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. 

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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 .
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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. 

Turning Japaniza at SumoSam Gensan

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While everybody seems to dance with the Ramen Craze, I simply try to shy away from Japanese Resto knowing it could be a bit pricey for my pocket. 

So when my blogger friends and I were invited to try Sumosam at the Al Fresco of SM General Santos, I  said yes without batting an eyelash.

We were first offered Vegetable Ramen and Beef Niki Udon---both tasted delicious with hot and flavorful broth but I liked the former better.

 Beef Niki Udon 
Vegetable Ramen

Beef Sukuyaki was cooked table-side by the chef . They use "wagyu" which is tender and tasty, and expensive ( hehehe). You can savor the sweetness of the onions and Bokchoy is just yummy.

Here's a clip of the live demonstration. I'm sure you will hear our kulitan at the background.

I was half-way on my sukiyaki when Japan really hit me! Its California Maki time! I immediately salivated at the sight of those lovely rolls! I love maki!

And their Dynamite Rolls? It simply exploded with goodness! Just the right zing to it. Masarap! I love the crunchy malasuge skin sprinkled on top of the rolls. 

I have yet to try the other dishes. I would love to nibble on their salads very soon.

So next time you're at the Al Fresco of SM General Santos, why don't you have a taste of Japan? They have Bento Boxes available at P399.

Gone Japanese, I have.
Going Japanese again? I will....c')

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Suncity Suites Night Run Series 2014

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Launched and unveiled in July 22 , 2010, this year marks the 4th Anniversary of SunCity Suites in General Santos and every year, the celebration kicks off with an Appreciation Night in recognition of the top clients from their corporate and government accounts. The fete continues in the morning with an Investors' Golf Tournament for guests from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao Cities .

This annual celebration also draws a wave of runners, professional or otherwise, to take part in the Suncity Suites Nignt  Run Series. Now on its 4th run, the fund -raising leg of the Anniversary celebration is being staged for the benefit of  the GSC Tuna Capital Foundation Inc.

Registration forms are available at the following outlets:

Suncity Suites Front Office
Bench Robinson's Place
3rd Floor KCC Malls (near Japan Home Shop)
Mitchy's Car Accessories (Magsaysay Avenue, GSC)

Get those running shoes ready , 
head to the registration outlets and
 get the chance to own one of these cool sports bottle:

Or win any of these awesome prizes:

An overnight stay at the posh Seda Hotels , 
a plane ticket to domestic destinations 
from Cebu Pacific ,
Gift Certificates from Bench, DC Shoes, 
Torque , Sarangani Highlands and more!

It's time to feel the intensity of the Sun in the dark!

We ran and had some fun last year!

SM Installs Automated Weather Station in General Santos.

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General Santos City.

June 30, 2014 marked the official launching of the new Automated Weather Station (AWS) of SM General Santos. The AWS, which is installed atop the mall building, is expected to provide localized information to the public and nearby communities about the current and forecast weather.

The launch was attended by representatives from LGU General Santos City, the Honorable Mayor Ronnel C.Rivera being represented by Mr. Dave Areglado of the City Investment's Board, the Private Sector headed by the South Cotabato Filipino-Chinese Chamber President Kerwin Y. Cue, members of the Academe and our Men in Uniform led by Col. Bautista of the JTF Gensan.

Mae Ann Pawai, SMGS Mall Manager , presented the website that would link the user to the scientific measurement and other relevant information gathered by the AWS , while Alexie Delos Santos, HR Manager- SMGS explained the importance and practical benefits of using real-time weather measurements and forecasts from SM's AWS.

So if you worry about getting drenched in your white pants or getting all sweaty in your coat simply because you have not foreseen a drizzle coming up or the sun giving an extra blast of heat, why don't you check the weather conditions for the next 5 days? Visit www.weather.com.ph and key in General Santos City at the search bar.

This project is part of SM's commitment to its 
Corporate Social Responsibility 
through their partnership with 
Weather Philippines Foundation

Glan Centennial Celebration Kicks -Off

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Gearing up for a grandiose celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Municipality of Glan, Sarangani Province, proud Glanians gathered around the Municipal Plaza on July 1, 2014 for the kick off of the 100-day Centennial Countdown.
Photo lifted from Cocy Sexcion

Unveiling the large Centennial Countdown Board is the Honorable Mayor Victor James Yap himself, joined by representatives from the different sectors of the Local Government of Glan and the Academe.

Glan Municipal Hall 

 The centennial celebration will commence on September 24th with the theme "Glan: A Century of Sharing, Caring Among One People, One Culture."

Lifted from Gem Tadefa. Nature's beauty captured aboard a speeding Innova.

While Glan is home to the much-touted beach festivals- Sarbay Fest and Mahin, the Municipality also boasts of rich cultural heritage. The centennial celebration promises a lot of activities that will surely make Glan's tagline "Tour Town Glan" an experience not to be missed.

The SoxBloggers Supports Glan's Centennial Celebration.

Know How It All Started Here.