Coffee Dream Reopens in KCC Gensan

March 19, 2011 marked the relaunching of Coffee Dream’s first store in General Santos City. It is located at the 3rd floor of KCC Mall of Gensan. With its relaunching comes its fresh new look that emphasizes a different kind of comfort and dreaminess. The blue, chocolate brown and white colors were a refreshing break from the usual dark hues used in coffeeshops.

The store design might have changed but what remains is their simply good coffee and tasty sandwiches and pastries.

City personalities who accompanied Glenn Anthony Soco, president of Coffee Dream, in the ribbon cutting were Bench Tacumba, Executive Director of GSC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Glenn Gonzalez, OIC of City Economic Management and Development Office and Joanne Marie Tan, Lakambini ng Gensan 2011.

Photos courtesy of Milper Bolodo.


Let’s go greet Bariles!

Gensan’s favorite blogger and the man behind Bariles Republic, Avel Manansala is again on another first!

It’s going to be his birthday on January 19, 2009,  Monday. He wants to get a world record for the most number of birthday greetings for one person in a blog I guess. *smile*

So let’s go greet him! Click here to go to his page.

From Kikay, happy birthday, Avel! Keep blogging and keep rocking!

Sitti Concert in Gensan

Sitti, the Philippine Queen of Bossa Nova, will have a dinner show on November 7, 2008 at the Phela Grande Convention Center.

Dinner is at 6:30pm and show starts at 8pm. The show is a fundraising event of Mt. Matutum Lions Club. Proceeds will go to the construction of a two-room school building.

Ticket is at P 1,000 (not bad for a dinner show)

For ticket reservations, please call 3015555 and look for Cathy Teng.

I would have loved to watch but I have a new baby. Go buy your tickets now!

Manny Pacquiao Logo Making Contest

Sent by email from the office of Manny Pacquiao


Objective: To create a logo for the World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao.


1. The contest is open to ALL, ages 12 years old and above.

2. Each participant may SUBMIT ONLY ONE entry.

3. The design may be done by free-hand rendered in Markers, Ink, Pastel, Watercolor, Oil or Acrylic or by computer or both free-hand and computer on a 10” x 15” illustration board (1/4 size) using the white background in the vertical format. There are no restrictions in the number of colors used.

4. A rationale explaining the logo must be written legibly in a short size bond paper in not less than 50 words. This rationale must be pasted at the back of the artwork.

5. The design of the logo must be certified original and/or officially submitted by the participant. Any complaints that may arise due to similarities, likeness or comparison of the design, the participant will be responsible to prove its authenticity. MP, in no circumstances, shall be held liable.

6. Participant must fill out an application form and shall submit one (1) recent 2” x 2” colored photo.

7. All entries must be placed in individual brown envelopes and accompanied with the accomplished application form.

Submission is from May 24 to July 8, 2008 at the MP’s Office, NLSA Road, Lagao, General Santos City.

8. The logo competition shall be judged on the following criteria: Originality 30%, Creativity 30% Relevance 30% and Overall Impact 10%. Decision of the judges is final.

9. Judging and awarding shall take place on July 19, 2008, 5:00 PM at KCC Mall Atrium, General Santos City.

10. MP has the right to use any or all of the design in exhibits/displays and for the publication of any of its information materials such as brochures, leaflets, posters, etc. The name of the participant shall be duly acknowledged.

11. The prizes are as follows:

1st Prize – P50,000.00

2nd Prize – P30,000.00

3rd Prize – P 20,000.00

12. All designs submitted as entry for the contest shall be considered as property of MP.

For further inquiries, you may call at (083)553-3344 or e-mail at

Do you like to travel?

Do I like to travel? Absolutely! When I was still single and based in Manila, I was blessed to work with a company where traveling was part of my job. Aside from that, I had friends with whom I share the goal of going somewhere I have never been to every year. You will be surprised that a lot of people are actually foreigners even in their own cities. Like if you are based here in Gensan, have you been to Gumasa or even to nearby Polomolok? I have met people who haven’t even seen NDDU museum.

Locally, I loved my travels to Ilocos Norte and Palawan. My dream is to visit Batanes and Basilan.

One of the places I have been to is Thailand. I never stay in high-end hotels in Bangkok because there are just a lot of good but cheap Bangkok hotels.

In Asia, I honestly want to see Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Hanoi in Vietnam. Now I wonder if there are also cheap hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi. There just might be especially since I have found this travel website which gives you advantage when you have make last-minute bookings. I supposed rates are cheaper because hotels would rather give them away at a good rate than not have anything at all..

If you travel, good for you! If you don’t, why wouldn’t you? Traveling is a lot cheaper now than before and really, traveling does not even mean going abroad. Start in your own city or town.

Gensan’s Street Magician

I got an email last week from someone who I thought all along was an old man, foreigner and who happens to be a magician. Simply put, the email was to introduce himself as a street magician and mentalist since I am already officially into events management. It was Six’ Blings’ anniversary party in the coming weekend so we (the managers and I) decided to check him out before the party first.

We truly liked his David Blaine street magician tricks. Oh did I say he’s very young, very Filipino and does not look like a magician at all? You wouldn’t guess he is a magician. But once you see his card tricks and those mind-reading stunts, you will be impressed. Unfortunately, he was not able to perform onsstage during the party.

Sorry he might not be interested in children’s parties (he’s a street magician and mentalist you see). But if you have any event that needs extraordinary entertainment, you can check out Nate Marx, Gensan’s first street magician and mentalist

Great Induction Night of GSC Chamber

I had the pleasure of attending the Induction Ceremonies of the General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry last night at the East Asia Royale Hotel. There were I think a total of 42 new members (I was one of them!). Thanks to the campaign of Mr. Bebot Haw to invite SMEs and micro-entrepreneurs to the Chamber. He sponsored my application to the organization. Thanks Sir Bebot!

Mr. Orman Manansala of Asia United Bank did a great job hosting the ceremonies. Funny, I was there at 6:15pm because they said it was going to be at 6. But it started a lot later. Oh well, I’ll know next time. *wink*

The function room was on standing room already. It was a good first gathering for me with the Chamber. I already met some of the members and I honestly feel good. It was a little bit intimidating and I was a little starstruck to be with Gensan’s major businessmen and women but they were actually encouraging. Mr. Jan Ced was inducted as the new president. I am positive about the coming year with his leadership.

Kudos to the Chamber!