Get to know Mhel and Ken Ignacio of Certified Foodies

A New Year, New Blog Design and a Series of GIVEAWAYS!

2nd anniversaryThis month of May, our food blog, Certified Foodies, is celebrating its SECOND anniversary. And we can’t be more excited about the future. πŸ™‚

Back in 2010, after months of conceptualizing on how we can make our food blog unique, we threw in the towel and decided that our passion and love for food will get our message across – that food should be enjoyed and shouldn’t just be for nourishment.

The past two years have been CRAZY… in a VERY good way. Here are some of our achievements so far:

We are so thankful for all the blessings and recognition we’ve received through this food blog. Who would’ve thought that the food (mis)adventures of 2 siblings would take us this far? πŸ˜€

Thank you to all our fellow foodies and friends who have visited, left a comment or even lurked on our food blog to look at our food photos and articles. It means so much to us that you all find the time to drop by here, “like” our posts on Facebook or tweet with us. πŸ™‚



New Design

Because of everything that has happened in the past 2 years, we believe this blog deserved a major makeover. After almost 2 years of slow loading time and unorganized, less personalized theme…

Old layout of

…this food blog is now sporting a brand spanking new theme, designed to our own personal tastes.

New layout of

The theme was mainly designed by me (Mhel), but all the design elements and additional contents were from a collaboration of bothΒ  our ideas (me and Ken). We wanted a less cluttered look, almost minimalistic design, to bring more focus on the photos.

Now, the blog loads much faster after we moved to a new server. Even with the slideshow above and gallery below, feedback has been positive about our blog’s loading time (If you have violent reactions to this, let us know at the comments section!).

Chicken Oriental Salad at Mario's Restaurant

Since we believe our food photography skills have improved a lot over the past few months ;), we want this food blog to be more food porn friendly. πŸ˜‰

Food gallery and slidehowThe food porn gallery at the footer is clickable! πŸ™‚

See the Chef’s Corner at the footer? That’ll be a place where Ken will be sharing his own recipes or anything related to his culinary journey. πŸ™‚

Footer of our food blog

If you check the navigation menu on top, some pages are not yet accessible. We’re still completing those pages, but the important thing is, the actual new theme of the blog is already working smoothly.



A New Year

Our nanay would play a part on our blog too

We believe we’ve said this like a million times already, but we want this food blog to not just be about food product or restaurant reviews or features. We want to share more recipes from here on out, AND we’ll talk more about topics that we know a lot of you foodies can relate to or might be interested to know more about.

Our nanay will also be a part of our food blog. Yes, our dear fellow foodies, blogger na rin ang nanay namin! She even asked us to create a special section for her (she wants to call it “Virgie’s blog” LOL). πŸ˜€ Since we oh-so love her cooking, she’ll be sharing more recipes here from now on (we’re alloting a budget for her to do this πŸ˜‰ ).

We can’t wait to share her kare-kare recipe. No restaurant has beaten the flavors of her version of this Filipino favorite. So, stay tuned! πŸ™‚



The Burp Society

The Burp Society

We also plan to launch The Burp Society this year. It’s still in the planning stages since we want to keep this foodie group as open to everyone as possible. What will happen with TBS is we’ll set a place, date and time for the foodie meetup, and anyone who’d like to join in can come. It’s like Meetup. πŸ™‚

If you’d like to join in on the first The Burp Society meetup, tell us so at the comments section. We’d love to get the ball rolling. πŸ™‚ It’s all about foodies (not just food bloggers) coming together to discover the flavors the Philippines and the world has to offer. πŸ˜‰

Oh, and it’s the first time we’re revealing the logo of The Burp Society. The cartoon guy is by JM, my dear friend Joy’s (of Notepad Corner) son. πŸ™‚




Of course, our anniversary celebration wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway. This time, we’re doing things differently. It’ll be a series of giveaways and you’ll have the option to join the ones you like. But, we bet you’d want to join all of them ’cause the prizes were handpicked from our favorites from the past year! πŸ™‚

We’ll update this post with the links to the giveaways. We strongly suggest you keep glued here on Monday for the first giveaway.

We’re so excited about this! πŸ™‚ If you want to partner with us on a future giveaway, feel free to contact us.

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What do you think of our new blog design? Do you have any suggestion, or maybe an issue with the blog? Sound off at the comments section! πŸ™‚

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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.



  • the layie is so cool. it is neater than before πŸ˜€

  • I think I skipped this post. Congrats again Mhel and Ken! Love the new blog design and love your giveaways. More power to you guys (and your Nanay!), keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Guia!! Happy anniversary to your blog as well. πŸ™‚

  • Melandriaromero

    bongga. Β wah ako ma say, Β sobrang ganda πŸ™‚ Β congratulations and cheers for more blogging years.Β 

  • uy sama ako sa meet up ng The BurpΒ  Society ha.

    Gondohh naman ng new theme…at saka true na daming naging accomplishments at recognition ng Certified Foodies.Β  Well deserved and I am humbled na I know the peeps behind this acclaimed blog =)

    • Oo naman, sama ka sa TBS! And touched naman ako πŸ™‚ Thank you, sis *hugs*

  • joysflair

    Congrats deary! Neat, elegant and classy theme!, manang mana ka talaga sa akin ahaha

    well, i am looking forward to Nanay’s blog, i definitely agree that her seafood kare-kare is simply the best among the rest!

    JM is very happy that you’ve mentioned him in this post, ang oa ahaha

  • Congrats Mhel and Ken! And the new layout rocks! Syempre sama ako sa Burp Societ ha =)

  • Congratulations Mhel and to your brother, love the new blog design. Foodie meetup ba kamo? Sama ako! I like the logo of The Burp Society, parang happy na happy ang pagka-burp hehehe.Β 

    • Yayyy! πŸ™‚ I’ll update you kung kelan and saan. When are you usually available?
      Saka preferred mo saang lugar? Though mas okay if you’re willing to go anywhere. πŸ˜‰

      Yeah, galing ng anak ni sis Joy. Me iba-ibang version nga yan… me pinoy, chinito, etc. πŸ˜€

  • Mike De Guzman

    congratulations on your anniversary!

  • Happy anniversary and congratulations on the new look! It looks great πŸ™‚

  • congratulations Mhel and Ken! I love the new look πŸ™‚