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SPOT is Reborn!
New look, new stuff, a new lease on Manila life. Meet the staff and stuff the new Spot is made of.
By: Myrza Sison  |   Published on: May 4, 2009 - 8:16am


I've lived in Manila all my life–born in Ermita, raised in Malate, schooled in Pasay, came of age in Parañaque, and enlightened in Diliman before deciding to be a bonafide Makati girl for almost two decades. I've worked in Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and wherever work took me all over the city. You could say I've been around.


Having been to my fair share of cities around the world, I now know what I bet you already knew: Manila is a unique city of contrasts and ironies which together make a delightful brand of cheesy goodness and kitschy cool in true Manila style. One day you're making tusok-tusok fishballs and dunking them in three trademark sauces (Hepa A, Hepa B or Gastro), the next day you're sipping mimosas at Sunday Jazz Brunch the morning after you partied all night to the trance beats of a world-renowned DJ. Inexplicably, life in Manila, no matter how short, will always have a happy, exciting vibe you can't seem to feel anywhere else in the world. Your existence here can range from humdrum and monotonous to eclectic and surreal, depending on what you're up for at the moment and what you're willing to do about it.


And if you've ever wished to be shown the way or kept in the know about all things Manila, SPOT is the answer. With daily, up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest in Manila life, culture, entertainment, dining, politics, and style, SPOT   is your go-to guide for where to go, what to do, see, eat, buy, and talk about. Your daily dose of SPOT moves you to go out into the city, get to know it well, and enrich your life only the way living in Manila can. Smart, Playful,  On the ball  and Timely, SPOT is your authority on life in Manila, giving you an insider view and always keeping you one step ahead.


More than just a repository of information and numbers, SPOT offers solid, well-written lifestyle   features and insightful commentary you've never seen before in the local scene. Together, we'll dissect trends and our culture in a fresh, engaging way that encourages conversation and interaction. SPOT will give you the scoop, the dish, the blow-by-blow–with a probing eye and provocative take. Get plugged into Manila and come into our world of SPOT– because there's such a lot of world to see. We'll show you a good time!


MYRZA SISON, Editorial Director

Email me at



The Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Joanna C. Manalastas,

Art Director: Warren Espejo,

Managing Editor: Loren Evangelista,

Eat+Drink Section Editor: Sasha Lim Uy,

Staff Writer: Aya Tantiangco,

Staff Writer: Aimee Dacanay,

Editorial Assistant: Jamie Sanchez,


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Associate Publisher Owen Maddela,

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    Hi Myrza i would like to write and publish articles for this site. i am an ebook writer and a song writer. Thanks
    2 months ago     Reply  
  • Farah
    Hi! I'm Farah, blogger from New York City. I would like to join your team. Here's a sample of my article. Top 10 Filipino Fashion Designers You Need to Know.
    7 months ago     Reply  
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    Is there a way that our organization, Yoga@Work can be featured? Yoga@Work is an organization offering group yoga class at the comforts of your work-sites. It can also do customized yoga class and recharge session for home parties, family events and private gatherings. Any place is your yoga studio.rnOur website is and kudos to!
    Oct 19 2011 @ 09:42pm     Reply  
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    hi you'd like to check out our store..."uberfinds vintage fashion store" located at qc near abscbn. we offer one of a kind, vintage & pre loved fashion finds, authentic european designer brands. we also have a facebook account: rnrn power to SPOT! :-)
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    Dec 06 2010 @ 04:28pm     Reply  
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    My comments concern your page layout, specifically your top 10 lists. Could you not offer your readers the option to view the entire article in a single page (similar to NY Times)? I enjoy reading, especially your top ten lists but it is quite annoying to find each page only featuring 2 items and we keep on having to click to the next pages to finish the complete list.
    Sep 03 2010 @ 07:35pm     Reply  
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    Hi. I tried looking for a way to send you feedback but this is the only way I could find. I just wanted to let you know that I tried taking your survey to help you understand your readership, but some of the questions in the survey were poorly formed. There were no options for "Other" or my occupation under employment, for instance. There were other issues. Anyway, I'll still try to take your survey.
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    I Like this site. the movie schedule layout is much more convenient. Per movie, the cinemas are all listed down in one page. my previous source of movie scheds got banned from the office network. Your site is one of the google results I made. :D thanks. ill be visiting your site more frequently from now on. :D
    Mar 29 2010 @ 05:08pm     Reply  
  • hansmaristela
    It's my first time to visit this site and I'm impressed. Well done, Myrza and team! I just want to share a comment on the "three trademark sauces (Hepa A, Hepa B or Gastro)" bit. Forgive me for being facetious but perhaps "Hepa B" can be replaced with "Amoebiasis" as the mode of transmission for hepatitis B is strictly via bodily fluids.
    Oct 01 2009 @ 11:00am     Reply  
  • Carla
    I'm loving the site. I love reading the articles.. But that Honda ad that keeps appearing and covering the article text, whatever page I'm on, is sure as hell annoying. You might want to re-think those annoying ads. :) Really puts off any reader.
    Sep 02 2009 @ 10:36am     Reply  
  • gaitedecoeur
    question can we add our restaurant to the directory? thanks.
    Aug 04 2009 @ 06:31pm     Reply  
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    Jul 28 2009 @ 04:55pm     Reply  
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    I like this website...BRAVO! to the Programmer who made this kind of webpage.
    Jul 28 2009 @ 04:40pm     Reply  
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    Hi May I post our upcoming event? Please advise. Thanks!

    Jul 28 2009 @ 01:57pm     Reply  
  • bengaltiger
    kewl site, i just wish you have a place where "laymen" like me can make a blog/comment about cool places to hang out and dine in metro manila.

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    Jul 17 2009 @ 03:37am     Reply  
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    Great website and nice photo, more power to all of you and great smile.
    Jun 30 2009 @ 05:00pm     Reply  
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    Jun 26 2009 @ 05:11am     Reply  
  • Migelito Cruise
    Wow this is really nice! I love everything about the new SPOT. Great work for making the big big change, congrats SPOT team especially the Tech team :)

    It's always good to try something new. Anyway, nothing is permanent in this world except change :)
    Jun 25 2009 @ 09:39am     Reply  
  • dzarzuela
    Hi Jiemei!

    Are you referring to the Bigfish Innovation White party? The list of winners is posted here

    Jun 24 2009 @ 05:47pm     Reply  
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    Jun 23 2009 @ 07:48pm     Reply  
  • Maddox
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    Jun 23 2009 @ 03:01am     Reply  
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    Jun 20 2009 @ 10:09pm     Reply  
  • karina
    i'm looking for ms.cathy and sir karl on the picture...
    Jun 09 2009 @ 05:44pm     Reply  
  • nazipanda
    I used to visit the old Spot. It was okay. This new one is very tabloid-ish and overpowering. There's just too much happening.
    Jun 05 2009 @ 02:04pm     Reply  
  • krcm
    I just stumbled upon from a link and I love it! I like the witty blogs, the things to do recommendations and the up-to-date events around the metro. The layout looks good as well. Congratulations.
    Jun 04 2009 @ 02:32am     Reply  
  • jparevalo
    im sorry, i mean show.
    May 17 2009 @ 11:32am     Reply  
  • jparevalo
    good day. im looking for the recipes cooked by chef margarita fores in qtv's shoe secrets of the masters. it was featured last may 10, 2009 and it was posted in the show that we can find the recipes in this website but I can't find it. I hope you can help me with this matter.
    May 17 2009 @ 11:31am     Reply  
  • trixxz
    Hi guys, the forums are up and working!
    May 15 2009 @ 02:21pm     Reply  
  • trixxz
    hi wackeekaren!

    We're working on the forums now, will let you know once we've fixed it. :)
    May 14 2009 @ 02:32pm     Reply  
  • wackeekaren
    I'm seeing new reviews, but no ratings? And no pictures of the places? :( I was planning to log in the forum so we could discuss the new layout there, but I can't log in! Haha.
    May 14 2009 @ 01:37pm     Reply  
  • trixxz
    Hi Dissolvedgirl!

    We are currently moving all the user reviews to the new SPOT (thanks for being patient!), so expect to see all the reviews soon.

    So keep the comments coming, we like hearing from you guys. :)
    May 14 2009 @ 09:12am     Reply  
  • animetric
    Azrael >> OMG! You hit the nail on the head. I was just telling Trix how the new comes across as Marie Claire Online.
    May 12 2009 @ 08:09pm     Reply  
  • dissolvedgirl
    You're right lisacheng! Lourd de Veyra is great! His blogs are spot-on (sorry, couldn't help using the pun).

    And just when I was excitedly about to render a new restaurant review, I tried checking the restaurants I had reviewed in the past and was disheartened to see that all the old reviews have been erased. Only the official spot articles and recent comments on some of the restaurants remain. Speaking as one of those old spot users who took the time out to go to the spot website to write all those reviews , I feel very sad to see it all gone. For amateur writers, it's no mean feat to write a review that you know will be seen by the public. I will miss jazzybat, therockeats,chefswordfish,foodiedoodie,altitude, divineviva, and all the other old users... I've never met some of them but their reviews have enriched my culinary experience for sure. I hope you will consider migrating not just the professional write-ups but the public reviews as well.
    May 12 2009 @ 08:00pm     Reply  
  • lisacheng
    lavendula is right! the people behind spot should have warned us about the changes. however, i have to say i am enjoying the features. it's hard to find great local writing on the web and with people like lourd de veyra, ed geronia, and andrew paredes, you have a winner.
    May 12 2009 @ 05:48pm     Reply  
  • dissolvedgirl
    Guess I'm just a creature of habit. It does look nice though. What the heck, let's give it a shot.
    May 12 2009 @ 01:51pm     Reply  
  • azrael
    i like the style and layout..but the site is more like Marie Claire Online ahhahaha
    May 11 2009 @ 11:59pm     Reply  
  • mrslavendula
    i agree, the new site is a bit intimidating. but change is always a learning experience. although i think warning spot users of these exciting changes would have been a nice idea. then the we would probably be able to accept the changes more readily compared to surprising us without a word of notice.
    hopefully, old dogs are still willing to learn new tricks.
    May 11 2009 @ 08:00pm     Reply  
  • ongai
    Does this mean no more food reviews by the community? hehe
    May 11 2009 @ 07:44pm     Reply  
  • wackeekaren
    Haha. Yeah it's a little intimidating, but i'm having a blast reading through all the articles. Major branch out ng SPOT - not all about food na. :)
    May 11 2009 @ 10:44am     Reply  
  • plaid
    Me too!
    May 11 2009 @ 10:32am     Reply  
  • joshoncreek
    i love the new layout...:)
    May 11 2009 @ 09:15am     Reply  
  • dissolvedgirl
    the new version of spot doesn't feel so friendly like before. it feels like it's too big a production all of a sudden that it doesn't make me excited about contributing to it anymore. i think a lot of people might get intimidated by the new look and feel of the site. just my two-cents.
    May 10 2009 @ 08:30pm     Reply  
  • trixxz
    Hi wackeekaren, we have a lot more articles now so it may seem overwhelming :)

    Desmosedici, we've kept the reviews section under COMMUNITY. You may still rate and review restaurants by searching for them and 'adding a review' :)
    May 10 2009 @ 01:17pm     Reply  
  • desmosedici
    Im confused.
    wheres the old spot where customers can rate restaurants and give their reviews?
    May 10 2009 @ 12:51pm     Reply  
  • wackeekaren
    Oh man, I'm still getting lost in the new site. :(
    May 08 2009 @ 06:01pm     Reply  
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