Get to know Mhel and Ken Ignacio of Certified Foodies

An Exciting New Beginning with Breakfast Magazine

Aside from our love for food, Ken and I also share a passion for writing. As far as I can remember, I’ve always kept a journal or a notebook where I write my deepest thoughts and a few random things. Ken also has a knack for writing and, in fact, he was the one who wanted to put up his own blog first, but I beat him to it. With all that said, it’s been a dream of ours to be published in a broadsheet or a magazine. And this year, we fulfilled it. We’re glad to be part of Breakfast Magazine.

Breakfast Magazine is now available at news stands and bookstores -

Breakfast Magazine is the newest foodie publication in the Philippines today. You might be thinking that all we talk about in the mag is breakfast, what people generally consider the most important meal of the day. The magazine is all about food – may it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or the enjoyment of food Β in between.

The maiden issue of Breakfast Magazine was launched this month. It’s a bi-monthly publication and every issue, we follow a theme. For February and March, it was just expected that it’s all about love and food. πŸ™‚

Food Bloggers have their own section in Breakfast Magazine -

When we were approached to be part of Breakfast Magazine, we were excited about it, but wondered if we are ready. This food blog will only turn 2 this year (we have a giveaway coming up!), but we are indeed touched by the overwhelming support we’re getting from fellow certified foodies. We love blogging and writing, but we thought coming up with articles for a magazine is a completely different ballgame. But, we brushed those doubts aside and we agreed.

And, so, here’s a preview of our article in the maiden issue of Breakfast Magazine – about food and chivalry. We featured Dolor’s Kakanin, Benmore Scotch Whiskey and Arny-Dading’s Peachy-Peachy. If you want to read what it’s all about, buy a copy! πŸ™‚

Our first article for Breakfast Magazine - about food and chivalry -

What can you expect from our articles? Well, the same quirky food adventures, but this time, made and written for a magazine. πŸ˜‰Β 

Last page of our article on Breakfast Magazine -

We’re now focused on improving our photography skills for the magazine features πŸ˜‰

The food bloggers section of Breakfast Magazine - look who's on there! -

You might be wondering how we write these articles. Though only one writes or composes everything, we brainstorm on what we could add or points we need to make sure are in the article. It’s another fun bonding activity for us, especially because we now go on more foodie adventures to discover new places and food we could write about in the magazine and on our blog. Cool, eh? πŸ™‚

Blogger's section of Breakfast Magazine -

Along with me and Ken, 2 other food bloggers, who we absolutely love, are part of the team – Fitz Villafuerte of The Thirsty Blogger and Jill Bantang of The Food Scout. Here are their articles in the maiden issue:

Fitz' of Thirsty Blogger article -

Jill of the Food Scout's article -

Ken and I weren’t able to attend the magazine’s launch two weeks ago because we’re stuck with work and responsibilities outside of our blogs. We heard it was a successful event, graced by celebrities, food lovers and chefs who are part of the magazine, including Chef Tatung and Chef Sandralyn Hataway of Tourne, and, of course, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo.

Here’s a teaser of Judy Ann’s lovely feature in the magazine:

A lovely feature of Judy Ann Santos and her love for food and cooking in the maiden issue of Breakfast Magazine -

I’m not really a big fan of her before, but because of how much she’s grown as a woman (career- and relationship-wise) and being a mother (oh, I love that part of her story), and knowing we share the same passion for food, I can’t help but be amazed by her. If you’re a fan of Judy Ann, you MUST check the multi-page feature on her in Breakfast Magazine’s first issue.

Aside from the articles and foodie discoveries you’d find in the magazine, there are also a ton of recipes that should keep you and your kitchen busy.

A ton of recipes for you inside Breakfast Magazine -

If you’re excited to get a copy of Breakfast Magazine, it’s available at newsstands and leading bookstores within Metro Manila and in some stores outside the Metro. Here’s the list, taken from their Facebook page:

  • Rustans: Mandaluyong, Ayala Alabang, Katipunan, Q.C., Magallanes, San Antonio
  • Fully Booked: Gateway, Green Belt 5, Greenhills, Mall of Asia, The Fort, Trinoma, Katipunan, Ayala Center Cebu, Eastwood, Shangri-la Mall Edsa, SM Clark, SM North Edsa, Maquee Mall
  • National Bookstore: All major branches in Metro Manila, Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu

For more information on Breakfast Magazine (I heard they’re hiring!), visit them on Facebook (, follow them on Twitter (!/breakfastmag) or check out their website (

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Michelle (aka Mhel / blankPixels) is a social media nerd and works as a Digital Marketing Lead for one of the top online companies in the Philippines. On her free time, she travels, goes on food trip and loves to take photos. She's the main editor of this food blog.



  • joysflair

    whew! fantastic! Congratulations sis Mhel and Ken.Β 

    I surely will grab a copy of this magazine πŸ™‚ Judy Ann is a Chef too right?

  • Oh my gosh!!! Congratulations!!! This is such a big step for the two of you, and I’m happy for you guys <3

  • congrats!

  • Issa

    congrats to both of you!Β  another nice way to share your food discoveries! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Issa! That’s right!! Hehehe.. ^_^

  • Wow congratulations!Β 
    I will be meeting with the mag too and really don’t know what to expect.Β 
    It must be a thrill to be published on print! Hope there are still copies out.

    • It was! We couldn’t wait to get a copy to see how it looked. Made me want to take my food photography more seriously. Hehehe. And I think there are still copies out.

      Good luck with your meeting with them. It’ll be great to have you in the team as well. πŸ™‚

      And thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Seth

    congratulations to the both of you! i will surely grab a copy of that! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the support, sis Seth! πŸ™‚

  • Congrats Mhel & Ken! πŸ™‚

  • Wow! Congrats to you both, Mhel and Ken! That is so awesome! πŸ™‚

    • Awww.. thanks Guia! πŸ™‚ Hope to see you soon! πŸ™‚