One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. – Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti

Hi I’m Gio, 21 years old, a Filipino – the giant behind The Hungry Giant.

I started this blog on July 7, 2011, after 5 years of devoted blogging at blogspot. I moved primarily because of this newfound interest that I’d like to improve on – food blogging. Bloggers I meet always say that the serious bloggers use WordPress, so here I am. Plus my old blog has a lot of emotional immature baggage unrelated to food, so there.

This blog is a way for me to combine things that make me happy – food, photography and writing about it. I’ve always been a foodie. Who doesn’t love to eat anyway?

Am I really a Giant? Well, that’s relative. I’m a Filipino, and by Philippine standards I am kind of tall. Hence the name.

What’s my blog about? It’s pretty much a picture of who I am – a frustrated cook, an amateur photographer, a writer, a closet hedonist and a passionate foodie. It’s an outlet of my deep-seated desire to leave my small hometown in the Philippines and eat (and see) what the world has to offer hence the recipes I attempt to try. BUT, I’m passionate about the food I grew up loving as well, so as much as possible I’m trying to really show authentic Filipino food.

/edit/ September 4, 2012

Taking my love for food to a whole new level, I’ve decided to take that big step and make that life changing decision to go to culinary school (!!!!). I left my hometown and am slugging it out in the big city. The irony of it all is that cooking school has made me neglect my blog on more than one occassion, but I hope to get my groove back and just run with whatever plate of opportunity I can grab. Okay, that reads like I reduced myself to vagrancy. Whatever, you get the idea. More of my crazy journey here: http://thehungrygiant.net/2012/08/05/here-i-go/

But even before becoming a culinary student (and an eventual chef), I’ll always be that home cook who is always always always hungry. Don’t fret. My blog is STILL about good food, brave attempts at cooking, and the honest to goodness love for all things edible.

You can follow me on twitter @giooraay

You can email me @ gio.mangayaay@gmail.com
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30 thoughts on “About

  1. Greetings, Gio. I’m a longtime admirer of your food blog and would like to discuss with you the possibility of my interviewing you for my Flavorful World food and drink blog. If you’d be interested, please contact me at flavorfulworld (at) food4u (dot) com. Thanks, and continued success to you and The Hungry Giant.

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  3. Hello The Hungry Giant! We are quite new in blogging but we’ve been planning this for a very long time already! We just want to say that your blog is an inspiration to us! Like you, we love to eat, to take good photos and to cook! Happy eating and cooking! Mabuhay!

  4. I love hearing stories of bloggers who leave blogger and come over to WordPress. I think it’s really the best, so much more fluid than blogger. I try not to comment on blogger blogs because they ask too much of the commenter. Too many steps. WordPress is just clean and easy. Wishing you well with your blogging. It certainly looks like you are doing well.

    • I agree with you dkzody, I even think wordpress is more user friendly than blogger. Moreover, it provides you with various templates that you can personalize yet can still look professional.

      Unfortunately for me, I’m still working on my blogs :p. You know, that kind of person who makes blogs but not a consistent blogger, which is pretty sad for me. Not to mention the grammar part – I’m not good with all those rules! *facepalm* I was criticized for it (IN MY BLOG), of which at that time, I was half humiliated and half amused. I eventually laughed thereafter, so I guess I was amused 😉

      As a fellow Filipino, I hope I can have the same passion that you put here on your blog Gio. Though I know nothing about cooking, I really do like the eating part that comes after it, heh, that’s why I followed this blog (really nice photos by the way).

      And I feel envious that you have your very own domain. Is it expensive? And how do you pay for it? It’s quite depressing that I can’t afford that kind of luxury. I’m just a fresh grad looking for work, so money isn’t really easy right now *tsk tsk*. Anyway, hope you can make new posts that we can look forward to 😉

  5. Hi! What part of the Philippines are you from? I love your blog! I’m a Filipino living abroad in the US but always turn to your recipes to remind me of home. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Hi Gio! I’m just a fellow Filipino food blogger giving a shout out and wanted to say that you have a great blog — love the photos! Keep up the great work and grats on being freshly pressed!

  7. Hi, THG! Is there a way that we can make Philippine dishes look elegant to present. I was hoping one chef can start a tradition with how our food is being presented. I was thinking of getting inspirations from Korean dishes like having a main course surrounded by side dishes which compose of, say, a bit of lechon, lumpia, some curry and bread, some vegetable dishes, etc. Then adding varied “sawsawan” from different region. I hope you get the idea.

  8. So, is it easy transitioning from blogger to wordpress?

    Gio, the world has a lot to offer! Every culture is so different and diverse. I love ethnic food from different countries, but at the end of the day, I would still choose lechon and pancit malabon over some hard-to-pronounce foreign dish.

    You’re still young – I believe that you can fulfill your dreams. Heck, I didn’t set foot in foreign soil until I was 27. And I wasn’t as brave or adventurous as you seem to be.

    I will be praying for you, my friend. Cheers!

    • at first it was hard. i sort of regretted it at first because i felt blogger offered more flexibility for free, and you know how wordpress is.

      coming from you it means a lot, so thank you and don’t worry, i’ll be praying for your success as well. the world is our oyster, paired with the best wine. hahaha! and i’m really glad i have another blog friend. cheers to an amazing future in the blogosphere!

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