Woohoo! We now have an improved Early Access version of looloo for Android! Have a look at what we’ve added in this update:
- You can now create your own looloo profile! Oh em chee! You can even add your website, your Instagram username, and something creative in there to describe yourself! Don’t forget to add your profile photo!
- Whether it’s your Facebook friends or suggested users, you can now follow other looloo users! W00t! This means you can now have your very own “Following” feed on looloo where you get to see only the reviews of the people you choose to follow!
- Spotted a place that you want to bookmark or save for later when you’re in the area? Save it to your looloo list! Add places to the pre-made Favorites or Must-Try lists — or create your own! Sort them by location, cuisine, type of place, etc. for easy access when you’re out and about.
- Found a bug or just want to drop us a message? Go to your Profile tab and tap the gear icon on the top right hand corner of your screen! You can choose to send us feedback (we appreciate a warm hello once in a while hehe) or report a bug!
For those itching to write reviews on looloo, don’t worry!!! We’re still working night and day to make sure you’ll get it as soon as possible! Patience as they say is a virtue… right?!
P.S. We left a little note somewhere in our Play Store app update! ;)
looloo Giveaway: Write a Review and Get a Chance to Win Two (2) Movie Passes to See the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Fight!
Think #Laboracay is overrated? Instead, would you rather be in an uncrowded, air-conditioned movie theater, comfortably watching our Pambansang Kamao take down Mayweather — live?
That’s us, too. So you can just imagine how much willpower and discipline it took us to NOT take this one for ourselves. We have a pair of tickets to see Pacquiao vs. Mayweather at The Podium mall in Ortigas! Good seats, too!
We’re just looking for the right people who want it! But of course, they can’t just be anyone. They have to be awesome looloo reviewers – or at least one of them.
The fight of the century is happening this Sunday so you have a very limited time to send in your entries! If you want to score these tickets, here’s how you can win:
- Write a looloo review. The review must be at least 60 words AND must come with a photo.
- At the end of your review, for us to count your entry, you must add the hashtag #LabanManny. This is important! We won’t be able to count your entry if you don’t add the hashtag!
- We will pick a random winner by Thursday, April 30, 12NN and announce it on our Facebook and Twitter accounts!
As always, the more reviews you have, the more chances of winning!
For Pacquiao fans, if there’s a better time to get rid of your looloo review backlog or to start reviewing, it’s now!
After receiving countless emails and social media messages from Android users and reading convincing pleas from Google and Samsung (in our dreams), we finally gave in.
To our friends on Android: the long wait is almost over!
We’ve been working feverishly on the much-awaited Android version for looloo but we thought we’d let you in on the fun ASAP and offer an Early Access version of looloo for Android!
While we’re working hard on the full release, you can now start searching for the best restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions in the country.
Search for places nearby or within a specific area in Metro Manila or any city in the Philippines. Whether it’s a hole in the wall or a famous local spot, find it using looloo!
If you want to try out a new place? Read looloo reviews on it first! You can also get directions, call the place, check their hours, or even view their menu to help guide you before your visit.
Help us spread the word! You can now download looloo’s Early Access version for Android!
If you have any suggestions or questions about the app, shoot us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org! We’d love to hear from you!
For the avid looloo reviewer, nothing spells achievement better than a newly redeemed looloo badge (aside from looloo merch of course, heh).
Whether you’ve unlocked all the badges or just a handful of them, we know it’s fun to check and see just how many you’ve collected. With a brand new year ahead of us, we thought we’d release a fresh new batch of badges!
From buffet fans to history geeks, there’s an unlocked badge patiently waiting for the adventurous reviewer. Go check your looloo profile now and see your badge progress for all of them! Don’t let those places you’ve visited go to waste! Review them and…
Badges, badges, badges, badges… Reminds us of an old meme. 100 gold coins if you remember this one.
Anyhoo, if you have other badge ideas, let us know in the comments section below! Maybe we can include them in the next release!
In just a few weeks, looloo turns 2! After its humble beginnings, looloo has grown to over 100,000 users and more than 150,000 reviews. 2 years later, it continues to help people discover places they’ll love, all over the Philippines.
Oh. One more thing… we’re giving away an iPhone 6.
We think it’s our greatest giveaway yet.
Up for grabs is a brand new, “bigger than bigger” 16GB iPhone 6 in beautiful space grey, still in its box, in all its unbent glory. Not even available in the country yet (at least not without having to pay a ridiculous amount of cash), you’ll be the first of your friends to have one if you win!
The #loolooiPhone6Giveaway Mechanics:
Step 1: Tell us that you want to join!
Well, first of all, you have to be a looloo app user! Then, you have to tell us that you WANT to join the giveaway before November 30, 2014. How? Pick JUST ONE of the following methods:
Facebook: Comment on the looloo Facebook page’s post (click here!) with the following message: “It’s looloo’s 2nd anniversary! I’m [YOUR looloo NAME, e.g. Poppy P.] on the app and I’m joining the #loolooiPhone6Giveaway!” Afterwards, add a link to one of your reviews (click here to find out how to get the link).
Your comment should look like this:
Twitter: Tweet this message: “It’s @looloo’s 2nd anniversary! I’m [YOUR looloo NAME, e.g. Poppy P.] on the app and I’m joining the #loolooiPhone6Giveaway!” Then, add a link to one of your reviews (click here to find out how to get the link).
Your Twitter account’s privacy should be set to public for the duration of the giveaway, and your tweet should look like this:
Instagram: Regram or repost our giveaway image (click here to get the photo) and use this as your caption: “It’s the @loolooapp’s 2nd anniversary! I’m [YOUR looloo NAME, e.g. Peanut D.] on the #loolooapp and I’m joining the #loolooiPhone6Giveaway!” Then, add a link to one of your reviews (click here to find out how to get the link).
Step 2: Start earning entries!
As with previous giveaways we’ve had, you have to submit reviews, refer friends, or share our social media posts before November 30, 2014 to earn entries!
Here’s a quick table that summarizes how many entries each action can earn:
|How to Earn Entries||Entry Points||Details|
|Write a looloo review with text content and a photo.||1 review = 1 entry||Only reviews written within the giveaway period (October 14 – November 30) will be counted. The review must have a photo and text content of at least 60 words.|
|Refer a friend to join looloo AND write a review||1 review from the new looloo member = 5 entries for both the referrer and the referee||The new member must download and create a looloo account within the contest period AND tag the referrer at the end of the review. Use this line at the end of the looloo review: “I was referred by [@Friend’s Name] to join the #loolooiPhone6giveaway!”|
|Share looloo’s social media posts about the giveaway.||5 entries per share/retweet (max of 10 entries; 5 per social network)||Share/Retweet our posts on Facebook and Twitter to get additional entries: Facebook (Click Here), Twitter (Click Here). Your accounts must be public for us to track your shares and retweets during the giveaway period.|
Step 3: CLAIM YOUR PRIZE… assuming you win.
There will be one (1) winner of a brand new iPhone 6, and five (5) more looloo users who’ll take home awesome (and 100% unbendable!) looloot bags as consolation prizes. Winners will also be contacted by email so be sure to check your inboxes often!
The 2nd Anniversary #loolooiPhone6Giveaway begins NOW!! Remember, the more reviews you submit and the more friends you refer, the better the chances of winning!
Homework, groceries, laundry, bills,… and that looloo Special you’ve been wanting to redeem for quite a while now. With all the hubbub we’ve got going on every day, it’s not easy to remember everything! We may not be able to help you with your calculus, or pick up your dry-cleaning, but we’ve got a quick little tip to help you keep track of your favorite Specials on the looloo app!
Saving a place Special to a list means that you can get super quick access to all the Specials you’ve been eyeing, with just a few taps. On top of that, saving Specials to a list also means you’ll get a notification when each of them is about to expire. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Find a Special
Whether it’s by using the Specials Filter on Explore, or through a review you just read, tap on any Special you’re interested in redeeming later on.
Step 2: Use the “Add to List” Button
On the upper right-hand corner of the Special Offer screen, you’ll see an “Add” button. Tap on it! A message should pop up to let you know that the Special has been saved.
Step 3: View Saved Specials from the Lists Tab!
Tap on the Lists Tab at the bottom and look for the list labeled “Specials.” Each active looloo Special you’ve saved should be there, and tapping on any of them will bring you straight to the Special Offer screen. When a Special on your list is about to expire, we’ll send you a notification! At that point, it’s then up to you to get your butt moving to redeem it before it’s gone!
Some Specials you can save and redeem today:
B&B Burgers and Brewskies
Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things
Chubby’s Rib Shack
Forget Me Not Café
Kichitora of Tokyo
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
My Kitchen by Chef Chris
Recess by Chef Chris
Red Onion Café
Sweet Spot Café
These are updated as of April 14, 2014. Be sure to check the Specials Filter often to see what’s new! Follow looloo on Facebook, @looloo on Twitter, and @loolooapp on Instagram for Specials updates as well!
Consider this scenario: You just found the perfect place to take your date out for dinner by using the Trending filter on the looloo Explore tab. You’ve read the restaurant’s reviews, seen the pictures, and checked out the menu too. The only thing left to do is to meet him/her there!
- You know exactly how to get to the restaurant, so you get there 15 minutes ahead of your reservation time. Being early makes a great first impression. You fall madly in love and live happily ever after.
- You get lost finding the place and arrive *25 minutes too laaaaate.* Despite your 37 missed calls, you never hear from him/her again. Yikes.
Get Directions with looloo
Luckily, a feature built into looloo should help you avoid Outcome #2 and with any luck, end up with Outcome #1 (though the flowers + falling in love bits are completely up to you). The app’s Get Directions feature can get you set up with turn-by-turn navigation to any place listed on looloo! Here’s how to use it:
Step 1: Find a Place.
Step 2: View its Place Profile Page and Tap on the Map.
Step 3: Tap the “Get Directions” button.
Step 4: Start Navigating via Google Maps/Apple Maps.*
*looloo will automatically launch the Google Maps app if you have the app on your phone, but will default to Apple Maps otherwise.
Reviewing places on the looloo iOS app is easy. Finding awesome places with the Explore Tab? Dead simple! But hardcore app enthusiasts and frequent looloo reviewers know that one particular feature built into the app is actually pretty challenging (in fact, only ONE person has done it) — unlocking all 18 badges on the looloo app!
For those looking to conquer this feat, or if you think you’d like to make finding and reviewing places a bit of a game, or maybe you just like collecting badges, we’ve put together a list of all the badges you can collect. Hit up the comments section below if you’ve got suggestions for future badge additions, too!
TIP: To see which badges you’ve already unlocked, tap on the Profile tab on the app to view your user profile, then tap on Badges!
You must have stars (and stripes!) in your eyes after all that food!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different American restaurants
“No need to wine. If you beer with us and visit 5 bars, we got a badge on tap for you.”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different bars.
“Hungry for bulgogi? Got a thing for kimchi? Try out 5 Korean restaurants for your Bibim badge!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Korean restaurants.
“Why did the chicken cross the road? To visit 5 chicken joints and earn this badge!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Fried Chicken restaurants.
“Molto Bene! Wipe that marinara sauce from your mouth!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Italian restaurants.
“Did you want fries with your Burger Goodness badge?”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Burger joints.
Chinese Chow Fan
“Balance, prosperity, and luck shall come to those who unlock this badge”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Chinese restaurants.
“Ahh, there’s nothing like a fresh cup of Joe! Here’s to caffeine! From one Coffee Head to another.”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different coffee shops or cafes.
Filipino Food Fan
“Sarap naman niyan! Omnomnom…”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Filipino restaurants.
“Check in to hotels to earn this badge. No, really… get a room!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different hotels.
“Be the life of the party by reviewing different clubs and earn the looloo equivalent of the keys to the VIP!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different clubs.
“Whether it’s thin crust, deep dish, or pan — this one’s for all you pizza fans!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different pizza places.
“Go from hairdo to hairdone. Got to different hair salons and we’ll cut you this badge”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different hair salons.
“Ahoy! Claim your pirate’s booty and batten down the hatches, eat at 5 seafood places,and earn some badges!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Seafood restaurants.
“Relax and rejuvenate at 5 day spas and pamper yourself with this badge.”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different spas.
“Matcha or Jasmine? You’ll probably have both ‘coz you’re a tea-timer!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different tea places.
“This badge is plane awesome! Just fly to different airports to book this bad boy.”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different airports.
“California rolls, they’re undeniable. Crab, meat, egg, and mango on top!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Japanese restaurants.
Discovering new places in the Philippines through looloo is a lot easier when you’re following the right people. Not only do you get to add more new places to your list, you also learn new things – from proper pronunciation of certain dishes to sometimes even a little history lesson. And if you’re nice, you even get to make new friends.
The only challenge is finding the right people.
If you’ve already looked through looloo’s Suggested Users List (which you can find by tapping this button on your Feed and Profile tabs) and still think your looloo feed looks a little bare, then you’re in luck!
Below we put together a list of witty and creative looloo reviewers you can follow. Whether you’re into learning new things, reading well-written reviews, or just looking at beautiful food photos, this should help fill your feed with the good stuff.
If you’re looking for quality looloo reviews…
Edwin writes so well that we had to do a mini-interview with him. His reviews are so wonderfully written, you’ll think you’re reading it off a magazine. Also quick to find hidden gems in and out of Manila, it’s no surprise he’s a top influencer on looloo!
Dubbed by some as “The looloo Wiki,” Eric is like the journalist version of a looloo reviewer. Asking important questions like when, why, or how something started is his expertise. For people who appreciate history, Eric is definitely a must-follow.
From hole in the wall Japanese restaurants to hotels and even nail salons, you’re sure to get a variety of place reviews from all over the Philippines with Peach. Follow her and expect to get a dose of sunshine and positivity with her fun looloo narratives!
When Denise writes on her looloo bio that her hobby is food spotting, she really means it. With reviews mostly for places in the South (Paranaque, BGC, McKinley), she’ll be your friendly guide when it comes to new places opening up in those areas.
Known to have made an Excel spreadsheet out of the places she’s reviewed on looloo (!), Lesley is a true city explorer. Get a feel for what’s going on in the metro by reading about her date place discoveries, spa adventures and even clubbing experiences.
Creatively-written and well-thought-out looloo reviews is what Neil is known for. But it doesn’t just stop at reviews for this witty guy. If you’re up for it, go ahead and start a crazy pun/rap/rhyming challenge with Neil… if you think you have what it takes. Ha.
If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy photos…
Her photos are so beautiful that we’ve been asking her to hold an iPhoneography 101 session with us. We’ve shared her photos on Instagram so much, we may as well add her name to our Instagram account.
“With an eye for iPhoneography” is Kat’s Suggested User Title on looloo. It’s a pretty accurate description – one that we’re always reminded of as we go through her review photos and share yet another one of hers on Instagram.
One of her photos that we shared was so pretty, someone actually went to the same place the following day to try the same dish she took a photo of. Her photos are that inspiring, she doesn’t need words to convince someone.
This girl’s food photo collages are so crazy, sometimes we can’t help but think that maybe she uses Photoshop?! And even though she’s given us the names of some of the apps that she uses, ours still look nowhere near as polished as hers. That and of course, she also takes beautiful photos.
We hope these ten handpicked looloo reviewers add more life to your feeds!
We have way more looloo reviewers we want you to follow but we’ll have to save them for another day. If you have anyone in mind whom you think we should feature next, just let us know in the comments section!
You’ve downloaded the looloo app to discover places in the Philippines.
But recently, you’ve been finding yourself checking the app more often than you check Facebook or Twitter. For some reason, you also happen to own one or two items out of the looloo merchandise. Heck you’ve even noticed you’re starting to gain a little
inflooence weight! Eep.
My friend, welcome to the club.
If you’re not sure you should be a member, here are the top 10 signs you are in fact, a looloo addict:
You find yourself constantly taking pictures of your food, the hotel pool, or even salon interiors.
At restaurants, you ask to be seated where there’s good light source for better-looking pictures (because you already know that flash makes your food photos look nasty). You’ve gotten looloo comments like “Nice photo!” and probably even had your photo shared on looloo’s Instagram account.
looloo is the first app you open when you wake up or the last thing you check before you go to bed.
With all the notifications you’re getting, not only could you be checking looloo more often than you check Facebook or Twitter, you might also even have more followers on it than your other social media accounts!
You’ve gone to a place just because “I read about it on looloo.”
You’ve also dragged your friends or family with you, excited to share with them this new place you’ve discovered. And although it’s a bit risky if they end up not liking the place (since you end up taking the blame), the reward is pretty cool if they enjoy their visit. This leads to sign #7.
Your friends call you “Ms./Mr. looloo,” “looloo expert” or just plain “looloo.”
Sometimes they even call you just to ask for place recommendations.
You know and use all the looloo app features.
You know how recommendations and credits affect your inflooence score, you keep lists of places (maybe even sorted by area or cuisine), you’ve played the secret breakout game, you know how to check menus, you’ve suggested a place at least once… seriously, what do you not know about using looloo?
In fact, when you took the looloo Quiz, you got a perfect score!
+100 points if you got a perfect score with just one try!
You’ve convinced a friend or a family member to join the looloo app.
Whether it’s for a giveaway entry or just so they also get dragged into the “club,” you’ve done it at least once. While it doesn’t automatically mean you were successful, you’ve at least tried one of these methods: bribery (“Kain tayo sa labas. Libre kita! Gawa ka ng looloo account tapos i-review mo ha?!), bullying or just plain begging.
You have at least one looloo swag item.
Whether it’s the looloo shirt, hoodie, sticker or payoong, you have at least one. Doesn’t matter how you got it – from a rendezvoos/eatup, mailed to you, borrowed, or stolen – you have it. That’s all that matters.
You may have also tried to drop super obvious hints to the looloo crew asking for swag (most commonly done for the looloo hoodie). You probably did this by showering them with compliments… but eventually found out that this tactic does not work. Ha. Nice try though.
You’ve attended an eatup, a rendezvoos or an unofficial eatup.
You know you’re a bonafide looloo addict when you’ve considered yourself part of the looloo community, so much so that you’re actually comfortable meeting with strangers (because looloo reviewers are friendly and are probably not going to steal your kidney).
You introduced each other with first name and last name initials (“Hello!!! I’m Peanut D! Are you Jacy L?!”), initially felt awkward but then stayed for hours upon hours just talking about food, places, and everything in between. You may have even used the word family to describe your set of looloo friends because really, that’s how it feels like.
You’ve made your very own looloo artwork.
This takes the number one spot. If you’ve found yourself creating a looloo pancake or a looloo flag bokeh, or perhaps asked a barista to make a looloo latte art, maybe paper twirled the looloo logo or found your daughter drawing it, then it’s guaranteed, you’ve been addicted.
There’s no turning back now! Embrace it because you’re awesome and we think you’re the coolest people to ever join looloo and we will forever be grateful you decided to become part of our small and humble community of explorers and food lovers. :)
How many out of the 10 signs do you have? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section!