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Gensan's Tuna Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities | General Santos City

Every September many places across Region 12 or SOCCSKSARGEN are in festival mood. Among these is the City of General Santos which celebrates its charter day every September 5 and the week-long Tuna Festival.

This early, preparations are already underway for Tuna Festival 2014. Just recently, organizers have created a new fan page for Tuna Festival 2014 on Facebook and announced there this year's Tuna Festival theme and logo. 

Tuna Festival 2014
Gensan's Tuna Festival 2014 Logo and Theme
So, save the date! 

Gensan's Tuna Festival 2014 is happening on September 5-13. Be one of the thousands of tourists who are expected to troop to the "Tuna Capital of the Philippines" which is General Santos City and experience Tuna Festival. 
Tuna Festival Float
One of the float in last year's Gensan Tuna Festival.
Among the highlights of the celebration are the Tuna Festival Float Parade participated by different companies in General Santos City and the colorful Tuna Festival Streetdancing Competition. Organizers have also announced the staging of the Search for Mutya ng Mindanao 2014.

Have you made your plans for Tuna Festival 2014? Check out the tentative schedule of activities below and see you in General Santos City.


Continuing Events
August 15 - September 15,2014 
• Grand Carnival 
• SMB Party Zone 
• Coke Pasaya
• Food Court & Food Display
• Trade and Merchandise Exhibit (Flea Market)

Torque-Motospeed Drag Racing Competition
August 30-31, Diversion Rd., Mabuhay

4th Tuna Fest National Open Table Tennis
August 30-31, Gaisano Mall

Manny Pacquiao Cup: Gensan Tuna Festival Int’l 10-Ball Tournament 
Sept. 1-12, Pacman Stadium, Tambler

5th GSC Tunafest Lawn Tennis 
Sept. 3-7,  GSC Tennis Club

National Tuna Congress 
Sept. 4-5, SM Gensan

Rasta Tuna 
Sept. 6-13,  SM Al Fresco Area

SOCCSKSARGEN Chess Championship 
Sept. 6-7, Robinson’s Place

Boxing Tournament (Friendship Game) 
Sept. 6-7,  Oval Covered Court

MIO Motor Race 
Sept. 6-7 Mabuhay Road

Beach Volleyball 
Sept. 9-11, Queen Tuna Park

9th Tuna Festival Skills Olympics 
September 10-11, KCC Mall

Photo Exhibit 
Sept. 14-21, KCC Mall

Saturday, August 30, 2014
2nd Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera Cup 
7:00AM Ngilay Shooting Range

Sunday, August 31, 2014
13th Yellowfin Bike Challenge 
6:00 AM Oval Grandstand

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Munting Mutya Semi-Finals & Talent Show
To be announced Gaisano Mall of Gensan

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Star for A Cause: Daisy Reyes 
4:00 PM Lagao Gym

Friday, September 5, 2014
Flag Raising Ceremony 
8:00 AM City Hall

Tuna Float Parade 
2:00 PM SM-Plaza

Grand Opening 
6:00 PM Oval Grandstand

Saturday, September 6,2014
Tunafest Lawihan Triathlon 
6:00 AM Route To be announced 

Globe Night
 Oval Grandstand

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Tuna Fest Run 2014 
3:30 AM Oval Plaza (assembly)

2nd SJSA Tunafest Jetski Invitational 
6:00 AM Tropicana Beach

Munting Mutya Grand Finals 
To be announced Gaisano Mall of Gensan

Brigada Teen Guwang 
7:00 PM Oval Grandstand

Monday, September 8,2014
Talent Showcase of the Generals 
7:00 PM Oval Grandstand

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 
GMA EDM Party 
To be announced Oval Grandstand

Wednesday, September 10,2014
2014 Fish Fest sa Fish Port 
6:00 AM Gensan Fish Port
Fish Port Street Party 
6:00 PM Gensan Fish Port

Talent Night – Mutya ng Mindanao 
7:00 PM Oval Grandstand

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Guiness World Record Attempt: “Largest Fish Display” 
6:00 AM Fish Port 

Tuna Fest Cheerleading Competition 
3:00 PM Robinson’s Mall

ABS CBN Night 
7:00 PM Oval Grandstand

Friday,September 12, 2014
Tuna Fest Job Fair 2014 
9:00 AM Gaisano Mall

Smart Night 
6:00 PM Oval Grandstand

Coronation Night: Mutya ng Mindanao 
7:00 PM Greenleaf Hotel

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Bombo Radyo Bancarera 
6:00 AM To be announced

Lawihan Street Dancing Competition 
2:00 PM SM to Oval Plaza

Closing Ceremony 
7:00 PM Oval Grandstand

Pa-Morningan Sa Gensan 
9:00PM -2:00am Oval Plaza

RANDOM PHOTOS: Carnival at Gensan's Oval Plaza

One of the attractions of Gensan's Tuna Festival this year is the carnival at the Oval Plaza.

I was able to get inside the carnival last night and was amazed with the different amusement rides and fun being offered. Shouts of riders from two of its most popular amusement rides - the Sea Dragon and the Hurricane Coaster can be heard all over the place.

Other attractions includes the cable cars, Swing Carousel, the all-time favorite Ferris Wheel and Octopus Rides. There is also the standard carousel, bump cars, Horror Cab and many others.

Entrance ticket is at P10.00 for children and adults, while each ride costs P50.00. See pictures below.









Street dancing to highlight Kalivungan Festival 2014 and Cotabato Centennial celebration

The Provincial Government of Cotabato (north) has invited different provinces and cities all over Mindanao to send contingents to perform and compete in the street dancing and showdown competition during the culmination of the province's centennial celebration and Kalivungan Festival 2014 on September 1, 2014.
Photo by Althon Ian Orongan
Thousands are expected to flocked at the provincial capitol grounds in Kidapawan City during the event as it is said to be bigger this year. The street dancing and showdown competition  is divided into two categories. The Provincial category will be participated by different towns within Cotabato Province and the Mindanao-wide category, in which street dancing contingents from neighboring provinces and cities will be competing.

According to reports, there will be contingents coming from the provinces of South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and as well as the cities of Tacurong, Cotabato and General Santos City. The Provincial Governor's Office has also reached out to LGU-Davao City to send contingent for the competition.

“We want the Kalivungan Festival to be extra-ordinary for the people of Cotabato on the 100th year of the province that’s why we reach out to provinces and cities all over Mindanao to be with us on the most important occasion”. Gov. Taliño-Mendoza said.

Cash prizes at stake for the Provincial category are P150,000 for the 1st Place, P100,000 for the 2nd Place and P75,000 for the 3rd Place. For the Mindanao-wide category, the 1st Place will receive P350,000, 2nd place P200,000 and 3rd Place P150,000 and trophies.

List of Winners: Kadayawan Festival 2014

Below is the list of winners for three of the major events of Kadayawan Festival 2014, the Hiyas sa Kadayawan, Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, and Pamulak sa Kadayawan.



Susan Batawan of the Ata Tribe - Hiyas sa Kadayawan
Chally Lou Macaran of the Matigsalog Tribe - Hiyas sa Kalamboan
Kessia Carol Tar of the Bagobo-Klata Tribe - Hiyas sa Panaghiusa


Champion - Matiao National High School of City of Mati
1st Runner-up - Tribu sa Lalan of Polomolok, South Cotabato
2nd Runner-up - Cabantian National High School
3rd Runner-up - Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts
4th Runner-up - San Luiz National High School


Champion - Bgy. Kapitan Tomas
1st Runner-up - Davao Horse Club
2nd Runner-up - Club VeeDub Davao
3rd Runner-up - Philippine Daily Inquirer
4th Runner-up - Hydie Jereos

Champion - International Pharmaceutical Inc.
1st Runner-up - Concentrix
2nd Runner-up - Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Talikud Island
3rd Runner-up - University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Assoc.
4th Runner-up - Ines Flower Shop

INDIGAY SA TUGTOG WINNER - Banay-Banay Dance Troupe


Champion - Liceo de Cagayan Folkloric Dance Troupe of Cagayan de Oro City
1st Runner-up - T'boli National High School Performing Arts of T'boli, South Cotabato
2nd Runner -up - Madayaw Dance ensemble of Davao City

Mutya ng Mindanao 2014 Candidates

Eighteen (18) beauty title holders from all over the island are competing for this year's Mutya ng Mindanao title.

The Mutya ng  Mindanao 2014 pageant will be held on September 12, 2014 at the Pandan Ballroom of Greenleaf Hotel in General Santos City.

View photos of the  Mutya ng  Mindanao 2014 below and vote for your favorite candidate for the Netizen's Choice Award.

Here is the complete list of this year's Mutya ng Mindanao candidates:

  • Kate Fernandez - Compostela Valley
  • Maria Theresa Tan - Davao City
  • Goldilaine Flores - Davao del Norte
  • Lady Lou Tabudlong - Davao del Sur
  • Grapes Pacara - Davao Occidental
  • Dahlia Solis - Digos City
  • Madonna Galang - General Santos City
  • Fecel Mae Salandanan- Kidapawan City
  • Yvonne Napao - Lamitan City, Basilan
  • Arianne Shane Buenviaje - Mati City/ Davao Oriental
  • Jenny Grace Tenizo - North Cotabato
  • Meryll Joyce Sepe - Panabo City 
  • Niña Alba - Sarangani Province
  • Marissa Jade Koh - Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Princess Nedy Betita - Sultan Kudarat
  • Mary Claire Dodo - Surigao del Sur
  • Niña Grace Sartagoda - Tagum City
  • Christine Juaton - Zamboanga City

To VOTE for the Netizen's Choice Award:

1. Like the Mutya ng Mindanao page on Facebook.
2. Hit/ "Like", comment and share the picture of the candidate of your choice.
3. The rating will be computed based on the sum of the total likes and shares divided by two.
4. Last day of voting will be on September 12, 2014,  12 noon.

GenSan and Isulan, Most Competitive City and Municipality in SOCCSKSARGEN

The Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol situated in the town of Isulan
Isulan, the capital town of the Province of Sultan Kudarat and the City of General Santos were the most competitive municipality and city in SOCCSKSARGEN, based on the latest annual Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) by the National Competitiveness Council.

Isulan, which is the seat of the provincial government of Sultan Kudarat was at rank #7 among 399 municipalities in the country ranked this year.While the City of General Santos, known for its tuna and fishing industries was at rank #12 among 136 cities in the Philippines.

Also in the top 10 list of most competitive municipalities in the Philippines is the progressive town of Polomolok in South Cotabato, ranking 8th in the country. Polomolok hosts the cannery operations of Dole Philippines including its pineapple plantations.

The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) measures competitiveness at the local government level using 28 indicators grouped into three equally-weighted pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. Scores on each pillar were combined to form the overall score used to rank cities and municipalities.

The Municipality of Tupi in South Cotabato ranked 2nd among all municipalities in the country in terms of Government Efficiency which is measured based on data on transparency scores, economic governance scores, local taxes and revenues, local competition-related awards, business registration efficiency, investment promotion, compliance to national directives, security, health, and education. Tupi is 13th Most Competitive Municipality in the Philippines this year.

Shown below are the rankings of the five (5) cities and a total of 40 municipalities in SOCCSKSARGEN or Region 12 according to the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2014 of the National Competitiveness Council.



2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival List of Winners

The winners of the 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival has been announced Sunday night, August 10, 2014 in an awarding ceremony held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Big winners were films Kasal (Director's Showcase) and Asan si Lolo Me (Short Feature) which won the Best Film awards together with the film Bwaya for the New Breed category.

This year's Cinemalaya Film Festival Best Director award was awarded to Kevin Ang for the film entry Lola (Short Feature) and Michael Tuviera for The Janitor (Director's Showcase).

K'na, The Dreamweaver, a film by Ida Anita del Mundo that featured the rich culture and traditions of the T'boli tribe and shot entirely in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato was awarded the Special Jury Award and Best Production Design for the New Breed category.

Below is the complete List of 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival Winners.

Best Film
Short Feature - Asan si Lolo Mê
Director's Showcase - Kasal
New Breed - Bwaya

Best Director
Short Feature - Kevin Ang, Lola
Director's Showcase - Michael Tuviera, The Janitor

Special Jury Award
Short Feature - The Ordinary Things We Do
Director's Showcase - Hari ng Tondo
New Breed - K'na the Dreamweaver

2014 Gawad Balanghai
 Kidlat Tahimik, "Father of Philippine Independent Cinema"

Best Editing
Director's Showcase - Tara Illenberger, The Janitor
New Breed - Gerone Centeno, Children's Show

Best Screenplay
Short Feature - Kevin Ang, Lola
Director's Showcase - Aloy Adlawan and Michael Tuviera, The Janitor
New Breed - Giancarlo Abrahan, Dagitab

Best Actor
Director's Showcase - Robert Arevalo, Hari ng Tondo
New Breed - Dante Rivero, 1st ko si 3rd

Best Actress
Director's Showcase - Nora Aunor, Hustisya
New Breed - Eula Valdez, Dagitab

Best Supporting Actress
Director's Showcase - Cris Villonco, Hari ng Tondo
New Breed - Barbie Forteza, Mariquina

Best Supporting Actor
Director's Showcase - Nicco Manalo, The Janitor
New Breed - Miggs Cuaderno, Children's Show

Netpac Award
Director's Showcase - Hustisya
New Breed - Bwaya

Special Citation for Ensemble Acting
New Breed - Elmo Magalona, Coleen Garcia, Sophie Albert, Kit Thompson, Chynna Ortaleza, #Y

Best Poster Design
Asintado (Justin Besana)

Canon's Best Cinematography
Kasal (Mycko David)

Audience Choice
Short Feature - Lola
Director's Showcase - Hustisya
New Breed - Sudalong Kanin

Best Sound
Director's Showcase - The Janitor (Mike Idioma)
New Breed - Children's Show

Best Musical Score
Director's Showcase - Kasal (Richard Gonzales)
New Breed - Buwaya (Erwin Fajardo )

Best Production Design:
Director's Showcase - Kasal (Harley Alcasid)
New Breed - Dreamweaver (Toym Imao)

Best Cinematography:
Director's Showcase - Kasal (Mycko David)
New Breed - Buwaya (Neil Daza)

Meet & Dine with Coco Martin at Max's Restaurant

Here's to all fans of Coco Martin in General Santos City. Get a chance to meet and share a meal with one today's hottest male actor in the country as Max's Restaurant announces its latest promo - MEET & DINE with COCO MARTIN!

As the title of the promo suggest, you just have to dine at Max's Restaurant located at the 2nd Floor of SM City General Santos. For every P300.00 worth of dine-in transaction entitles you to 1 raffle coupon for a chance to win a dinner date with Coco Martin. Promo will run from Aug. 1-Sept 15, 2014. 

Go to Max's Restaurant Gensan now and make your dream date come true on October 5, 2014. Check out the complete mechanics below.

Xtreme Dancers Homecoming in Koronadal City in Pictures

Xtreme Dancers' Macz Alminaza and Jay-r Melody, the 2014 Senior Grand Champion Performers of the World in the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2014 are back!

Here are more photos from the heroes' welcome for Xtreme Dancers which happened last Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Green Valley College in Koronadal City.

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