Michael Aquino

Mike Aquino at Borobudur in Indonesia
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 Congress
  • He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines.


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


Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines.


Mike 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."  

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