The best thing about becoming a blogger isn't the amazing food I get offered to taste, or the spectacular hotels I get invited to stay in. It's the friends I met through the course of my blogging career. I've been doing this for over six years now, and I've met some amazing people, who I consider life long friends.
Food undoubtedly brought us together, but love and respect for one another has kept us our bonds close throughout the past few years. I'm incredibly proud to be a part of this group of phenomenal bloggers, but more importantly, to be counted among this collection of upstanding people, called the "Kain Tulog Gang".
Last year, the KTG teamed up with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet to hold "The Choice Awards". Due to its success, we decided to do it again!
It's time to let your voice be heard, my friends.. Time to Make THE CHOICE!!
Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there's a new restaurant opening in Metro Manila. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with.
As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we're always very curious about the crowd favorites.
The popular vote, if you will.
So, Our Awesome Planet and the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang), and World Food Expo (WOFEX) have partnered to conduct the one and only People's Choice Awards for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more~ or simply, "The Choice".
You can participate and answer the survey here:
The Choice 2016 Survey http://bit.ly/Choice2016
About The Choice Awards
We conducted an intense first round of voting among ourselves, and our resulting finalists have made us very pleased: we feel it's a very diverse and fair representation of all our Metro Manila favorites. The categories are very broad, as they should be in a democratic vote.
However, we'd like to emphasize that this is NOT a "Best of..." list. Our good friends and respected colleagues from The MBKRS are doing an excellent job of recognizing the restaurants and restaurateurs in their prestigious bi-annual awards.
The MBKRS are rightly regarded as the Oscars of our ever growing foodie community. So we'd like "The Choice" to be the Golden Globes~ a bit more irreverent, surely less formal, and yes, it ought to be greatly biased.
After all, YOU will be voting for your favorites, this is YOUR CHOICE!!!
We had a total of 2,075 respondents during the inaugural The Choice 2015 survey, here's a look back at our inaugural awards held at the SMX Mall of Asia in August of 2015:
You can vote your favorite restaurants here:
The Choice 2016 Voting is open for 2 weeks starting from August 15 and ends on August 31, 2016 12 midnight.
The Choice Restaurant Awarding will happen on September 17, Saturday, during the Ultimate Taste Test 2016!
The Survey Parameters
1. For the Favorite New Restaurant category, our coverage period includes restaurants that opened between June 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016.
2. There are 50 questions in this survey and answering this survey should take around 5-10 minutes. It is best to give a definitive answer on each question and feel free to skip if you can't decide.
3. All answers are treated confidential and final once you click on the submit button. One survey response for one person only.
4. Please give us your name and email address for our random validation of the survey responses.
5. For the Favorite Out-of-Town Destination category, we now changed it to have a more detailed Favorite Restaurant Category for each foodie destination.
The KTG are:
The KTG is a group of friends who all just happen to be some of the top food and lifestyle bloggers in the Philippines; every one of their individual blogs ranks among the highest ranking and most influential online publications dedicated to food, entertainment, and travel.
The KTG is composed of some of the more senior food bloggers in the country, including Richie Zamora of "The Pickiest Eater in the World', Spanky Enriquez of "Manila Boy", Jill Bantang of "The Food Scout", and representing the younger generation are "The Hungry Kat", "Food in the Bag", and "Nines vs. Food". And from the world of showbiz, Mr. Chuckie Dreyfus, a dedicated foodie who's also a respected tech blogger.
The KTG's objectives are not limited to discovering the best restaurants, however. While it's affectionately called the "Kain Tulog Gang", it's officially participated in relief efforts in Tacloban and Iloilo after Yolanda; and in Metro Manila, this "Kapatiran sa Tulong at Ginhawa" is on a constant mission to contribute in providing joy and comfort to the less fortunate.
The KTG Blogs:
our fantastic foodie friends from:
Philippine Star's "Let's Eat" monthly magazine and television show.
Special thanks to our partners from the World Food Expo: