Why the Farmers’ Market is such a hit

On May 25, 2014, a new Sunday habit was started in General Santos. It is the Sunday Farmers’ Market. 

The Farmers’ Market was a wonderful idea by Ms. Rue Ramas, owner of Seed World, lead marketing advocate of Corn Husk craft makers and overall gardening and agriculture enthusiast. Every Sunday, from 7am to 12nn, farmers and sellers of various food products, cooked and uncooked, fill their space with wonderful, fresh products that shoppers couldn’t resist buying.

What has become a simple selling opportunity has become a hit in the city and here are the reasons why.

# 1 Everything is fresh and beautiful.

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Most, if not all the fruits and vegetables specially, are in their just-picked state. I personally tasted the difference when I started cooking using the ingredients I purchased from the Farmers’ Market. The vegetables stay longer fresher. Some of the vegetables are even organic. 

Recently, shrimps, live lapu-lapu and free-range organic chicken have been available as well.

# 2  The great food finds

There is a delicious range of Filipino delicacies and processed food that my friends, family and I have found to be great food finds. There’s suman, palitaw, espasol, chorizo, tocino, sikwate, homemade bacon and embotido, binignit, cookies, batchoy, dinuguan, coco sugar, alamang, chocolate moron and many, many more! 

It is always a “comfort food” binge everytime we go to Farmers’ Market. Tables and chairs are placed in the garden where we feast on our food finds.

# 3 The atmosphere of friendship and wellness

Sunday vegetable shoppers

Sunday vegetable shoppers

Primarily because there are beautiful displays of vegetables and shoppers. That they purchase these fresh goods mean that they value their health and, consequently, give livelihood to farmers. Personally, I am happy when I see my friends and acquaintances at the Farmers’ Market. People who wake up early to sell or buy vegetables are, for me, people with discipline and eagerness for life. There is also an ambient glee on these mornings in Tita Rue’s garden.

So if you haven’t gone there yet or if you happen to be in Gensan on a Sunday, please visit Farmers’ Market. It’s every Sunday, 7am to 12nn, Tiongson Extension, Lagao, Gen. Santos City. in front of Notre Dame IBED.

SM Supermarket opens in Gensan

If there’s anything that I think the Generals and its neighbors love to do, that would be grocery shopping. We have some of the most impressive and expansive supermarkets I have seen in the whole country.

So I am not surprised that when SM Supermarket opened in Gensan, it just had to be another fantastic supermarket. It had to be or the existing ones will eat them alive.

It has 30 counters and a spacious display. I have to say that the fresh produce sections are a must-check for mothers and foodservice owners.

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Fruits and vegetable display at SM Supermarket Gensan

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Fresh herbs and salad greens

Aside from the fresh produce section, they have also incorporated other “firsts” like a Foodservice section, promo tags section for SM Advantage cardholders and other dry goods items like kids’ toys, houseware, appliances, even shoes and school supplies.

SM supermarket toys

 

It has some of the things I busy mom would need in one place. That is surely convenient. I have to note also that at first impression, the prices seem to be cheaper than other supermarkets.

It also has a new service called the QUEUE buster. It’s a mobile cashier or subtotalling/checkout service where a staff totals your purchases using a handheld barcode reader. So when you reach the actual cashier, all you have to do is pay and wait for your purchases to be bagged.

As with other SM stores, you may use your SM Advantage card to earn points.

 

Watsons opens in SM Gensan

It was an anticipated day in the city of Generals as the 44th branch of SM Supermalls opened last August 10, 2012.

Throngs of people waited for the opening time and Santiago Blvd and adjacent streets were filled with cars and motorcycles leading to SM. 

I was lucky to have been an invited blogger to the opening of my favorite SM franchise, Watsons. My husband and relatives know that when I had to go to Metro Manila and go to SM, I just have to go to Watsons. 

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Blessing of Watsons SM Gensan

Watsons is my ultimate store for my toiletries, beauty, cosmetics and other “kikay” needs. I have a fettish for all things convenience store. So I am extra happy that there is already a Watsons store in Gensan!

watsons beauty products

Your favorite beauty and medical products

Watsons carries their own brands from hair spa to lotion to cosmetic kits. At the same time, they also have your favorite brands, medicine, healthcare equipment, snacks and other wellness products. 

Your SM Advantage card can also be used at Watsons. 

Watsons is located at the second floor of SM Gensan. 

Corporate Giveaways and Gifts Stores

It’s the gift-giving season once again and I am sure you still might be hunting for gifts for your friends, family and even clients, like me.

While it is a dream of mine to have a corporate giveaways company, this article will tell you where you can get corporate giveaways, tokens, promotional items and other customized items in Gensan.

1. Memento in KCC- It’s where you can get gift items and order customized notebooks, invites and boxes.

2. Prints and You in KCC- You can have your logo, text or pictures printed on mugs, shirts, keychain, plates and the like.

3. Print Factory (at the back of Hyundai, National Highway) – Nearest thing in Gensan for a corporate giveaways store. This is where I have my embroidery and silk screening done for customized promotional items and marketing materials.

4. Roi’s Bag Supply (Recto St.)- They make and repair bags and even print your logos or text on it.

Happy shopping!

 

Spas abound in Gensan!

I have previously written about salons that I go to. Some of my choices have changed over the years. This is because, well, a lot of salons have evolved from just the hair and mani-pedi places but more of salon, spa manicure and pedicure destinations where you can practically stay in the salon all day and not run out of things to do.

My needs are basic: haircut, pedicure, wax, massage, facial.

Nowadays, I go to Envy Me Salon in Robinsons for my haircut and pedicure. For my facial, I go between Skin Perfect and Envy Me now as well. I recently tried Envy Me’s wax and facial, thanks to my Donna, and I have moved my patronage to them since.

I know they must be doing a good job  because the salon is busy everytime I go there and  sometimes have to wait for my preferred staff for spa manicure and pedicure. For massage, it’s Tanton Thai Massage on Osmena and Red Tropical Spa just at the back of Robinsons. Tanton if it’s a quick 30-minute destresser (if there’s such a word) foot massage and Red Tropical Spa for the whole body pampering. I so love these places! They just got the perfect “hagod” for me.

Nail polish and manicure for the rare special occasion. Hair treatments too although I do prefer to just keep my hair as untouched as possible these days.

While I prefer my spa and salon services simple, I would soon like to try body scrub and diamond peel for my face. My friends swear by it so I’m practically sold.

Fairtrade Shop now open for your pasalubong needs

For people who are in search of more pasalubong choices when visiting Gensan, there is already a place for most pasalubong goodies that you can visit. It is the Fairtrade Shop located along Roxas East right next to the Oval Plaza.

This Fairtrade Shop features agricultural and food processed products from producers in SocSKSargen. It is the initiative of the producers/members in collaboration with Advocate of Philippines for Fairtrade, Inc.

At the helm of this shop is Mr. Fermin Rivas. The Fairtrade Shop’s slogan: Don’t Just Buy, Buy Just! encourages consumers to purchase organic, premium quality food products and world-class-quality craft items made from locally-sourced raw materials.

The Fairtrade Shop is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 7pm. Tel. 5545848.

Yaman Gensan 2011 Schedule of Activities

Yaman Gensan is  Gensan’s annual business month that starts from June 23 to July 22 of every year. This year is, yet again, another chance to encourage more people to go into business.

Here is their list of activities. You may also download the pdf file in this link or visit www.yamangensan.ph.

YAMAN GENSAN OPENING CEREMONIES:
 JUNE 23, 2011; 4:00pm @ ROBINSON’S PLACE-GENSAN ATRIUM


Trainings/Seminars


Date/ Venue/ Time


Organizer/Contact Person & Tel. no.


Remarks


1.)  Seminar on Food Processing (Fruits and Vegetables)

 

–  June 24, 2011
–  TEMPC Conference Room, Dad.South Elem.SchoolCompound, GSC

– CEMCDO
–  Adelyn Yucamco / Ma. Lessa Barcelona
–  09127602490
–  553 – 8448 / 553 – 8338

 


2.)  E – Commerce and E – Marketing Seminar
 

–  June 27, 2011
Phela Grande Hotel, GSC

–  DTI – Gen San
–  Edgar A. Soguilon /
Christi L. delaRosa
–  552 – 8385



 

 

3.)  Skills Training on Coco Coir Matting

–  June 27, 2011
–  GardenCenter, GSC

–  DTI – Gen San
–  Christi L. delaRosa
–  552 – 8385


–  No Registration Fee


4.)  Seminar on Advanced Jewelry Beadworks

 

–  June 27, 2011
–  CasaLuisaRestaurant, GSC

–  CEMCDO
–  Adelyn Yucamco / Ma. Lessa Barcelona
–  09127602490
–  553 – 8448

 

 

 

5.)  Seminar on Barcoding

 

 

 

–  June 28, 2011

–  Florotel, GSC

 

–  DTI – Gen San

–  Christi L. dela Rosa

–  552 – 8385

 

–        

 

6.)  Seminar on Food Handling & Safety for Small Entrepreneurs

 

 

 

–  June 28, 2011

–  CasaLuisaRestaurant, GSC

 

–  SMEDC / CEMCDO

–  Adelyn Yucamco / Ma. Lessa Barcelona

– 09127602490

–  553 – 8448

 

–  No registration fee

 

7.)  Seminar on Trends 2012

 

 

 

– June 29, 2011

– Casa Luisa

 

–  DTI – Gen San

Imelda T. Salvador

–  552 – 8385

 

–  No Registration Fee

–  Budget c/o DTI

 

8.)  Seminar on Records Keeping & Accounting for Small Businesses

 

 

 

–  June 29-30, 2011

–  CasaLuisaRestaurant, GSC

 

–  SMEDC / CEMCDO

–  Adelyn Yucamco / Ma. Lessa Barcelona

– 09127602490

–  553 – 8448

 

– No registration fee

 

9.)  Seminar on Extending Shelf Life of Food Products

 

 

–  July 2, 2011

–  SydneyHotel, GSC

 

–  DTI – Gen San

–  Christi L. dela Rosa

–  552 – 8385

 

–  No Registration Fee

–  Budget c/o DTI

 

10.)  Seminar on Product Pricing and Costing

 

 

 

 

–  July 5, 2011

–  CasaLuisaRestaurant, GSC

 

–  SMEDC / CEMCDO

–  Adelyn Yucamco / Ma. Lessa Barcelona

– 09127602490

–  553 – 8448

 

–  No registration fee

 

 

 

11.)  Seminar on Good Manufacturing Practices / Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures

 

–  July 6, 2011

–  CasaLuisaRestaurant, GSC

 

–  DTI – Gen San

–  Christi L. dela rosa

–  552 – 8385

 

–  No Registration Fee

–  Budget c/o DTI

 

12.)  Starting a Business in Mushroom Production

 

 

 

–  July 8, 2011

–  TEMPC Conference Room, Dad.South Elem.SchoolCompound, GSC

 

 

–  CEMCDO

–  Adelyn Yucamco / Ma. Lessa Barcelona

– 09127602490

–  553 – 8448 / 552 – 8338

 

– No registration fee

 

 

13)  Training on Urban Aqua Culture with Emphasis on Pangasius Production

 

 

 

–  July 12, 2011

–  TEMPC Conference Room, Dad.South Elem.SchoolCompound, GSC

 

–  CEMCDO

–  Adelyn Yucamco / Ma. Lessa Barcelona

– 09127602490

– 553 – 8448

 

–  No registration fee

 

17.)  Financial Analysis for Non-Accounting Executives & Managers (Introduction to Computerized Accounting System as Tool)

 

– July 12, 2011

– Sun CitySuites, GSC

 

– Lead & Co.

– Karyl A. Garrido

– 09228181375

– 082-228-6695

 
 

18.) Achievement Motivation Training

 

– July 13-14, 2011

– Casa Luisa, GSC

 

– DTI – Gen San

– Christi L. dela Rosa

– 552-8385

 
 

15)  Seminar on Mango Processing

 

 

 

 

–  July 14-15, 2011

–  TEMPC Conference Room, Dad.South Elem.SchoolCompound, GSC

 

–  CEMCDO

–  Adelyn Yucamco / Ma. Lessa Barcelona

–  553 – 8448 / 553 – 8338

– 09127602490

 

–  No registration fee

 

14.)  Skills Training on Bayong Making

 

 

 

–  July 15, 2011

–  GardenCenter, GSC

 

–  DTI – Gen San

–  Imelda T. Salvador

–  552 – 8385

 

–  No Registration Fee

–  Budget c/o DTI

 

16.)  Post Harvest Training with Emphasis in Food Safety

 

–  July 20, 2011

–  BFAR XII Office, G S C

 

–  BFAR XII

–  Jocelyn G. Romasanta

– 09294043857

 

 

 

 

 

Fora / Congress

 

Date/ Venue/ Time

 

Organizer/Contact Person & Tel. No.

 

Remarks

 

1.  Coconut Business Opportunities

 

–        July 8, 2011

–       Casa LuisaRestaurant, GSC

 

–        PCA/DTI-Gen San

–       552-8385

 

–        No Registration Fee

 

 

2.  Coffee Congress and Exhibit

 

–  July 11-12, 2011 (Congress)

–  July 11-12, 2011 (Exhibit)

–  KCCConvention Center, GSC

 

–  GSC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

–  BenchTacumba

-554-6108

 
 

3. Investment Forum

 

–       July 14, 2011

 

 

–  CEMCDO/DTI – Gen San/NDBRCFI

–  Jose Tiongco

–  553-8338

 

–        No Registration Fee

 

 

4.  Business Leadership Conference

 

–       July 16, 2011

 

–  GSC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

–  BenchTacumba

-554-6108

 
 

5.  3rdMindanaoHalal Forum

 

–  July 20, 2011

–  Phela Grande Hotel

 

–  Muslim Business Forum

–  Atty. Guialil Kanda / Bai Ruby Kanda

–  09285212203 / 301 – 3266

 

–  Atty. Guialil Kanda /

Bai Ruby Kanda

 

6.  10thHuman Resource and Skills Development (HRSD)Summit(MindanaoWide)

 

–  July 20 – 22, 2011

–  KCC Events and Convention Center, KCC Mall of Gen San

 

–  TESDA – Sar Gen

–  Leonora A. Guiloreza

–  553-2505 / 301 – 4775

Mindanao Technical Vocational and Training (MinTVET)

–  Rey T. Albano

–  552-5578 loc 22 or 552-3905

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Fair/Exhibit

 

Date/ Venue/ Time

 

Organizer/Contact Person & Tel. no.

 

Remarks

 

1.  2nd Lechon Festival & 2ndLivestock Suppliers Night

 

–  June 23, 2011

–  City OvalPlaza, GSC (Lechon Festival)

–  Phela GrandeConvention Center. GSC (Livestock Suppliers Night)

 

–  SOCOSPA

–  Mr. Nestor V. Cabalquinto

–  553-5598

 

 

2.  YG Trade Fair and Exhibit –  June 29 July 1, 2011

–  Robinson’s Place, GSC

–  DTI – Gen San

–  Christi L. dela Rosa

–  552 – 8385

 
3. Panga Fishtahan –        July 1-16, 2011

–       Tiongson Arcade, Lagao, GSC

–        DTI-Gen San/BFAR

–       Milda dela Pena

–       552-8385

 

Budget c/o DTI
4.  2011 YG Jobs Fair -July 6, 2011

-Robinson’s Place or KCC Mall of Gen San

-LGU – PESO

-Elisheba A. Valdez

-553-3479 / 09173470669

 
5.  Young Entreprenuers Fair –  July 18-20, 2011

–  Robinson’s Place, GSC

–  DTI – Gen San

–  Christi L. dela Rosa

 

 

 

 

 

Others

 

Date/ Venue/ Time

 

Organizer/Contact Person & Tel. no.

 

Remarks

 

1.  4×4 Clinic, Exhibit & Off Road Competition

 

–  June 25-26, 2011

–  Brgy. Lagao, Gen. San City

 

– Gen San 4×4 Fun Club, Inc.

– Dennis Espanola

 
2.  Competency Assessment and Certification (CAC) Activities

 

–  June 27 – July 1, 2011

–  Various Assessment Centers in Gen San

–  TESDA – Sar Gen

–  Leonora A. Guiloreza /

Flora Fulguerinas

–  553 – 2505 / 301 – 4775

 
3.  1st Sun City Suites Night Fun Run 2011 –  July 23, 2011

–  Route: Sun City Complex – Robinson’s

–  Sun City Suites

–  Macky J. Cruz

–  552-3333 / 303-3333

 
Last Updated ( Monday, 13 June 2011 )

Lash in the City

Here is a new beauty service in the city for those of you who have short lashes like me or who just gets a kick out of lovely, curly lashes.

Eyelash extensions are now in General Santos City! Located at the Bigshot Badminton Courts compound. See their services and business hours below.

Why I prefer to shop at Robinsons Supermarket now

Robinsons Place Gensan

Ever since Robinsons Supermarket opened last October 2009, I have done my grocery shopping there for a lot of reasons.

My number one reason is convenience. The supermarket is located close to the parking area and if you’re commuting, to where you can hail a jeep or tricycle. I buy groceries every two weeks so it’s usually at least seven bags or one big box when I don’t feel like accumulating more plastic bags. The short distance is great especially when the kids go with me to the grocery. The supermarket, though packed, is not sprawling which makes it easier to go from one aisle to the other. If you have been to KCC and you forget something that is located on the other end of the store, you have to walk quite a distance since the place is loooong with counters and aisles far apart.

I have to admit that price does not really play a major role although some items, I have learned, mostly national brands and imported items, are cheaper at Robinsons. I find all that I usually buy at KCC supermarket in Robinsons now. Robinsons also has a good selection of pasta and deli.

I do know, though, that a lot of people still shop at KCC. Their bonus card is a great encouraging factor really. I have one but, obviously I’m not using it now because I don’t shop at KCC anymore for personal and business reasons. (They caused me and a lot of people a lot of inconvenience last year so I don’t want to do or give them any business anymore.)

Robinsons reminds me of home (for those of you who are from Manila, you know what I mean). It’s spacious, orderly and the merchandise is to my liking. When I first did my grocery shopping at Robinsons, I was happy to see they have Marca Pina soy sauce. This may sound really petty and unusual but it’s the soy sauce that my mommy uses until now. For years, I have used Silver Swan which is not bad either. But now that Marca Pina is here, it is what I buy.

These are our great finds at Robinsons: Spam at only P 96 (yup!), Healthy You Trail Mix (our new favorite), Refresh juices (for our kids’ baon), kitchen towels (we had to buy these from Davao or Manila before), Wishy-Washy hand sanitizers and liquid soap and, of course, Marca Pina soy sauce.

If there is anything that needs to be improved at Robinsons, it would be vegetable section. Probably because there are still not a lot of people going there. I also wish that the RDEX store was inside the grocery area. I like RDEX’ peeled, deveined and tail-on shrimps.

Let me clarify that this is not a paid or sponsored review. Just a homemaker’s thoughts. Happy shopping!