Michael Aquino Follow Facebook Twitter Mike Aquino Mike Aquino was born in Davao City in the Philippines and now lives in Manila full-time. He's covered Southeast Asia for Tripsavvy since 2007.Mike was awarded Street Food Blogger of the Year in the 2013 by World Street Food CongressHe holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines. Experience An advertising copywriter in a previous life, Mike has worked for ad agencies throughout Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Manila, writing advertising and magazine copy for hotels, restaurants, and travel publications, and imbibing the local culture at the grass-roots level along the way.His travels have brought him across the Southeast Asian region, gorging on tom yum at Singaporean hawker centers, climbing the temples in Bagan, and roaming Hong Kong's markets, with more jaunts planned in the very near future.Today, Mike files stories for Tripsavvy.com, a role he's happily filled since 2007. He also writes features for inflight magazines for Cebu Pacific and other online publications like AseanTourism.travel. Education Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines.AwardsMike was honored as the World Street Food Congress 2013's Street Food Blogger/Writer of the Year. The award recognizes writers who "deliver deep vision and insightful aspects of this food culture that attracts curiosity and is informative for the general public at large." About TripSavvy and Dotdash TripSavvy, a Dotdash brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler—showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in New York City, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.