Get to know Mhel and Ken Ignacio of Certified Foodies

CLOSED: Certified Foodies First Anniversary Giveaway


One year.

We can’t believe that this food blog, Certified Foodies, has been in existence for over a year now.

We started this humble blog in May 2010 with the purpose of sharing our own recipes of dishes that we Pinoys usually don’t prepare at home. It may be because they seem complicated or too messy to cook. We wanted to show people that noob cooks (Mhel) or better skilled ones (Kenneth) can experiment and add their own twists to different recipes and flavors.

Since then, we’ve aimed to hopefully encourage people that cooking is fun. Our very own Nanay (yes, we’re siblings! :D) has shown us how much you can enjoy cooking at home. That’s why the kitchen is our favorite area in our home. We get to cook whatever we want, whenever we prefer. And she willingly (:D) tastes them, compliments or criticizes us accordingly and in a very amusing way. 😀

She’s even very supportive of our food blog. Whenever we’re dining out, she’ll always recommend we try something new. Why? ‘Cause she’s seen the development of this blog and is actually enjoying being part of all this.

A lot has happened in the past year, including our discovery of new flavor combinations and cuisines that we usually would be scared to taste. Our palates have matured and we now are looking forward to more foodie adventures. :)

Mhel and Ken - We're siblings who love to cook and go on food trips - CertifiedFoodies.comFierce-fierce-an 😀

We honestly can’t believe the amount of support we’re getting from our fellow foodies. From moms who have tried our recipes and added their own twists to it (definitely a win for us!) to fellow food lovers who finally worked up the courage to try something new just because of our recommendations, ahhh… for that, WE THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts… and bellies :D, especially those who find the time to visit our blog and comment.

By the way, we hope you’d consider this food blog for your list of Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011. For all those who have already voted for us, THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)


Why is this giveaway launching today, July 12, 2011?

Today, Kenneth, one of the authors of this blog, will be starting his journey towards fulfilling his culinary dreams. So, it was just fitting to start our giveaway on a very remarkable day in our lives.

Very soon, he’ll be sharing his new recipes, and tips and techniques that he learned from culinary school. So, make sure you stay tuned for that!



Alright, enough introduction. Let’s get on to our FIRST ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY. But, we hope you did read the paragraphs here. You’ll know why later. 😉

Join's First Anniversary Giveaway



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Michelle (aka Mhel / blankPixels) is a social media enthusiast and works for one of the top advertising firms in the Philippines. On her free time, she's a freelance graphics designer and loves to take photos. She's the main editor of this food blog.
  • Marco / Daddy Yashiro

    Hi mhel hope to make everything correct.  

  • ladiima

    hi. if you dont mind. is my blog eligible to join?


    • blankPixels

      Yes, you can join. But, hurry! You’ve got only ’til 11:59pm tonight!

  • Yashiro

    sana makahabol pa.

  • Stacy

    good luck to all

  • Ane

    Dropping by for an update! :)

  • lhanlhan19

    haba nun ah. wew! hope i made it all right mam! ^^ happy anniversary!

  • lhanlhan19

    i hope i made it all right! happy anniversary!

  • Roy Paran

    good luck everyone!

  • Michelle Ame

    completed all tasks yhey!!! Happy Anniversary Mhel & Ken…and goodluck to all of US =)

  • czaroma

    done with all the tasks! more power mhel & ken! wish me luck 😉

  • Cherryrosales

    joined and did all the tasks (mandatory & not) =)

  • Nicquee

    finally done with the whole shebang! Good luck everyone!

  • Leah

    Finally, posted my entry. Had been in the draft since the giveaway started…ang hirap lang magdecide…i love all the food I eat e…hehe.

  • Chin chin

    Hi Mel and Ken. I have just written my Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011 and Certified Foodies is on my list. Love to support a great blog like Certified Foodies.

    • blankPixels

      Thank you so much, sis Chin! I left a comment on your post. :)

  • May Angeli

    gusto ko sumali kaso wala naman po akong blog 😀 great giveaway you have there 😀 goodluck to all .. and GodBless 😀 

    GREAT GREAT BLOG 😀 first time ko siya makita and i love it 😀 nabusog mata ko 😀

    • blankPixels

      Aww sayang. No worries, next time mga giveaway namin will probably be on FB lang muna. :)

  • NinMonster

    I understand the mechanics now. 😛 Will update my post with a picture and caption ASAP. 😀

  • NinMonster

    Required as mandatory po ba yung photo contest? 😀

  • NinMonster

    Hi there. I entered one form for the extra entry by mistake. FB post and Tweet should be for mandatory entry. Sorry for that. 😛 email add used is ninmonster at rocketmail dot com just so you could check. 😀

  • Mars @ The Food Encounters

    Ako din same sa mommy Cielo! I’m finally joining! Did everything din! YAY! Good luck to us all!!!! Weee gusto ko tuloy kumain! Hahahaha!!!!

  • Brownpinay

    Yipee at long last…I am officially IN…I did everything including the optional..I really want to win….weeeeeee

  • Divine Grace Bongolan

    Joined the contest :) what a long list but definitely worth it anyway :) More power! :) *hope I win* :) 

    • blankPixels

      Sorry, hahaha. We didn’t expect we’d get that many major sponsors. ^_^

      Good luck! :)

  • dickvincedorry

    just want to share some love ^.^
    Good Luck!

    sorry for posting it here..

    • blankPixels

      Oh, wow. Thank you so much! I left a comment on your post :)

  • Ane

    I’ve also completed the Optional FB, Twitter, GFC and Networked Blogs Task.. 😀 Phew! 😛

    • blankPixels

      Hahahahaha ang galing!! Sensya na sa haba. I didn’t expect this much support from sponsors eh. :)

  • Ane

    Finally done with ALL the Mandatory Tasks! :) yay me! 😀

    • blankPixels

      Hahahaha and that’s an achievement!! LOL Thank you for joining! Good luck sis! :)

  • Super Mommy Jem

    Hi Mhel, Naku ala pa me photo… Anyways hahabol ako to join :)

    • blankPixels

      2nd week pa lang naman eh. Kaya yan! :)

  • Grace M. Cabanilla

    yay i did it!  Woot!  Hoping 2 win!   More power!

  • Grace M. Cabanilla

    yay!  I did it all!  *crossing fingers*  Hoping to win the food trip :)

    • blankPixels

      Good luck! :)

  • pusangkalye

    yomon yomon nomon nong certified foodies.laki ng budget sa prices ha.lols

  • janet

    hi, i can’t find the fb fan page of the blogging medical student (gagay). natapos ko na lahat ng tasks pati optional (hehe) except the gagay page and the photo entry. last na un. thanks

    • blankPixels

      Thanks for notifying me, Janet. I already informed Gagay. I’ll keep you all posted. :)

  • dorry lyn

    wow.. lots of prizes.. i love it.. joining here.. i’ll try to do all the tasks..i know i can make it coz i really want to win one of the prizes..
    wish me luck!

    • blankPixels

      Good luck!!! :)

  • Chin chin

    That was a long list of to-dos but did it all anyway. Congrat’s on Certified Foodies First Anniversary.

    • blankPixels

      Thank you sis! 

  • Nicquee

    bongga!!! hindi ko nakita naghanap ka sponsor, sayang. hihihi

    • blankPixels

      Oo nga, sayang! hehehe

  • Ane

    Hey Mel, I don’t know if I filled out the right form for the FB and Twitter tasks because that’s all I have done so far.. 😛

    Let me know if I did the right thing, thanks! 😀

    • blankPixels

      Yes, I will sis :)

  • Zhybrid

    Nice Blog, I’m a Blogger and a Food Lover as well, ^_^ Good Luck and Many Thanks!

  • Yuuki

    sayang wala akong blog na pR0, wanted to join sana…

    anyways congratulations to Certified Foodies for its 1st yr anniv!

    • blankPixels

      Sorry. We wanted to make sure kasi na our sponsors get the most exposure eh.

      Don’t worry, we’ll have more giveaways soon that you can join. :)

  • Kate Navasero

    nice giveaway, congrats~

  • silvergirl

    congrats!!!! ganda ng pic ni nanay :) Goodluck to all

    • blankPixels

      Kelangang siguraduhing maganda eh kundi magwawala yun hahaha

  • gagay

    flooded with sponsors! yay!

    • blankPixels

      hahah yeah! we didn’t expect the amount of support we got. thank you din sis! :)

  • Nash

    Whoo! Ang haba ng mandatory! HAHA! Congratulations on your anniv! Happy to be part of this giveaway. Join din ako dito. Yeah! Good luck sa lahat. :)

    • blankPixels

      Hahahahahah oo nga eh ang haba. Dami kc sponsors. We didn’t expect it. Thanks for being part of our giveaway. :)

  • Chic Sassy Mom Des

    Wow! Congratulations on your anniversary1 :) So many sponsors! Yayy! :) 

  • grace

    Sis jo-join ako sa Photo Entry ha…I will check more of the details later…sana makakuha ako ng magandang shot and wordings…thanks for this contest:)

    • blankPixels

      Goo!! :)

  • Dennison Uy

    Wooohoo ang saya! :)

  • Allen Michael Gurrea

    whooo ang daming sponsors! :) 

  • dothy

    Done with the required tasks! Will do the optional tasks later :)

  • Eihdra

    Gosh manang mana talaga ako sayo sa haba ng mechanics ahahaha.. Ang ganda ni nanay jan ah.. at ang mga anak…….no comment ahahhaa.. Will try to join and post this.. :)

  • Ron Leyba

    Congrats! I really love this contest!

  • dothy

    pwede sumali sponsors?:)

    • blankPixels

      Yes, sis! :)

  • Green Monday

    bakit nawala ang post, hmm, sa connection ko lang ba iyon?

    • blankPixels

      Please try again sis. There was an issue kanina. I already fixed it.

  • kaka16

    Happy 1st Anniversary and Congratulations, Mhel and Kenneth of Certified Foodies! 

  • kaka16

    Happy first anniversary and congratulations certified foodies!

  • Gene

    so mean, wala akong networked blogs! ninuninuninu

    • blankPixels

      Hahahaha. Kelangan eh dahil sa sponsors.