Meet the Blogger

GJ Coleco has been blogging since 2005. He grew up in the self-proclaimed food capital of Metro Manila—the City of Malabon (known for its patis, pancit, bagoong, and kakanin), with his paternal lola (grandmother) and tita (aunt).

He developed his passion for the Filipino cuisine at a very young age. The times that he spent in the kitchen with his lola and tita exposed him in various ways of preparing and cooking local dishes.

His inherent love of food made him aspire to become a chef someday. Unfortunately, his family could not afford the costly culinary education in the country, but that did not stop him from pursuing his passion for cooking—hence, the creation of this food blog.

The passing of his lola inspired him to start this food blog in 2008. This blog was primarily intended as a personal space to remember the wonderful times he spent with the people who took care of him and to document all the heirloom recipes that he learned from them.

Online readers eventually increased over the years. Later on, he decided to make this food blog as a venue for sharing recipes and kitchen tips with everyone who appreciates traditional Filipino dishes and food preparation.

GJ is an Associate in Arts graduate of the University of the Philippines. He was a Contributing Writer for DISH, Philippine Star’s monthly food & lifestyle supplement. He also worked as a Social Media & Community Manager, successfully jump-starting the digital marketing campaigns of two major F&B brands in the country: Jollibee and Anchor.

Currently, GJ is the owner/restaurateur of SAME SAME Thai Satay Bar, an upcoming Thai restobar in Kapitolyo—Pasig’s food capital.


  1. Hi! Gj, I just happen to passby your website to browse some filipino food. I’ve been cooking for 9years but mostly not filipino cuisines for my work. Sa bahay filipino talaga.. yung food nlog mo nakakatuwa.. ehh ka nga your awsome!.. keep it up… thanks for always sharing… as reference ko na lang… God bless!..

  2. Im sure your auntie and lola is proud of this blog. Ive just started to cook again, my parents taught me at a very young age too but I hate cooking then and until this day Im still very bad at it. 😛 Now Im reading your blog to teach myself some cookin’.

  3. How’s Francis?(ohhhh I love dogs) It’s nice to know that there’s always a way to show that we do still care for and we do still love our grand parents beyond the stars, and not even death could make us forget them. Ohhh how I missed my grand papa, this line makes my heart melt “His exposure in the kitchen and his love for food made him aspire to become a chef someday.” May you achieve your dream my friend. There’s always a room for learning. God bless you. and take care Ki o tsukette kudasai!

  4. hehehhe ngulat ako,i just was reading squids recipe biglang nandito n!!so inspiring story..nice blog!!!!!!!!!god bless 🙂

  5. I found my way here from another blogger’s site. I am compelled to write to commend you on the wonderful tribute to the women who raised you. It’s a coincidence that I am also originally from Malabon, raised by my grandparents and aunt, all of whom passed many decades ago and a UP graduate as well. Many happy writings! Good luck.

  6. Hi GJ! What a coincidence! I was browsing for Tuna Pesto Pasta Recipe and I came to your website. Nagulat ako when I was reading comments and saw ur name! I have no idea that you’re into cooking. I’m so proud of you! Guess i’ll pm you in fb.

  7. now trying your paksiw na pata recipe…halfway pa lang gutom na mga anak ko sa amoy! God bless and keep posting more recipes. 🙂

  8. Kamukha mo si Agassi, mag tennis karin Bro. Malay mo – mukhang talented ka naman eh. I’m cooking your adobong baboy right now. Good luck sa iyo – I think you’ve done justice sa lola at auntie mo. See you and all the best!

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