SM City General Santos : The Grand Year-end Party

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SM City General Santos gears up for a grand year-end party you'll never wanna miss!

Indulge to a merrier magical shopping , dining and entertaining experience as DJ Tom Taus and the Freestyle Band give you a taste of renowned Pinoy rock.

DJ Tommy T, or Prinsipe Cedie as we all know him, makes a comeback after 14 years of  leaving the country to migrate to the US. Tom Taus , the cute little brother of actress Antoinette Taus, has been making a name for himself in Hollywood as a DJ.

Be mesmerized by the soulful voice of one of the premier bands in the Philippines, The Freestyle Band. Influenced by rhythm and blues and urban music,Freestyle was dubbed as the most Popular Group Entertainer by Guillermo Awards in 2002. They were the makers of hit songs "So slow" and "Before I Let You Go".

Catch them all on the 30th of December , 7 PM as you also enjoy the extended mall hours until 10 o'clock in the evening. Enjoy world-class voice and international-calibre stage performances and get to witness the Magical Fireworks display at The Roof Deck of SM City General Santos.

For updates and queries, check out SM City General Santos Facebook account here, or call (083) 878-0667

More Fireworks for Gensan with Microtel by Wyndham's New Year's Countdown

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We just cant get enough! 

Great, colorful balls of fire lit up the Gensan airspace in the 
1st Gensan Pyrotechnics Competition
 c to Edwin Espejo

After the successful launching of the 3-day fireworks competition dubbed as 1st Gensan Pyrotechnic Competition and the grandiose display of fireworks during the culminating activity of Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014, General Santos City once again awaits for a spectacular fireworks frenzy with the upcoming New Year's countdown by the City's only International-brand hotel, Microtel by Wyndham Gensan.

Celebrating December full of Yuletide happenings and New Year's revelry, Microtel's Christmas celebration are in full swing in Gensan having a number of exciting events that will surely want you coming back for more!

Located right at the Valley High Complex, a lifestyle haven teeming with restaurants, cafĂ©’s, and bars, Microtel GenSan started December right with a successful Christmas Tree Lighting event attended by city officials and Valley High patrons. The affair included a parade at the top of the program as well as a choir performance by the Children’s Joy Foundation and children of the Valley High tenants, which culminated with the lighting of the Christmas tree made of bamboo.

Microtel GenSan also launched its online promo. Take a selfie with the hotel’s Christmas tree as your background and post it in your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account with the hashtags #MicrotelPH and #MicrotelGenSan by December 31, 2014, and get a chance to win some cool freebies from the hotel.

On December 15 to 20, Microtel GenSan also hosted a Christmas Choral Competition which was participated in by numerous choral groups from corporate organizations, special interests, to the academe. 

And on December 31, the hotel welcomes 2015 with its special New Year’s Countdown. Including overnight accommodations with breakfast in a Double Room for P3,750, or a Suite for P4,750, the package includes a New Year’s Eve Dinner for two (2), a show featuring PULSE RATE, raffle draw, and fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight.

Microtel GenSan provides a safe, secure stay in decent-sized rooms and a good night’s sleep care of chiropractor-approved, queen-sized mattresses that are good for your back. Whether you’re in GenSan for business, pleasure, or just want to enjoy experiencing the Christmas season, Microtel GenSan at the Valley High Complex is the place to spend the season.

Microtel by Wyndham GenSan is located at the Valley High Complex, National Highway, General Santos City. For more information call tel. (083) 553-8080, cel. (0917) 319-7447 or email

Microtel by Wyndham® pioneered the no-frills hotel concept in the Philippines that targets the mid-market. Its approach is back-to-basics and focuses on providing consistently clean, comfortable, and secure accommodations at value rates. Microtel currently has 13 properties at Acropolis Q.C., Baguio, Batangas, Boracay, Cabanatuan, Cavite, Davao, General Santos, Manila, Puerto Princesa, South Forbes (near Nuvali, Sta. Rosa), Tarlac, and UP Technohub Q.C.  All Microtel by Wyndham hotels in the Philippines are managed by Microtel Development Corp., the hospitality arm of the PHINMA Group. For more information, call the Manila Sales Office at (+632) 899-7171, email or log on to You may also follow us on Twitter @microtelph and like us on Facebook at for promos and updates.

Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014: 12 Deeds of Christmas

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The Christmas Season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year. People seem to be more generous and are more inclined to share their blessings to everyone.

In line with the activities prepared for the staging of Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014, The Local Government of General Santos City in Partnership with the Department of Education and in coordination with the GSC Tourism Council and the GSC Tuna Capital Foundation Inc. bring you :

Taking inspiration from the song 12 Days of Christmas, the program, through the help of some generous partners,
aims to make 12 wishes come true this Christmas.

Do you want to give someone 
an unforgettable Christmas?
Send in your Christmas Wish for him/her.

How to join:

  • Send us your wish for someone else. It can be your neighbor, your friend, your co-worker or any random person whom you think deserves a Christmas Surprise.
  • Tell us their story and their profile: Name, Address, Contact Details.Send your wishes not later than December 8, 2014.

    1. Dear Paskuhan sa Gensan, Please help buy my neighbor a nebulizer. The old man has been suffering from emphysema for years now and they just could not afford one .
    2. Dear Paskuhan sa Gensan, I hope you can help send my labandera's daughter to college. She is a bright girl and has always been an achiever, but her parents just could not afford to send her to school.

Send your wishes to :
Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014 Secretariat
2/F RD Building, General Santos City

or email it to:

A group of evaluators will be choosing the 12 lucky recipients for the 12 Deeds of Christmas. Winners will be notified in person of the good news and the wishes for them will be given  by our partners on December 24, 2014 during the Noche Buena Party of Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014.

You may call or text 0932.515.5165 for more details.
*The 12 Deeds of Christmas is an Official Program of Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014


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Its the most wonderful time of the year again!

The Local Government of General Santos City in partnership with the Department of Education and in coordination with the General Santos City Tourism Council and the GSC Tuna Capital Foundation Inc. present this year's Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014 with the theme: "Pasko ng Pamilyang Heneral, Pasko ng Pasasalamat"

This year's celebration is anchored on thanksgiving for all the blessings we had received for the whole year, extending and sharing it to our loved ones and to people whom we see as part of our family.

December 5, 2014 marks the soft opening of the "Pamilihan sa Paskuhan" otherwise known as the flea market, where shoppers can go and get some good finds for Kris Kringle and more. 

The Christmas Carnival will also be officially opening its gate to the public.  For their pilot run , the carnival management will be having an OPEN HOUSE for one hour! Get a chance to enjoy different rides and attractions for free!

These will be preceded by the Lighting of the DepEd Alley at Plaza Heneral at 6:00 in the evening as spearheaded by our creative teachers from the different Divisions of the Department of Education.

Watch as the palm-lined lanes of Plaza Heneral turns into a cool frosty alley! Wishing to find Olaf? Hmmm, let's see!

Just a Sneakpeek.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here! 

Visit here for more updates on Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014, 
#VisitGensan !

Let's Connect the Dots! It's MunaTo Festival Once More!

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The Province of Sarangani is celebrating its 22nd founding anniversary and the 12th MunaTo Festival with an exciting trip back to Yesterland!

Commemorating the birth of Sarangani  with its People, Culture and Treasures, the province now gives "the present" the chance to meet "the past" with the MunaTo Yesterland Theme Park! How cool is that! A themed park to celebrate the vibrant diversity of the Province.

Let Sara and Gani take you to a tour back to where it all started. Visit the Tribal Village and learn about their colorful costumes. You even get the chance to wear one of their unique and fab clothing for that "have-to-get-Selfie-pose"moment.

You wanna cave in? Crawl your way to the Cave of the Ancients and discover how those 500 BC old anthropomorphic burial jars were found to have existed in Pinol Cave in Maitum, Sarangani Province. Am sure the sight will be Instagram-worthy! You better get those smartphones ready!

What else are there to look forward to? They've got the wildlife museum, the Munato Foto Loco, Moro Cottages, Sarangani Street Arts, and yes, they're having Glan 100, in case you havent get enough of its centennial grandeur! All these and more!

How to get a pass to the park? Check the poster below.

Visit MunaTo Festival on Facebook for more details.

AirAsia flies team Pacquiao to Macau!

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AirAsia is flying team Team Pacquiao to Macau!

The People's Champ and boxing world's biggest attraction, Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao has recently forged a partnership with AirAsia.

Voted as the World's Best Low Cost Carrier for 6 straight years by Skytax World Airline Awards, AirAsia is flying Team Pacquiao to Macau on November 23, 2014 when the World Boxing Champ sets to defend his WBO Welterweight title against Chris Algieri .

AirAsia Group's top honcho Tony Fernandes, together with AirAsia Philippines CEO Joy Caneba, flew in to General Santos City on 12 November to lead in the unveiling of an exclusive aircraft livery featuring the boxing giant.

"It's a great honor for AirAsia to be chosen as the official airline of Team Pacman. Congressman Manny's story is an inspiration not only for Filipinos but to all of us who dared to dream the seemingly impossible. AirAsia's commitment in the Philipppines is achored on the same dream, to make flying more affordable, more accessible and to provide the best quality service that every Filipino deserves," said Tony Fernandes.

Sarangani Province Representative Manny Pacquiao on the other hand said, " I am delighted to be part of AirAsia's mission in promoting the Philippines, our Filipino Talents, sports and tourism wonders to the global stage."

To celebrate the partnership, AirAsia is offering promo seats for as low as P199 base fare only for direct flights to/from Manila-Macau via AirAsia Philippines. Promo seats are available for booking at for immediate travel in November until June 9th 2015.
Pacman Fanatics can look forward to spotting this special MP Branded Airbus A320 painting the skies red and with the colors of the Philippine Flag .

Pages Flipper, Chix & Tell and his Royal Gandaness GandaEversomuch 
with AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

About AirAsia Group

AirAsia is proud to be a truly ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with esstablished operations base in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and India, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries as well as China, India and Australia.

Dolefil Opens Dolefil Cares Expo Today

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Having been celebrated as a reputable brand in fresh and packaged fruits for more than five decades now, Dole Philippines Inc. (Dolefil) will be opening its "Dolefil Cares Expo" in Veranza Mall, General Santos City at 4:00 pm today, November 10, 2014.

Through its new campaign "Dolefil Cares", the company wishes to highlight its strengths and further establish its position as a socially-responsible company. The company boasts of its high regard for quality, safety and innovation and has been a reliable partner in progress of the communities where it operates.

"The Dolefil Cares Expo will focus on the 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," says Atty Mel Hernandez, Dolefil's Corporate Head.

The expo will run from November 10-15, 2014 at the Veranza Mall where visitors may enjoy a fun and interactive learning experience plus a chance to win exciting prizes at the end of the quick tour! Admission is free!

Dont forget to like their facebook page at Dolefil Cares  and share your tour photos there!

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T'is the season to be jolly!
Visit SM General Santos on 
November 9 @ 5:00 in the afternoon 
for their grand Christmas Launch!

To kick -off the merriest season of all, SM General Santos will be lighting its giant Toyland inspired Christmas Tree this Sunday. Be sure to tag your children along and enjoy the yuletide cheer together. Be ready to ham it up with the marching band and sing the Christmas Carols with the choir! Oh how I love Christmas!

Be there as SM General Santos turns the activity center into a toyland decorated with different toys , gifts, and yes, indoor FIREWORKS! Kids and kids at heart will surely be delighted with this early Christmas treat. So see you there!

18 Things About My Maya

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  1. Maya is Maria Ysabella in real life. Maria because she's born in the month of the holy rosary. Ysabella because I simply like how it sounds.
  2. She is our favorite daughter.  Only girl po siya.

  3. She's the namesake of my boss Maya Cartojano, who was very kind to drive me to the birthing place when I was having contractions 18 years ago today.
  4. She was my first business partner. We would walk the streets with my Tupperware Kit on my left hand and her tiny fingers on my right. I would place her on countertops while I do business.
  5. She was confined when she was just more than a year old where she cried nonstop calling for Lolo Daddy. This caught the attention of Businessman Pet Amadeo who thought the baby might be uncomfortable in that semi-private room so he moved us to a private room and paid for it.
  6. She can barely recognize the letter F when she was kid trying to learn her ABCs. Dinala ko na siya sa lahat ng sulok ng bahay, sa ilalim ng puno ng balimbing at loob ng banyo. Wa epek. She just cant recognize EF.
  7. She would sing "constantly" with Lowla Mommy.
  8. When she was 6, she won as Little Kristala in Sara Lee's local competitions where she had to wear her Tita's bathing suit, tied with lastiko at the back so that it would look snugly fit on her, a pair of poorly dyed stockings which failed to achieve the royal blue color and a piece of kitchen curtain as cape!
  9. She joined Marasa Grill's Basic Cooking Lessons by Chef Kring when she was in grade 4. She learned how to cook eggs: fried, boiled, sunny side up and poached. She learned to cook basic adobo and fried fish. Today, she prepares dinner for the family, sometimes with fried egg and adobo. Pero marunong na xang magsigang and magluto ng maski-paps with a little help from Mama Sita: Oyster Sows.
  10. What's in my cabinet is IN her wardrobe too! In short, ang damit ko ay dinadamit na rin niya. So if wala ang blouse ko, i go like "MAYAAAAAAAA!".
  11. She fits in my shoes! So when I go shop for shoes , she's like "Wag yan Ma, di ko man yan gusto!....or Wag yan ma, di ko man yan masuot!"...dictator te?
  12. Maya likes PINK! And hello kitty, and mustache thingy.
  13. She and her kuya ran away from home when they were kids with a few clothes inside a sando bag na nakatali sa dulo ng patpat! They went to a cornfield that was just a few meters from home---Kay nakasab-an man!
  14. Maya had natural wavy hair and has always wanted a straight one. So she got a RELAX treatment for her 10th birthday. At dahil first time and matapang ang gamot, abah, naligo agad xa pag-uwi ng bahay. Gaaakkk! Goodbye treatment. Ako tuloy ang hindi na-relax! Kaloka!
  15. She's the wife of LUFFY....say what??! She's now into instagram rather than FB.
  16. She's a kid gangstah! Her favorite teleserye character is the villain named "Bagyo" in ABSCBN's "Mula sa Puso" played by the late Mark Gil, thus her nickname (one of the many nicknames she's got) "Beans" , short for Baguio Beans.
  17. She's kinda shy but  she tried the world of modelling. Some people say bumi-Venus Raj siya. Pero ayaw nia kay Venus.
  18. Today she turns 18...legally not blonde, but she'll forever be my little Maya, whose little hands I've held so many times walking down the streets, whose shrieking voice I, can only stand, who bears being told to be my own reflection, whose hair I  have pulled not just twice on rough times but still comes to me on calmer days for a clean braid.

Happy Birthday Ate!
Forever you will always be special to Poppy & Me.
Go on with your journey. Just don't forget your pamasahe.
Don't carry too much luggage, unload excess baggage.
Always remember, you will be your own engineer.
We are proud of you and know in your heart 
that you are always LOVED.

Eats BoodleFeast in Blackbeard's Seafood Island!

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The SoxBloggers once again united to please our taste buds as we joined  Blackbeard's Seafood Island in celebrating their 10th year of offering Extreme Seafood Bonding. The restaurant, now with 28 branches nationwide, has innovated the Filipino casual grill dining experience by bringing to the market the first and original "Boodle Feasts".

We had the pleasure of enjoying the sumptuous fare of the MT. APO BOODLE ,the featured boodle for the anniversary celebration . The feast , which is good for 5-6 persons, was offered for only P1,010 from its regular price of P1,650. And the price -slash is offered in all their branches nationwide. Ain't that a good deal?

Blackbeard's Seafood Island truly offers the best seafood dining experience and tries to stay true to its core values of Seafood , Sarap, Saya!

In line with their 1oth anniversary and #NationalBoodleDay , Seafood Island will be giving away 5 gift certificates worth P1,000 each to those who will follow and like the Seafood Island Social Media Accounts. Random Winners will be chosen and will be announced on September 30, 2014. For more details, click here.

Check out their other boodle selections. They have more to offer to satisfy your hunger!

In Gensan, you can find Blackbeard's Seafood Island in SM Al fresco.

Chef Gene Gonzalez Cooks in "Kan-Anan sa Gensan".

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Masflex KitchenPro recently staged a cooking demonstration dubbed as "Kan-anan sa Gensan" featuring  no less than the iconic Filipino culinary figure non pareil himself, Chef Gene Gonzalez.This was attended by culinary enthusiasts and HRM students from local schools like STI College, Goldenstate College and Stratford International School. 

While waiting for the program to start, the audience were invited to pop some corn using a cookware from Masflex. And once they go popping, the cook gets to enjoy it and takes home a pack of Easy Pop!

It was one prizes-galore day as  KitchenPro Knives ,gift packs from Ideal Pasta , Jolly and Magnolia Devil's Food Cake were raffled off to lucky spectators. And the real show hasn't even started yet!
#68 wins a pack of Magnolia Devil's Food Cake.
One sweet day for my daughter.

Before the cooking demo started to heat up, the day's host, Hiren Mirchandani, former student of Chef Gene and now the Marketing Manager of Masflex KitchenPro, talked about the company's vision and introduced their line of Culinary Knives as endorsed by their brand ambassador in the person of Chef Gene.

And then it was time to introduce the man of the hour. Chef Gene Gonzalez, owner of Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS) ,  has captured his audience's attention as he swiftly navigated through the modular kitchen.

First on the menu was the Durian Roll. Using the freshest ingredients from the grocery section of the KCC Mall, Chef Gene effortlessly  showed the audience how to make durian jam, given that the fruit is so abundant these days . Chef Gene also prepared some panfry glazed daing na bangus and whipped up an appetizer he called ensaladang dadiangas in less than five minutes .

Above: Durian Roll Below: Panfry Glazed Daing na Bangus

Next, Chef Gene was joined by 4 volunteers randomly chosen from the audience. They were to cook  cola-based Sarsiparilla Chicken.

My husband was luckily chosen along with 3 others. And what do you know! Aside from enjoying the chance of cooking with a famous chef, they also get to take home the Dish, the Masflex Aluminum Non-stick Stock Pot and the Serving Dish!

Chef Gene also taught the audience, which was dominated by HRM Students, how to take good care of a knife and how to properly hone it using the Masflex KitchenPro Honing Steel. He said having a really good knife helps cut down total preparation time and makes cooking a breeze . He proudly announced that each and every knife in the Masflex KitchenPro Culinary Knife Collection has been meticulously developed to ensure that their functionality is at its finest.  And to prove to everyone the knife's ultimate sharpness, Chef Gene has skillfully sliced a watermelon in mid-air drawing a loud cheer from the crowd. 
My favorite part of this truly fun-filled , delicious and prize-packed event? Drawing of the major prizes! #57 wins! I took home one of the 3 major prizes: Masflex 5-pc. stainless steel cookware set! Winner! Yay!

Here with the Chef! 
The photo that made some of my friends green with envy! teehee! 

Follow Chef Gene on facebook.

A Glimpse of Glan's Heritage

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In an attempt to feature the century -old, culture-rich places of Glan, Sarangani Province in one Heritage Map, members of GBG Gensan conducted the First Glan GeoWalk last July 26, 2014. This was made possible through the initiative of Glan's very active Tourism Officer in the person of Lodar Escobillo and the participation of volunteer mappers from the Sultan Kudarat State University Extension College and some members of the LGU.

Thank God for the good weather, we were able to explore the Poblacion without having to complain about the striking heat of the sun. I especially loved how those beautifully-aged acacia trees towered over us as we toured around the oldest school in town, Glan Central Elementary School. It's awesome how they were able to take good care of the trees while other cities kept on murdering theirs in exchange for modernization.

Next stop was the seat of Catholic Faith in this part of the town. The Sta Catalina de Alexandria Parish, so we've learned,  is the oldest parish to be built in the whole of the SoCCskSargen Area. 

c to Pages Flipper

A few more steps led us to the old houses in Glan. We were lucky to have been allowed entry inside the historic house of the late Martin Alegado. Look at the calado-designed facade welcoming us!

A peek inside one of the two Alegado Houses which proudly stands 
along the busy E. Alegado Street in Poblacion Glan.
 The two houses could definitely make a good Museum 
with  the help of a little restoration effort .
c to Ariel Lalisan

Albeit some touch of modern construction being used to hold the old buildings from completely falling apart due to nature's wear and tear, one can still distinguish if the structure is old enough to pass as a part of the century-old heritage of Glan. A number of houses within the Poblacion still boasts of stained glass windows and calado embroidered walls. It is just magnificent!

One of Glan's Old Houses: The La Paz Residence,
 undergoing restoration in preparation for the upcoming celebration of Glan's Centennial

One's visit to Poblacion Glan will never be complete without a visit to Colony # 9 along the baywalk. Colony # 9 was one of the Agricultural Colonies in Mindanao thru the Colonization Law of Don Sergio Osmena Sr., wherein the Late Don Tranquilino Ruiz of Alegria, Cebu , has been appointed as Superintendent.

These are just some of the historical sites that we were able to visit during our GeoWalk. Volunteer mappers and some locals will still be doing an inventory of these sites for the upcoming release of Glan's Cultural Heritage Map.

If you are willing  to be a part of this group, please coordinate with the office of Ms. Lodar Escobillo, the Municipal Tourism Officer of Glan, Sarangani Province.

Glan is celebrating its 100th Founding Anniversary on October 8, 2014.

The Sunday Famers' Market Habit

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My husband and I have recently developed a weekend habit of visiting the Sunday Farmers' Market at the Ramas Residence in Lagao, General Santos City.

Every Sunday, Ms. Rue Ramas, Lead Marketing Advocate of Corn Husk Craft Makers and Administrator of A Seed Grows in Facebook, opens the family garden from 7:00 in the morning to 12:00 noon. The Ramas Garden has become home to suppliers of fresh, farm-picked and mostly organic produce of vegetables, fruits , poultry and more!

One thing I like about the Farmers' Market is the absence of a wet, slippery and smelly atmosphere you'll find in the usual marketplace. Children can actually just run around the place while dear Mum completes her shopping list, and the price is friendly to the pocket too.


SFM  immediately became a hit among early morning joggers, church goers and FB likers. I usually find familiar faces doing a shopping frenzy coupled with excited tones of panic buying there---as if magkakaubusan ng mabibili ! (Hihihi)
Former Akabayan Rep. Mario Aguja 
with his beautiful bayong.

Engr. Hermon Hernandez
Asst. Mall Manager, SM General Santos

Tita Rue Ramas with Councilor Jeng Gacal
Ms. Theresa Napala
 Former Gov. Miguel Dominguez with charming daughter.
Shopping after running. Here with mah bodyguard, 
the Manager of Suncity Suites, Philip Pabelic

Pinoy delicacies like suman, biko , palitaw and binignit are also available for shoppers like me, who shops and dines at the same time! I especially love the Puto from Batchoy King. First -time shoppers almost always end up on an eating binge at the Farmers Market.
 Eggplants , onions and chorizos hit the grill

Devoured what we have bought from the Market!
My Gang! Great supporters of the SFM

The Sunday Farmers' Market has definitely become a must-go in this part of the City. So if you haven't been there yet, you better get your shopping bags ready before you hit the road to the Ramas Residence this Sunday.

Prepare to be delighted with a range of fresh and delicious good finds there!

The Sunday Farmers' Market is located in front of NDDU Ibed, Lagao, General Santos City.