Up Dharma Down at SM City Gensan


One of my favorite local bands Up Dharma Down will be coming over to Gensan for a year-end party at SM General Santos City’s Fountain Court on December 30, 2013 at 7 PM. This will be followed by a Grand Fireworks Display. This is SM General Santos City’s grand new year celebration before 2013 bids us farewell. So, I hope to see you guys there and let us listen to Armi’s powerful voice together with her band mates, Ean Mayor, Paul Yap and Carlos Tanada.
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Here is one of the band’s single from their latest album “Capacities”





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Paskuhan sa Gensan 2013

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The General Santos City Tourism Council in cooperation with The Department of Education brings you, Paskuhan sa Gensan 2013.

Press Release from the General Santos City Tourism Council:

General Santos City celebrates Paskuhan sa Gensan 2013

Gensan gears for a joyous and meaningful celebration of Christmas with Paskuhan sa Gensan 2013.
This year’s theme, Pasko ng Pagkakaisa, Hudyat ng Pag-asa, is the city’s united shout-out of inspiration for victims of recent calamities brought about by Typhoon Yolanda and earthquake in Visayas.  It is also for renewed hope in the new year to come.
Paskuhan sa Gensan is organized by General Santos City Tourism Council, headed by the city’s First Lady and the Council’s Chairperson, Ms. Jane Gollon-Rivera, in cooperation with DepEd Gensan and with the support of Department of Tourism Region 12 and Philbest Canning Corporation.
The celebration kicks off with the opening of the Bazaar at the Oval Plaza on December 6 and will be officially opened on December 17 with a spectacular Grand Opening Christmas Show at the Oval Plaza.
The whole month of December features events from various private and government sectors ranging from Variety Shows to band competitions to special parties for indigent citizens of the city.
Christmas is specially featured in first-time events Lantern Parade, Paskuhan sa Barangay, Mayor’s Night, Christmas Carols and Movie at the Park on December 15, 24, 25 and 26.
What’s more, major streets together with the Oval Plaza and Plaza Heneral Santos will be transformed in keeping with the Holidays with the significant help from the diligent businessmen and women of the city. The Oval Plaza will be open daily from December 6 to January 5, 2014 for the Bazaar, Carnival and almost nightly events and parties.
Paskuhan Sa Gensan culminates on December 31, 2013 with a Countdown to 2014 at the Oval Plaza to be lead by the City Mayor Ronnel Rivera and his family.
For more details on the events, please see attached schedule. You may also visit and “Like” GSC Tourism Council.

GSC Tourism Council
Secretariat of Paskuhan Sa Gensan 2013
2nd Floor Sangguniang Panglungsod Bldg., Roxas East., General Santos City
Email address:
Contact numbers: 0932 5155165, 0933 9405498




Flight Tracker

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Last week, I wanted to track the flight of my wife who was travelling from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Gensan, via Bangkok and Manila.

I already know of websites that will help with these task but I haven’t personally got a chance to use them until last week.

The website that I was using is (<—click link)

I was so impressed with this website because it can give you the details of the flight that you are monitoring. This is in real-time. You can even do this on your mobile device.

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The interface is so simple. On the main webpage, just type in name of the airline and flight number and click the blue track button. You can also type in the flight origin and destination as an alternative way of searching.
This will bring you to the next page which is the awesome part of this website. In this page, you can view a lot of details about the flight that you are tracking. (In my case its Ethiopian Airlines flight 618).

  • You can see from which airport the flight originated and from what terminal the passengers boarded.
  • You can see the estimated time of departure and arrival.
  • You can see the duration of the flight, how long it had been on the air and how much time is left before it will arrive the destination.
  • You can see what type of airplane, the 7 day average time of departure for this flight and so much more details.
  • You can even send a link to an email about the flight.
  • Lastly, you can see in the map the approximate location of the airplane and the flight path.

It automatically refreshes so that you can get the real-time details of the flight. The small airplane moves in the map and the time remaining and duration is updated. :) I used this to tell my son that her mom is just 2 hours away from Bangkok and showed him the location of the airplane in the map.

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I find this website very useful specially when you are tracking long flights and want to know the status of the flight with minimal effort.

With this website, tracking the progress of the flight that you are monitoring need not be a burden anymore.

Check it out.




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Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!

Maligayang ika 115th Anibersaryo ng Kalayaan. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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Run United 2013

Run United 2013

This year, my son and I are going to join RUN UNITED 2013 on March 17, 2013 at the Mall of Asia. This is exciting because it will our first out-of-town run. It is a bonding moment for us. I have already booked us a flight to Manila on March. I hope everything will be according to plan.

Check out the details of this event by clicking here.

You can register online just by following the link in their homepage.

They also have a Facebook page which you can “LIKE” by clicking here.

Let’s do this! Let’s RUN UNITED 2013. See you there.



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Dine Philippines 2013

The Art of Restauranting

The Art of Restauranting

Press Release:

UPDATE: This event is moved to February 25, 2013.


Dine Philippines Gensan plays host to the national restaurant management conference, DINE PHILIPPINES on February 11, 2013, 1 to 5pm at the SM City Gensan Cinema.

DINE Philippines, the restaurant management seminar series, has reached more than 500 industry stakeholders and academic community in Davao, Cebu and Manila since it started in 2010. With the support of culinary schools, Council of Hotel & Restaurant Educators of the Philippines and media partners, the conference series gathered so far some of the industry’s best restopreneurs such as Chef Robby Goco of Cyma, Ms. Nancy Reyes Lumen of Aristocrat, Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung and Chef Jackie Laudico of Bistro Filipino. This year, we hope to reach out to new areas and reach out to as many as 500 participants coming from the culinary, hospitality and foodservice industry.

For this roadshow, our local partners include the Hotel & Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental (HRANO), the Institute of International Culinary Arts and Hospitality Education (ICHEF-Davao & General Santos), Council of Hotel & Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP), and the Sarangani Tourism Council. For our national partners, we have F&B World and Business World.

Speakers are successful restaurant owners and practitioners from Manila. They include:

DANIEL “DAN” FRANCISCO President, The Big Chill, Inc. (Big Chill, Fresh Bar, C’Verde, Super Fresh, Canecoctions, Dr. Pearl, Tully’s Coffee, Chantilly) President, Heppy Corp. General Manager, Retail and Franchise Group AgriNurture, Inc. Certified Public Accountant was the President, People eServe Corporation of the Yuchengco Group of Companies.

HOMER NIEVERA Global technopreneur Veteran business developer and expert digital marketer for more than 20 years Instrumental in helping digital start-ups with their business models, along with gigs that have strategically raised valuations and revenues for global and regional online companies Founder, Was the Global Head of Advertising Operations and Sponsorships,

CHEF MICHAEL OBERLE Culinary Arts Training Director, Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Entrepreneurship (ICHEF) Was Director for Culinary Arts, International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCAHM) Perennial favorite of his student culinarians for balancing his wit and humor in the kitchen More than 30 years of culinary experience as Executive Chef from top hotels all over the world.

JOHNLU KOA Founder and C.E.O., The French Baker, Inc. Columnist, F&B World Magazine Member, Board of Trustees, U.P. Business Research Foundation Multi-awarded entrepreneur: Was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young Recognized as one of the “500 Great Asians of the Early 21st Century” published by Biblioteque World Wide, Irvine U.S.A. Was awarded Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos (TOYF) for Business Management / Entrepreneurship.

CHEF HIM UY DE BARON Executive Chef and Owner, Nomama Master of product development – Chef Consultant, some of the country’s leading restaurants.

Registration fee is P 1,200 per person inclusive of entrance for one person to the lectures, online speakers’ handout, conference kit and snacks.

For inquiries and to register, call 09339405498 or 09159806462 or email

Click here for online registration form.

or you may print the form below:





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Dole Philippines Turns 50 (Dolefil Strikes Gold)


Press Release:


The new year calls for a celebration as Dole Philippines, Inc. (Dolefil) turns 50 this 2013. Series of activities and programs for both its employees and its community are lined up throughout the year to celebrate this historic milestone.

As a kick-off, Dolefil had simultaneous fireworks display last January 1, 2013 at its operations in Calumpang, Gen. Santos City, Surallah, and Polomolok, South Cotabato. On January 13 to 19, a surgical mission will be held at Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital in partnership with the Philippine Medical Society of Florida, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., and Mt. Matutum Healthcare Foundation Inc.

There are not many companies that survive 50 years. Dolefil’s VP and Managing Director, Mr. Simon Denye says Dolefil’s turning 50 is an “impressive achievement”. “We are lucky that our customer still love pineapples. With Itochu backing us with their financial support and growth opportunities in countries such as China, we can look forward to another 50 years.”,Denye added.

Dolefil was established in 1963 as one of the largest integrated pineapple plantation, cannery, and packaging complex in the world. After two years, Dolefil was able to produce its first shipment of 30,000 cases of canned pineapple products to Newark, New Jersey, USA. Now, Dolefil, with an annual production equivalent to about 8 Billion servings, provides healthy and high-quality food products to numerous international markets worldwide.


Surgical Mission 2013 is an outreach activity of Dole Philippines, Inc., in partnerships with Mahintana Foundation, Philippine Medical Society of Florida (PMSF), and Mt. Matutum Healthcare Foundation that targets to benefit our indigent countrymen needing surgery who are able to provide for their medical care.

With the help of volunteer surgeons, nurses, and medical staff from PMSF; and resident doctors and nurses from Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital and Mt. Matutum Healthcare Foundation, Surgical Mission 2013 shall be made possible this January 13 to 19, 2013. Approximately 100 patients from region XII shall benefit from this historic event.

“I feel fantastic for the beneficiaries, but my thanks really goes to the surgeons who give their time for free and even fly all the way from Florida to help these children and families; and to the hospital nurses who prep the patients.”, Denye said. ” Thier expertise is highly commendable and makes the Surgical Mission a wonderful story of changing people’s lives”, he explained.

As Dolefil turns 50 this 2013, we wish to touch the live of more Filipinos through activities such as this.


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Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year 2013


Happy New Year 2013! Cheers!




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