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.









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.


Sarangani Highlands Resort celebrates its 7th year

Gensan’s favorite tourist destination, Sarangani Highlands, marks its 7th anniversary on July 8, 2014. The day was celebrated with a holy mass and a simple employee brunch.

After 7 years, Sarangani Highlands has bloomed like its amazing garden with the addition of more function rooms and hotel guestrooms. It’s recent project, the Koi Hall is in a cozy nook under Sarangania and overlooking a still-in-construction Koi Pond which will be another attraction.

Get ready for Suncity Suites Night Fun Run 2014

Suncity Suites stages its 4th Night Fun Run in celebration of its 5th anniversary on July 19, 2014.

Assembly will be from Veranza Mall at 5PM and ending in Suncity Suites with the awarding ceremonies. Route will be dependent on which category a runner will register to. Categories at 3K, 5K and 10K.


Registration fees and prizes for each category are as follows:


10% of all registration fees will go to the projects of GSC TYuna Capital Foundation, Inc. You may register at Suncity Suites front desk, Bench Robinsons, KCC Mall 3rd Floor near Japan Home Center and Mitchy’s Car Accessories , Magsaysay Avenue.

Suncity Suites Night Fun Run is supported by Bench, Roxy, Quicksilver, DC and Cebu Pacific.

#nightfunrunseries2014 #suncitysuites

General Santos joins in Social Media Day celebration


The Sox Bloggers, Mindanao’s Funnest, and Google Business Group General Santos joined the world in celebrating Social Media Day 2014. It was held in Shakey’s SM City General Santos CIty last June 28, 2014 in the afternoon.

More than 50 participants attended the fun meetup of SOcial Media enthusiasts. The afternoon was made interesting with lots of raffle items and an impressive group of speakers.

The speakers were; Ralph Layco, a social media advocate and director of communication for Bravogen.com, Mark Aethen Agana, MIS specialist in Chemonics and owner of Reshop.ph who talked about his environmental advocacy, Alexis Chua, a GBG trainer and banker who shared precious information about trends in Social Media and Morgan Garcera, social media expert and editor-in-chief of supermorgy.com who impressed the participants with an impressive list of clients and earnings from social media jobs.

The event was hosted by Cathy Bolodo, author of this blog.

Smart and GBG were the sponsors for the event.

PHoto credits to Ariel Lalisan, Jonel Rillo and Van Almeria.

#smdaygensan #smartlivemore

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.


Glan 100 days countdown begins

The Municipality of Glan will be celebrating their centennial this year on October 8. Last July 1, 2014, the town and its leaders unveiled their countdown marker at the town plaza headed by their honorable mayor, Victor James B. Yap Sr.


The event highlights aside from the unveiling of the marker was the Mob Dance which was participated in by municipal employees, teachers and students.

Glan is the oldest town in SocSKSargen and is one of the seven towns of Sarangani Province. It is home to famous Gumasa Beach.

Festival activities of note include a Coco Village tour, Photo contest, Resort and Cultural Tour, an exhibit of the town’s history and leaders, Coconut Congress and a Balikbayan dinner. The celebration’s culmination will coincide with the Lubi-Lubi Festival.

Mayor Yap of Glan

Mayor Victor James Yap Sr. speaks during the event

Glan municipal hall

Students gather for the unveling. Glan Municipal Hall at the background.

To be updated of the events, please like Glan 100: It all started here on facebook.com or by clicking here.



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. 

Make it Happen in 2014

For people who know me, they would know that I love to organize my life like a company.  Annual goal setting, year-end review, action plan and the like. I am really a planning enthusiast.

So when it comes to everything planning, I am in.

Every year, I set work-related goals. I write them down and follow them with action items and a schedule, things I should do to obtain my goals. I will admit that a couple of times, my goals don’t really get to be true due to a lot of factors. Some of them mostly because I am busy dealing with current clients and projects. 

One of the things I would love to make happen in 2014 would be my foodservice-related website! I work in the food and hotel industry and I have been longing to have a website for my consultancy and suppliers. I have bought the domain, sourced out hosting and web developers but I have not really come down to getting it online because, well, the website is heavy on data that I have not organized yet. Image

So I honestly have to plan for it. So I am sure a funky and helpful Belle de Jour Planner would inspire me .


Inviting you the BDJ Fair 2013 : #MakeitHappen on Oct 13 (Sunday) at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall
Entrance is free, walk-ins welcome. But pre-registered girls have special perks! Visit fb.com/belledejourplanner and ilovebdj.com 


Hiring for Skinfluence

Skinfluence Dermatology and Cosmetic SurgiCenter in Gensan is in need of a nurse for their upcoming weight management program. 


– Graduate of Nursing

– RN will be an advantage but is not required

– Outgoing and pleasing personality

– Good command of English written and spoken communication skills

– Able to work with minimal supervision

– Fresh graduates may apply.

Applicants can send their resume with 2×2 picture to: Skinfluence Dermatology and Cosmetic SurgiCenter 2nd Floor Genmedex Building, Santiago Boulevard, GSC Or email to: skinfluence@gmail.com.


Deadline of submission is on September 3, 2013.