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August 2014

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10 Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 40’s! (Survey Says…)

Thanks to the OAP friends who answered the Survey on  Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 40’s! Here are the results…

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Thank you for sharing your wisdom on how to be more effective and live an awesome life in your 40’s. I loved all your answers.

I analyzed and categorized my favorite pieces of advice into 10 insights, to serve as inspiration and to kick off the next decade of my life. I hope you learn from them as much as I did…  

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Birthday Favor: Can you Answer the OAP Reader Survey & Vote for me for the Tourism Star?

Favor, can you answer the OAP Survey 2014 and vote for me for the Media Tourism Star?

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Dear Our Awesome Planet Friends,

First of all, thank you for all the awesome support for close to 10 years! Thanks for the honest feedback in the survey last year which greatly influenced my directions for OAP amidst the changing internet landscape 🙂

After a year, I would like to get feedback on how OAP met your expectations

Please answer the survey here — OAP Survey 2014.

As I plan for the next decade of OAP, I want to make sure to incorporate as much feedback as possible on how to continue what’s working, to correct what’s not, and to understand your expectations for OAP for the years to come.

Also, I am excited for 2015 and beyond as the Philippines turns a new chapter with the ASEAN Integration, Tipping Point on Tourism and a new President.

I read all the survey feedbacks (both positive and negative) and it directly influences my plans and directions for OAP.

After answering the 2014 Survey, can you give me a vote for Media Tourism Star? Go to, select Jose Antonio Diaz, click vote and enter your Name, Email Address and Contact Number then confirm Vote!

THANK YOU so much for caring enough to answer this survey and to vote!

Live an Awesome Life,


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Events, Manila Life

BELLY-SIMA Wholesome Food Festival: Is your Belly Ready for Belly-sima?


Announcing an event for that both artisanal and gourmet food lovers and for natural, healthy and organic food advocates will enjoy!
This is a great opportunity for foodies of all ages to discover artisan and gourmet food from professional chefs, culinary students, home bakers or simply anybody who loves to bake and cook; and natural, healthy and organic food products from passionate healthy food advocates and local farm producers.
For food suppliers who want to join the market, there is NO joining fee! But please get in touch with us soonest as slots are limited. Please fill up the Belly-sima form and email it to [email protected]. You can also call 09178401152 or 8120102 for more information.

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10 Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 30’s!

Favor: For those who are 47+ years old and above, hope you can answer this survey on Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 40’s

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When I turned 30 in 2004, I had married my hottie college crush, worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines, and lived the life I envisioned after graduating from university.

But something was missing. My life was not fulfilling. There was a nagging feeling that I was being called for a higher purpose.

At the same time, I felt a baton was being passed on to our generation. The battle of the generation before us was the fight for Freedom from Dictatorship. In a sense, that generation succeeded in winning independence but failed in making a lasting difference during the transition.

It was our generation’s responsibility to make things happen for the Philippines. We felt that we had to jump start the journey to becoming a First World nation. We took the baton, accepted the responsibility, and met the challenge head-on.

After 10 years, I can’t help but reflect on the life lessons I’ve learned along the way. From quitting my day job and deciding to do full-time blogging for Our Awesome Planet, to conceptualizing the Ultimate Taste Test event, to creating the Mercato Centrale Night Markets with my partner RJ, to Coaching and Mentoring Entrepreneurs in the Maven Secrets Program, and to becoming one of the top food & travel blogs not only in the Philippines and Southeast Asia but in the world–it’s been quite a journey so far.

Here are my 10 Life Lessons on Living Awesomely in Your 30’s… 

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Maven Secrets X: Professional Food & Travel Blogging and Influencer Marketing Masterclass (Applications Now Open!)

Favor: Please forward this to your friends or family who you think would benefit from this program.


Dear OAP Friend,

An Awesome Greeting from Our Awesome Planet!

Maven Secrets is finally back by popular demand, in time for the celebration of the 10 years of Food & Travel Blogging in Our Awesome Planet 🙂 

A lot of OAP readers, blogger friends, and entrepreneurs would approach me on how to learn Food & Travel Blogging from a top blogger practitioner. I’ve been busy focusing on expanding OAP and Mercato Centrale markets for the past 2 years.

This year I decided to allot time to give back and to train the next generation of world-class Filipino Bloggers and Online Entrepreneurs. 

I would like to invite you to join the Maven Secrets Batch X this coming September and October 2014!

What: MAVEN SECRETS Batch X: Professional Food & Travel Blogging and Influencer Marketing Masterclass.

Batch X is the 10th-year anniversary batch of Our Awesome Planet.

Description: A Masterclass Program for Food & Travel Blogging Professionals with 1-on-1 coaching/mentoring sessions with Anton Diaz, a weekly live training and networking with your batch, and a surprise top blogger/ influencer guest speaker every session.

When: 8 weeks Coaching and Masterminding Program with Live Training & Networking every Wednesday Nights 7pm to 10pm

Venue: Artisano Studios, LRI Design Plaza, #210 N. Garcia St., Makati City


[Maven Secrets #1] September 24, Wednesday 7pm: Program Introduction: Food & Travel Blogging – Learning from the Pros

[Maven Secrets #2] October 1, Wednesday 7pm: The Business Model of Blogging – How to Monetize Your Passion?

[Maven Secrets #3] October 8, Wednesday 7pm: Social Media Marketing Strategies in 2015 and Beyond

[Maven Secrets #4] October 22, Wednesday 7pm: Building Your Traffic to become One of the Top Blogs in the World

[Maven Secrets #5] October 29, Wednesday 7pm: Viral Marketing: What does it take?

[Maven Secrets #6] November 5, Wednesday 7pm: Blogging & Internet Marketing Trends in 2020 – How to Capitalize on the Trends?

[Maven Secrets #7] November 26, Wednesday 7pm: Maven Marketing: Dominating the Internet & Future Proofing Your Brand. 

[Maven Secrets #8] December 3, Wednesday 7pm: Project Presentations, Critique & Graduation 

This Program is Most Effective for:

  • Bloggers who already have an existing blog and who want to take their blog to the next level.
  • Professionals who want to build their influence online through blog and social media.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to build an online business to capitalize on the Internet Business.

Program Fee: P25,000 per student 

Payment Schemes: Available upon request with 50% downpayment. Senior Citizen and Student Discounts Applies.


  • 1-on-1 Coaching and Mentoring Session during the duration of the program by Appointment.
  • Live Training every Wednesday at Artisano Studios, LRI Design Plaza in Makati
  • Case Studies on how to do an effective and viral Food & Travel Blog Post
  • Mastermind Session with Your Batchmates and Surprise Guest Speaker

Program Requirement:

  • Must have an existing or work-in-progress internet or blogging project.
  • Bring your own laptop 

Slots are very limited. You have to apply to be accepted in the program.

To apply, please fill up the application form below:

For more information and questions about the program and your application, please contact Rache Diaz  +63 917 5318949, or via email [email protected].

Good luck with your application into the program!


Live an Awesome Life,


P.S. I’m looking to train the next generation of World Class Bloggers and Internet Marketers in the Philippines in 2015 and beyond. Please forward this program to your friends and family who you think might benefit from this program.

This is the only Maven Secrets program I’m running this year. The next one would be sometime in 2015.



1). Can you make up on the classes that you missed?

Answer: You can watch the session captured in video for the session that you missed. You can also discuss the concepts that you missed during your 1-on-1 consultation with Anton.

2). Can I participate online since I can’t be physically present during the live sessions?

Answer: YES, we are planning to broadcast the session via Google Hangout. Also, we are launching an online version of the program after Maven Secrets Batch X.

3). Do you accept scholarships into the program?

Answer: YES we do. We allot 10% of the slots for deserving people who have a high potential, but just can’t afford to join the program right now. Please email [email protected] directly for consideration into the scholarship program.

4). I’ve attended Maven Secrets program in the past, can I attend the Maven Secrets X session?

Answer: YES you can! We love to see you back into the program and enrich the discussions with your insights based on your experience.

5). I don’t have a project, but I want to learn more about blogging and online business. Can I still join?

Answer: Depends on your motivation, background and how you can contribute to the success of the Batch. 

Please don’t hesistate to contact me Anton Diaz +63 917 5683627 or via email [email protected] if you have questions about the program.

#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Announcing…. Rockwell’s 4th ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 2014 on Sept. 27 at @PowerPlantMall! (Now Open for Applications!)

Update (Sept. 29, 2014): Ultimate Taste Test XII: 4th Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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Finally, we are ready to announce the most exciting tasting event that most food lovers and connoisseurs in Manila are waiting for!

Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 4th Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test 2014, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 27, 2014 Saturday at the Rockwell Tent from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This much-anticipated annual food trip enables food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors in Manila from over 50+ home-based food businesses along with Power Plant Mall’s very own establishments.

Now staging the 12th in the UTT series Ultimate Taste Test 2014, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on this annual partnership with Rockwell for the fourth straight year.

Food Supplier applications are now open! You may  fill up the Rockwell 2014 UTT Application Form and submit  via email to [email protected]

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BLACKBIRD MAKATI: Aviation-Themed Restaurant by Chef Colin Mackay at Nielson Tower

As featured in MAKATI: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Makati 2014! @MakeItMakati


BLACKBIRD is the Aviation-themed, Contemporary European and Asian Restaurant of Chef Colin Mackay of Sala and People’s Palace fame. It is located at the Neilson Tower of the old Manila International Airport and is named after the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft. The ambiance is inspired by an Airport Terminal and its Art Deco building in the heart of Makati City.

We tried Blackbird with our partners and we loved it! Check out one of our favorite restaurants of 2014…

BLACKBIRD by Chef Colin Mackay 
Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, across the Peninsula Hotel.
Telephone: +632 828-4888
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.00am to 12.00mn

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Mystery Rooms

MYSTERY MANILA: Justice for Jamila Mystery Solved! @MysteryManila

As featured in 10 Most Awesome Live Escape Game / Mystery Room Experience in Manila in 2014! 

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MYSTERY MANILA is a simulated game experience that challenges you and a maximum of 5 friends to bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes or Jack Bauer and solve a mystery in 60-90 minutes.

They currently have 3 game room experiences in their flagship store in Libis (Justice for Jamila, The Chained Chamber, and The Ticking Time Bomb) and soon, 2 game rooms in Makati (Rebecca’s Room and The Sinister’s Sensorium).

We tried Justice for Jamila, which is the only one suitable to play with kids. Check out our experience (no game spoilers in this post)…

Mystery Manila Series:

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DINNER IN THE DARK in Manila! @AIMBSchool by @Ashoka x @CoLab

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DINNER IN THE DARK is a unique dining experience held in complete darkness. It’s organized and served by blind people to raise awareness of what it’s like to not have your sense of sight.

I’ve always wondered how the experience of eating in a sea of darkness would feel, with no gadgets and other visual distractions.

Here’s our first ever Dinner in the Dark experience…

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