Fil-Am food blogger makes it to top 5 in Asian blogging competition

Filipino-American blogger Marian Bacol Uba a.k.a. Marian the Foodie was named one of the five finalists in the Pei Wei Asian Diner competition, reports The winner will receive $10,000 and will go on a 16-day culinary adventure in eight destinations in Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. He or she is expected to blog about the food trip and capture it on video.

According to, Pei Wei asked netizens to vote for the candidates using the U.S. restaurant chain’s Facebook page. Blogging skills, personality, and popularity were some of the criteria for judging. The winner will be announced later this month.

Uba, a marketing manager for a technology firm, said, "I’m really, really passionate about all this. I basically eat (and) breathe... food. And sharing that with others, that’s why I got into blogging."


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