About Us



If you’re wondering why it’s called “When In Manila” The line was referenced from the old saying: “When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do.” So, “When in Manila….”

It’s our way of saying that if you want to fully enjoy the Philippines and all its wonders, the best way is to immerse yourself into the culture of the country itself. From the food, the music, the culture & lifestyle, as well as all the quirks! 

WhenInManila.com is the top online magazine in Manila and the Philippines. We’re also a community of over 200 writers, photographers, videographers and storytellers who simply want to share their stories of adventures and discoveries. What started as a small blog from Manila, quickly turned into a platform, an online magazine that boasts the stories from Manila, the Philippines and the world. With stories and writers contributing from Manila, Batangas, Cebu, Davao, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United States and ALL OVER THE WORLD, WhenInManila.com has quickly become the go-to lifestyle magazine for Manila and beyond! 


WhenInManila.com gets up to and over TEN MILLION (10,000,000+) IMPRESSIONS PER DAY based on an audit by a globally leading digital marketing firm. This included over  SIX MILLION (6,000,000+) views per month directly on our website, along with our social media outlets which have very active communities of ONE MILLION (1,000,000) Fans on Facebook.com/WhenInManila100,000+ Followers on Twitter.com/WhenInManila and 65,000+ followers on Instagram.com/WhenInManila, which from these alone already garner over 50 million social media impressions per week. (stats as of May 2015)
We were recently ranked within the 100 MOST VIEWED SITES in the Philippines by Alexa as well as ranked among the top blogs in the “100 Pinoy Blogs that Matter” list.
Some site awards:
  • #1 Emerging Influential Blog for 2010 
  • “Ultimate Food Blogger” by Unilever / Sooo Pinoy organization
  • Best Photo Blog and Microblog in the Philippines at the Globe Tatt Awards 
  • Rotary’s 10 Tourism Awardees for 2012: an honor shared with the likes of Zobel Ayala, Andrew Tan (chairman of Mega World & owner of Resorts World), Miguel Belmote (CEO of the Philippine Star) and more, for the 2012 batch

Want to feature your event, venue or business on our site? Got a special place you want WhenInManila.com to visit? Want to join the WIM team as a contributor or writer? Do you need us to speak at one of your events? Then find all the info you need on how to get featured or what the benefits are for contributing here – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about WhenInManila.com – http://www.wheninmanila.com/faq/  


When in Manila Meet and Greet from Roanne Aujero


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Vince Golangco
Founder / Publisher

Vince Golangco is the Founder & Publisher of WhenInManila.com. Vince graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a minor in Business. He has over 10 years of international experience in marketing, advertising and creative writing. He served as an Information Systems Technician in the United States Navy, was a Marketing & Development Coordinator at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Senior Media Planner for Bright Box Media, was a radio DJ and hosted a tech TV show in Manila. Vince is a surfer, a skater, a writer, a US Military Veteran, Junior Chamber International (JCI) member, an AKPsi brother and an adventure seeker.

Connect with Vince on Twitter and Instagram @VinceGolangco.

When In Manila – be sure to hang out and have a beer with Vince!
Quote Vince lives by: “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it” ~ Michelangelo
Three favorites: Books
“Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Other Die” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
“Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson
“Blue Ocean Strategy” by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
You can find out more about him on: 




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Francis Simisim

Business Expansion President 

Francis has always been a “geek” at heart. His passion for technology and the web is evident in his work and hobbies. You can often find him writing for his tech blog, editing one of his (over 100) websites or working on computers. His interest in technology started way back in high school when the internet started booming. When not busy “geeking” it out, Francis likes traveling around the world and trying out new foods. His favorite jet-setting trips include fishing at Island Cove in Cavite or shopping in Singapore.

Francis Simisim graduated from the Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computing Science and a Master’s Degree in Business & Enterprise. Francis returned to the Philippines and founded his own company called GangVentures.com. It’s a Website / Graphic Design outsourcing company, making unique Web 2.0 style designs tailored to specific business needs. He’s currently involved in many other web startups as his goal is to bring the full functionality, ease and utility of the Web 2.0 to the Philippines. Francis is also a Domain Name Investor (Domainer) and has accumulated over 100 internet web domains over the past few years. Francis’ web design skills and internet marketing experience has single handedly boosted the online presence and branding for WhenInManila.com’s website and Viral Videos.


When In Manila – be sure to spend a relaxing day at the spa with Francis! 

Quote Francis lives by: “Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress. ~ Ted Levitt