The 8th Yaman Awards

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General Santos City. 

The 8th Yaman Awards, with the theme, "Bridging Innovation...Generating Keenness...Instilling Solidarity" culminated last Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Phela Grande Events and Convention Center, General Santos City.Taking  center stage  were finalists in their respective categories from the Business and Cooperative Sectors. 

Bringing home a cash prize of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 100,000.00) and the most coveted trophy as the Loyal Enterprise of the Year is Jo-Ann's Bakeshop and Fast Food. Jo-ann's is one of the oldest bakeries in General Santos City with the most inspiring story. Now on it's 48th year, Jo-ann's Bakeshop still supplies the best siopao in town, not to mention the best chiffon cake, monay, pagong, blitz tort, etc.

General Tuna Corporation was declared as the Tax Payer of the Year for the second time around having paid their taxes with due diligence.

The following companies were declared Outstanding Entrepreneurs of the Year under their respective categories:

Business Sector:
Micro Category:     Nanette Cake Creations
Small Category:      Taps and Mix
Medium Category:   Rafols Machine Shop and Engineering Services

Cooperative Sector:
Micro Category:     Barangay Fatima Rural Waterworks Service Cooperative
Small Category:      GSFC Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Medium Category:   GSC Teachers and Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative

Winners were each given a trophy and a cash prize of P100,000.00.

Judges Marife and I with the winner from the Business Micro Enterprise Category, 
Nanette Guinto-Olarte of Nanette Cake Creations.

Yaman Awards
Yaman Awards is an annual activity of the Local Government which gives tribute and citation to  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMe's) and Cooperatives  operating in General Santos City for their outstanding performances and resiliency confronting various socio-economic challenges over the years. It is also the culminating activity of the City's Business Month Celebration, Yaman Gensan, and is spearheaded by the City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office (CEMCDO) under the leadership of their hardworking department head in the person of Engr. Riza Marie T. Paches.

The term YAMAN stands for Yabong Maliliit na Negosyo.

Selection Process
To be eligible for the Yaman Awards, a business/enterprise should be nominated under the Emerging, Micro, Small or Medium Enterprise Categories. After requirements are satisfied, the pre-selection process begins. 

Shortlisted candidates will then be evaluated by the selection committee using the following criteria:
For the Business Sector:
10% Entrepreneurial Spirit
20% Financial Performance
15% Innovation
10% Integrity and Influence
15% Social Responsibility
15% Human Capital
15% Service Excellence
100% Total Possible Points

The Selection Committee is composed of different personalities representing both the public and private organizations:

The Selection Committee for Business Sector included the HR Head of the LGU Gensan, Ms. Leah Y. Tolimao, the president of the GSC SMED Council Inc., Ms. Feli Into, the president of PhilExport Region XII, Ms. Marife A. Quiam, the president of the City Bankers Association of General Santos (CBAGS), Mr. Joel Inabangan, and yours truly , Rofil Mae M. Rillo as the Chairperson of the Selection Committee, representing the South Cotabato Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Inc. 

On the other hand, the Selection Committee for the Cooperative Sector is composed of: Ms. Emilia M. Bair, Cooperative Development Specialist II of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Mr. Peelbar Salarda of GENCOFED, Mr. Gary Jumao-as, representing Councilor Dominador Lagare Jr. of the Sangguniang Panglungsod Office of the Committee on Cooperatives and  Dr. Emilio Escobillo, chairman of CCDC and the Selection Committee for Cooperative's Chairperson.

Tabulation was handled by the Sycip Gorres Velayo and Co. represented by Ms. Jennifer Cheung-Porsuelo, Senior Director.
The Selection Committee from left to right: Feli Into, Leah Tolimao, 
Joel Inabangan, Rofil Mae Rillo (that's me!), Marife Quiam

 Spotted during the Yaman Awards night: 
beautiful ladies in silver-gray and black.
Photo lifted from Tess Pacheco's FB account.

PINOY CYBER SALE STARTS TODAY! Get ready to attack Takatack,Paymaya and Freenet!

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The biggest eCommerce event of the year starts today! From Black Friday to Cyber  Monday(November 25 to 28), the country's top eCommerce sites, in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry as well as other initiative partners, are offering various
discounts and deals with the widest array of products and services including electronics and lifestyle items. Voyager Innovations, through its platforms and services such as Takatack, Freenet and PayMaya, is here to make your Pinoy Cyber Sale even more exciting and convenient!

Here's how to make the most of your Pinoy Cyber Sale experience:

1. Incredible discounts await in Takatack!
Discover the most amazing lifestyle finds at Takatack, one of the country's largest online shopping discovery marketplace. But for this year's Pinoy Cyber Sale, it gets more exciting with Takatack's big discounts. Enjoy 40% discount across all items fulfilled by Takatack when you use the promo code AFF40. You can get a maximum of P2000 off for your purchase when availing of this promo.

Fueled by Voyager Innovations, aggregates many trusted online stores, together with the thousands of merchants who established their own online shops through the TackThis! platform. With millions of products to choose from, Takatack is your go-to destination whether you're looking for Christmas gifts or you just want to treat yourself or your loved one with a good find.

Pinoy Cyber Sale Tip:
Do some virtual "window shopping", check out the items available in Takatack ( ahead of time so you'll be able to compare the product features and prices.

2. Skip the cash-on- delivery hassle, #PayMayaMoNow
Shopping online is made even more convenient with PayMaya, the leading digital payments app in the country today. Sure, you can pay for your Pinoy Cyber Sale purchases via cash-on- delivery but that can be such a hassle with all the waiting time and ensuring you have enough cash on hand.

PayMaya is a free digital payments mobile app that gives you a unique card number so that you can pay online without a credit card.  Getting PayMaya is easy, fast, and FREE. To get your online payment details, all you need to do is download the PayMaya app, which is available on both the App Store and Google Store, and sign up with your mobile number. You are then issued a MasterCard or Visa card number, its expiration date, and a security code. PayMaya functions like a prepaid card - you can load it up via BDO online or at 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq machines, SM Business Center or Robinson’s Business Center, Smart Stores or any Smart Padala outlet.

In addition to serving as a free online payment app, PayMaya also offers a physical card that you can use to pay at brick-and- mortar stores. PayMaya is a product of PayMaya Philippines, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations. It is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to ensure all your transactions are secure.

Pinoy Cyber Sale Tip:
Check the Takatack FB page ( for extra Black Friday deals when you download PayMaya. 3. No data subscription? No problem with freenet!We know how painful it is to miss out on all these online deals – just because you ran out of data load. Don't worry, because freenet is here to save the day. If you are a Smart, Sun or TNT subscriber, just download and register at freenet so you can shop online at Takatack and also use your PayMaya app -- all without data charges. Isn't that nifty?

 freenet is the sponsored data app and platform from Voyager Innovations.  It has partnered with over 70 enterprises so you can browse some of the best brand sites and apps for free, on top of social media sites such as Facebook Lite, Twitter and Instagram.

Most recently, the freenet mobile app has reached over one million downloads from the Google Play Store and remains the most visited mobile local community site (based on Effective Measure data) as of end-September 2016.

Pinoy Cyber Sale Tip:
Even if you miss out on the deals during the Pinoy Cyber Sale weekend, you can still get discounts on select services with the help of freenet's Coupon Blowout! Just visit to know more. Voyager Innovations is the digital innovations arm of PLDT and Smart. Among its areas of focus include digital financial services, fintech, eCommerce, digital marketing, communications technology and sponsored data. (PR)

Per DTI- FTEB Permit No. 11914 Series of 2016.

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The young province of Sarangani is celebrating its 24th founding anniversary and the 14th  MunaTo Festival. This festival commemorates the birth of Sarangani province with the celebration of its People, Culture, and Treasures.

A trip back in history:

Sarangani Province was born through the efforts of Congressman James L. Chiongbian in 1992, by the passing of Republic Act 7228.  Formerly the area was part of the 3rd District of South Cotabato. It became a separate province on May 19, 1992.

MunaTo Festival is coined from two Blaan words that means “First People”.  The anthropomorphic jars found in the caves of Maitum (Ayub, Pinol, and Sagel), give clues to Mindanao’s early history and of the Philippines as a whole. The carbon dated anthropomorphic jars depicts that Maitum was the home of early civilization dating back to the Metal age. The original jars are currently in the National Museum for safekeeping and exhibition.  Based on the historical time line of the early history of the Philippines, after the Tabon Cave in Palawan, the next earliest pottery is found in Pinol Cave in Maitum.  Thus the claim that in Mindanao, the First People or “Munah To”, possibly are from Maitum, Sarangani Province.

MunaTo Festival was conceptualized back in 2002. The idea was to create a cultural festival that will celebrate the vibrant diversity of Sarangani Province. It has been celebrated yearly bringing the 7 municipalities of  Sarangani together and featuring the best in each town.

MunaTo Festival 2016

The 2016 MUNATO FESTIVAL will be featuring the  merger of  MunaTo Yesterland and  MunaTo International Music and Arts Festival. This year, the Indonesian Consulate of Davao will be taking part by giving the public a taste of  cultural exchange on their instruments and also engage spectators in  music and dance performances.

The Munato Yesterland Themepark is showcasing 10 Attractions: 

1.      MunaTo Cultural Village and Show – This will showcase the Tboli, Blaan, and Tagakaolo and Moro tribes. There will be a show every  9 AM, 11 AM, 2PM and 4PM.  This show is called the Thread of Life and sharing in an interactive way their music, dances, chants and stories.

2.      Sarangani Wildlife Museum – This is found at the ECPC, where one can see the different animals that are preserved for study. This museum shows the varied species found in Sarangani.  

3.      Looms & Beads  - Located at the Kasfala Hall, the Looms and Beads is an extensive, elaborate, and detailed exhibit featuring traditional arts and crafts in Mabal Tabih, Saul (bead works), and other artifacts.  This is an exhibit of heirloom designs and fabrics  from the Indigenous Tribes in Sarangani.

4.      MunaTo Fotoloco – Located at the Capitol grounds, this is where the sculpture of Kublai depicting the first people of Sarangani can be found. Here, visitors can take their wacky and fun photos.  A photo booth will be available to take photos for a fee!

5.      Sarangani Street Arts – a 3D street art showing the  different tourist destinations in Sarangani  featuring artists from the Province. 

6.      Fabli Guni – Sarangani’s food & handicrafts display. 

7.      Sarangani Historical Lane – A tribute to all the leaders who have served Sarangani Province since its creation since 1992.  

8.      Fabli Guni & Farmers Market – This will be the biggest gathering of Sarangani Produce and Products. Included here will be Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Sarangani Upland Rice varieties including ornamental plants, and potteries. Also for sale, will be Sarangani’s processed foods, Aquaculture harvests, handicraft and furniture, fashion, and even Halal foods.  This is one full market where you can buy and even deal with suppliers!

9.      MunaTo Arcade – This is the section for food and novelty items. 

10.  MunaTo Center Stage  - Found at the center grounds of Sarangani Capitol.  Here free shows and activities that can be viewed by all Themepark goers.  This includes the daily parade and mascot appearances, the tribal sports and boxing competitions, magic shows, concerts and the annual Pearl of Sarangani.
MunaTo Themepark Rules and Rates:

Admission to  MunaTo Yesterland Themepark is free, however, an entrance fee of P100 per person will be collected at the MunaTo Cultural Village. The entrance fee is inclusive of authentic food experience at the end of the show.

Another Festival highlight this year is  PLATFORM IN SARANGANI, where great speakers are invited to come and share their insights on interesting topics.  Now on it's second run, this much-awaited show will be graced by DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, (former) Sec Raffy Alunan, and PNP Director General Ronald Bato Dela Rosa. (PR)

For more details on events and activities, check out the Munato Calendar below:

KYLE BANAAG: Youngest Paraglider Pilot in Ph

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I wonder what kind of air we Generals take into our lungs because General Santos City, Philippines seems to be teeming with fantastic personalities! And speaking of air, here's another son of Gensan who is so in love with aerospace, he is making a playground out of it!

Meet Edyl Kylie Estipona Banaag. 14 years old. Youngest paraglider pilot in the country in his time. Yap! You heard me right. This boy jumps into thin air and glides over breathtaking views thousands of meters above sea level ( or even higher, if mother nature allows!) as if taking off from an anthill. Piece of cake!

photo lifted from owner's fb account

During the 1st Lake Sebu Paragliding Adventure that was organized by the Local Government, the Soxbloggers were able to witness Kyle prepare his canopy, launch from the paragliding site , marry the cold wind and wheel away gliding over the magnificent view of the lake.

According to his mom Me-Ann, who happens to be a friend of mine, Kyle developed this fascination in paragliding when he was 12. Since he was too skinny back then, and there was no wing that would be appropriate for his weight, Kyle took some kiting lessons instead. Hence, when he was heavy enough, controlling his wing came as easy as 1-2-3!

At the Lake Sebu Paragliding Adventure, Kyle plunged into the air at least four times not minding the thick fog that was occasionally hiding the picturesque view of the lake from our sight.

Notice the coconut tree from each frame. Its the same location .
Photos taken during the same day on different intervals

Kyle, the youngest in the brood of four, trained under his father Edil, Head for Operations of AKFIG Paragliding Adventure, enthusiasts of the recreational and competitive adventure sports of paragliding in the SOCSKSARGEN Region. 

Having Kyle in the team not only brought pride to his father, who is a paraglider pilot himself, but it actually helped the team encourage kids of Kyle's age to train and engage themselves in this kind of activity. Currently , Akfig is training a few boys from Sarangani Province who  used to help the team prepare the paragliding site for activities like fun flying.

An 8th grader from the General Santos City National Secondary School of Arts and Trade, Kyle will be featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho come November 20, 2016 so don't forget to tune in. We see another Gensan  Sensation in the making here!

Wanna experience the thrill of paragliding? Contact Akfig Paragliding Adventure. They offer Basic Paragliding Course and Tandem Flying . Tandem flying rates start at Php 3,500 which includes round trip transportation from pick-up point and fly site, certificate and action camera footage of the flight.

You may also give Edil Banaag a beep at 0917.712.1868.

Here's a few pics/clips of Kyle during the 1st Lake Sebu Paragliding Adventure: