First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your continuous support of this blog. It has been almost five years since this food blog started. There were some challenges along the way to the point that I almost gave up on keeping it updated. But because of my faithful readers throughout the years, I am inspired to stay to keep it up and running.
Creating a food blog (or any kind of blog, for that matter) and maintaining it are two completely different things — the former being easier that the latter. Keeping it active is not an easy task, especially for someone with a really busy schedule. However, there’s a sense of reward and fulfillment every time I hear (and read) really nice words from you. For that, I thank you.
And because of your constant support, I’m proud to share with you that Mga Luto ni Lola has consistently been one of the highest [Google] ranking food blogs in the country, sometimes even beating many of the really well-known food blogs. In fact, this blog is even more popular than the blogger behind it. And that’s okay, because it was never my intention to be popular anyway.
Mga Luto ni Lola also paved the way to so many doors for me — from social media management to job opportunities to even writing a book. I also had my own share of failures though, but at least I get to meet really amazing people who believe in me and in what I am capable of doing. And I guess that’s the best thing that happened to me more than anything else. Not to mention, all the sponsors and media companies who have supported me all the while.
Last month, I was invited to be a guest food blogger for a segment on the Good News with Vicky Morales on GMA News TV to talk about various Tinola recipes of different restaurants in the metro. I’m not exactly confident appearing in front of the camera, but it was fun to say the least. After this, there were other TV guesting invites, but I had to decline because of schedule conflicts.
In case you missed the show, watch it here:
“Hey, I’m on TV!” — Good News with Vicky Morales, GMA News TV, aired last Jan 13, 2013.
Aside from appearing on TV, I also occasionally write for DISH, Philippine Star’s monthly special that features everything about food. But it’s not just your ordinary food and lifestyle section; a team of really smart and talented individuals who go beyond their commitments makes sure the readers are offered with a good serving of rich information every month. I, for one, went out of my comfort zone because, as you know, I mainly write about Filipino food. But this time, I have to explore and experience a lot of new things, and that makes it really exciting on my part.
Philippines Star DISH is published every last Sunday of the month. The next issue will be released tomorrow, February 24, 2013, so it would be really awesome if you could grab a copy of the broadsheet. I will be featuring Salcedo Market’s organic good finds. Here’s a preview:
Please, please, follow Philippine Star DISH on the following social media where we share updates and recipes.
- Facebook: Facebook.com/PhilStarDISH
- Twitter: Twitter.com/PhilStarDISH
- Tumblr: Philstardish.tumblr.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/PhilStarDISH
At the end of the day, this blog remains to be your regular food blog. It may have helped me traverse other avenues, but this food blog will still be the same, if not better. Again, thank you for your kind words on your comments and your emails. You have no idea how much you guys have influenced my life.
Cheers to good food, good taste, and good times!