30 Sep2011

Cool. Marketmanila and Pinoy Cook from the Philippines make it to the list of 55! I am giddy with excitement. Ever since James Oseland took over the reins at Saveur and it went truly global, including a noticeable emphasis on Southeast Asian cuisine, destinations and ingredients, it has become my favorite food magazine. So every time they mention a pinoy dish or ingredient, sinigang and adobo to name a few, and a multi-page spread on Christmas food traditions by Robyn of Eating Asia, I am thrilled to bits. Despite my recent faux pas of submitting a roasted pork belly sandwich (that got the most reader votes btw) for a contest that turns out only took entries from U.S. residents/citizens, the editors mention the blog in their article, here.

This seems an appropriate post to mention that marketmanila.com is now officially 7 years old, give or take a few weeks, and the birthday came and went without much fanfare. With over 3,200 posts over the past seven years, I am amazed that it has lasted that long in an era with such limited attention spans and evolving technologies. That so many of you around the world continue to return to the blog is wonderful, and I thank you for your visits and comments.

Finally, one last bit of horn-tooting. A reader has also brought my attention to “Blogrank” that seems to keep track of blogs and their popularity… According to the website, marketmanila.com ranks a surprising 11th out of the Asian food blogs, and even more surprisingly, 19th globally. Of course I think a real caveat is that maybe not all food blogs are included in that ranking… But it’s a thrill nonetheless, and just look at the other blogs on the list, many of them are blogs I consider a stratosphere above marketmanila.com!

I am also proud to note that of the 19 top blogs globally, marketmanila.com appears to be one of only five blogs that do not have ANY ADVERTISING or SPONSORED ads. :)

Recently, I have been extremely busy with the opening of the restaurants (with an expansion of one and a third restaurant in the works!), that I have been feeling a bit “burned out”. My posts have been less frequent and less about pinoy food. But I feel energized by the mention in Saveur, and promise to divert some focus back to the blog in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned. And to those of you who have stuck around through thick and thin, thank you. :)

Weng, thanks for the heads up re: Saveur. friedneurons, thanks for the email letting me know the same thing. :)



  1. flip4ever says:

    Congratulations MM ! You most certainly deserve the recognition.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:06 am


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  3. Meg says:

    Thank you MM for the seven years of marketmanila.com. You have entertained and amused me through a lot of good and bad times. Keep on blogging :)

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:08 am

  4. eric says:

    let’s shoot for top 10 next year! more power MM…

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:10 am

  5. Joseph says:

    Congrats MM on this recognition. Congrats too on your 7th Anniversary. Thank you for maintaining your blog and more power to you.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:15 am

  6. yette says:

    Congratulations MM! More insights..more recipes..and my personal fave, more rants and raves.. God bless you and Market Manila.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:17 am

  7. Noel Vera says:

    Congrats! You deserve it. Want to try your lamb one of these days…

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:29 am

  8. weng says:

    You’re welcome, MM! Being a fan of both your website and Saveur, I was thrilled to see your site make their list :)

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:39 am

  9. Joel says:

    Well deserved! 3200 posts? Really amazing. Your hard work paid off. You inspire bloggers like me to write to our heart’s content. Thanks!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:49 am

  10. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Congratulations!! Well deserve accolades..Thank you for the 7 yrs of fabulous blogs.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:54 am

  11. Betchay says:

    A very big CONGRATULATIONS!!!! And a Fat THANK YOU!!!!!! ;) More POWER!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 11:36 am

  12. Thel from Florida says:

    BLESS YOUR HEART ALWAYS! You deserve it. Thank you for 7 years of hard work.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 11:39 am

  13. PITS, MANILA says:





    Sep 30, 2011 | 12:18 pm

  14. cwid says:

    And THANK YOU for being so generous in sharing your life and recipes with us!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 12:25 pm

  15. millet says:

    da coolest! global na talaga! congratulations and thank you, as always, MM!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 12:57 pm

  16. tess says:

    Congratulations MM. You really deserve it. Please keep on blogging.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 12:57 pm

  17. Artisan Chocolatier says:


    Sep 30, 2011 | 1:22 pm

  18. Ellen says:

    Thank you MM!! U will always be part of my day, at least 3 times a day 7 days a week!! If u ever go offline, I’ll suffer serious withdrawal symptoms! Visiting one of ur restos is in my bucket list. N also that ever elusive eye ball I keep missing out on. I will get there one day :-)

    Sep 30, 2011 | 1:35 pm

  19. joey says:

    Bravo!!! Well deserved MM, very well deserved :)

    Sep 30, 2011 | 1:35 pm

  20. Rosedmd says:


    Sep 30, 2011 | 2:10 pm

  21. Gej says:

    Congratulations!!! So well-deserved!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 2:22 pm

  22. Jessi says:

    Your blog is very much appreciated; thank you and congratulations!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 2:22 pm

  23. Chubby says:

    Congratulations MM! You are the only credible food blogger in our country.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 2:31 pm

  24. Aikko says:

    Congratulations MM! You deserve it! More power!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 2:39 pm

  25. sonny sj says:

    Happy 7th Anniversary MarketManila! Congratulations and more power MM!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 3:08 pm

  26. linda says:

    Well done MM! We’re so so proud of you!

    Thank you for 7 good years of sharing the best of the best blogs with us and looking forward to more of Marketmanila!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 3:20 pm

  27. quiapo says:

    Growing from strength to strength, what with catering the best pork in the world to Anthony Bourdin, to being mentioned in the British Esquire magazine, and now in Saveur magazine! It is nice to know that quality is still recognised in today’s world of ephemeral gratification: Congratulations!!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 3:34 pm

  28. dianne orpilla says:

    congratulations! do write more about pinoy food! Godbless. cheers!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 4:42 pm

  29. elaine says:

    Congrats! I came to know about your blog when it was first mentioned(I think..around April 20?)in Yummy Magazine and I was still a meat eater then. A vegetarian for four years now and I still read your blog for travel, consumer, produce, gadget/home, rant-related posts~ all are interesting, never a dull post(: All the best.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 5:00 pm

  30. Helen says:

    Happy 7th Annivesary, MM. More stories and recipes to come….

    Sep 30, 2011 | 5:46 pm

  31. maritess says:

    congratulations and happy anniversary MM!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 6:05 pm

  32. chreylle says:

    happy 7th anniversary to this wonderful blogsite and Congrats MM !!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 6:48 pm

  33. gensanite says:

    happy 7th blogoversary!!! congratulations!!!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 6:58 pm

  34. maia says:

    congratulations! you truly deserve it. we are proud of you!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 7:48 pm

  35. kulasa says:


    Sep 30, 2011 | 7:53 pm

  36. natie says:

    7 years!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! what would my day be like without a Market Manila virtual-vacation…??

    Sep 30, 2011 | 8:03 pm

  37. mary chen says:

    congrats!!! in my heart u are number 1. shucks!! happy anniversary MM!!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 8:21 pm

  38. psychomom says:

    it pays to do quality work!!! congratulations MM!!! i notice a note of weariness in today’s blog, please do not leave us orphans…. :( write less but do not completely cut us off. visiting this site daily has been one of the few reasons i even turn on the computer.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 8:58 pm

  39. corrine says:

    Congratulations! Salute

    Sep 30, 2011 | 9:24 pm

  40. Mimi says:

    Happy Birthday, marketmanila.com!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 10:45 pm

  41. thea says:

    congratulations! i love saveur magazine. :)

    Sep 30, 2011 | 11:14 pm

  42. Vanessa says:

    Congratulations to my favorite food blog!

    Sep 30, 2011 | 11:50 pm

  43. Sheila says:

    I’m not surprised marketman. Congratulations!!! I’m from the PH by the way. I don’t know why it says I’m from China.

    Oct 1, 2011 | 12:13 am

  44. sophie says:

    congratulations MM! thank you for sharing your blog to us… no dull moment i swear in reading what you’ve shared… and love to re read the archives :)!

    Oct 1, 2011 | 1:27 am

  45. Pam says:

    Congratulations!!! I love your blog. You really deserve the recognition!

    Oct 1, 2011 | 1:34 am

  46. happywapper says:

    Congratulations MM. Well deserved recognition. ]
    Keep on blogging. Keep on exploring new foods and recipes.

    Oct 1, 2011 | 1:36 am

  47. Botchok says:

    Congratulations MM! I hope you won’t stop blogging and we’ll be with you all the way ’til you reach no.1

    Oct 1, 2011 | 4:46 am

  48. marilen says:

    Congratulations!!! MM, a man of impeccable standards, wit, great curiosity and most important of all, INTEGRITY! We knew we were on to something good when we followed/stumbled into marketmanila many many blogs ago.

    Oct 1, 2011 | 6:38 am

  49. mayums says:

    congratulations, MM. i learned so much from your blog. thank you for being so unselfish in sharing everything with us.

    Oct 1, 2011 | 8:39 am

  50. gigi says:

    Congratulations!!! I think it’s the lack of PR spin that makes this blog highly read :) You should do another blog on business / investing. Haha….

    Oct 1, 2011 | 1:49 pm

  51. christina foss says:

    Congratulations, MM! Very well-deserved honour indeed.
    I live in Victoria on Vancouver Island, a fairly short ferry ride to Vancouver , but sadly missed the eyeball due to family reasons. However, I am looking forward to the next one in Vancouver, hopefully in the near future!

    Oct 1, 2011 | 3:01 pm

  52. Sonia says:

    Quality, integrity, honesty and a touch of humor will always have their just rewards! Congratulations!

    Oct 1, 2011 | 3:10 pm

  53. jack says:

    wow Congratulations!

    Oct 1, 2011 | 8:19 pm

  54. Lambchop says:

    Wow! Congrats, MM! :D

    Oct 1, 2011 | 8:47 pm

  55. grace says:

    Thanks again marketman for the blog and inspiring us to learn to cook and appreciate food

    Oct 1, 2011 | 9:37 pm

  56. MP says:

    Why am I not surprised with the recognition? Truly deserved. We should be the one thanking you for inspiring us to try new dishes and experiment.. My retirement has been made bearable and interesting through daily checks of your blog!

    Oct 2, 2011 | 2:13 am

  57. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Cheers! More power!!

    Oct 2, 2011 | 4:12 pm

  58. sunflowii says:

    congrats, MM!

    Oct 2, 2011 | 9:50 pm

  59. rita says:


    Oct 3, 2011 | 2:57 am

  60. Pinksalmonlady says:

    Congratulation MM! You deserved every recognition. Cheers to the next 7 more years!

    Oct 3, 2011 | 6:11 am

  61. Marie says:

    Congratulations! My 2 favorite Pinoy food blogs in one my favorite food and travel magazine!

    Oct 3, 2011 | 7:49 am

  62. ami says:

    AMAZING! That’s the first word I thought of after reading your entry.
    Congrats MM!

    Oct 3, 2011 | 7:58 am

  63. becky says:

    happy 7th birthday to this blog and a big CONGRATULATIONS to you MM! I love this blog’s informative and witty writing plus the aahhh-mazing pictures! :)

    Oct 3, 2011 | 9:03 am

  64. Mommy G says:

    Congratulations MM!!!…happy 7th year!!!…

    Oct 3, 2011 | 10:30 am

  65. Ros-Anna says:

    Way to go MM!!! This is certainly a well-deserved accolade and recognition. Thank you for keeping us informed and entertained!

    Oct 3, 2011 | 3:52 pm

  66. Pam says:

    Congrats, MM! I’m SO happy your blog is part of those top lists because your entries show Pinoy food in such positive light + shows both classic and evolving Pinoy cuisine.

    Oct 4, 2011 | 1:33 am

  67. Meg says:

    Congratulations to you MM, your blog is “THE BLOG” of all food blogs, nothing compares.

    Oct 4, 2011 | 7:45 am

  68. titabuds says:

    Definitely the best food blog around here and may I say, some of the most generous readers as well. Congratulations, MM, and thank you for showing the world that Philippine cuisine (and culture) goes way beyond adobo. :)

    Oct 4, 2011 | 5:40 pm

  69. dhayL says:

    Hooray for Marketmanila.com and its readers! Good job!

    Oct 4, 2011 | 11:06 pm

  70. farida says:

    MM, good morning. Just checked in after several days of being away. I am sooo happy :) and proud for your blog being one of the top. You certainly deserve it. Looking forward to reading the new posts. Thank you.

    Oct 8, 2011 | 12:06 am

  71. Mom-Friday says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Very deserving :) The quality content is what keeps us readers coming back for more…and more years to come for Marketmanila.com

    Waiting for Zubuchon to open in Manila ;)

    Oct 11, 2011 | 12:47 pm

  72. Christine Filipinas says:

    It’s 12 midnight and I am still reading your blog..Good job MM :) very entertaining,indeed!

    Oct 14, 2011 | 12:13 am


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