own. And if you do figure it out, keep the name of the magazine to yourself, okay? I thought about buying every single newsstand copy to keep the “secret” a “secret”, but that would kill my holiday budget. :) It’s nothing nefarious, it’s just something that may surprise a few long-time suki readers, that’s all. For long-time readers, and there are many of you that date back to the first year or two, you will have read posts for nearly HALF of the Teen’s life!

Many, many thanks to all of marketmanila’s readers who have visited over and over again, even when I had nothing to say, or was away for extended periods of time. I am crazed over the next few weeks, but I promise to keep a few posts coming. Tomorrow is a staff Christmas party for 120 members of the Zubuchon family in Cebu (and Marketman, with two left feet, has spent 10+ hours over the last two months practicing the “Gang Nam” steps for a special opening number at that party)–gosh, what you wouldn’t give for a video of that I’m sure — but I am warning crew, I will zap them if they post it on youtube! We moved the party up, to avoid a SUPER TYPHOON barreling in on the Visayas, so keep your fingers crossed that the storm doesn’t do severe damage to that part of the country. We are opening a couple more Zubuchons in the months ahead, stay tuned for that. There is the annual holiday rush. Footloose, I have a photo of myself in THE JAMES BOND pea coat, albeit in a department store, and I didn’t actually buy it! And so much more. Thank you all for being a part of this community. I truly appreciate it. I think octagenarians are entitled to a really bongga birthday party, no? :)



  1. Footloose says:

    Gang Nam? Et tu Brute?

    Oh, how so apropos. First introduction to your blog was about a typhoon too. Where people say “never looked back” to convey absence of regret, I have always looked back through the archives just to keep up.

    Dec 2, 2012 | 9:06 pm


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  3. Natie says:

    Thank you for your generosity, MM. I have enjoyed your glimpses and recipes for most of those 8 years!

    Read about the party on Zubuchon’s Facebook page. I know everyone will have a grand time

    Dec 2, 2012 | 9:06 pm

  4. Rebecca says:

    Happy birthday, Market Manila! A huge thank you to you, MM, Mrs. MM, the Teen and the Crew for making this blog possible. It’s been a wonderful way to feel connected to the Philippines, being in NYC.

    Wishing you a Christmas full of love and delicious goodies!

    Dec 2, 2012 | 9:24 pm

  5. Josephine says:

    Happy Birthday dear blog. May you have MANY happy returns.

    Dec 2, 2012 | 9:54 pm

  6. mbv says:

    As I always say….thanks to you MM!

    Dec 2, 2012 | 10:22 pm

  7. sophie says:

    as always, MM you delight us readers of all the blogs you’ve shared. a BIG thank you ^_^!

    Dec 2, 2012 | 10:51 pm

  8. Grace says:

    Congratulations and thank you for 8 years of blogging, MM!

    Dec 2, 2012 | 11:11 pm

  9. Guits says:

    Marketmanila.com is a site I never tire of visiting. There’s always something interesting to read and to learn. I rarely comment, but I read all the comments. I love that there is always a family feel to it… humor, tempers, drama included :).
    I pray that you will continue to blog Mr. MM. We get withdrawal symptoms when you take a break, but your older posts sustain us ’til your new one.
    Have a wonderful, albeit busy, holiday season!

    Dec 2, 2012 | 11:49 pm

  10. Joseph says:

    Congrats Mr MM. Thank you for maintaining the blog. Here’s to another 8 yrs of blogging . Cheers!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 12:25 am

  11. JOHN RAMOS says:

    congratulations kep on blogging i love reading your stuff.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 12:40 am

  12. marilen says:

    Cannot say enough for the joy//knowledge/camaraderie acquired/relished over these past 8 years in following your blog, MM!! Salamat gid and thank you for your generosity of spirit and joie de vivre!! (and insatiable curiosity of all that surrounds us) Blessings of Christmas to you and family.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 12:51 am

  13. Enteng says:


    Dec 3, 2012 | 1:14 am

  14. Thel from Florida says:

    Your hardwork is greatly appreciated always! Happy 8th:)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 1:21 am

  15. boopsie says:

    Thank you for sharing your experiences the past 8 years. I have to honestly say that i have grown immensely in mind and in cooking skills due to the posts that you share.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 2:00 am

  16. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    With so many writers in the blogosphere, it is without hesitation that I must get my Marketmanila fix throughout the day…Happy Anniversary!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 3:09 am

  17. mrs.hoover says:

    Happy Anniversary Market Manila! I may occasionally write a comment, but i frequently check and read your blog. i love reading your blog. Cheers!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 3:45 am

  18. Therese says:

    Hello, I found your blog about 9 months ago. I am working my way from the very first post and I am currently on May 2008. I am so happy that I still have many many posts to go through, and that I will never run out of reading material!

    I have never posted a comment but this latest post has drawn me out of the woodwork. I have found tons of information, entertainment, relaxation, and a renewed love/interest in everything Filipino through your posts. I live in North Cal, and the closest I can get to a great lechon is through marketmanila. I live vicariously through your travel posts. My family and I are going back to the Philippines in June of 2013. I am hoping we can get to Bohol for some broas and Cebu for freshly-roasted Zubuchon. I hope to visit local markets as well.

    Thank you for all the effort and time that you put into this blog. I really appreciate them.

    You are doing great at 8!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 3:48 am

  19. kristin says:

    Happy 8th Year! thanks for the daily dose of Marketmanila.. been a constant companion on my day to day undertakings and it cant seem to get enough of it.. Keep blogging MM, and Warm Regards to Mrs.MM and the Teen!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 4:58 am

  20. Alona says:

    Congratulations Marketmanila! I can’t thank you enough how incomplete a day without checking your blog MM. Thank you!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 5:17 am

  21. pinkytab says:

    About your latest poll (reason for following blog) I think you shld add “all the above” because there is no single reason why a lot of us follow your blog. You write about food, travel, markets, decorations, etc, you rant – everything makes us want more.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 5:32 am

  22. friedneurons says:

    I started reading and commenting back when you still called her “The Kid”. :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 5:48 am

  23. Mimi says:

    Belated Happy Birthday! Wishing you more power in all that you do!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 6:03 am

  24. linda says:

    Happy 8th Anniversary MM! You have brought us so much joy throughout all these years and we can’t thank you enough for sharing with us yr day by day adventures and mishaps,yr successes and failures, yr rants and raves,etc.etc.
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 6:21 am

  25. Chinky says:

    Your blog has become my daily habit for the last 7 years! I didn’t realize it’s been that long! You’ve made. Lot of people happy, more informed! Congratulations to you MM!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 6:44 am

  26. pixienixie says:

    Wow, 8 years! Congratulations MM! I’ll be leafing through every major daily these coming days to look for that feature! :D

    Dec 3, 2012 | 6:46 am

  27. millet says:

    has it been eight years already? have been hooked since year one, and this is such a part of my day that i keep checking back throughout the day when there are no new posts in the morning. thank you for the effort and the generosity. cheers!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 7:11 am

  28. millet says:

    and the humor too, may i add!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 7:15 am

  29. ka_fredo says:

    Thank you for putting up the blog MarketMan. So much to learn and appreciate here. Your contribution to the local blogosphere and food scene is incalculable.

    Cheers and more power to you!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 7:17 am

  30. atbnorway says:

    Congratulations and have a lovely celebration. Cheers and best regards from the frozen North (it’s currently -11 deg.C here).

    Dec 3, 2012 | 7:25 am

  31. Betchay says:

    It should be us–your readers –who should thank you for letting us be part of your interesting life! I am learning so much from this blog.I also love the smart MarketManila community…they are like long-time friends. Thank you Mr JB!!!
    I envy the Zubu crew…..MM dancing the Gangnam??….Wow, what a treat!
    I understand your apprehensions when it comes to your child’s privacy but I congratulate her…it is a feat to land in a nationwide magazine article. I will not search for it but I do hope to come across that article! :)
    On another note, we finally have our first fresh Christmas tree at home! You are so very right…the smell is so fantastic and so worth it! It really does set you in the mood for the holidays!We have a wooden bowl under the tree where we kept the fallen needles swept daily and put a few silver xmas balls to look like eggs on a nest! I hope the tree last until at least Christmas eve.I reviewed your tips on caring for the tree.Thanks!
    I hope and pray that supertyphoon Pablo will not be so devastating to leave a bleak Christmas in its path. Stay safe!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 7:36 am

  32. cecile says:

    it’s not among the choices, but i like to read this blog each day because i love to read each post no matter how short it is sometimes. I enjoy reading articles/posts where the writer writes as if he or she is talking to me.
    happy anniversary Marketmanila! :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 8:22 am

  33. Joan says:

    Many lives have been made better because of Market Manila. Happy Birthday and looking forward to more years of information, laughter and madness! :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 8:33 am

  34. Clarissa says:

    Congratulations! :) Your recipes (and experiments before that) have inspired me in so many ways and I couldn’t even remember how many of your recipes I tried: ensaymada, pandesal, sinigang with gabi, calamansi marmalade, etc. And made me want to try restaurants like Mamou and Zubuchon (of course!) And how do you rate the local-celebrity-sighting giddiness we feel when we see you? :)

    And the biggest thing for me – my blog. Reading your blog helped me get to this point. Congrats again! :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 8:36 am

  35. ami says:

    Wow 8 years! Congratulations MM. Like many of the commenters, this blog has been a part of my every internet surfing and I appreciate the knowledge and adventures that you’ve shared over the years. My favorites are the travel related posts.

    Read in the news today that the typhoon has weakened slightly but you never really know with these things. Keep safe. Enjoy the early Christmas party with your crew. It’ll be better if you don some cool shades ala Psy when you do your dance number.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 8:53 am

  36. Tricia says:

    Has it been 8 years??? I remember I started reading your blog on September 2007. Back then I can count the commenters in here and kind of “know” them. It was like a small community then. Memories!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 9:19 am

  37. Dogbone says:

    Thank you so much for keeping this blog going MM!
    Your thoughts, rants, reviews, recipes, struggles, travels, and successes have kept me entertained for the past 5 years.

    Please keep up the good work and we look forward to more years of MarketManila!

    Personally looking forward to Zubuchon opening in Manila!!!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 9:45 am

  38. Cwid says:

    Thanks for the memories, for giving us a window to your food adventures, your rants, the feeding program and most recently, the launch of zubuchon.

    Looks like your Christmas tree is already up and, from what I can see, it is very pretty.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 10:01 am

  39. Lou says:

    Thank you for your generosity of heart in so many ways!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 10:55 am

  40. marosee says:

    Happy belated anniversary! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me throughout the life of this blog. It has been a fount of useful information. :-)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 11:08 am

  41. Pam says:

    Congratulations, MM! Thank you for helping so many people, especially very busy moms (myself included), for 8 years!!! Here’s to 8 to the 8th to the 8th power more years!!!

    Oh and it would be such a wonderful Christmas to see you do the Gangnam dance!!! Hmmm…maybe we should crash that party, only for the part of the dance! : )

    Dec 3, 2012 | 11:12 am

  42. Ria says:

    Happy birthday to MM the blog, and a massive thank you, to you MM. I think I discovered your blog some 5 years ago and despite many changes that have happened in my personal life, your blog is one of the things that has remained a constant. When (not if) you finally publish your book, I will be among those desperate for a copy. More power MM and family! :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 11:30 am

  43. Danney says:

    Its amazing how much we all enjoy reading Market Manila. Imagine 8 years!!! Wow tatagal pa ito ng decades.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 11:31 am

  44. PITS, MANILA says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! HAPPY 8TH! thanks for everything, MM!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 11:41 am

  45. bluegirl says:

    Congratulations and a BIG THANK YOU! for sharing your experiences & knowledge and for keeping up this blog. I hope you never tire of it.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 12:16 pm

  46. Lee says:

    It is really amazing that through this blog i have met amazing people online and eventually in real life. Marketman – thank you for keeping this blog alive.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 12:22 pm

  47. Joey in Dubai says:

    It’s been 8 years? That long? Wow, it just seemed like yesterday when I first browsed your blog. I remember I was googling “Bohol” and your blog was one of the results and since then, I was hooked and still hooked. Thanks for your generosity, your time and, most of all, your wisdom. To say that I learned a lot from you is an understatement. Congratulations and may you and your family have a merry christmas.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 1:08 pm

  48. Melit Villanueva says:

    congrats MM. Thanks for all. Your blog is my super fav. I’ve learned at lot from you and still learning. Merry Christmas. God bless us all!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 1:22 pm

  49. MrsKookie says:

    8 years already? Its just about as old as my marriage! :) Congratulations!!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 1:27 pm

  50. Cheryl says:

    congrats MM! praying for more years for Marketmanila site! God bless u more!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 2:46 pm

  51. Cheryl says:

    MM, Dec 02 is UAE national day! heheheh

    Dec 3, 2012 | 2:47 pm

  52. manny says:

    Thanks wholeheartedly for the blog and congratulations. It’s a daily habit for me to visit. It’s a few minutes I can forget about the chaos around me and appreciate more about what life is about. Again thanks MM.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 2:50 pm

  53. Suzette says:

    Happy 8th, MM! We are blessed to have someone with a generous spirit such as you. The best is yet to come. Cheers!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 2:52 pm

  54. jakbkk says:

    Congratulations on your Lucky Dragon 8 and may you provide us with have many more years of knowledge and laughter!!!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 3:23 pm

  55. odie says:

    Congratulations Sir MM!!!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 3:25 pm

  56. Anupama says:

    I have enjoyed your blog very much over the years. I admire your principled stand on no ads and keeping your identity private. Very few have that self belief and conviction. I would love to know what the Teen is upto. I think you should plan a “coded” post for your faithful overseas readers who do not have access to the magazine. Keep going with the blog….

    Dec 3, 2012 | 3:37 pm

  57. theresa says:

    Happy 8th year anniversary, Marketman!!! Looking forward to many many more posts in the years to come. Thanks a lot and Godspeed.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 3:56 pm

  58. ays says:

    congratulations,market man!i have been an avid reader of your blog these past couple of years and really appreciate the recipes and tips i pick up from your blog.merry christmas too!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 4:01 pm

  59. Roland says:

    Thank you! You and your site are such a gift. Salamat po.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 4:09 pm

  60. Gigi says:

    Happy 8th! I love everything about this blog so you should put “all of the above” as one of the choices in your survey.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 4:18 pm

  61. SuzetteT says:

    Congratulations, MM!! And thank you for your generosity… It is amazing how you have generously shared your recipes, knowledge, etc.. Wishing you more blessings so you can share it with the rest of the world through this blog.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 4:22 pm

  62. Joy says:

    Congratulations! Your blog is an inspiration, actually. Be safe in the coming days!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 5:06 pm

  63. Elit says:

    Congratulations po and more blogging years to come :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 5:13 pm

  64. jheng says:

    happy birthday! thank you!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 5:49 pm

  65. Mart says:

    Maraming salamat din po! More power to the blog! :-)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 5:57 pm

  66. Marie says:

    I always read your blog,this is my first time to comment,”happy birthday!” and someday when I go home for a vacation,I will definitely go to Zubuchon!Thanks for all that you do.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 6:10 pm

  67. Lil says:

    congratulations MM! Been reading for several years now….happy 8th!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 6:31 pm

  68. Bambini says:

    happy 8th Market Manila!!! thank you MM for all the recipes, kitchen, household tips and ideas and the RANTS! :D. Market Manila is part of my daily routine.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 6:34 pm

  69. Teresa says:

    It has been an interesting journey MM. Thanks so much!! Keep the wheels rolling and surely more and more passengers won’t regret coming on-board. A joyous party to your crew.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 7:11 pm

  70. Det says:

    Happy 8th birthday!Hoping for many,many ,many more blogs to come!Enjoy the party!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 7:59 pm

  71. MP says:

    Thank you very, very much MM for reviving my love for pinoy food. Thank you Mrs MM and Teen for sharing MM with us. Thanks, too, to the MM community for enhancing MM’s blogs. Thank you Ms Fishpan, Emilava, Cherry, Shittybank, Cebu Pacific and the likes for adding spice to the discussion. Thank you Footloose, Apicio, Silly Lolo and Lee for making us laugh and for the witty lines. Thank you Bettq for making me a better cook/wife (or so I’d like to think) :-)

    This site has truly helped a lot of people in many different ways. Special mention to one of the Friday ladies who got a better job with better pay as our experiments using the recipes shared by MM, Sister and Bettyq improved her cooking skills which impressed an expat couple. She was offered a post in a Pinoy-friendly country!

    More, more, more recipes, raves, rants, discussions please!

    Dec 3, 2012 | 8:04 pm

  72. dianne says:

    Happy anniversary, MM! I just find that you have this gift of writing about everything and anything under the sun and making them really, really interesting. Though we may not share the same views on some topics, I keep reading your blog because there’s always something new to learn.. as I would say in Tagalog – “tumataas IQ ko!” haha! I just hope you’ll finally decide to open a restaurant in Manila :)

    Dec 3, 2012 | 9:51 pm

  73. rv says:

    Happy Anniversary Market Manila! Wishing you more success in business and many many many more mouthwatering posts to come! Thank you MM for this gem of a site.


    Dec 3, 2012 | 9:55 pm

  74. Lissa says:

    Happy anniversary MM! Thanks for the generosity you have shown us through this blog. Whether the subjects are eye-opening, heartwarming, cringe-inducing, or just truly insightful, I always learn.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 9:58 pm

  75. EbbaBlue says:

    Happy Birthday MM. Through this site, I share my “experimental” dishes sa staff ko sa Quezon. Yung mga nakakatikim ng luto ng assistant ko, na-su-surprise, kasi akala nila matandang matanda na ako sa mga itinituro kong pagkain and the use or the knowledge of ingredients, utensils, etc. Basically, bilib talaga sila, kaya salamat po. And thank you rin kay Ms. BettyQ, napakalawak ng naitulong mo sa blog na ito.

    Dec 3, 2012 | 10:35 pm

  76. Roderick says:

    Congratulations… Happy 8th Birthday!!! Happy Anniversary… Hope that this will continue… Maraming Salamat MM…

    Dec 3, 2012 | 11:30 pm

  77. edee says:

    congratulations and maraming maraming salamat MM!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 12:00 am

  78. Joseph L says:

    Congratulations MM! Looking forward to more blog entries and finally dining in one of your Zubuchon restos in the near future.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 12:13 am

  79. allen says:

    happy anniversary MM! been reading your blogs for several years now and I really appreciate the recipes you impart with your readers

    Dec 4, 2012 | 1:31 am

  80. Meg says:

    I must say that we viewers and commenters and lurkers are part of this woven banig of different strands and fibers called Market Manila. This has grown big, colorful with different highlights, streaks and centerpieces. Happy 8th anniversary to Market Manila.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 1:43 am

  81. Guia says:

    Happy, happy 8th! Thank you, and abundant graces always.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 1:50 am

  82. netoy says:

    MM – Congratulations for such a milestone. Like many others, I live vicariously through your recipes, travels, rants and raves, and the lot. Please keep the articles coming…

    BTW, “fowl mood”? Is that in keeping with the theme of this entire blog? hahaha!

    Now, I’m curious about the Teen… I will however, respect her privacy (plus I don’t live locally so I will not have access to these scores of magazines). But I am pretty sure that she’s raised very, very well with parents like you.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 2:09 am

  83. Gej says:

    Happy 8th Marketman! Thanks for all the well-thought, well-written posts, a big part of my education in food, plus plus!
    All the best to the Teen!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 2:12 am

  84. la emperor says:

    Congrats and more power to this blog and Zubuchon!

    It’s the friendships we’ve established thru this blog which are the true gems of your hard work, MM. It’s also nice to feel we belong to one big community despite our differences and physical distances from one another.

    Thank you so very much.

    And to all my fellow readers, lurkers and followers of this blog, thank you as well. Your comments are what make this blog special. :)

    Dec 4, 2012 | 2:18 am

  85. betty q. says:

    Many, many thanks, MM and Mrs. MM and your crew for 8 wonderful years. What you have given and taught me, I will treasure forever…as La Emp said, the cyber friends I have formed through your blog, I am eternally grateful…Footloose, for his never ending wealth of information like a walking encyclopedia, Lee and Silly Lolo(where are you?) fo making my stomach hurt with laughter, for Doc Connie, MP, Gej (my gardening buddy), EbbaBlue for making me remember our WIKA , Maria Clara for her never ending cooking wisdom she shared, North American friends I’ve met in person and through e mails ….and for all the 2012 FISHPAN nominees for bringing excitement as well.

    Looking forward to meeting everybody one day in the very near future…I have met you and Mrs. MM, so that leaves Miss MM, your crew, Marketmanila.com family!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 3:27 am

  86. kakesandkandles says:

    Happy 8th and many, many more, MM. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
    I am relatively new as I only started a few months ago but reading your blog has become part of my day. So, this recent “vacay” had me going back to read posts from the past and waiting patiently for new posts. Funny how that happens, huh? I absolutely love the varied subjects, recipes, photos, comments and entertainment. I even love the “raves” as it gives me validation that the same things that bug me also bug others.

    What a wonderful community to have fallen into. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 3:35 am

  87. betty q. says:

    MM…Gangnam I was watching the other day Ellen show and I told my husband, that is what we do at Zumba class with more “kembot” before he made it popular as well as Ellen in her intro dance. But my husband said that it is the accompanying music that makes it Gangnam!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 3:38 am

  88. Anna Maria Elisa Manalo says:

    Happy 8th Birthday, Market Manila! I derive so much from your blog and miss the food so much!
    May you have many more foodstuffs at your disposal and more recipes to share. The foodadventures are awesome!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 3:54 am

  89. Mari of NY says:

    Congratulations to you and all the crew! It’s been 8 wonderful years to most…and maybe just 4 years for me. Have really enjoyed reading your blog, learned so much and from other readers of Marketmanila too. May you continue to prosper and hoping that the Teen will do as well as you!!!!

    More power to all of you again and have a blast on your Christmas party! I could only wish to see you doing the Gang nam dance!!! Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 3:58 am

  90. EJ says:

    Happy anniversary, MM! Many, many thanks for all these years of reading pleasure.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 4:05 am

  91. bearhug0127 says:

    MM, you may never know how many lives you have made happy and giddy with excitement with each new post you do. The discovery of the password for those posts which were password protected were all part of getting us excited as kids opening presents. And not to mention the countless recipes we enjoyed, and of course the comments of fellow readers always made our day complete. Thanks for letting us in in your world. Happy Anniversary and here’s looking at more anniversaries to come!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 5:59 am

  92. terrey says:

    your blog is my “upper” at work…thanks a lot Mr MM! cheers to more fruitful years of blogging!!!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 12:45 pm

  93. amelia says:

    WIth great gratitude MM! Your blog makes my day! However..whenever..you decision on this blogosphere continue forever.. Or not.I will be forever grateful on what I’ve learned.. It open a great window on my world ..be it regional Phil. Cuisine or your world travel,Thanks! Cheers!! Here’s to more years of anniversary!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 12:51 pm

  94. Papa Ethan says:

    Congratulations, thank you very much, at maraming salamat po, MM, Mrs.MM, The Teen, and all members of this community (lurkers, occasional/regular commenters, occasional fishpanners) for having sustained this wonderful blog all these years. May the blog continue long after “The Teen” fully blooms into “The Lady.”

    Reading the latest posts as well as those from the archives makes little difference in that they remain equally fresh and engaging. In other words, walang kupas despite eight years.

    Mabuhay at Maligayang Pasko! =)

    Dec 4, 2012 | 1:41 pm

  95. farida says:

    Yikes!! MM. Lolo na diay ka. Congratulations and belated happy birthday to your blog. I truly have enjoyed your blog and had referred back to the archives many a time for recipes. And, hope you had a fun time doing the gangnam. And am sure the Teen has turned into a beautiful butterfly. You have to let go. She is so precocious, isn’t she? It is difficult, I know how it feels.
    Take care. Happy holidays to you and your family.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 1:45 pm

  96. armi says:

    Congratulations on your 8th year anniversary!
    Keep writing, Market Manila!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 2:19 pm

  97. moni says:

    Lee is absolutely right. MM, through your blog, Lee, Chris B, Joey, Edik, Lynell, Millet, Marla, and Roy have become real-life good friends. We’ve organized our own food tours or just find excuses to get together and eat. Thanks MM for making this kinship and trust possible.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 3:12 pm

  98. TeTcha says:

    Congratulations, Mr. MM and happy 8th anniversary to your blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, recipes, and many others to us, your readers. I learned both from you and from reading the comments. You really are a gem in the blogging world. Happy holidays to you, your family, crew, and to all my fellow readers.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 4:27 pm

  99. Ted says:

    I believe my very first interaction with your blog was your post on Persimmons on Nov, 2006. Since then had interacted with BettyQ and Maria Clara and we’ve exchanged emails and experiences on how to make home made hams, ensaymada, bibingka and puto bumbong to say the least, was it that long already? Time really flies. Happy 8th anniversary x 10 in blog years.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 5:20 pm

  100. jheng says:

    again, maraming salamat po sa lahat. btw, i saw a picture of you and mrs. m in a magazine. what great skin she has. :)

    Dec 4, 2012 | 5:32 pm

  101. Cathy says:

    Congratulations! Your blog inspired me to make my own, and I am forever grateful for the things I’ve learned here!

    Your blog helps me re-connect to the Philippines, and re-learn a lot of things I should have learned from my grandma. That’s what I get for not paying attention.

    I hope you continue to post, and hopefully I could get Zubuchon! I wasn’t able to when I went back this year. Pipilitin ko talaga next time!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 6:18 pm

  102. gaye says:

    Wow, 8 years! I’ve been reading your blog for the past 6-7 years, so I guess I grew up with Market Manila :) Congratulations MM!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 7:08 pm

  103. Helen says:

    Congratulations, MM and thank you for your recipes, stories and the insights. Also thank you to members of this community for sharing your own recipes and stories.

    Dec 4, 2012 | 7:09 pm

  104. ConnieC says:

    Many of my blue days are spent lurking or browsing this blog. Your passion and desire for perfection are inspiring and keep me coming back. You are part of my daily ritual…after my morning meditation and prayers. in fact.
    We will grow old with you and you with us. Thank you for allowing us to be part of this wonderful netizen community (fishpanners included who might get better sense after being panned) who visit and comment on your blog. Special mention to bettyQ and Footloose who add spice and zing to this site.
    More power to you , MM!!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 8:02 pm

  105. Avic says:

    Congratulations, MM! Thank you for what you have shared with us all those 8 years and looking forward to so much more! Thank you also to Mrs. MM and family for inspiring us, your readers, as well. May you be abundantly blessed always as you continue to be a blessing to others!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 10:36 pm

  106. Natie says:

    @ConnieC…hehe…knocked (with fishpan) into their senses!

    Look at this outpouring of LOVE!!!!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 10:47 pm

  107. eustressor says:

    Congratulations MM! Happy 8th Birthday to Market Manila!

    Dec 4, 2012 | 11:10 pm

  108. Dennis says:

    Happy 8th Marketmanila.com

    Dec 5, 2012 | 12:44 am

  109. DhayL says:

    Congratulations to MarketManila, keep up the good work, and I wish you many more years of blogging, cooking, rants and all to come! To MM and his crew and for everyone involved in making marketmanila.com possible kudos to all of you!

    Dec 5, 2012 | 1:31 am

  110. betty q. says:

    Natie…Easy on the chicharon!

    DhayL..maybe we will cross paths next week. I am bringing the Puto Bumbong steamer with me…dro by!

    Dec 5, 2012 | 2:09 am

  111. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    I stumble on your blog looking for a Phil. fruit,I never been on a blogosphere before. Had never commented on anything ..well, it has been almost five years that I visited your site ..it has become part of my day,learned a lot,cooked a lot with success.. that my limited palate of Phil. cuisine has expanded!! I enjoy your flower arrangements had replicated quite much of them..i do still click on your random post like a sponge .I learned how to make paper parols and endless day to day learning experiences, with great gratitude to sister , Betty Q &footloose and lot more of your reader who contribute much Thanks!! To MM wow!! you unselfishly give your all ,making us clamoring for more!! Happy 8th indeed!! Cheers for more years to come ,whether you do whatever you wish,please leave us a legacy of a cookbook.Thanks a million!!

    Dec 5, 2012 | 3:51 am

  112. louinsanfran says:

    it’s not just a blog, it’s a phenomenon. a large company might find it hard to compete with the quality and volume of information available here. plus with an average of over 1 post a day for more than 8 years, it’s reliable. thank you, marketman and family.

    Dec 5, 2012 | 9:07 am

  113. Marketfan says:

    Time to have a facebook version of Market Manila for short posts and quick links? Happy 8th anniversary, MM!

    Dec 5, 2012 | 11:35 am

  114. Irene says:

    Thank you, MM. Your blog’s enriched all of our lives over the years. Thank you for your generosity!

    Dec 5, 2012 | 12:33 pm

  115. shiko-chan says:

    joining in the chorus. thank you so much, MM. you have immeasurably enriched my life, like so many others. i too am looking forward to another 8 (times 8…?) years of intelligence, artistry, passion, sincere care and patriotism, and (all in all) humanity. :)

    Dec 5, 2012 | 2:11 pm

  116. Mila says:

    Congratulations on reaching 8 blog years! This blog has meant a lot for all of us who read it regularly, and i have met good friends through it, especially the early year eye balls.
    When the teen hits her twenties, what will her alias be?
    To 8 more years of food, flowers, rants, and life! Cheers MM!

    Dec 5, 2012 | 11:06 pm

  117. betty q says:

    Milan…my guess…Miss MM!

    Dec 6, 2012 | 2:17 am

  118. NYC_girl says:

    Congratulations and thank you for your blog. Hope to read more from you for many more years!!

    Dec 6, 2012 | 4:18 am

  119. Maddie says:

    Kudos MM! Madamo gid na salamat!

    Now I want to look for that magazine! Hope it is still available. And I’m trying to recall when I started reading your blog. I think “The Teen” was still “The Kid”.

    Dec 6, 2012 | 5:20 am

  120. Sally says:

    Happy birthday, MarketManila at maraming, maraming salamat sa ‘yo MarketMan! I started reading your blog back in ’05 and I rarely miss a post since then. Happy holidays to you, Mrs. MM, The Teen (formerly known as The Kid), the home crew, and the Zubuchon crew.

    Dec 6, 2012 | 8:27 am

  121. Sally says:

    Looking at your Christmas tree took me back to some years ago when every donor to the feeding program (?) was given a glass ornament similar to the ones shown on your tree :) Ang tagal na nga talaga ng blog na to :)

    Dec 6, 2012 | 8:32 am

  122. Rowi says:

    Congratulations, MM! Wow, eight creative blogyears, sans ads and with increasing number of loyal readers and lurkers (like me)! Thank you for these wonderful and inspiring years – you’re one of a kind!

    Warm and snowy greetings from a winter wonderland Sweden!

    Dec 6, 2012 | 10:06 pm

  123. Super.me says:

    Thanks for sharing your life with us, your loyal readers. It seems that we “know” you well through your posts. Thanks for the inspiration! Cheers!:)

    Dec 6, 2012 | 10:25 pm

  124. Mandy says:

    A bit late, but Happy Anniversary! I remember starting to your read your blog some 6 or so years ago because I loved (and still do) your flower arrangement posts. <3 Oh, and just last week, we had some of your Zubuchon lechon, albeit frozen and reheated, it was still good! :)

    Dec 7, 2012 | 12:12 am

  125. Gie V. says:

    congratulations MM!!! :) it means i had been a lurker in your site for almost 4 years now. I learned alot from your blog and from everyone else sharing their ideas. more years to come.

    next time i visit Zubuchon and I see you, i will definitely say Hi in person. :-))

    Thank you.

    Dec 7, 2012 | 2:58 pm

  126. ysa says:

    Happy 8th Anniversary MM….. :)
    I remember i started reading MarketManila when i read about the blog in a newspaper. and it has become a daily habit since then. a very good habit… :)

    Dec 7, 2012 | 5:25 pm

  127. bagito says:

    Happy 8th anniversary to the blog, MM! Thanks for all you’ve done through this blog, esp the ones that made me walk down memory lane and the term “fishpan” that I now apply to things nakakainis/stupid/well, regular readers will know. Mabuhay and wishing you many more anniversaries and much more success in everything you do!

    Dec 9, 2012 | 12:06 am

  128. max says:

    congrats for the 8 years blogging years!

    Dec 9, 2012 | 9:18 am

  129. Gerry T says:

    Congratulations on 8th b-day to MM & Family & Staff!
    I’m learning so much fr. you & fellow bloggers… Cheers!

    Dec 9, 2012 | 12:45 pm

  130. Lilibeth Zialcita says:

    Thanks Marketman for this blog! This is the best blog ever! I’ve learned so many things from you and other readers and oh….those delicious recipes that my family and I continue to enjoy! You’re the best! God bless you more!

    Dec 12, 2012 | 11:16 am

  131. Ron & Chris says:

    Congratulations on your 8 years of excellent and selfless sharing and may new adventures and chapters open up to you. Thank you for being an inspiration to many.

    Cheers and Merry Christmas

    Ron & Chris

    Dec 12, 2012 | 3:29 pm

  132. suzette says:

    happy anniversary MM! already?! congrats and long live your blog :)

    Dec 13, 2012 | 3:49 pm

  133. Mini says:

    Congratulations! I wish you well. I am a big fan of this blog because I love the way you write and of course I love everything you write about. Amazing. May you continue to inspire more people through this blog. God bless you, your family and your team always!

    Dec 13, 2012 | 5:04 pm

  134. yen says:

    Hi Marketman,
    Thank you for sticking to your blog for all these 8 years, churning out posts that are informative, entertaining, funny. I have a blog too and I regularly abandon it so I salute your dedication. I look forward to reading you for many many more years.

    Dec 15, 2012 | 12:49 pm

  135. Crissy says:

    Happy Anniversary to marketmanila.com :) I’ve been reading the blog for around seven years, admittedly reading but hardly posting any comments. I’m glad that you still write witty posts, and have kept the integrity of your blog. It’s an admirable quality.

    I read that magazine issue where The Teen was featured.

    Dec 16, 2012 | 9:41 pm

  136. Cristy says:

    Belated 8th anniversary greetings, MM!

    Dec 18, 2012 | 8:53 pm


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