One of the highlights of this year's Tourism Week celebration in SOCCSKSARGEN is the 1st SOX Tourism Star Awards held last September 26, 2016 at Greenleaf Hotel in General Santos City.

Hosted by the Department of Tourism-12, the event recognized the contributions and efforts of different stakeholders and organizations for the tourism industry in the region. Below is the list of awardees and winners in the 1st SOX Tourism Star Awards:
1st SOX Tourism Star Awards recognizes stakeholders

National Government Agencies Active Converging Partners
  • Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)
  • Department of Agriculture(DA)
  • Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG)
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
  • Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
  • Philippine National Police (PNP)
  • Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
  • Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)
  • National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
Top Green Destination
  • Lake Sebu
  • Tboli
Star Rated Establishments
  • Greenleaf Hotel (General Santos City) - 4 Star Hotel
  • East Asia Royale Hotel (General Santos City) - 3 Star Hotel
  • Sun City Suites (General Santos City) - 3 Star Hotel
  • Sydney Hotel (General Santos City) - 2 Star Hotel
  • The Farm at Carpenter Hill (City of Koronadal) - 3 Star Resort
  • Fortune Field Resort (Banga, South Cotabato) - 2 Star Resort
  • Alnor Hotel & Convention Center (Cotabato City) - 2 Star Hotel
  • Phela Grande Hotel (General Santos City) - 2 Star Hotel
  • RoadHaus Economy Hotel (General Santos City) - 2 Star Hotel
  • Family Country Hotel & Convention Center (General Santos City) - 2 Star Hotel
  • Lemlunay Resort (Maasim, Sarangani) - 1 Star Resort
Tourism-related Organization Excellence Award
  • Tboli Knoon Motors/Drivers Association (Municipal Category)
Best Tourism Council
  • South Cotabato (Provincial Category)
  • Kidapawan City (City Category)
Philippines MICE Destination
  • General Santos City (Top 9)
  • Tacurong City (Top 12)
  • Koronadal City (Top 18)
Best Performer in Tourist Arrivals
  • General Santos City (Day and Night Tourists category)
  • Sarangani Province (Foriegn Tourists category)
Halal Certified Establishment
  • Family Country Hotel & Convention Center (General Santos City)
  • FB Hotel & Convention Center (Koronadal City)
  • Alnor Hotel & Convention Center (Cotabato City)
  • Greenleaf Hotel (General Santos City)
  • Hotel San Marco (General Santos City)
Best Tourism Student
  • Tricia Fe Rulete (Jojie Ilagan International School)
Media Partner of the Year
  • Notre Dame Broadcasting Company
  • ABS-CBN
  • Malu Cadelina-Manar (NDBC)
Blogger of the Year
  • Reynard Navarro (SOXPH.Com, SouthCotabatoNews.Com)
Best Tour Guide
  • Neil Sumalinog (Kidapawan City)
Best Tourism Products
  • Lamlifew (Malungon, Sarangani) - Heritage Preservation Category
  • Mt. Apo Mandarangan Trail (Kidapawan City)- Environment Conservation Category
  • Bakngeb River Cave (Tboli, South Cotabato) - Entrepreneurial Development
Outstanding Tourism Officer
  • Rodel Hilado (Tboli, South Cotabato) - Municipal Category
  • Joey Recimilla (Kidapawan City) - City Category
Excellence in Tourism
  • Municipality of Tboli (Municipal Category)
  • City of General Santos (City Category)
Congratulations to all winners!
DOT 12's 1st SOX Tourism Star Awards recognizes stakeholders
SOXph.Com and SouthCotabatoNews.Com blogger receiving a plaque and gift certificate from DOT-12 Regional Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera after being named as Blogger of the Year in the 1st SOX Tourism Star Awards

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