After a few early posts (including mine) about Anthony Bourdain’s visit to the Philippines had to be yanked, it seems Tony’s every waking moment there is being documented and illustrated by local bloggers.
Market Manila just wrote a lengthy account that included many photos of Bourdain eating spit-roasted pigs in Cebu. Apparently aware of the previous censorship, he wrote:
“I must say that I was not prevented from blogging about this event, in fact, I was graciously told by the show’s producer that I could write anything I wanted, but armed with that freedom, I understand fully the responsibility involved, and I definitely will not pre-empt the program (which should air in the United States in late January 2009 or so, and several months later here in Asia)…”
Check out those photos of Tony. They say the camera adds 10 pounds, but is it me, or does he look a little chunky in the chin these days? And at certain angles, does that white shirt conceal a paunch sprouting from his stick figure?
Even Claude Tayag, the owner of Bale Dutung, waxed eloquent about Bourdain in a lengthy post for The Philippine Star. It was about the same meal that sparked the killing of my and others’ posts. I had read and reported that Tony was seen smoking there while downing large quantities of San Mig Light beer, a brew apparently so foul it earned a “D+ Avoid” rating with the Beer Advocate.
What this indicates to me is that the sacrifices of Cats Working and several Filipino bloggers in taking down our posts were not in vain. We apparently helped the producers of No Reservations realize the value of positive advance buzz in the blogosphere.
As Bourdain would say, “The People Have Spoken.”