If you’ve been seeing news about BLOSOMEX and THE CHOICE Awards on your social media feed recently but don’t know exactly what it is, allow me to tell you all about it and how you can be part of it.



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) have partnered to conduct the first ever People’s Choice for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more ~ or simply, “The Choice”.

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Let’s talk About The Awards.

We conducted an intense first round of voting among ourselves, and our resulting Top Tens 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!!!

The Survey Parameters:

  1. For the Favorite New Restaurant category, our coverage period includes restaurants that opened between May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.
  2. For the Favorite Out-of-Town Destination, the restaurants must be reached by land in 5 hours; thanks to the TPLex, that includes Baguio!
  3. There are 45 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.
  4. All answers are treated confidential and final once you click on the submit button. One survey response for one person only.
  5. Please give us your name and email address for our random validation of the survey responses.

What is The KTG?

The KTG is a group of friends who all just happen to be some of the top food 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”. Representing the younger generation are “The Hefty Foodie”, “The Food Scout”, and “Nines vs. Food”. And from the world of showbiz, Mr. Chuckie Dreyfus, a 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.


Blosomex - The Choice Awards

Our Awesome Planet, the Philippines #1 Food and Travel Blog and Kain Tulog Gang (KTG), a collective of the top food and lifestyle bloggers in Manila, in partnership with World Food Expo (WOFEX), the Ultimate Food Show Experience in cooperation with Vikings, NIU, and Four Seasons restaurants present the first BLOSOMEX (Blogging and Social Media Expo) on August 8, 2015, Saturday at the SMX Mall of Asia.

Blogging and Social Media Expo (BLOSOMEX), co-located event of the country’s biggest and most effective food show, WORLD FOOD EXPO (WOFEX), focuses on exploding the commercial activity in the blogging and social media scene in the Philippines in 2015 and beyond. Blosomex aims to be the catalyst in preparing both the businesses and the bloggers/social media practitioners to take commercial advantage of the digital opportunities.

BLOSOMEX Ticket Prices:

Early Bird Registration – P1,497
Regular Walk-In Price – P2,000
To register and purchase tickets for the BLOSOMEX Summit, please email [email protected].

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8:00am – 9:30am – Registration

9:45am – 10:00am – Introduction

10:00am – 10:30am
ANTON DIAZ, Founder,
Keynote: “State of Food and Travel Blogging in the Philippines”

10:30am – 11:15am
VIP Guest Speaker: Mark Wiens, Founder,
Keynote: “Food is the Reason YOU Should Travel :
Viral Video Blogging in the YOUTUBE Era”

11:15am – 12:00nn
Panel Discussion with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez
The Global Filipino Fiesta:

“The Value of Social Media and Blogging in Promoting Philippine Tourism Worldwide”

LUNCHBREAK : 12nn to 1:00pm

1:00pm to 2:00pm:
VIBER and INSTAGRAM Presentations:
“The Future is on The Move; Social Media’s Dominant New Directions are on Instant Mobile Apps”

2:00pm to 2:30pm:
Spanky Enriquez, Marketing and Social Media Consultant
“Restaurant Industry Engagement in the age of Digital Influencers”

2:30pm to 3:00pm
Richie Zamora, Founder,
“Romancing Generation NeXt : Reaching out to the Millennials”

3:00pm to 4:30pm

4:30PM to 5:00pm
Closing Program

5:00PM to 8:00pm
Sponsored by Zomato


Don’t forget, folks! BLOSOMEX and THE CHOICE AWARDS happens on August 8, 2015. Apart from all the amazing insights you’ll be able to gain, a ton of fun also awaits. So, come on over and be one with us.

[themify_box style=”light-yellow shadow” ]If you haven’t answered the survey for THE CHOICE AWARDS yet, please do so by clicking here. Thanks![/themify_box]

See you at BLOSOMEX, everyone!

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