The Philippine Red Cross- South Cotabato Chapter invites you to be part of an event that will make an international declaration that we Filipinos are humanitarians.

Join the Million Volunteer Run this coming December 4, 2011 to be held in Koronadal City, South Cotabato .

The Million Volunteer Run is a simultaneous running event to be held in all key cities and municipalities nationwide that seeks to awaken the volunteer spirit in every Filipino. It is spearheaded by the Philippine Red Cross that also hopes to serve as a driving force to advance the spirit of volunteerism to address today's humanitarian challenges and empower the nation against the dangers of disasters. Their vision is to have Red Cross first aiders, blood donors, and health and welfare volunteers in every home, school, business, and community in every corner of the Philippines.

Registration Fee for the Million Volunteer Run

P500.00 - with MVR Kit (t-shirt, whistle, Membership Assurance Benefits, Disaster Preparedness Guide)
P150.00 - with FREE t-shirt
P50.00 - without free t-shirt.

Rise up and run for humanity.

Register Now!

For inquiries look for:
Alma G. Sanggo, CSR-DMS @ 0919-6684-387
Joseph V. Frenandez, CSR-SS @ 0921-2377-254
Erwin Rommel Del Carmen, CSR-BS @ 0921-715-7866
Clemente C. Ladia, Volunteer @ 0920-5250-885

Or visit:
Philippine Red Cross- South Cotabato
PRC Building, Mabini St., Koronadal City
Tel. No. 2287-798

We are glad to announce that South Cotabato Tambayan, the mother site of this humble blog  is among the Finalist in the Blogger’s Choice category of the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards (read here) so here’s a very simple blog contest as our simple way of saying “thank you” to our readers, our blogger friends and for whoever nominated our humble site to the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards.

We are giving away prizes for bloggers and website owners who will vote for South Cotabato Tambayan in the Blogger’s Choice category in the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards! 

Get a chance to win one of this five (5) lovely T-SHIRTS from Singapore courtesy of Admin Bhing Carmelo.

or win one of the Five (5) FREE 2-years DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION.

Rules are very simple:

To Vote for South Cotabato Tambayan

1. Simply write a blog post about your blog of choice which is  SOUTH COTABATO TAMBAYAN to win the Blogger’s Choice Award in the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards. Then give a short explanation why South Cotabato Tambayan should be the Bloggers’ Choice for this year.

2. Then make sure to include the following link to your blog post.

And make sure to put “rel=nofollow” in the link. Philippine Blog Awards will not count your vote if you fail to comply with these requirements.

Here’s an example:

The link should look like this:

<a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>2011 Philippine Blog Awards Bloggers’ Choice</a>

3. After publishing your post, copy the link to your blogpost and paste it in the comment box below.

Voting ends 11:59 PM of December 2, 2011.

It is not that we really want to bag the award, the year 2011 has been so good.. consider all this as an early Christmas present from South Cotabato Tambayan and South Cotabato News Online.

Join now!

The Sangguniang Kabataan Council of Brgy. Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato presents the search for Miss SK Poblacion 2011.

Now on its second year, the Miss SK Poblacion is becoming more and more exciting as ten young and lovely ladies represents their schools and vies for the coveted title. Here they are:
Hannah Mayyen G. Visande
Poblacion Polomolok National High School
Queenileen L. Arindaeng
Notre Dame- Siena College of Polomolok
Braindoll B. Gilbuena
General Santos Academy of Polomolok
Jeselle M. Balogbog
General Santos Academy of Polomolok
Clyde Shene O. Flores
Poblacion Polomolok National High School
Jean Celis
Notre Dame- Siena College of Polomolok
Ysabela Andrea M. Delos Santos
Kiana L. Peroy
Loucel Mae L. Reynalda
Christian School of Polomolok
Shari Mae S. Magalong
BEST College of Polomolok

Spearheaded by the SK Council of Brgy.Poblacion, Polomolok headed by their Chairman and SKMF President Jon Leo Licayan, the Miss SK Poblacion pageant showcases not only the beauty and glamour of young individuals representing their schools but they are also to flaunt their incredible physique and talents.

Be at the Polomolok Municipal Gymnasium on November 29, 2011 and don’t miss this 10 young and lovely ladies in the Grand Pageant Night of Miss SK Poblacion 2011, pageant starts at 6pm. See you.

[Photos by: Montage Digital Photography]

Below is a picture of Christ the King Cathedral before..

And this is now the new Christ the King Cathedral in Koronadal City after its renovation.

The bell tower at Christ the King Cathedral

The Adoration Room at the Christ the King Cathedral

Inside Christ the King Cathedral, photos courtesy of Father Joel Sunga taken during the 50th year or Golden Jubilee celebration of the Local Church of Marbel.


A good friend of South Cotabato News Atbp shares his own list of "must-do's" and "must-try's" when you're in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato tagged as the SUMMER CAPITAL OF SOUTH COTABATO.  Read on: 

Things to do in Lake Sebu
by Dani Doguiles

"Is there any other thing I can do in Lake Sebu besides taking the zip line?"

Like my friend who has aversion to heights, many people, especially those who are not keen on adrenaline-pumping adventures would most likely ask this question.

It's given: Lake Sebu is now synonymous to the Seven Falls Zipline.

But South Cotabato's premiere destination for both foreign and local tourists offers a lot more. Travellers who want to spend time to commune with nature or relax from hectic urban life and those who want adventure can have several choices to venture in.
Lake Sebu Island. Photo by Nonoy Rojas

Here are some:

Enjoy nature

The environs of Lake Sebu make for a very ideal location to simply indulge in the wonders of pristine nature.

Each morning, the lake greets you with a mist that would have you think the very placid blue lake actually evaporating as the sun rises.

You would also wonder how come a lake that has no tributary can be so wide -- 354 hectares -- and deep – more than 2,000 feet deep.

Lake Sebu town has three lakes, namely: Lahit, Sebu, and Seloton. Of the three lakes, Lahit is the smallest, and Seloton, although only 75 hectares wide, is much deeper than Sebu.

If you get tired of the Lake you have the Dongon Falls to come to. Dongon Falls is now more popular by the name The Seven Falls. As the name suggests, Dongon Falls is a series of seven falls within a span of less than three kilometers. The first of the seven falls is the widest and the second is the tallest, dropping about 500 feet.

Five of the seven falls are accessible via an inter-connected foot path that the provincial government built for visitors but since the area is within a forest, a guide may be needed if you want to walk to Falls Number 3 to 5.

If your forte is mountain trekking, then I suggest you visit the Trankini Falls. According to those who have gone to the place, a trek to the falls, which is still undeveloped, is an experience of a lifetime.
Trankini Falls
Flora here is also unique.

"God was in his happiest moment when he created the flowers in Lake Sebu," a friend said. "It's as if God poured extra color and more cells to plants here."

You will find plants that are hardly seen elsewhere: a plant whose flowers resemble a furry cat's tail only its golden yellow, gumamela that has flowers 8 inches wide or one that looks like a crumpled blood-red paper with streaks of milk, yellow bells that are about a foot long, and so many species that botanist would have a field day naming all of them.

Travel around the lake on a boat

Two resort operators in the area have boating services for a fee of P450 per trip. But wait. This is much cheaper than you think, a boat can carry up to 14 persons. If you don't have this many companions, there are several groups who recruit additional persons who would like to join them.

With you on the boat is a lady guide who will provide very significant information about the lake, the town and its people. She will also answer to all your queries, of course about the lake.

Along the trip you will hear her say these:

"We are now in the deepest part of the lake. Experts say this part of the lake is more than 2,000 feet deep."

"Once a year, the lake experiences what we call as "kamahong" or fish kill because…"

"That islet on your right used to be the burial site of the T'bolis living around the lake. It is a tradition of the T'bolis to wrap their dead in a white cloth and hang them on a tree to dry."

The 30- 45 minute ride is definitely an educational ride. That's guaranteed.

Try Tilapia

All the resort restaurants even the smallest carenderia in the town offer tilapia recipes. (The town is a major producer of Tilapia in south central Mindanao, even serving as far as Davao City.) You'll have choices from paksiw to tinolang tilapia, to the rarely heard chicharong tilapia, pinaputukang tilapia to tilapura (tempurang tilapia).

An advice to those who are not used to eating this freshwater fish: Just take an initial bite. I assure you will be looking for more.

In one of the resorts, you will be treated to a song-and-dance performance from T'bolis in the area while you have your meal.

Take a walk or ride the "habal-habal"

I personally suggest taking a walk from Lake Lahit up to the zip line station, especially around 7:30 to 8:00 (the time the zip line operators start accepting riders) especially when you are a group. Even when the sun is high you don't have to worry of sun burn because you will be walking under the canopy of a forest.

"Habal-habal" (motor bikes) are the primary means of transportation within municipality. It's also the most convenient transport from the end of the zip line back to first station, unless you want to take the stairs (Let's talk about this later.)

Although to first-time riders, taking the "habal-habal" seems daunting, the you will be treated to a magnificent view of the lake as you travel through Lake Sebu's winding road. Drivers of these motor bikes would also assure you that the trip is safe.

Take the 774-step stairs

After taking the zip line, your most likely destination is Falls Number 2 where visitors stay the longest. The place is very ideal for taking pictures and for picnics. The area, however, is in one of the lowest part of the entire zip line park and everyone has to go back up the first station to where most vehicles are parked.

To go up, ride a habal-habal.

Or tighten your trainers' laces and take the breath-taking (literally) 774-step stairs. What's great about this route is you are climbing up via a forest, a natural habitat of monkeys. If your are lucky enough, these monkeys may walk by you.

Another advice: The route is very ideal for those who have strong lungs and those who have much time to trifle away. Those who have companions waiting for them in a vehicle at the parking lot are aadvised not to take the stairs because this really takes so much time, not only because of the long climb up but also because you will definitely enjoy what you will see and hear along the way.

The ultimate: RIDE THE ZIPLINE!

Your Lake Sebu experience is never an experience if you have not braved the Seven Falls Zipline!

Actually, you do not zip above all the seven falls. The first zip line starts just below Falls Number 1 -- a few meters above where the tallest Falls Number 2 drops – and ends below Falls Number 5.

Imagine flying 600 feet -- yes, 600 feet, the highest in Southeast Asia -- above waterfalls, a river and a verdant forest. It's exhilarating!

The first line is 700 meters long and takes about a minute to complete; the second line is only 400 meters long but the angle a little more steep that makes the travel faster.
Safe? Yes, it is. Ask the staff who straps you into your safety gears and the zipline and they will tell you, the zipline is capable of carrying a load of 20,000 kilograms.

By the way, when you travel to Lake Sebu bring your own camera, a lot of batteries and an extra memory. Not having photographs of your travel to the place is the most unfortunate thing to happen. (Dani Doguiles)

Just when everybody’s anticipating for the opening of General Santos City’s fourth mall (SM City General Santos) opening by early next year, here’s another mall coming up - Veranza by KCC Malls! Check out the perspectives below.

According to the official website of KCC Malls, Veranza will be an expansion of KCC Mall of Gensan and will be constructed at the former SAFI Lot just in front of the present KCC Mall of Gensan main building. Veranza will also house various fashionable local and international brands, world-class restaurants, there will be also an Al-Fresco dining strip and shops that will offer endless entertainment. Veranza  is tentatively to open by November 2012.

Residents in South Cotabato and nearby provinces need not wait for a month or two to be issued a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance.

NBI – 12 Regional Director Atty. Angelito Magno announced today that the online clearance issuance of the regional office in Koronadal City is back in operation.

“This means that those who apply for NBI clearance can receive their document immediately,” Magno said.

He assured applicants that NBI 12 can now issue clearance within ten minutes or less except in cases when they have “hits” or “records.”

NBI-12’s office is located at the second floor of the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center along Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City.

In July, Mega Data Corp. (MDC), the company that ran the clearance processing of NBI, pulled out its facilities including the online issuance system after its contract with NBI expired on June 30.

This led NBI to return to the manual processing of clearance applications that further resulted in long queues in NBI offices and weeks to receive their documents. (PIA 12)

It's now all systems go for the opening of the Pasalubong Center and MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Center along Alunan Avenue  in Koronadal City.
The Pasalubong / MSME Center will showcase local products from South Cotabato to include handicrafts, coffee and pineapple products, organic  vegetables, and other foods and native products.
Bamboo Crafts in South Cotabato. Photos by Ernesto Casiple posted at
Bring home and share quality products from South Cotabato produced delicately by our very own micro-entrepreneurs. These products of good quality will surely make you strongly say... PROUDLY SOUTH COTABATO

The Pasalubong Center is a non-profit center that is initiated and managed by volunteers and the youth and is supported by different government and non-government organizations, surely prices here are like taking home sample products only.

Visit them at Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City just in front of the provincial capitol compound starting November 18, 2011.

From General Santos City to the City of Koronadal, the people in South Cotabato celebrates  as Manny Pacquiao wins another close fight against Juan Miguel Marquez held over a crowd of more than 16,000 at the  MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 12, 2011.

In General Santos City, more than 8,000 people flocked at  the Lagao Gymnasium to watch the free viewing of the bout prepared by the General Santos City-LGU, while many establishments offered promos to attract customers to eat and watch Pacquiao vs Marquez’s third fight. In Koronadal, thousands of people packed the South Cotabato Gymnasium  and Cultural Center  to watch the no-commercial free viewing  by KCC Mall of Marbel of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy live via satellite. There were also free viewing  via big screen of the fight at different gymnasiums, parks and many establishments in  other towns of South Cotabato.

Manny Pacquiao wins over Marquez in a majority decision that retained his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title. Manny Pacquiao now holds a record of  54 Wins, 3 Losses, 2 Draws and 38 Knockouts.

Congratulations Manny! You are truly the world’s best boxer and the undisputed pound-for-pound king.

TOLEDOmed Skin and Body Centre, the skin science authority in South Central Mindanao presents the first Mr. and Ms. Teen South Cotabato pageant.

Thirteen ladies and thirteen hunks from different schools in the province of South Cotabato will battle it out to become the very first Mr. and Ms. Teen South Cotabato. Here they are:

Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges- Koronadal City
Jemairo Mann and Marigold Lizada

ACLC College of Marbel
Joel Arnold Padon and Lyndelou Toco

Marbel School of Science and Technology (MSST)
Mark Anthony Quirante and Cherremie Isiderio

Regency Polytechnic College (RPC)
Marjon Traya and Kristine Faith Noman

STI College of Koronadal (STI)
Filmar Casuyac and Arielle Jazmine Roque

Marbel Institute of Technical College (MITC)
Alvin Sumagaysay and Cherry Vie Mollila

Goldenstate College of Koronadal (GSC)
Alvin Fuentes and Fe Monica Surita

South East Asian Institute of Technology (SEAIT)
Jestone Palate and Ethyl Morales

Surallah National Agricultural School (SUNAS)
Raedell Cachuela and Lea Castor

VMC Caregiver Training Center (VMC)
Felix Kwong Jr. and Chester Lyn Pacifico

Green Valley College (GVC)
Reniel Cruz and Kristine Vanessa Sta. Cruz

St. Alexius College (SAC)
Carl Hentjie Palmes and Cleyet Marrel Yoro

Notre Dame of Marbel University (NDMU)
Cris Pingkunn Fuentes and Zyrene Xerxes Gandola

These 13 pairs of glamorous and good-looking contestants for Mr. and Ms. Teen South Cotabato  were selected to represent their schools through a school level pageant held earlier which was also sponsored by Toledomed Skin and Body Center.

Aside from the chance to become Toledomed’s newest endorsers, winners of the first Mr. and Ms. Teen South Cotabato will enjoy a P20,000.00 cash prize each, an exclusive modelling contract , a roundtrip ticket to Manila plus their represented schools will also receive a brand new computer units, and more.

Who will be crowned and become the first MR. & MS. TEEN SOUTH COTABATO?  Find out at the pageant night on December 19, 2011 7:00 P.M at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center to be hosted by Bobby Yan and Ginger Conejero.

Support your candidates by liking his/her individual photos (click here) and be updated “LIKE” the Mr. and Ms. South Cotabato Official Facebook page.

[Photos by: Ronnie Limjuco Payopelin]

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