This year's F'lomlok Festival's theme is "A Progressive Polomolok: Fostering a Wealthy Economy, Healthy Constituents and Friendly Environment". The festival's name "F'lomlok" is a B'laan word which means hunting grounds, it is also from where the name of the town Polomolok was derived, because of its abundance of wild life.

This annual event which coincides with the 54th Foundation Anniversary of Polomolok, South Cotabato will once again gather the people to a week-long celebration  showcasing their talents and local products in a mix of social and cultural activities.

Here is the schedule of activities for the 8th F’lomlok Festival and 54th Foundation Anniversary of Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Pinyahan Festival is celebrated every third week of August in Barangay Cannery Site in Polomolok, South Cotabato home to Dole Philippines’ cannery and processing plants.

Now on its fourth year, Pinyahan Festival  gives importance to Brgy. Cannery Site’s main source of income- the pineapple and the celebration of  its 20th foundation anniversary. Below is the schedule of activities:

AirPhil Express, formerly known as Air Philippines is currently in need of the following for its General Santos City operations:

5 Female employees
3 Male employees
·         applicant must be a  graduate of any 4-year course
·         with pleasing personality
·         computer literate

12 Male loaders for cargo sales
·         college level             
·         with good moral character

Interested  applicant may submit  his/her application letter addressed to AIRPHIL EXPRESS, together with resume and copy of transcript of records  to SOCSKSARGEN TRAVELS located at  LFJ Daproza Building, Daproza Avenue, General Santos City.


Area to be affected



Entire Coverage Area 

NGCP has scheduled for a power interruption affecting the entire coverage area of Socoteco-1. This is to facilitate the tapping and stringing of the rerouted 138kV Line.

Note: Outage time may change without prior notice but SOCOTECO-1 will exert all efforts to restore power as early as possible.

Romblon Turtle Sanctuary

We all know Boracay Island. But do we know its next-island neighbor, Tablas Island?

Tablas Island is part of the islands that comprise the province of Romblon. One of Romblon's smaller islands, Carabao Island, is a mainstay in Boracay island hopping schedules.

Aside from Carabao Island, Tablas and the other islands of Romblon have waterfalls, coves and beaches that travelers retreat to for a little rest and recreation.

Aside from these, Tablas Island is also home to an eco-lifestyle retirement community, Sunset Beach Villas. This community is being developed by Chris Bech and Will Irwin. Tablas Highlands Organic Farm supplies Sunset Beach Villas with all-organic produce. Chris Bech also owns Bech's Organic Farm, which is home to both livestock and farm fresh fruit and vegetables grown organically.

Chris Bech, along with wife Therese Bech are enthusiastic about eco-friendly, healthy and sustainable living, and they want to extend this vision to Sunset Beach Villas. If you want to eat healthier and live longer, the healthy, clean environment of Sunset Beach Villas and the healthy food of the Tablas Highlands Organic Farm and Bech's Organic Farm will most likely help you extend your lifespan.

Romblon is best known for its marble industry. The quality of the marble is such that it has been claimed to be comparable to Italy's marble. But a world-weary traveler won't go to Romblon for the marble, the world-weary traveler will head there for the peace and quiet. And the beaches.

Just saying, though, since the province is known for its marble, maybe it's worth your while to take a peek at its industry while you're there.

If you're looking for a place to stay in Tablas Island, here is a good list of the available pension houses, resorts and transient homes in the area. But you can't go wrong if you choose an exclusive resort like Villa M. It is a well-maintained, reservation-only resort that caters to couples and families alike. It is located in Looc, which is also in Tablas Island.

If you get frustrated with the lack of transportation in the area, this is the price to pay for the avoidance of commercialization. But in the interest of keeping the place serene and lovely, surely, waiting a little while for a tricycle to get to you is a good price to pay for keeping Tablas Island less messy than Boracay.

Enjoy your stay!

Right after the show of Yeng Constantino and PGT finalist Mang Rico at the Lagao Gym last weekend comes another FREE SHOW presented by KCC Mall of Gensan.
Jovit Baldivino, the young man with a golden voice who comes from a poor parents in Batangas and used to sell chinese dimsum before in a market to help augment family income became the first Pilipinas Got Talent grand winner.

He wowed the viewers and left the judges tongue-tied on the final night of the competition with his rendition of "Too Much Love Will Kill You" by Queen.
Generals, it's your turn to hear his voice and his music live.

Catch Jovit Baldivino live at the KCC Mall Convention and Event Center on August 27, 2011 at 6pm.

For updates, visit KCC MALLS on Facebook or call the hotline (083) 554-555.

See you there!

The contingent from Purok Sison Elementary School in Surallah, South Cotabato successfully defended its crown  as CHAMPION in the open category of Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (streetdancing) of the Kadayawan Festival 2011. Below is the complete list of winners:



Purok Sison Elementary School is also Kadayawan Festival champion in the years 2009 and 2010. The group once again qualifies for the Aliwan Fiesta 2012 (mother of all Philippine Festivals)  in Manila, where they landed 3rd Place last year. 


Gaisano Grand Mall of Koronadal will be the new name of South Cotabato's largest shopping destination (former Fit Mart Mall of Marbel) , this is according to an announcement which can be found at the main entrance of the mall, the same post announcing that Gaisano Grand Group will be conducting an IN-HOUSE ONE-DAY RECRUITMENT for MANAGERIAL/STAFF and CASUAL POSITIONS on August 18- 21 and 26-30 at the Gaisano Grand Mall Koronadal Convention Hall.

Applicants must be 18- 25 years old, Male or Female, must be single, High School/College level or Graduates and bring necessary requirements.

Gaisano Grand Group of Companies is a wholesale/retailing company  with 14 existing branches spread throughout Visayas and Mindanao namely Gaisano Grand Mall of Antique, Gaisano Roxas Mall,Gaisano Roxas Marketplace, Gaisano Bacolod Mall, Gaisano Bacolod Main, Gaisano Kabankalan, Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall, Gaisano Grand Price Club, Gaisano Grand Mall of Toledo, Gaisano Grand Mall of Minglanilla,Gaisano Citimall Davao, Gaisano Grand Mall of Panabo, Gaisano Grand Mall of Tagum, Gaisano Grand Mall of Mactan, and two hotels - Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City and Bacolod City.

Related post:
Fit Mart Mall of Marbel soon to become Gaisano Mall of Koronadal!

Skip waiting inline to purchase your movie tickets or snacks as Robinsons Movieworld in Gensan introduces ONLINE BOOKING. Now you can buy your tickets and reserve a seat and snacks for you anytime, online!

All you need to do is log on to, zoom in at Book a Seat at the upper left hand corner of the page and follow the six easy tips below:
A print out of the confirmation page is required upon claiming of your tickets. However, If you key in your mobile number at the confirmation page, then you automatically will receive a confirmation sms of your purchase, which you can present upon claiming of your cinema tickets and snacks. No need for print out!

That's buying movie tickets made easy, only from Robinsons Movieworld Gensan. Book Now!

Pilipinas Got Talent craze is not yet over!

KCC Malls brings you another breath-taking performance from PGT Season 2 Finalist, the Magician, himself Mang Rico. Experience magic and amusement from the man who wowed the Philipines with his own magical spell, this time, back to back with Pinoy Dream Academy Season 1 Grand Winner, a lady, turns to be the Rock Princess of the Philippines- Yeng Constantino.

Catch them performing live on August 21, 2011 @ Lagao Gymnasium in General Santos City.

Don’t miss this magical night with KCC Mall of Gensan, coz everything’s here at KCC, for you and your family!

Tupi, South Cotabato, dubbed as the fruit, flower and vegetable basket of South Cotabato will be celebrating its 58th Foundation Anniversary and the 2nd Agten Tufi Festival this first week of September. Agten Tufi, a B'laan term meaning "Bountiful Tupi" has been approved last year to become the official name of the town's 11-day celebration, it will start on September 1- 11, 2011. Below is the tentative schedule of events.

The new Surallah Integrated Public Terminal was finally inaugurated yesterday, August 10, 2011, in a thanksgiving mass and inauguration ceremony attended by the town officials headed by Hon. Mayor Romulo Solivio, Sr., municipal employees, invited provincial officials, guests and the people of Surallah.
The P45 million Surallah Integrated Public Terminal priority  project of the present municipal administration has a wide parking space which can accommodate up to a hundred  buses, vans and jeepneys. The new terminal boasts of its modern design and facilities, it has clean rest rooms, waiting sheds for commuters, and a wide waiting area. Soon it would be a one-stop-shop where the travelling public can buy most of the things they need.
The Surallah Integrated Public Terminal has trips every 30 minutes (5am- 7pm) to neighboring towns of T'boli, Sto.Niño, Isulan and Tacurong (Sultan Kudarat), Koronadal City and South Cotabato's prime tourist destination- Lake Sebu.
Passenger's entrance

[Photo credits: Surallah CDIP, Ariel Lagamon]

The biggest and most colorful annual celebration in South Cotabato is set once again this second week of July,  are you ready for T'nalak Festival 2012?

The T'nalak Festival is a commemoration of the foundation anniversary of the province of South Cotabato and was named after the woven cloth made by the T'boli's in the province.
Here now is the tentative schedule of events as of June 7, 2012 of the upcoming T'nalak Festival 2012 (July 13-18, 2012) as released by the provincial government of South Cotabato.
T'nalak Festival 2012 coincides with the 46th Foundation Anniversary of South Cotabato as a province. T'nalak Festival is now on it's 13th year.

Always check back this blog for more updates about T'nalak Festival 2012 and other related events in South Cotabato. You may also get updates via Twitter, follow our account just search for @southcotabato and use hashtag #tnalakfestival2012 in your tweets.

Barangay Linan in Tupi is all set for it's 45th foundation anniversary  and the 2nd Bong Aklahew Festival.

As part of this "bong aklahew" a B'laan word meaning big event, the barangay council of Linan and the local government of Tupi invites everyone- mountaineers, backpackers and nature lovers to the T'mana tu di Linan ( walk to Linan) a 2-day fun walk event this coming August 13 -14, 2011 at Hubo and Sandig Falls, Hot Spring and Twin Falls in Linan, Tupi, South Cotabato. Check out the itinerary below.
Linan, Tupi is South Cotabato province's newest tourist destination with it's rich historical and cultural heritage, and abundant natural attractions which includes wildlife and forest park, the Bailinan River, pineapple plantations and orchards, its eleven waterfalls, caves, and springs among others. The Linan mountains is also now a natural breeding grounds for tukay mal (B'laan term for small monkey) or tarsiers.

Also check out the  Facebook Event Page for details and updates, or visit

Below is the schedule of events for the week-long  Tuna Festival 2011 celebration in General Santos City which will start on August 26 until September 5, 2011.

Pre - Festival Activities 
(Continuing Events)
Tuna Festival Oval Bazzar
SMB Zone
Coca-Cola Zone
Oval Plaza
Oval Plaza
Oval Plaza
Oval Plaza
August 26, 2011

Gensans Tuna Festival Trade Show and Exhibit Opening
2nd GSC Tunafest Lawn Tennis National Open
Tournament ( Men's Singles)
Class Act 'Dili na mabangbang, Dili na mapunggan' Showdown
Samurai x3 Basketball Tournament
Photo Contest (Photoshoot Starting Contest)

City Court

Oval Grounds

Oval Covered Court
August 27, 2011

Gensans Tuna Festival Trade Show and Exhibits Cosplay Contest and Photograpy Workshop
2nd GSC Tunafest Lawn Tennis National Open Tournament
(Ladies Matches)
Hilig Extreme Skate Boarding
Hilig Extreme BMX Street
Mr. Gensan Talent Presentation & Fashion Show
Fish Dance Semi-Finals

City Court

Oval Covered Court
Gaisano Mall
Gaisano Mall
August 28, 2011
6:00 PM

Lawn Tennis Awarding Ceremonies
Talent Presentation and Fashion Show of Ms. Gensan
Finals Fishdance
Praise X-Treme
City Court
Gaisano Mall
Gaisano Mall
August 29, 2011
Fair Trade Make-up Workshop
Samurai x3 Basketball Tournament
August 30, 2011
Fair Trade "Earn Money"
Mr. Gensan Preliminaries Show
Gaisano Mall
August 31, 2011
Fair Trade Closing Ceremony
Samurai x3 Basketball Tournament Oval Gym
Ms. Gensan Preliminaries Show

Gaisano Mall
September 1, 2011
6th Tuna Skills Olympics
Sound System Rumble Battle of the Champions
Oval Grandstand
September 2, 2011
8:00 PM

6:00 PM
6th Tuna Skills Olympics
Kaskas 5
Sayaw sa Baybay Kid Edition Year 9

Samurai x3 Championship Game Basketball
Ms. Gensan Pageant FInale
Mr. Gensan Pageant Finale
Tuna Congress Culmination Night KARAGATAN AWARDS
Sashimi Night
Tuna Festival Open Futsal Tournament
Oval Grandstand

A. Montana
Mr. Bigshot
September 3, 2011
1:00 PM
7:00 PM


7:00 PM

6:00 PM
3:00 PM
RMN Rhythm & Smart Communication Concert Tour
Brigada Teen-Guwang
13th Tuna Festival Scooter Circuit Shootout Comp. 2011, 3rd Leg
Gensan Tuna Festival Open National Table Tennis Tournament

Tuna-ROCKS Battle at the Bay (Battle of the Bands)
Bombo Radyo Bancarera QTP
Performance Night Gensan Tuna Pop Song Writing Competition
Grand Finale Gensan Pop Idol
Karera sa Tuna Motorbike Comp. 2011
Sashimi Night
Tuna Festival Open Futsal Tournament
Smart Day
Lagao Gym
Oval Grandstand
Mr. Bigshot
London Beach
Queen Tuna Park
SMB Zone
Gaisano Mall

Mabuhay Road
Mr. Bigshot
Oval Plaza
September 4, 2011
6:00 AM

8:00 AM
Pamahaw ug Pasasalamat
7th Youth Festival
XC Mt. Bike
7th Mindanao Open Bonsai Comp.
13th Tuna Festival Scooter
Gensan Open National Table Tennis
Hilig Extreme Push Race Long Board Skate
Karera sa Tuna Motorbike Final Competition
Sashimi Night
Tuna Festival Futsal Tournament Finale
Globe Day
City Hall
Oval Court

Mr. Bigshot
Tuna Park
Mabuhay Road
Mr. Bigshot
Oval Plaza
September 5, 2011
Diwa Pasiklaban Sa Paaralan
7th Mindanao Open Bonsai Competition & Exhibit
Photo Contest Final Photo Shooting
Lagao Gym
September 6-7, 2011
7th Mindanao Open Bonsai Competition & Exhibit

To provide additional mobilization capability to the barangays, South Cotabato Governor Arthur "Dodo" Y. Pingoy, Jr., formally turned-over six (6) units service vehicles to different barangays in the province.
Photo from
The turn-over ceremony was held during a program at the provincial capitol covered court last Tuesday, August 2, 2011 attended by officials of the six recipient barangays and other local leaders.

Recipients of the new barangay service vehicles were Barangay Silway 8 of Polomolok, barangays Bunao, Polonuling, Simbo and Poblacion of Tupi, and Barangay Carpenter Hill in Koronadal City.

Here is a screen shot of the message of the governor posted in the facebook page of the South Cotabato Government regarding the use of the barangay service vehicles.
Itawag o I-Text Kay Gov. Dodo Hotlines CLICK HERE
According to the governor, additional 17 barangay service vehicles will also be distributed to different barangays in South Cotabato later this year.

The Fit Mart Mall of Marbel soon to become one of the Gaisano's Mall has been talk of the town in Koronadal City this week and it is confirmed - Fit Mart Mall of Marbel has been acquired by one of the Gaisano groups of companies. In a report by Bariles of Gensan News Online Mag, the owners of Fit Mart Mall of Marbel and the Gaisano's have already signed papers two weeks ago. (read the story here)

Fit Mart Mall of Marbel opened it's doors to the public last December 2002 and has become the largest shopping center in South Cotabato. It offered complete and exciting mix of shops and services to South Cotabateños like food chains, fashion boutiques, book stores, computer and appliances center, a supermarket, department store, amusement center, food court, bingo hall and trade hall, a convention center, four modern cinemas and a bowling center.


Also, Fit Mart Mall Department Store is now conducting a CLOSING OUT SALE, avail of up to 70% OFF on selected items - it's  "everything-must-go" until August 31, 2011.

Some 12,137  indigents in 24 barangays of General Santos City recently  received free cards from Philhealth.  Dr. Miriam Grace Pamonag, field operations chief IV of Philhealth Regional Office 12 said the recipients were those identified under the National Household Trageting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). Premiums for the health insurance have been paid by the national government through the Department of Health.

Additional 453 indivuals were given free Philhealth cards under co-sponsorhip of LGU-Gensan's Family Resource Allocation ang Management Enhancement (FRAME) and Philheath.

"General Santos City is the first city in Region 12 to receive free health cards," Pamonag said.

Recipients were from barangays Buayan, Bula, Conel, East, Katangawan, Mabuhay, Sinawal, Tinagacan, Apopong, Calumpang, Batomelong, North, Fatima, Baluan, Labangal, Ligaya, San Isidro, Lagao, San Jose, Tambler, Bawing, Upper Labay, City Heights, and Olympog. Gensan City Mayor Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio said although Gensan is a first class component city, it has pockets of poverty just like any urban city, hence it is qualified in the government's poverty alleviation programs such as Philhealth and 4Ps.

"Please take care of the cards and don't abuse these to make sure that this program of the national government.will be sustained," she appealed to the recipients during the distribution rites.

"Here in region 12 more than 290,000 free Philhealth cards are scheduled to be distributed," Pamonag announced.

Region 12 is comprised of the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani, and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato.

Pamonag said recipients can use the cards to avail of hospitalization, free consultation, and diagnostics from any of the Philhealth-accredited hospital and non hospital health facilities.  

She added, the card is valid until December 31, 2011. (PIA 12/Philhealth 12)

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