Celebrate the Sweetest Christmas at SM City General Santos

The most awaited joyful celebration of the year kicks off at SM City General Santos this weekend as the city’s leading mall holds the Grand Christmas Launch.

On Saturday, November 7, 5pm at The Event Center, SM City General Santos lights up the mall’s Christmas centerpiece with different exciting performances. Be delighted in an evening of music with the Dominican Choir, SM Little Stars, HTC Marching Band featuring numbers from Poinsettia Ballerinas, Teatro Ambahanon, Royeca School of Ballets and other characters that kids will surely love. Witness the lighting up of the Giant Christmas Tree filled with the sweetest cupcakes and candy canes and be amazed with plush indoor magical fireworks.

Spreading the joy of giving, SM City General Santos have chosen 50 kids to receive their early Christmas presents from Santa Claus on the launch date.

Bond with Hello Kitty and the gang at the meet-and-greet session on November 20-21 and December 12-13 and get up close with your favorite Sanrio Character for a minimum purchase of P500 worth of Hello Kitty Merchandise. Walk along with the Marching Band at the Chr
istmas Parade on November 21,December 12-13, and December 21-27. Meet and greet Santa Claus on November 7 and December 21-24, and indulge in a shopping spree with great finds at Great Gensan Sale on November 13 to 15.

1 SM Cares Bears of JoyCelebrate Christmas with SM City General Santos! For inquiries, check-out SM City General Santos (Official) on Facebook, or call (083) 878-0667.

Microtel Gensan holds New Year’s Countdown

When I arrived in Gensan eleven years ago, there was none of these events. No new year parties, firework displays or any event of that sort. So I am really glad that it has somehow “caught on”. In the first place, there are a lot of Generals who wish to do no cooking or to just rest over the holidays.

One of the cities’ yearend events is Microtel Gensan’s New Year’s Countdown Party happening on December 31, 2014.

But before that, I would have to say that Microtel probably has the nicest and most unique Christmas Tree in Gensan this 2014. Not as big as the ones in the malls but more special with how it was made: simple yet one-of-a-kind.

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Microtel ends the year with a New Year’s Eve Dinner and fireworks just before the clock strikes twelve. For only P 3750 for a double room and P 4750 for a suite room, you can already avail of an overnight stay, breakfast for two and New Year’s Even dinner for two. If you wish to have dinner only, it is at P 1,000 only per person. For those who only wish to watch the fireworks, it is at P 200 only per person inclusive of drinks. Print

To buy your tickets, you may visit Microtel by Wyndham Gensan at Valley High Complex, National Highway, General Santos City. or call (083) 553-8080, cellphone number +63 (917) 319 7447 or email them at gensan@microtel.ph.

SM City Gensan’s New Year Countdown Party

SM City Gensan features FREESTYLE BAND and DJ TOM TAUS at the Grand Year-end Party of SM City General Santos

Enjoy merrier magical shopping, dining, entertainment and experience the dazzling year-end party tradition of SM City General Santos featuring the renowned Pinoy rock- R&B band, FREESTYLE and the former child actor, DJ TOM TAUS.

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FREESTYLE band was dubbed as the Most Popular Group Entertainer by Gulliermo Awards in 2002 and one of the premiere bands in the Philippines. They were the makers of hit songs such as “So Slow” and “Before I Let You Go”. FREESTYLE has a soulful sound, influenced by rhythm and blues and urban music.
After 14 years of leaving the country to migrate to the United States, former child actor TOM TAUS is back in the Philippines. TOM TAUS has been making a name for himself in Hollywood as a DJ and known as “DJ Tommy T” to Los Angeles Club Crowd.

Catch them all this December 30, 7pm as you also enjoy the extended mall hours until 10 o’ clock in the evening. Get entertained with their world-class voice and international-calibre stage performance and witness the Magical Fireworks Display at The Roof Deck of SM City General Santos.

For updates and inquiries, check-out SM City General Santos (Official) on Facebook, or call (083) 878-0667.

12 Reasons Why You Should Visit MunaTo Yesterdand Themepark in Sarangani

The Province of Sarangani will once again celebrate MunaTo Festival, its cultural festival that was conceptualized in 2002 to celebrate the vibrant diversity of Sarangani Province.

MunaTo Festival is coined from two Blaan words that means “First People”. The anthropomorphic jars found in the caves of Maitum (Ayub, Pinol, and Sagel), give clues to Mindanao’s early history and of the Philippines as a whole. The carbon dated anthropomorphic jars depicts that Maitum was the home of early civilization dating back to the Metal age. The original jars are currently in the National Museum for safekeeping and exhibition. Based on the historical time line of the early history of the Philippines, after the Tabon Cave in Palawan, the next earliest pottery is found in Pinol Cave in Maitum. Thus the claim that in Mindanao, the First People or “Munah To”, possibly are from Maitum, Sarangani Province.

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For this 2014, MunaTo festival is taking a new twist in making Sarangani more relevant, more fun, and interactive! The province of Sarangani is creating this new concept of the MunaTo Yesterland Themepark. This will allow the students, cultural enthusiasts, and the general public, learn and appreciate History, Social Science, Science, and Culture and Arts in an “experiential” kind of education. This year’s MunaTo Festival is slated on November 27-29, 2014 at the Sarangani Capitol in Alabel, Sarangani. We look forward to seeing you join us in this endeavor.

The Munato Yesterland Themepark is showcasing 12 Attractions.

Cave of the Ancient – This is a light and sound show regarding the anthropomorphic jars found in the caves of Maitum, Sarangani.

Tribal Village – This will showcase the Tboli, Blaan, and Tagakaolo tribes. There will be a show every hour about their music, dances, chants and stories. Also found here are products for sale made by the Indigenous peoples of Sarangani.

Sarangani Wildlife Museum – This is found at the ECPC, where one can see the different animals that are preserved for study. This museum shows the varied species found in Sarangani. Also at the 2nd floor auditorium will play Sarangani- made films from last year’s Salamindanaw’s entry.

Looms & Beads – Located at the Kasfala Hall, the Looms and Beads is an extensive, elaborate, and detailed exhibit featuring traditional arts and crafts in Mabal Tabih, Saul (bead works), and other artifacts. This is an exhibit of Heirloom designs and fabrics from our Indigenous Tribes in Sarangani.

MunaTo Fotoloco – This is the sculpture of Kublai found at the Sarangani Capitol depicting the first people. Here people can take their wacky and fun photos. A photobooth will be available to take photos for a fee!

Sarangani Street Arts – On the back street of the Capitol, several Sarangani artists will create a 3D street art of the different Sarangani tourist destination for those with tickets to take their chance for photo ops.

Glan 100 – Since Glan, Sarangani is celebrating their 100th year this 2014, we are giving a tribute the first settlers of Glan. We invite you to also try to be one of the Colonos!

Sarangani Historical Lane – Sarangani gives tribute to all the leaders that have served Sarangani Province since its creation since 1992.

Moro Cottages – The different tribes and Moro themed cottages will be on display with hourly cultural dance show. Here you will learn about the traditional practices for marriage, for childbirth, and the others. The Moro themed cottages will be a people’s choice competition. People gets to post a sticker vote for their favorite cottage!

Fabli Guni & Farmers Market – This will be the biggest gathering of Sarangani Produce and Products. Included here will be Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Sarangani Upland Rice varieties including ornamental plants, and potteries. Also for sale, will be Sarangani’s processed foods, Aquaculture
harvests, handicraft and furniture, fashion, and even Halal foods. This is one full market where you can buy and even deal with suppliers!

MunaTo Arcade – This is the section for food and novelty items. Here we will have traders selling snacks, meals, drinks, and other goods.

MunaTo Center Stage – Found at the center grounds of Sarangani Capitol. Here free shows and activities that can be viewed by all Themepark goers. This includes the daily parade and mascot appearances, the tribal sports and boxing competitions, magic shows, concerts and Pearl of Sarangani.

MunaTo Themepark Rules and Rates:

Everyone coming to the MunaTo Yesterland Themepark can enter for free.

However, each attraction will require a ticket to enter. One may purchase a discounted One Day Unlimited Ticket Pass worth P50 and present this ticket at each ticket gate to enter the attractions. So please do not lose your tickets because there will be no replacement for any loss. If you opt not to get the One Day Pass, one may proceed to the attraction of choice and buy a gate ticket for the rate of P10.00.

Sarangani residents, Sarangani students, Sarangani workers, and all senior citizens must bring their ID and present at the ticket booth to purchase the One Day Pass for a discounted rate of P30 per ID. No Sarangani ID or cedula or Senior Citizen ID, no discount.

You may book your MunaTo Yesterland tickets in the following outlets: Sarangani Tourism & Investment Promotion Center (STIPC) – (083) 5085230, Go Sarangani Travel (083) 5528015, or at our Ticket Booth in KCC/Veranza.

DOLEFIL CARES EXPO opening on November 10, 2014

One of Region XII’s most admired companies, Dole or Dolefil, will bring to the public the Dolefil Cares Expo. The expo will be from November 10 to 15, 2014 at the Atrium of Veranza Mall of Gensan.

At this exhibition, we will be introduced to the four pillars of “Dolefil Cares” — Dolefil being the leader in corporate sustainability and social responsibility, the promoter of health, wellness and safety, number 1 in quality, and producer of new, exciting fruit products for the world.

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PR Officer, Gwyn Ann Ebol-Palima, “Visitors will also get the chance to win prizes (tablets, cellphones and other Dolefil Cares merchandise) by completing the Dolefil Cares Expo Booklet and uploading their photo in the Dolefil Cares Expo Facebook Page and like, tag, follow it.

The Dolefil Cares Expo is free and open to the public. See you all there!

Christmas Toyland launch of SM City Gensan

It’s the most awaited season of the year again, the season of joy, love and hope. It is the time of the year where everyone gets ecstatic and elated especially the children. This year, they are given the focus as the lighting of the giant Christmas tree is themed in Toyland.

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The setting will be decorated with different kinds of toys and gifts which will be guarded by toy soldiers. A marching band will parade along the mall to invite the shoppers to witness the momentous lighting of the giant Christmas tree. The crowd will be entertained by a choir who will be singing Christmas carols with ballerinas dancing with them. Also, indoor fireworks will add more delight as the giant Christmas tree is being lighted for the kids and kids at heart. Christmas is the time to celebrate this very special season with family and friends. It’s time to be happy and peaceful, and to give and share the blessings. The essence of Christmas is the idea of gift-giving with Santa Claus around and gives the present to the kids. Truly, tis the season to be jolly!

Join this happy event! The Christmas Toyland will be on November 9, 2014, 5PM at the SM City Gensan Event Center.

BDJ Fair 2014: #LiveItUp Dance to the Beat of your Dreams

How are you going to live it up this 2015? Start living it up by going to the 6th BDJ Fair on October 19 at SM Mall of Asia, Music Hall!

Live it up and dance your way through life by making new goals, planning ahead and supporting a new advocacy!

Head to the BDJ Fair 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia, Music Hall on Sunday, October 19, from 10AM-10PM and dance to the beat of your dreams by attending inspiring talks, trying out different booths, activities and workshops from the BDJ Team.

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This year, the BDJ Fair is entitled: # Live It Up! Dance to the Beat of Your Dreams! The BDJ Fair is a fun-filled event where they will launch their 9th edition of the BDJ Power Planner and raise funds for the advocacies they support. This year, they will support the students of Sulong Kabataang Romblomanon, Inc. (Romblon scholars), and MoveMNL. It’s also where BDJ Girls all come together to learn, experience and have fun through our various talks, booth, activities and workshops. It’s where they get to interact with their fellow BDJ Girls and gain new friends and learn from each other! Enjoy a fun-filled event of learning and being empowered and get first dibs to the BDJ 2015 Planner for only 500 pesos at the fair

TALK LIST FINALTo pre-register for any of the talks, simply visit belledejourpowerplanner.com and choose your top 3 picks from the talk line up.

Talk Line Up:

12:45-1:35 – From GRIT to GREAT with Jonathan Yabut

2:00-2:40 – Life is Your Playground with Ann Jacobe of Project Hardcore Sisterhood

3:00-3:35 – Create Your Own #BeautifulStory with Tricia Gosingtian for Pond’s

4:10-4:50 – From Zero to Financial Hero with Edric Mendoza of ANC

5:10-6:00 – The Fullness of Life with Andi Manzano of GSK

6:20-7:05  – Seasons of Style with Isha Andaya-Valles of Preview Magazine

The event is open to everyone but only pre-registered girls will be allowed to participate in the talks, get a loot bag, and get to try out exciting activities such as zipline and wall climbing!  Slots will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Save the date for the sixth BDJ Fair! Put on your dancing shoes and dance to the beat of your dreams!

Stay tuned for more details regarding the BDJ Fair! For more information on the Belle de Jour Power Planner, other products and events, log on to belledejourpowerplanner.com or join their Facebook Fan Page, or follow @BDJBuzz on Twitter and Instagram.

National Boodle Day at Blackbeard Seafood Island

lackbeard’s Seafood Island is celebrating 10 Years of Extreme Seafood Bonding this September 16, 2014.

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Blackbeard’s Seafood Island has innovated the Filipino casual grill dining experience by bringing to the market the first and the original ‘Boodle Feasts’.

The Seafood Island Boodle Feast is creatively re-inventing the way ‘Filipino food bundles for groups’ are created and presented – a trend adapted by most of the other Filipino grill concepts soon thereafter.

Seafood Island’s Boodle Feasts provide customers with a wide array of Island-Inspired Filipino dishes in a food setting that is perfect for sharing and bonding experience. Eating with one hand directly from the big banana leaf with grilled meat and rice on it is what Boodle Feast is.

Seafood Island offers the best seafood dining experience and tries to stay true to its core values of Seafood, Sarap, Saya! It also offers live Seafood choices through “Paluto”.

Cebu branch also has a great selection of Crab dishes that will surely satisfy your craving from Szechuan crab to Thai Chili crab, Crab Maritess and many more.

nbd-TV-SPOT-v5-9-3-14-6x3ftIn line with Seafood Island’s 10th Anniversary and #NationalBoodleDay, all branches nationwide will offer the famous Mt. Apo Boodle for only P1,010 (originally P1,650) on September 16, 2014. Dine in with your family and friends and share your extreme bonding experience online.

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Seafood Island will also be giving away 5 gift certificates worth P1,000 each to those who will follow and like Seafood Island’s Social Media Account and will share this article to their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Accounts and use the hashtag #NationalBoodleDay. Random winners be chosen and will be announced on September 30, 2014.

Twitter: @SeafoodIsland 

Instagram: @SeafoodIsland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blackbeards.Seafood.Island

There’s a mob!

I have not seen Veranza Mall with this many people.

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It was my first time to be in a crowded Veranza Mall. The Reason? The July Footloose dance competition organized by Dole Philippines School Students’ Association and DoleFil.

My fellow bloggers and I were invited to the competition lst Friday, July 24, 2014. Competing teams were to dance in different parts of the big mall. It was honestly a great idea and could have been a great event had the sound system been better. The trend of mob dances and having it in a mall are wonderful. 

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Winning school, Holy Trinity College High School

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Special number of Dole Philippines School students, teachers and parents

 

To give the competing teams from MSU, Alabel Science High, Mt. Matutum, Polomolok National, Holy Trinity College and Labangal High School another chance to showcase their moves, all of them danced their piece in the Atrium one more time. Another part of the contest was an impromptu choreography. 

The Winners were Holy Trinity College in first place, Alabel National Science High School in second place and Labangal National High School in third place.

SumoSam brings the taste of Japan to General Santos City

Gensan, being the hub of SocSkSargen, takes pride in being home to great restaurants and stores. In SM City Gensan, there is a restaurant that brings the Taste of Japan to Generals and that is SumoSam.

Opened in 2013, SumoSam takes pride in serving only authentic Japanese dishes which have fortunately delighted Filipinos as well. The effort of cooking up good Japanese food is evident in the taste of the broth of their ramen and in the rice of their maki.

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Vegetable Ramen

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Chicken Teriyaki (ala carte) and Japanese Fried Rice

The tenderness of the chicken and coleslaw with a tangy mustard dressing was great with the “dish-by-itself” deliciousness of the Japanese Fried Rice. It was a great pair. 

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Sukiyaki cooked tableside

My favorite for the dinner, however, would be the Sukiyaki which use Wagyu beef. The goodness of the beef, the sweet flavor of the quickly sauteed onions and the perfect broth was an absolute winner for me.

Other dishes we tried were their Dynamite Roll (dynamite because it was spicy-good) and Beef Niki Udon. 

SumoSam is located at the ground floor, near exit to Fountain Area of SM City General Santos City. They also accept delivery and catering service.