Thursday, December 19, 2013

Have Fun This Holidays!

In few days, every Christian  shall celebrate the Christmas Holidays and what more can be fun and exciting than to spend the days with friends and loved ones.

So, we can't help it if we are invited to countless of reunions and Christmas parties with old friends, loved ones, and colleagues from different groups.

my Team Matutum celebrates Christmas Party

Well, we can be more than excited as we give gifts to our friends and loved ones and simply have fun online or offline.

Should you like to try your luck, there are countless of online game applications like the rtg bonus  online casino that shall fill the holiday thrill. With responsible online recreational games, you can have fun at the very tip of your hand. Know how you can win more from the no deposit blog for your online casino games among others.  From the no deposit bonus blog, your online casino experience can be worth the holiday fun.  There are online casino games for instance that require deposits and worse provide no winnings. So, go for trusted and easy - no - frills online casino site.

So, have fun this holiday but remember that Christmas holidays are only better if we share the holiday with the dear ones in our hearts.

Have a blissful holidays everyone!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Christmas in SM General Santos City

Indeed, Filipinos do have the longest celebration of Christmas since we hear normally Christmas cheers, songs, and our very own homes aren't far from the holiday spirit when we start having our Christmas tree and other decors.

And, Christmas isn't fun without the gifts we have for our loved ones. So, we avoid the rush as we make our gift checklist and rummage through malls for best buys.

Well, I had my early gift when I had my road bike and new Adidas running shoes from SM for my upcoming marathon and triathlon.

Feel more the holiday spirit as SM GenSan shall officially launch Christmas with their extraordinary Christmas centerpiece on November 9, 5pm @ Event Center.

So, bring your friends and / or loved ones and let's make feel Christmas only at SM! Enjoy your shopping or dining and get swayed with the holiday thrill and feel.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

International Acoustic Stephen Bishop Live in GenSan!

Who would not know American - hailed international singer and guitarist Stephen Bishop with his great songs including "It Might Be You" for the movie Tootsie in 1980's? One can only fall in love with his great voice and love songs that could quite soften even the younger generation these days.

official promotional poster

The South Central Mindanao is  more than blessed as we are graced again by another international artist in a love - filled - music concert dubbed as "It Might Be You" is Stephen Bishop, Live in Gensan.  He will be joined by our very own renowned  balladeer Nonoy Zuniga.

This concert is generously organized by  Yvonnie J Events and Production, in association with Redstone Media Productions along with their partners, SM City General Santos, Gaisano Mall of Gensan, Ellis SUites, Green Leaf Hotel Gensan, Road Hauz and MP Princess. Other sponsors include 102.3 Campus Radio, Brigada TV Channel 46, 89.5 Brigada FM, and Gensan Gazette Quarter.

So, mark your calendar! Be swayed with great love songs of all times. Tickets are priced at P2, 050 (VIP), P1, 800 (Patron), P1, 250 (Lower Box A), P1, 100 (Lower Box B), P550 (Upper Box), and P300 (General Admission). 

You can get these tickets  at Gaisano Mall of Gensan Atrium, and SM City General Santos Event Center or you may call 09279238202 and 09395599194. 

Bring your loved ones and friends too and let us sing our hearts out with Stephen Bishop, Live in Gensan!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Christmas in August Only in SM City - GenSan

Finally, August has come and for a shopaholic like me, I could only welcome the month as this would be time to contemplate on gifts for Christmas.  Well, you might say I am overrated but sales can be grand and abound in August.

And, I could only be happier as my favorite shopping mall, SM City - GenSan, the newest national name of shopping malls, shall be giving as much as 70% discount on their great selection starting August 2 until August 4, 2013.

Now while you are at SM, enjoy your time as they fill your coming days with shows at their Trade Hall showcasing the Kapuso celebrities, Boys Overload and the Mindanao Cosplay Summit.

Get the most out of your receipts for every purchase worth of PHP500.00 from the Mall tenants or PHP250.00 from their Food Court tenants as you get to have ONE VIP  and MEET AND GREET PASS to one promising boy band, the BOYS OVERLOAD at 4PM on August 3, 2013, Trade Hall.

Enjoy your evening as you dine at your favorite restaurant or at least enjoy an evening coffee at the Al Fresco area. Be serenaded and get awed as you enjoy Fire Dance, fine songs from Jireh Lim and Funday with Kids at the Fountain Court.  

For a single receipt of PHP500.00 dated between August 2 - 3 from any of the Fountain Court tenants, get a chance to enjoy a VIP seat and Meet and Greet with one renowned Jireh Lim and enjoy his music up close and personal.

But, wait! Don't fail to savor the sumptuous meals at SM City's Food Court and have fun in  Acoustic moments on August 2 and 3 starting at 6PM.

These 3 - day sale in SM and their strings of events couldn't be enough as you too can enjoy a chance of winning one of two Suzuki NEX 115 scooters.

So, if this isn't Christmas, then, I don't know what else to call it! See you then!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hail to The King of Coffees, Blugre!

What can be a better boost to a Mindanao pride than having our very own coffee makers thriving and leading the coffee industry? So, we are more than proud that Blugre Coffee raised from Davao City has several branches in Mindanao particularly in Davao City and now two stores in General Santos City in partnership with our very own GenSan pride, Manny Pacquiao.

Blugre Coffee at SM City Gensan

So, if you like the peace and quite of a coffee with great coffee experience, visit only the nearest Blugre store at your place as to date, they have now branches in Tagum, Abreeza, Davao Doctors and more are coming very very soon.

You want your buddies or colleagues to experience the unique blends of Blugre Coffee? Check out their barkada treats:

 PHP 2000.00 with 100 GC

  • 5 Cafe Mocha
  • 5 Ice blended mocha
  • 3 cheese roll bites
  • 2 potato chips
  • 3 choco torte
their durian cheese cake with caramel ice blend
PHP 4000.00 with 200 GC

  • 5 cappucino
  • 5 Cafe Mocha
  • 5 brewed coffee or house blend iced tea
  • 5 durian cappuccino
  • 3 tuna cheese melt
  • 3 sausage pepper penne
  • 3 potato chips
  • 3 choco torte

blueberry cake with mocha hot coffee

000.00 with 500 GC

  • 10 cappucino
  • 10 brewed coffee or house blend iced tea
  • 10 durian cappuccino
  • 4 penne tuna pesto cream
  • 5 ham and chese
  • 5 chese roll bites
  • 5 choco torte
For early risers, enjoy the sumptuous breakfast meals. In General Santos City, the Blugre Robinsons offers breakfast meals on weekends as early as 6am. So, after your workout, don't forget to energize and hydrate from Blugre treats.

We commend not just the great prices and quality coffee of Blugre but the sole fact that they live to their mission of "Blugre that Gives Back" program as they actively participate in the Carbon Neutral Program and support the B'laan tribes in building schools and in sustaining their coffee livelihood.
one of their newest addition - Halo Halo cake! superb taste indeed. 

Catch Blugre with their exciting photo contest through Facebook and upcoming new menu updates. For one, we got our first treat with their new Halo - halo cake tart! A must - try for sweet tooth and coffee fanatics. 

My SM, My City, My Cuisine Commends SOX Cuisine

The newly opened SM City in General Santos City never fails to amaze the locals as it gives tributes and pride last February 22, 2013 at the SM Event Center to the regional recipe that spans nationwide with their My SM, My City, My Cuisine.
the SOX bloggers with SM City - GenSan Assistant Mall Manager
 Engr Hermon L. Hernandez

This joint project of SM Supermalls and the Philippine Star with help from Homeworld, My City My SM My Cuisine highlights the unique flavor of Philippine regional cuisine through a culinary competition presenting two signature recipes from participating cities where SM malls are placed. 
Culinary Competition Winners Olimpio C. Pactes and Janeth P. Paghubasan 

The competition at SM City - General Santos showed off two signature recipes of bihod (tuna roe) for the entree and dessert from dried papaya and dried pineapple. 

Winners Mr. Olimpio C. Pactes for Tuna Roe Pinakamalan, a Maguindanaon dish for entree category and Mr. Janeth P. Paghubasan for  Dried Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Toast Bread for dessert category bagged Php 5,000.00 worth of SM gift certificates  and gift packs from Homeworld.

the distinguished board of judges for the cook - off competition

Winners were decided and chosen by the board of judges which included SM Foodcourt Manager, Mr. Donne Marcos, Ranchero Nuevo owner, Mr. Paolo Sunglao and SM City General Santos Assistant Mall Manager, Engr. Hermon L. Hernandez.
Tuna Buntot in Gata specialty from
Mrs. Sol Sunglao, Ranchero Resto Owner
The Launching Program commenced with audio visual presentation with Ms. Cora Alvina, Board of Trustee of Metropolitan Museum, was prepared and underscored GenSan’s food culture and featured personalities who play significant roles in GenSan’s food tradition and industry. It featured Chef Kring Macion, who shared their family heirloom recipe, Chicken with Pineapple. Another successful woman with great contribution in GenSan’s rich culinary culture was also highlighted, Mrs. Sol Sunglao, owner of Ranchero who demonstrated her original recipe which is Paksiw na Buntot ng Tuna in gata. And lastly, Ms. Marina Sudao, a native T’boli woman, shared with our guests and mall goers their food which native t’boli people usually have in their table. My SM, My City, My Cuisine calls for the unique blends and taste of the SOX chefs and the restaurants that showcase the  distinct liking of the SOX for great food. So, hail to SM City for highlighting the pride of Filipino cuisine nationwide!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

DOLEFIL Turns 50

SOCCSKSARGEN Bloggers Meet - up with DOLEFIL

Reaching a golden year is never easy for companies, thus, to have come that far, commendations are well due to the entire company for a job well done.

But, DOLEFIL reaches 50 with distinct flying colors as it receives various international and national awards including from ISO and Kapatid Award for outstanding management, operation, social responsibility, employees' care and safety to list a few.

To date, DOLEFIL  has more than 4000 regular employees with annual production equivalent to about 8 billion health - bound servings delivered to international markets worldwide. 

So, this 2013 is a string of various activities for DOLEFIL which started with simultaneous fireworks display last January 1, 2013 in its areas of operations in Calumpang, General Santos City, Surallah, and Polomolok, South Cotabato.

More importantly, they shall be helping underprivileged families  and individuals who are stricken with unwanted health issues to go through free medical operations under the expertise of doctors and other medical personnel from Philippine Medical Society of Florida in partnership with Howard Hubbard Memorial  Hospital staff, Mahintana Foundation, Inc.,  and Mt. Matutum Healthcare Foundation that aims to help around 100 patients to commence on January 13 - 19, 2012.

With the new strategic business move,  the new ownership of DOLE's Worldwide Packaged Foods and Asia Fresh businesses, including DOLEFIL, more improvements and upgrades are expected to be on roll.

So, we salute DOLEFIL for its continued employee - focused, community - oriented,  and quality - adherence practices and principles. Another 50 years shall be be an easy feat.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Jollibee's 18th Maaga ang Pasko Kicks off at SM City General Santos

 Having a soft heart for the less fortunate kids, I am only happier that private organizations and others freely contribute to helping these kids.

So, with Jollibee's boxes to hold  donations of books and toys and with willing families to help, Christmas can be a little bit fun for the deprived kids.

 Check out the official Jollibee's Press Release:

Fun with Jollibee @ SM City Gensan; photo credits: Arnel Joshua Lim

Continuing its  legacy of making Christmas brighter for less fortunate kids, Jollibee is again spreading hope and cheer with the 18th Maaga ang Pasko. This year, the country's longest - running toy and book donation drive makes its stop in General Santos City, calling on more Filipino families to join the Jolly Family Toy Scouts and touch the lives of children in need.

In partnership with SM Supermalls, Jollibee held a fun  and memorable media launch at the Activity Center of SM City General Santos last October 27. Those in attendance include  the new batch of partner schools and companies from the region, Jolly Family Toy Scouts, as well as Jollibee executives led by their Operations Director for Mindanao, Grace Mercado.

"There is no better way for families to bond during the Christmas season than by sharing their blessings and bringing joy to those who need it most. Through Maaga ang Pasko, we hope that families in General Santos will also make sharing a part of their Christmas family tradition," said Mercado.

wiggle with the winner; photo credits: Arnel Joshua Lim

During the event, the 2012 batch of Jolly Family Toy Scouts from General Santos were inducted, committing to making the 18th year of the toy and book drive a bigger success. Jollibee's regional business unit of Mindanao led the symbolic hanging of commitmennts on the Maaga ang Pasko Christmas tree and starting off this year's toy and book donations.

A variety of fun games and family - themed booths, plus  a special  magic show, were also set up at the launch, allowing participants and mall - goers to enjoy the time  with their families while contributing to the campaign. All they had to do was present old  or new toys and books in exchange for tickets  to join in on the fun. This year's campaign doesn't stop there as launch events in four other key cities are slated within October and November, including Metro Manila, Bacolod, Calamba and Tarlac.

Since it started, the Jollibee Maaga ang Pasko campaign has spread the holiday cheer among thousands of children, collecting and distributing more than 1.8 million toys and books over the years. Last year, there were over 300,000 books and toys collected with the help of 102 partner schools and 62 partner companies. Known collectively as the Jolly Toy Scouts, these volunteers gave less fortunate children a memorable Christmas celebration.

Spread Christmas cheer and become a Jolly Family Toy Scout now! Gather your old toys and books, and drop off in the Maaga ang Pasko boxes in any Jollibee store nationwide.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bo's Coffee Now in GenSan

What delights more to an avid coffee drinker like me than having a brand new coffee shop that captures my preferred taste and within a reasonable budget?

glad to have a chit - chat with Bo's Coffee key people

So, I could only welcome the  presence of a Filipino - owned and - branded coffee  shop in my very own hometown, General Santos City at a very strategic location in SM City GenSan where they open as early as 8AM until 11PM.

a cool and relaxed time @ Bo's Coffee

 Bo's Coffee offers a unique experience as we only take freshly brewed coffee from majorly sourced coffee from Bukidnon, Sagada, Benguet and South Cotabato. And, to complement our own choice of cold or hot coffee shall be their own freshly baked pastries. I  personally loved the  blueberry cheese cake  with my iced coffee jelly.

enjoy a sumptuous and heavy breakfast at Bo's

Raised from Cebu, this Filipino - acclaimed coffee shop is a preferred choice by many and proof that they have more than 50 stores nationwide, company - owned and franchised with 100% guaranteed quality and satisfying Bo's Coffee experience.

So, check them out and enjoy their wide selection of goodies and coffee boosts at way too reasonable rates. For more details, you can visit their official website at

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Enjoy Online Gaming

We had once an internet cafe that housed around 10 units and oftentimes, online gaming dominated the most - sought service. It is not surprising then that local government units have ordered internet cafe's not to accept students during school hours to make sure that they stay in school. So, oftentimes, you would see students swarm the cafe before and after class.

This makes most people wonder what can be derived from online gaming. Experts suggest that online gaming promotes social networks as games are oftentimes shared with people outside the town or city.  Further, online gaming promotes confidence that is not normally found offline.

This is also true for most online games like the where one can be free to play and simply rely on skill and probably luck. There are other online gaming sites but oftentimes they will rob you deep with their false promises.

With discipline and right disposition, online gaming can be stress counter medium. So, have fun and play responsibly.

Would it be smarter if we play before any deposit can be made? Yes, it can be quite true especially for where they offer no deposit bonus over a good number of casino games. More importantly, they offer no deposit bonus codes   regularly, so, you improve your chances of winning without having to worry about deposits and being fooled.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Better Theater Entertainment @ SM City's Cinema


While there are other theaters that provide similar movie entertainment, watching at GenSan City's SM  Cinema is simply better as it offers four cinemas with high - end and state - of - the - art project ion  system  and high quality sound system with comfy seats. 

photo source: Van Almeria

For one, we enjoyed our first movie escapade with SM Cinema's Bourne Legacy premier last August 9, 2012. Their snack center offers reasonably priced goodies with an entrance fee at a budget's range. 

Plus, you can enjoy the first - of - its - kind e-PLUS card for far fun movie experience!

photo source: Van Almeria

What is SM Cinema e-PLUS Card? 

SM Cinema's e-PLUS Card is the most convenient access to the movies. It's a prepaid card that is reloadable  with Php500 and Php1,000 load denominations. Get free snacks every time you load up. Reloading is available at SM Cinema ticket booth and soon, online via and other reloading facilities. When you avail   e-PLUS card  you will get the starter kit which includes a movie, snack ( drinks and popcorn) and a premium item. Mine I got a tumbler. 

Use your e-PLUS card to earn reward points every time  you watch a movie. Redeem reward items easily at the e-PLUS Card booth located in all SM Cinema branches nationwide. 
The e-PLUS card is your ticket to Entertainment, exciting Privileges for different Lifestyles plus enticing Upgrades and Surprises.
Who may use e-PLUS
The e-PLUS card is open to all movie goers. Students, entrepreneurs and professionals may enjoy all the perks and convenience that the card offers.

Why e-PLUS?
Load up and get instants access to your movies. No need to fall in line, cardholders may go straight to the theater of choice. Moreover, receive regular and promo updates via email and SMS. Get invites to exclusive promos and seasonal offers along with access to exclusive events, quarterly raffles and free giveaways on different occasions. 
How can I get an e-PLUS Card?
The Application Form is available at the e-PLUS booth or on-line via the SM Cinema website.  Upon submission of the completed application form, a cardholder has the option to avail the e-PLUS Starter Kit for only Php300.00. Starter kit includes a premium item, an automatic pass to a movie plus a large popcorn and a soda.  Upon completion of registration and payment of the starter kit, the cardholder will receive a personalized e-PLUS Card and  welcome SMS. By validating his/her mobile number, cardholder gets a complimentary movie ticket.

You also get 50% discount on selected movies. Aside from there immediate perks, you also get to earn points and exchange it later for more worthwhile redeemable items.

Point Earning:

1 Regular Digital Ticket = 1 pt
1 Digital 3D Ticket = 3 pts
1 Director's Club Ticket = 4 pts
1 IMAX Hollywood Ticket = 4 pts
P100 worth of Snacks = 1 pt
Get your SM Cinema e-PLUS  Loyalty Card now  and experience exclusive rewards and unlimited surprises. 

SM City’s Supermarket Rocks!

wide array of shopping options at way too cheap prices

The SOX Bloggers were fortunate enough to witness firsthand the grandness and elegance of the newest mall in town, the SM City which opens its doors to the  locals last August 10, 2012. And, true to its name and the general public’s expectations, the SM City’s Supermarket promises and delivers only the best for its customers.

loving the long stretch of international goodies

more counters for prompt and faster shopping transaction

The spacious area offers convenient and comfy shopping at longer mall hours. More importantly, where else can you see a supermarket that brings all the basic home necessities from kitchen to living area with its food and home items, furniture and fixtures all in one haven.
freshly shredded and cut for your convenience

To ensure that customers only get and deserve the freshness and goodness of its fruits, vegetables and raw meat, they provide humidifier and cooling systems that are simply unique and worth applauding.

But, wait! There is more! SM City lives up to its theme of “AT YOUR SERVICE” as it provides a unique SM City’s Customer Advantage Card where exciting promos and giveaways can be won every day. Plus, their welcoming customer aids are evidently present areawide to ensure that your every need can be attended to.  
the welcoming - raw meat attendants with their spit guard for customer's protection

With competitive prices for all their supermarket goodies, shopping at SM City’s supermarket  sure levels up and rocks totally hard!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Enjoy Great Dining Experience @ Pensoy's Grill

Pensoy's Grill Facade; photo credits: Arnel Joshua Lim
Three (3) weeks ago the old Big Blings Restaurant was reborn to "PENSOY'S GRILL" under the original owners, the Thomas Haw family, of Big Blings with wider food offers with excellent food taste only from the presence of in-house nationally - trained chef. Of course, you won't miss their house specialties of ostrich steak and burger and croco's sisig among others.
crocodile sisig; photo credits: Arnel Joshua Lim

low - cholesterol ostrich steak; photo credits: Arnel Joshua Lim

Unlike the old Big Blings where drinking was it's main service, the new Pensoy's Grill offers a new dining experience with their unique menu collection. They house 2 function rooms for conferences or special family occasion that can cater  50 - 100 guests at very affordable packages and a music room at PHP 500.00 consumable hourly rate .
Sarangani Province Vice Governor Steve Solon plays badminton at Big Shot; photo credits: Arnel Joshua Lim

More importantly, you can fully get more worth from your dining stay with Pensoy's Grill as they offer other sports amenities like the beer pong (table tennis with a twist), Big Shot's badminton or basketball at an hourly rate. Consequently, you and your friends or loved ones can quite have a great bonding time even at budget price.
Great music from BTB (Bulag - Taba - Bayot) Band on Stage; photo credits: Arnel Joshua Lim

They are open from 3:00 pm to 12:00 midnight and have cool and excellent bands from Monday to Saturday. Did I mention that they serve short orders too?

See you there and enjoy their specialties! 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sun Cellular Brings Communication Services to the Next Level

I have been using another telecommunication network for over a decade and even if there are a number of telecommunication lines with various promotions, my loyalty is all glued to this network. But, when budget becomes a pressing issue, my need for a more value - laden communication service becomes more persistent and adamant.

with Sun Cellular VIPs and SOX blogger - friends 

So, a visit to a local Sun Cellular Shop made me realized what I have been wasting on my old telecommunication line. With unlimited texts to other Sun numbers with free hours of call and 500 free texts to other networks for as low as 250.00 among other freebies, what more can I ask for. And, to have the same privileges enjoyed by family members through a group plan, Sun Cellular has become and shall be a personal household name.

And, Sun Cellular doesn't hold its leash tighter on services as it launches its new baby and the entire Filipinos have better reason to shift to Sun.

Read on this official press release from the desk of Sun Cellular Senior Manager for Digital Marketing James Lim.

March 9, 2012


Following its intensified network expansion program, Sun Cellular launched its first salvo of new and better value postpaid plans, the Postpaid Plan 250 initially available in Mindanao.
“Given the immense demand for Sun Cellular’s best-value services in Mindanao, we have specifically chosen the region as our pilot area for this subscription plan offering,” says Ricky Pena, Senior Vice President for Postpaid and New Business.
For only Php250.00 per month, subscribers to this new postpaid plan includes unlimited Sun-to-Sun texts, four hours of Sun-to-Sun calls, 500 texts to other networks plus a free Samsung E1080 phone.  This plan is perfect for those who want to enjoy unlimited texting and still be able to call their friends and loved ones from time to time. Also with the generous allocation of texts to other networks, this plan will also attract those who want to stay in touch but do not want to spend too much.
Sun Cellular has been the preferred choice of over 50% of new postpaid plan subscribers for the past 5 years. Its postpaid subscriber base continues to grow steadily increasing by more than 30% year over year in January of 2012 versus the same period last year.
“This 2012, we are focusing on boosting our network signal strength by augmenting and optimizing our existing cell sites, and taking advantage of synergies with our sister companies in the PLDT Group. Our extensive network strengthening campaign will be complimented with products that best suit the needs of the locals in the areas we are expanding to,” Pena revealed.
Pena also expressed his confidence on the widened coverage in Mindanao. “As we move to further establishing a more extensive network, our subscribers in Mindanao may now enjoy our best-value postpaid plans in areas where before we were not present,” he adds. “This will also benefit customers in other areas outside Mindanao as they can now get in touch with their family and other loved ones in the new areas we are now in using their Sun Cellular lines.”
 The first wave of these network enhancement efforts are now being felt in the areas of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Camiguin, Zamboanga, Tawi-Tawi, Dinagat Island, Compostella Valley, Sulu, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Davao del Sur, among others.
Sun Cellular is a member of the PLDT Group. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hail to DOLE Philippines' Light - a - Life Program

15 Years of Helping Orphanages and Home of the Elders

Decorated Norfolk Pine Trees along the DOLE Phil's Pedestrian Walk

Christamas Day is quite early among DOLE Philippines and its partner beneficiaries as it holds its 15th year of Light - a - Tree, Light - a - Life Program.  Since the start of this program for social responsibility,  various orphanages and home of the elders were chosen as recipients for funds raised by the DOLE Philippines. And, what makes the program extra special is the fact that every DOLE employee from the administration to the rank and file,  contributes to helping this program works and making sure that they can indeed touch someone else's holiday.

More than just a symbol,
the gifts mean sharing the blessings and appreciating good life with the  less fortunate community

Recycled Paper - Plastic -  Filled Snowmen for  a Frosty Island - Inspired Theme

So, to give hope and to celebrate life's blessings, abundance and solidarity, nine (9)  proud evergreen Norfolk pine trees  were decorated and lighted from recycled cans, plastic bottles, cups, straws, defective cds / mouse to the santa - pedaled conveyor.

the SOCCSKSARGEN BLOGGERS plus photographer Arnel Joshua Lim
responding to the cause

The SOCCSKSARGEN BLOGGERS could only be prouder that DOLE Philippines have made the colder  nights of  Polomolok  brighter and have made orphans and elders' Christmas Holiday  love -  and  - hope - filled. 

You too can change the Christmas Holidays of our local orphans and elders, contribute a peso or more and that can make extra difference among the underprivileged. And, by helping, we make our Christmas celebration more meaningful and special.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Join the Fun, Be in BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN 2.0!

It was a year ago that my family had joined the first ever SOCCSKSARGEN BLOGFEST and we simply had one extravagant and blogful  day since the blogfest was swarmed with amazing blog  / journalism / niche experts.

So, my family and I won't let the 2nd Blogfest pass in spite of this late entry. Over 100 bloggers are expected to fill the venue and coming from two big men, Bariles and Orman Manansala, this Blogfest 2.0 shall be another success to look forward to.

Join us then, and make your blog more interesting, fun, and worth - visiting. I am pretty sure you will make your attendance very very worthwhile.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Why You Should Consider Running

Running has been a passion and way of life for me. While it started only as an excuse not to be lazy, its health benefits have become more pressing than any other benefits it can offer. Of course, these benefits would include networking with other running enthusiasts, staying sexy and lean and boosting self confidence. More importantly, medical experts say that running can  protect you from mental disorder, hypertension, cancer among others.

running with my kid on our 3km fun run for a local parish anniversary feast
photo source: Arnel Joshua Lim

So, what has become an off - on hobby became more compelling that I constantly persuade my family to run with  me and to have healthy diet and lifestyle for healthy and longer living.

When technology has become one of the culprits for obesity, one can only be responsible over his weight and make sure that he does what is need to stay healthy and fit, so, to avoid medical adverse implications. There has been an increasing number of obesity around the globe and the Philippines is not at all exempted from this alarming concern.  Consequently, we consider weight loss alternatives like exercise, diet foods  or   cosmetic surgery.

So, why do we have to run?  It was shown in one study that individuals who run have greater chance of increasing the good fat and decreasing the body fat,  triglyceride levels, and the risk of coronary heart disease. Further, there can be a reduction in high blood pressure and a boost of immune system. Also, running is a better means to stop the consequence of aging like osteoporosis among women.

While we have a thousand and one reasons to skip exercise, or promote healthy diet and lifestyle, I believe that living a longer healthy life has no equal justification. So, if you love your family and you are concerned with your health, pick those running shoes and run a distance or two.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Check Out the New Fire and Ice Grill and Steak Bar in GenSan

 The Generals shall have another pride as a new place can be a haven for those who simply want to relax and to enjoy good food with friends and family.The old Anchor Driving Range now dubbed as Gensan Sports Center begins its metamorphosis as a newly opened Fire and Ice Grill & Steak Bar just around the golf area starts serving the locals with their breakfast - to - dinner varied menu and concoctions.

But, what is more exciting is that sports enthusiasts shall have another place to sweat and to have fun since Mr. Rey Billena and family shall add more amenities for softball, gym, spa and alike. And, come NOVEMBER 11, 2011, the generals can be more proud for this high - end sports center.

So, the SOCCSKSARGEN BLOGGERS   can only be more grateful to be invited to this new hang - out and we can't wait to enjoy the new face that this old favorite place can deliver.

photo credits: ARNEL JOSHUA LIM

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Top Reasons Why You Need a De - Stressor

Experts say that stress is a crucial and critical condition that should not be ignored. Different individuals react to stress and while others use recreational activities like sports or Yoga to help them relaxed and / or recharged others simply succumb to stress that they tend to get persisting and chronic stress and its associated manifestations like headaches.

Medical doctors say that stress can be associated to health conditions including but not limited to:

  • heart disease 
  • depression 
  • diabetes 
  • hair loss 
  • sexual dysfunction 
  • hyperthyroidism 
  • obesity 
  • obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder 
  • tooth and gum disease 
  • ulcers 
  • cancer 
  • alcoholism
  • drug addiction
  • allergies and skin problems
 So, while stress can be an ordinary fatigue or emotional condition, we can't simply underestimate its power and impact. Thus, we can only find ways to de - stress. Others try the following:

  • indoor and / or outdoor games
  • movie viewing 
  • book reading
  • sports betting  like soccer betting
  • short or long vacations
  • body massage
  • coffee breaks with friends or loved ones.
Regardless of the means how we remove our stress, what is more important is the fact that we do something to address it.

Running for Noble Advocacy

with my kid on our first night run for the benefit of the abused and abandoned children

We have been running our nth fun race and we can only be happier that we are helping in the advocacy supported by the organizers and at the same time, we are doing ways to keep us fit.

Since my husband was away, I had to run with my 9 - year old kid in spite of  the 3 km - distance we had to cover. Thus, the route was only traversed in a walk - run mode. My kid was quite exhausted and in spite of telling him to stop joining the race, he could not  be convinced the other way around.

photo source: General Santos City Police Office

There is another run scheduled on August 14 and I hope to run for 10km. I can only hope I can endure the race in spite of running alone since my husband can't stand the long running.

I can only be happier that I get to do what I love to do running and helping others.