10,000 Sky Lanterns for 8th People’s Congress


Gensan's Sky will be a glorious sight like this on 11-1611! Photo Credits: Jet Siang

It is confirmed: 10,000 sky lanterns will be released on November 16, 2011 at the Oval Plaza, General Santos City in line with the celebration of the 8th People’s Congress.

Thousands of torches during the 7th People's Congress

Last year, thousands of torches were lighted. It was like watching thousands of fireflies converging at the Oval Plaza. It was like a sea of flame engulfing the darkness. It was like blinking Christmas lights spread all over the area! What an enriching experience!

Magandang Gensan will behold an amazing sight like this on 11-16-11! Photo Credits: Jet Siang

This year, we will be releasing thousands of lanterns which will be referred to as prayer lanterns (coined by Rev. Andres Docena, Jr. of Project Management Group) during the big event which will be participated in by 35,000 members of the Family Resource Allocation & Management Enhancement (FRAME). FRAME,  a poverty alleviation program of the city, started with only 23 members in 2003 and have grown by leaps and bounds through the years.

Safety First: a proactive test of lantern release in the presence of officials from Bureau of Fire Protection

The organizers and representatives from the City Mayor’s Office , Project Management Group, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and partner agencies gathered at the venue tonight to test the lanterns and check the safety concerns. Part of being proactive, officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police were there to witness the proceedings. We are hopeful that we will have good weather and clear skies on Wednesday so that the lantern release will be a success.

Jet Siang, my dear Aya, your fellow Generals will get to savor your Thailand experience right in Magandang Gensan on 11-16-11! Whoaaaa!

I am excited to host the event which will be directed by my dearest friend, Egai Cadiente. The big event will be a collaboration of thousands of Generals who are eager to re-imagine, reinvent and respond. My beloved husband has prepared his gears so he can take  photos of the actual event. I will certainly share with you stories about this spectacular event that thousands of FRAME members and Generals will soon experience in Magandang Gensan!

Gensan Hosts 4th National ICT Summit


The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Councils from all the major cities and provinces gather together at the KCC Events and Convention Center in General Santos City for the 4th National ICT Summit on November 4 to 6, 2011. This annual event organized by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), through the leadership of Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, is hosted by the ICT Solutions Association of Region 12- General Santos City, headed by Mr. Ronald Velasquez. Continue reading

Ready for the Big Splash!


General Santos City, in commemoration of its 43rd Charter Anniversary, is ready for the Big Splash! My beloved city is celebrating the 13th Tuna Festival on August 26 to September 5, 2011 with oozing vitality.

I will be one of the hosts of the Opening Ceremonies. The opening salvo, according to writer-director Egai Cadiente, “is a theatrical tribute to the sea through metaphorical portrayals of man’s interaction with its waters.” He declared, “Blessed with the ocean’s riches, the city pays homage to the element of sea water that continues to yield harvest for its people.”

Mr. Thomas Bebot Haw, Festival Director for Administration, and Mr. Ronald Velasquez, Festival Director for Operations, are making sure that all the details are going to add to the pizzazz of the celebration. This year’s theme is “Exploring New Depths, Conquering New Heights”.

Come and enjoy the big splash with us!

Crossing Over


The fabulous 2010 is almost over and I am in the middle of a New Year’s Eve frenzy. I decided to hit the keyboard to capture my thoughts and prayers as I prepare my mind, body and soul in crossing over to an exciting 2011. Before taking the big leap, I am looking back with gratitude for the past 12 months of living and loving.

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Hon. Manny Pacquiao Celebrates 32nd Birthday

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One of the most anticipated events in the Philippines

is the birthday celebration of the World’s Greatest Boxer .

On December 17,  Hon. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao

and his wife Jinkee Pacquiao feted almost 2,000 guests

to great food, great entertainment and great prizes

at the KCC Events and Convention Center in General Santos City.

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Pacquiao Employees Celebrate Christmas the Fab Way!

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The employees of Pacquiao Group of Companies

were treated like stars from Tinseltown

as they were given a red carpet treatment at Paseo del Sol in General Santos City

during their corporate Christmas Party on December 5, 2010. Continue reading