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.


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.


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.

dolefil - Edited

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.


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.


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.

national boodle day

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.

mt. apo copy
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.



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. 


Winning school, Holy Trinity College High School


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.

SM City General Santos launches Automated Weather Station

SM City General Santos officially launched their own Automated Weather Station last June 30, 2014 in a simple ceremony and a walk-through. Present were representatives from the academe, Joint Task Force Gensan and South Cotabato Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

The Automated Weather Station or AWS can be accessed by logging into www.weather.com.ph and searching for Lagao or General Santos City.

Their mall manager, May Ann Paoay and HR Manager, ALexie Delos Santos, briefed attendees of the launching on how to access the weather forecast and other information.

The AWS reads temperature, humidity and other weather forecast for a 3-4 kilometer radius. It is a project of SM, with Weather Philippines and Meteormedia Switzerland.  This will surely help the covered area and immediate surrounding places in planning activities.


SM Prestige Lounge opens

SM CIty General Santos Department Store recently launched The Prestige Lounge for SM Prestige Card holders.

The lounge is only one of two lounges in Mindanao. The other lounge is located in SM Lanang Davao.




To be a Prestige Card holder, a hopper should have shopped at least P 300,000 worth of merchandise across at SM retail establishments within two years.







From The SM Prestige press release:

The SM Prestige Lounge is a haven within The SM Store exclusively for SM Prestige members who want to take a well-deserved break amidst a busy day. Members can enjoy the convenience of powder-cum-fitting rooms, a courtesy package counter, diaper-changing area, tasteful amenities, unlimited refreshments, mobile phone charging stations and complementary WIFi connection. Courteous and efficient guest relations associates are on-hand to attend to the needs of members and their guests.


The Lounge is located at the ground floor of the SM Store men’s wear area. The place resembles a hotel lobby with carpet floors. It will be open from 10am to 9pm.


AbbaMania live in Gensan

ABBAMANIA hits General Santos, Live!

By: Arne Gershwin Gogo


In Celebration of 40 years of ABBA’s magic, the Generals can witness a musical experience like no other, as the most successful tribute band, ABBAMANIA is hitting the concert stage in the city on March 30, 8PM at Lagao Gym.


Conquering the tuna capital for the first time, expect the audience to be delighted as they re- live the timeless hits such as Mama Mia, Winner Takes It All, Thank You For The Music, Chiquitita, Fernando, Take A Chance On Me, and the global anthem, Dancing Queen.


Being one of the world’s best-selling brands, with over 400 million records sold worldwide and selling 2 to 3 million records every year, it is such a living proof that Abba’s music is very much influential and popular in the music scene up to this day.


ABBAMANIA Live In Gensan features Ross Taberner as Bjorn, Nyree Burt as Ann-Frid or Frida, Steven Henry Scott as Benny and Ewa Scott as Agnetha.


Filling up theaters worldwide since 1999 with their superb renditions of Abba’s music and style, ABBAMANIA has taken the Swedish pop band’s iconic songs to a whole new level, rekindling and immortalizing the ABBA fever, all over again.


There is no better way of thanking ABBA for the music, than getting your tickets to ABBAMANIA — an exciting show that the whole family can enjoy. Catch this live performance, not to be missed! For tickets you may call 09279238202 and 09395599194, or visit the ticket outlets located at SM City General Santos Event Center and Gaisano Mall of Gensan Atrium.


Tickets are priced on the following rates: SVIP- Php 2, 600, VIP- Php 2, 300, Patron- Php 2, 000, Lower Box A- Php 1,600, Lower Box B- Php 1,300, Upper Box- Php 500, and General Admission- Php 300.

ABBAMANIA Live in Gensan is presented by Viva Live Inc., Redstone Media Productions, and Yvonnie J Events and Production. Together with some partners, Greenleaf Hotel Gensan as the Official Residence, and SM City General Santos and Gaisano Mall of Gensan as the Official Sponsors.