So, to save you the trouble of having to separate the wheat from the chaff on your own, we've curated some of the best Philippine blogs you need to follow. We chose them based on the quality of content (of course!), their readability and usefulness for non-Filipinos, and the unique insight they provide.
So, What's News?
If the US has "The Onion," the Philippines has "So, What's News?" The site churns out pseudo-news (on an irregular basis) based on the biggest current events in the country. The posts look so much like professional news articles, and the events are at least semi-plausible, that many people often mistake them for real news. That's why, in their About page, "So, What's News" has to provide the disclaimer that their pieces are satire, and therefore not meant to be taken seriously. If you're an avid follower of Philippine news, but are sick of all the negativity, "So, What's News" provides a much-needed breath of fresh air.
There are plenty of sites about Filipino recipes, including the ones we've written about before. However, few of them have maintained as much integrity as Market Manila has.
The blogger, who calls himself "Marketman," doesn't just outline recipes and leave them at that. He also peppers his posts with interesting commentary and great-looking pictures, which gives them a more personal feel. Occasionally, he'd write about rants and raves, travels abroad and restaurants. But you won't ever see a post that looks as though it's been sponsored by a third party (unless "Marketman" actually liked the product, of course).
Our Awesome Planet
If you want first dibs on any new restaurant in the Philippines, Our Awesome Planet (OAP) is the place to go. The posts aren't always reviews, though; sometimes, it's just pictures galore. (Not that "takaw tingin" foodies would complain!) The site also posts content about travel, festivals and cultural news. According to the About page, OAP is dedicated to the blogger's sons Aidan and Joshua, who are frequently featured in the posts. At some point, the blogger wanted to turn OAP into an online magazine, but decided to keep it as a sort of "family blog" for his children's sake.
Critic After Dark
Don't let the ".blogspot" domain fool you. Blogger Noel Vera reviews movies — Filipino-made or otherwise — as a true professional should. In his profile, Vera says that, while low budgets often cripple the quality of movies in the country, there are also the "gold nuggets" that thrive in spite of the aforementioned budgets. Lately, his reviews seem to drift towards the ones churned out by Hollywood, as well as other foreign countries like Japan. You can also see Vera's work in the Weekender section of BusinessWorld Online.
What's A Geek
As the site's name implies, it's about anything and everything geek. Aside from the usual geek staples like comics, movies, TV shows and anime, What's A Geek also features Philippine-centric opinion pieces like "Is the Arcade Culture Really Dying in the Philippines?" Right now, they have an ongoing series called "WTF Wattpad" that pokes fun at some of the most terribly-written pieces to come out of the popular fiction publishing site. You can also find them blogging about science and technology, music and other not-so-geeky stuff related to Filipino culture.
Finally, we have Pinoy Adventurista, one of the top-ranked travel blogs in the country. Featured on CNN, BuzzFeed, ABS-CBN and Manila Bulletin, among others, Pinoy Adventurista chronicles the best of what the Philippines has to offer. (We even got featured on their site at one point!) He also features destinations from other countries at times, like Seminyak in Bali, Indonesia. Whether you're looking for destination ideas, personal chronicles about food trips or general travel tips, take a look at what Pinoy Adventurista has to offer.
For more entertaining/informative Philippine blogs, check out:
1. This Is A Crazy Planets – If you can read and understand Tagalog, Lourd de Veyra has a ton of witticisms to offer.
2. Pepper.ph – This is an online magazine that features anything and everything about Filipino food. Their adobo recipe in particular is a must-try!
3. The Fanboy SEO – Like "What's A Geek," except only a single blogger writes for the site.
4. The Feed – The pop-up ads can get annoying, but otherwise the content is a must-read for tech geeks.
So there you have it for our top 6 (10?) blogs to follow. We're not saying they're "perfect" by any means, but we feel that most of what we've included in this list can compete with similar blogs from around the world. If you know of any other sites we haven't featured here, let us know in the comments!