17 Nov2007

Now I know what it feels like to be one of those guys handing out real estate brochures and leaflets….hahaha. No, seriously, we are back from S&R and have done a quick count and today’s event yielded PHP110,000! Thank you so much to the roughly 100 Marketmanila readers who dropped by the table today and many of whom left donations well above the suggested amounts! Right now we can probably provide 5,000+ meals for malnourished public school students! There was a bit of a rush when we opened at 9am (actually, we started a little earlier) but after the first hour, readers came at a more stately pace… I took a photo of the line at the start of the day but realized readers might not want THEIR faces on the blog so I have decided not to use the photo. My favorite moment of the day must have been when Kulasa, a long-time reader, showed up with a branch from an aratiles tree… now I know what it is! Thank you! And to bijin from Japan, thanks so much for sending your relatives with such a generous donation. I also loved the fact that U.S. readers were picking their styles and sizes of t-shirts by cellphone! And to the quiet but generous folks who left far more than they needed to, thanks as well. Several contest prize winners were unable to pick up their items, however…boohoo for them.

There are still a LOT of shirts and totes left, so I hope many of you have opted to pick up at the Megamall distribution site on Monday. Otherwise, Marketman and crew will have t-shirts to wear through the next millenium! :) Here are the details for the Monday pick-up point:

HeelSewKwik (near Aji Ichiban)
Basement Level
11am – 1pm
Monday, 19 November 2007

If you are interested in a Cebu pick-up, please leave a comment here and I shall contact you by email to give you the details. If you tell me roughly how many t-shirts and totes you want, I can also better prepare what to bring with me when I go next week. If it looks like I need one or two more pick up points in late November, I will probably get one in Quezon City and another in the Makati area, but I will play it by ear until after Megamall and Cebu. Marketman, Mrs. MM & The Kid are really amazed by everyone’s kindness and generosity today. The kids at the beneficiary schools will be even more thrilled. A special mention to Edward, Grace and Cris of S&R who graciously provided today’s venue. Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!



  1. cathie says:

    Went to S&R and got 2 tote bags! PLUS I GOT TO MEET MR. MM!!! :) I was so star strucked all I was able to mouth was – “Mr. MM?! I’m such a big fan!” (aaaaaaaarrrrgh!!! silly me!!! didn’t even get the chance to say Hi man lang to Mrs. MM! nakakahiya!!!)

    *Half way back home (about 1 hr later), tska ko lang naisip.. I should’ve asked Mr. & Mrs. MM to sign the tote bags!!! huhuhu.. sayang!!! :(

    *while walking at the parking lot, I ran into this guy who was carrying what looked like the wrapped 3 bottles of jam! hanggang tingin na lang ako.. hahaha! =D

    *Hope enough funds was already collected on the first pick up day!!! More power to your family Mr. MM!!! :)

    Nov 17, 2007 | 4:27 pm


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  3. artisan chocolatier says:

    CONGRATULATIONS and KUDOS go to you, Mrs. MM & The Kid for your noble efforts.

    Hopefully, we in Cebu will also rise up to the occassion.

    Nov 17, 2007 | 4:29 pm

  4. Joey says:

    Thank you MM for championing this worthy cause. Ganda ng shirts- got 2 in large (mine!) and another in XL (too big for me so it goes to my brod-in-law). Got to try the ‘torta’, too! Yummy!

    Mabuhay at maraming salamat!

    Nov 17, 2007 | 4:29 pm

  5. allen says:

    I can’t wait to go to Megamall and get the “Mayo” shirt! (Will there be tortas there?) :)

    Nov 17, 2007 | 4:29 pm

  6. wendolene says:

    it was lovely meeting you both, and our ‘suki’ shirt is very cool–took the bitter edge off of not winning the lovely jam :P also, thanks for the tarte tatin tip, everything went as desribed in your recipe, and i am summoning the nerve to do the final flip.

    Nov 17, 2007 | 5:06 pm

  7. Fabian M says:

    It was good meeting you and the Kid today, Mr. Marketman. And I wanted to add: that torta was scrumptious. It didn’t hit me immediately when I was eating it at S+R, but when I started eating it at home. . .wow, it is indeed quite rich but still good. Very good :) The totes and t-shirts also turned out quite well.

    Nov 17, 2007 | 5:11 pm

  8. dhanggit says:

    Goodday MM, May God create more human beings like you! thank you for doing this worthy act and more so involving your regular suki to take part with you in this adventure…:-) by the way the story of kulasa coming with a branch of aratiles …LOL i almost fell laughing..i could see the image in my head :-)

    Nov 17, 2007 | 5:14 pm

  9. leigh says:

    hi, MM. i actually wanted to chat with you and your family, but got an attack of shyness hahaha! i love my shirt (i overestimated and got a size bigger, but at least it’s more comfy!). Thanks for signing the tote for my sister :-)

    Nov 17, 2007 | 6:11 pm

  10. Bengski says:

    well, what can i say?
    today was one of those “best days”!
    i was one of the early birds, got 3 shirts and a tote bag signed by no less than the MarketMan! The best part? I shook hands with my idol!!! Star-struck! hehe…

    Thanks MM. Congratulations for leading such a worthy endeavor. The school kids owe you big time.

    hope to see you again next year in another event like this…

    Nov 17, 2007 | 6:26 pm

  11. kulasa says:

    It was really nice meeting you and Mrs. M., Ms. J. and Ms. L (of the indefatigable crew.. sorry to have missed the names of the two guys, but my hats off to them as well). Nice to hear you got a hoot off the aratiles branch. Really sorry I forgot to bring the ripe little red fruits but now you can send Ms. J off to look for a handful of aratiles for you. I’m sure she’ll enjoy doing it.

    Should have made Mrs. M sign that tote bag too. Sorry to have missed the kid. Hey Kid, cool parents you got there!

    I must say you do make a difference. 5000+ meals! WOW.. and that’s just for today.

    Thanks MM and Mrs. M for making us readers feel greatful we can share what little we can offer.

    Nov 17, 2007 | 7:13 pm

  12. Gia Mayol says:

    Hi, MM. What time would you start at the Gorordo pickup point on Nov 20? I’m thinking of 2 totes and a t-shirt. Thanks!

    Nov 17, 2007 | 7:24 pm

  13. moni says:

    I got my son to pick up a t-shirt and a tote bag this morning at S&R coz I am based in Leyte. He said that he had told you that he didn’t know how it works and you replied that it was for a school feeding program for school children. He was impressed. More power to you MM.

    Nov 17, 2007 | 8:27 pm

  14. edee says:

    thanks MM, i just got a text from my brother saying he got my shirts and signed bags!….maraming salamat uli :)

    Nov 17, 2007 | 8:36 pm

  15. Chibi Maruko says:

    Congrats to MM and Crew! When I went there this morning i got so star struck that I did not know what to say — I really wasn’t expecting MM and family to be there in flesh! buti na lang ang mga questions nila Mr. and Mrs. MM were answerable by “Yes” or “No”! hahaha! After driving away with my gifts and my torta, I realised that all that i was able to say was “Sure!” Sayang! i did not get to take a photo with the MM crew! thank you for organizing this activity, marami kayong matutulungan! Congrats again and more power! :)

    Sarap nga pala ng torta! :D

    Nov 17, 2007 | 10:08 pm

  16. edel says:

    wow, congrats Mr. & Mrs. MM! can’t wait for the sm megamall sched =)

    Nov 17, 2007 | 10:34 pm

  17. chunky says:

    puro tayo star-truck ah. ako din…my son was joking me with it. thanks for the autographed tote bag…i carried it proudly the whole day. more power to you and your family!

    Nov 17, 2007 | 11:39 pm

  18. brenda says:

    Wow! I hope I could also meet MM at the CEBU pickup. I’ll get 2 shirts but is it OK if I decide on the size when I see them? Details of the Cebu pickup pls?

    Nov 18, 2007 | 12:18 am

  19. Evangeline says:

    I am from Cebu and I would also like to have the t-shirts and tote bags. I would like to have 5 t-shirts for my family.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 1:33 am

  20. Katrina says:

    The torta was delicious! I’ve only tried 2 other tortas ever, but yours was clearly the best one — so moist and buttery. I couldn’t resist, I started eating it right after I left the Fort to go to the *gym*! My hands were slick with butter afterwards. And you all know how I love butter! I liked the raisins in it, too.

    THANKS HEAPS for what you’re doing, MM! Wow, may T-shirt na, may homemade torta pa! :-D

    Nov 18, 2007 | 2:25 am

  21. rianne says:

    kainggit naman…I wish I was there…

    Nov 18, 2007 | 2:39 am

  22. MRJP says:

    Wow, super sikat na talaga ang MM family hahahaha… I wish I was there too. Congrats for the successful fund drive. May you continue to do good things for the less fortunate.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 6:22 am

  23. Essa says:

    Congratulations Marketman and readers for a successful and meaningful drive!

    Nov 18, 2007 | 8:46 am

  24. arlene says:

    huhuhu…and congrats MM…
    I am in Singapore now covering the ASEAN Summit and wasnt able to drop by S&R…

    I really hope there would be anonther chance to get those shirts and tote bags… maybe first week of December…

    If not I would still love to donate for the kids in cebu when I return to manila, first week of December, saan kaya pwede padala po ang donations…

    thanks MM and keep uo the good work…!

    Nov 18, 2007 | 11:06 am

  25. s says:

    hello…. cant wait- 2 shirts & 2 tote bags for me pls…

    Nov 18, 2007 | 11:58 am

  26. lojet says:

    I’ll have my niece bring my donation at the pick up point in cebu. Please email me the particulars, but why don’t you just post the information so you will have to do this only once? hehe

    4 shirts and 2 totes please.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 12:10 pm

  27. TOPING says:

    Boohoo, no Little Brown Book for me. ;-p My Manila contact couldn’t pick up in such short notice. Anyway, will definitely get my shirts (maybe totes, too) in Cebu. I plan on having one of each design.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 12:59 pm

  28. suzette says:

    thanks mm for sending me a torta. my hubby, kids and i enjoyed it… how about another raffle for the unclaimed prizes? yahoo!!! can’t wait to use my bag (to-ti according to your staff angelo :>) to my ma classes :)

    Nov 18, 2007 | 1:13 pm

  29. elaine says:

    I was able to choose 2 perfect sizes for me and my hubby. He in fact loved the material and was even proud that he’s gone from large to medium and he really looked hunky wearing the marketmaniac black t. I’m never usually starstruck but got really shy meeting a famous blogger. The torta was less sweet than I would expect but would be good on coffee. Thanks also for signing the tote…i wouldn’t have mustered the guts to ask! A BIG thanks also for making us a part of this worthy cause.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 4:21 pm

  30. Jennifer says:

    MM, I wasn’t able to go to the pick up, my father is law was buried yesterday. Monday we have a prayer thing at the temple. Won’t be able to get a tote bag. huhuhu

    Nov 18, 2007 | 5:45 pm

  31. chinachix says:

    hi MM…i have missed the previous pick up times, and possibly the Megamall pick up date tomorrow because of some travelling. I am still interested in purchasing some shirts and totes though. Pls. let me know what other options I have to purchase them. Thanks.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 5:49 pm

  32. Traci says:

    please, please have another one in makati for november! i am in Singapore for the week and will miss all this week’s scheduled pick-ups

    Nov 18, 2007 | 6:13 pm

  33. Marketman says:

    Traci, chinachix et al, will see what can be arranged after we do the Megamall and Cebu deliveries… I suspect there will be some shirts leftover. Jennifer, my deepest condolences, so sorry to here about your dad.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 6:40 pm

  34. cumin says:

    Ayayay! Would love to pick up a shirt and bag at Megamall tomorrow… but have to bring laptop to the hospital as I fear it has been struck by a virus! If I can’t make it, fingers crossed there’ll be another Metro Manila pick-up. I’ll even volunteer my services sa tindahan! :-)

    Nov 18, 2007 | 7:03 pm

  35. tinsi says:

    Good day MM,
    YOu can count me in for the Cebu Pick up day. Will need two shirts and a couple of tote bags as well. God bless you and your family.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 10:31 pm

  36. Ley says:

    2 shirts for me and the hubby MM.

    Nov 18, 2007 | 11:12 pm

  37. danney league says:

    Unfair naman papaano naman kaming nasa abroad? May pupunta ba sa Los Angeles? Padala naman o?

    Nov 19, 2007 | 2:30 am

  38. Myra P. says:

    Danney, leaving for the US tomorrow, with only an overnight in LA then off eastwards…. Im too busy packing to pickup for you in Megamall, but if by some miracle, MM can send me your padala by tomorrow 5pm, I’ll gladly bring it with me. I have lots of luggage space pa naman and my sister has a house near the beach, about 20 mins from LAX. You can pickup there. You’ll just have to talk to MM re the payment arrangement…

    Nov 19, 2007 | 4:53 am

  39. Naz says:

    When can the readers (Marketmaniacs) from abroad be able to experience this benevolent event? Aaaarrrggghhhhh… We need out of the Philippines readers’ suggestions… I can no longer continue reading these comments … they’re killing me of envy.

    Nov 19, 2007 | 5:10 am

  40. dee says:

    Congratulations on the amount collected, I got my tote… Was too dyahe to introduce myself but it was nice to finally see you and your family :)

    Nov 19, 2007 | 7:38 am

  41. CecileJ says:

    Hi, MM, Mrs. MM, The Kid and MM’s friendly crew! Starstruck din ako pero buti nalang, not tongue-tied! You are all so wonderfully warm and I wish I could’ve afforded to donate more for the schoolkids…but will try to save up again for the next fund drive.

    MM, the brief chat with you was great and informative, too!

    BTW, with this fund drive, my faith in the Filipino was given an added boost. We really can do things basta tulong-tulong, di ba? So, get your shirts and totes. They are of really good quality, are for a really good cause and you can have them signed pa by the FAMOUS MM! ;-)

    Nov 19, 2007 | 7:59 am

  42. Lei says:

    Thank you again MM, Mrs, MM and to the Kid for the wonderful gift of the tote bag and the shirt!

    I must say that the torta is very moist and it was really good. Same with the others, I was starstruck but got to say my short greetings to Mrs MM and MM. The Kid is very pretty I must say.

    I hope that there will be more good acts of these kinds in the coming years. Thanks again for the signed tote, in fact I was wondering if I will use it cause I don’t want the signed tote bag to get old and used, hahahhahah!!!!

    Nov 19, 2007 | 8:36 am

  43. ratacutie says:

    Hi MM! I was in too much of a rush last Saturday because it was way past my baby’s lunch time (I was the one with the baby girl who looked like a baby boy hihihi)…i didnt get to thank you enough for giving all of us the opportunity to share a little bit of ourselves this Christmas. It was great meeting you and the Kid (was Mrs. MM there? I’m sorry I missed her). The Kid is gorgeous. And my husband and I loved the torta. It was our first time to try THAT kind of torta haha. Anyway, I hope this will be an annual, bi-annual event? :) By the way, I was ECSTATIC that we were able to get the “beat my eggs” shirt! ;p

    Nov 19, 2007 | 8:37 am

  44. ECC says:

    Hello MM! Thank you for organizing this. So glad the dates coincided with my visit. And the pleasure of meeting you and Mrs. MM in person pa! Your blog has enriched so many lives. I am leaving tomorrow morning happy and proud to have marketmanila tote bags. I bet I am the only one in Houston to have these! And should I see someone else with one, we will surely become fast friends. Cheers!

    Nov 19, 2007 | 9:03 am

  45. The Steak Lady says:

    waaaah, i missed it! =( the time was too close to my cousin’s wedding, and i dont think i can make it to megamall either. i think my best bet would be to get it in Cebu (if there are still some left after today). But freebies or not, its really a great thing you’re doing for charity MM. Keep it up and more to come! =)

    Nov 19, 2007 | 9:13 am

  46. Pebs says:

    Congrats MM! You’re going to make a lot of kids and their parents happy. Too bad I didn’t make it to S&R until about 6pm last Saturday and I have work during the week so won’t be able to go to Megamall today. :)

    Nov 19, 2007 | 9:51 am

  47. ging says:

    what time is the cebu pick up please? i hope i can make it as im in the office from 9 am to 5 pm. but i will send my yaya over if i cant make it myself.

    2 shirts for me please- size small.

    Nov 19, 2007 | 10:04 am

  48. Lenlen S. says:

    Am out of town… huhuhu…..was not able to go to S&R and wont be able to go to Megamall either. I hope there will be another schedule of T-shirts & Totes distribution… i hope soon in Makati area, pleaseeeee.

    Nov 19, 2007 | 12:03 pm

  49. CecileJ says:

    Oh, my hubby loved the torta and wanted to go back for seconds! Sabi ko sa kanya, jahe naman if we did. Baka maubusan yung iba!

    Sayang I didn’t get to meet any of my fellow marketmaniacs.

    Nov 19, 2007 | 1:00 pm

  50. tina says:

    Oh no, MM, I just got back from Megamall and didn’t know about the pickup point. I missed it. I was out the entire weekend and wasn’t able to see the announcement. What are the other pickup points? Will there be a one in Makati?

    Nov 19, 2007 | 1:49 pm

  51. Marketman says:

    tina, will have to review t-shirt and tote stocks when I get back to Manila. There will probably be at least one more pick-up point in the next few weeks… just check the blog every once in a while for an announcement, thanks!

    Nov 19, 2007 | 2:02 pm

  52. Blaise says:

    Glad to have finally met you, MM.. too bad too that I wasn’t able to meet some people here, and not to get a taste of that torta!! ;P

    Nov 19, 2007 | 2:38 pm

  53. Gina says:

    Just got back from Megamall and got my 2 totes. Would have wanted to taste your torta because my mother makes torta from Ceb–one that uses a traditional recipe whose ingredients include tuba and artery-clogging lard, and scented with anise seeds. Nonetheless, I am very glad to take part in this worthwhile Christmas project, MM. Thanks.

    Nov 19, 2007 | 2:41 pm

  54. Gina says:

    Ooops. That should read “torta from Cebu.”

    Nov 19, 2007 | 2:42 pm

  55. consol says:

    waaaaah! i was unable to go, hence did not get to submit my donation nor get my tees! :-( any chance of leftovers, MM? going to the Megamall site is also out of the question, since i was at work.



    *woe is me!!*


    Nov 19, 2007 | 2:53 pm

  56. marz says:

    Add me to the list of star struck MM fans! Got there quite early with Mrs. MM giving the receipt for my 2 XS shirts, MM was kinda busy then. Hiya naman me to get his attention and shake his hand hehe
    Anyway, all the best to the feeding program MM!

    Nov 19, 2007 | 3:03 pm

  57. edel says:

    was able to get a “have you been to the market today” shirt from megamall.. was supposed to get the tote but saw an xs sized shirt so i got the shirt.. will make ipon again for the tote.. more power to marketman and his family for this noble cause =)

    Nov 19, 2007 | 3:05 pm

  58. jo-i says:

    hi, sorry, i missed the pick up last saturday. i remember signing up for a shirt a few months back. but last week was really busy at work so didn’t get to visit your site. last i heard, you haven’t heard from salcedo market. megamall won’t do as work is in makati and just logged on so pick up should be done by now. kindly let me know if there are other pick up schedules and location within makati. thanks and all the best to this endeavor.

    Nov 19, 2007 | 4:10 pm

  59. portugalbear says:

    I missed the event because I just arrived from Bangkok for a convention. Hope you have a makati pickup soon.

    Nov 19, 2007 | 5:51 pm

  60. Rowi says:

    Congratulations on your successful Tote and Tee charity work! You made a lot of people happy!

    Sorry, I missed reading your blog for the pick-up last Saturday. Hopefully there would be another chance for a Makati pick-up soon. I would have to inform my Manila contacts in advance.


    Nov 19, 2007 | 6:06 pm

  61. erleen says:

    ako din I got star-struck I was not able to say hi to Mrs. MM. =)

    I brought my sister and her husband when we went to S&R…Got two tote bags that had MarketMan’s autograph and my prize of The Little brown book.

    We loved your torta and we have to restrain ourselves from going back and asking for more!

    Got to meet Kulasa too!(though I did not see the aratiles branch she brought)

    Nov 20, 2007 | 2:51 am

  62. Malou See says:

    I see that a lot of people got star-struck….well, add me to the list. It was a great honor to meet THE MAN. My apology to your lovely wife, didnt get the chance just to say hello. Is your kid with you…sayang didnt much see her also, sa sobrang tuwa kong makita ka MM…nakalimutan ko tuloy ang buong mundo. But hey, delicious jam, kahit bawal muna sa sweets kasi galing sa dentista after that pick up, I still dig in to your jam that afternoon. Well job and congrats. btw, if you have additional pick up here in QC, do let us know :P Many thanks and may there’ll be more people like you. Hat’s off.

    Nov 20, 2007 | 11:20 am

  63. maj says:

    Waaaahhh wasn’t able to get the tote and shirts I’ve signed up for… Was pretty tied up at work. Didn’t get a chance to drop by S&R or Megamall. Hope you’ll have another pick-up in the Makati Area.. please. please. please. please.


    Nov 20, 2007 | 12:58 pm

  64. khursten says:

    Yay! That’s good MM!! :3 Glad it worked out! I swear it was nice meeting you guys in S&R!! Very nice people. ^_^

    And your wife (I think) made me taste that torta from Cebu! :3 Waaah. That was good too. :3

    Nov 20, 2007 | 1:37 pm

  65. James says:

    Wow! Php 110,000 in a day! Galing! But that does not include me yet b/c of an unscheduled trip to the province; just arrived today. I ordered 2 shirts and a tote. Please, MM! Make your next pick-up point nearer to us QC residents.

    Nov 20, 2007 | 1:38 pm

  66. Edik says:

    WOW! So you will be in Cebu. Please give me the specifics so I can also have my totes and shirts. Thanks.

    Nov 20, 2007 | 4:45 pm

  67. k says:

    Hi MM!

    I was planning to go to S&R but my office meeting lasted until 4 PM. Boohoo!!!

    Will there be another pick-up point and day in Metro Manila? Thanks and God bless you for your noble and creative efforts!

    Nov 21, 2007 | 4:34 am

  68. 3.1416 says:

    it was great meeting you and the missus! the torta was loverrrly! :) i am psyched to send the signed tote to my mom. thanks again!

    Nov 21, 2007 | 3:24 pm


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