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PHOTOS: Ancestral Houses in Glan, Sarangani

I was glad to have been part of the first Glan Geowalk last July together with members of GBG-Gensan. The activity was aimed at mapping Glan's cultural heritage for business and tourism and in consonance with town's 100th Foundation Anniversary this coming October 2014.

Our group had a quick tour around the Poblacion in Glan, Sarangani and visited some of its heritage sites including some ancestral houses. Yes, there are a lot of ancestral houses in Glan. The town is one of the oldest towns in Mindanao and is said to be the first Christian settlement in the region. Glan was founded in 1914 by migrants from Visayas and Luzon.

I was so impressed with the designs and structures of the old houses we visited. And I am glad to know that the municipal government have already taken measures to preserve and develop the ancestral houses to be one of the main attractions in Glan.

More pictures of ancestral houses in Glan, Sarangani below.

Mutya ng North Cotabato 2014 Centennial Queen crowned

In a jampacked and star-studded pageant night held at the Cotabato Provincial Gymnasium in Amas, Kidapawan City the Mutya ng North Cotabato 2014 Centennial Queen was crowned Monday, August 25.

Jemiah Keziah Arroyo, 22 years old, a registered nurse and represented her hometown of Alamada bagged the coveted title besting 14 other candidates from different towns of Cotabato Province. She also won 3 special awards including Best in Interview, Best in Gown and Best in Play Suit.
Mutya ng North Cotabato 2014 winners. Photo from Facebook.
Below are the rest of the winners:

Mutya ng North Cotabato 2014 Centennial Queen
Jemiah Keziah Arroyo
Municipality of Alamada

1st runner-up
Charmaine Fajanela
Municipality of Arakan

2nd runner-up
Clarice Faith Tero

3rd runner-up

Stephanie Joy Abellanida

4th runner-up
Aleana Grace Corpuz

Best in Talent
Mungan Mamparair
Municipality of Carmen

Best in Interview
Jemiah Keziah Arroyo
Municipality of Alamada

Best in Gown
Jemiah Keziah Arroyo
Municipality of Alamada

Best in Play Suit
Jemiah Keziah Arroyo
Municipality of Alamada

People’s Choice Award
Mungan Mamparair
Municipality of Carmen

Best in Haute Couture
Syrhene Allado
Municipality of Tulunan

The Search for Mutya ng North Cotabato 2014 is one of the highlights of the province's centennial celebration.

The pageant night was hosted by rising talent from Surallah, South Cotabato Aldrico Lubaton and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-up Venus Raj.

Among the judges were Binibining Pilipinas 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-up Arriela Arida and Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014 MJ Lastimosa.

The culmination of Cotabato Province's centennial celebration and Kalivungan Festival 2014 will be on Monday, September 1. Happening on that day will be the Mindanao-wide street dancing competition and showdown.

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1st Lutayan Buntis Congress Held

The Local Government Unit of Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat held its first Lutayan Buntis Congress with the theme “ Malusog na Ina, Malusog na Anak,” at Lutayan Gymnasium on August 13, 2014.

“This is the day we had been yearning for in our municipality… to have this congress for the benefit of mothers and children to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality,” Lutayan Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Wiljun O. Pangarintao said.

Doctors were invited to talk about safe motherhood and other related concerns affecting health care needs of pregnant women.

While Dr. Pamela Grace Español-Solano of 24/7 Lying Maternity and Specialty Clinic from the City of Koronadal talked about the importance of maternal and newborn care, breastfeeding, family planning and responsible parenthood; Dr. Aurora Ceres Natividad Fuscablo of Benefits Administration Section-Philhealth12 talked about the availment procedure of said benefits.

“I really want to educate you especially on the dangerous signs and symptoms on the first trimester of your pregnancy. You must understand about the importance of proper nutrition, the knowledge about pregnancy’s do’s and don’t’s and awareness on the significance of health care to prevent maternal and neonatal infection,” Solano said.

Within their first three months of pregnancy, mothers should have proper intake of folic acid for the baby’s brain and spinal cord development, iron for anemia and anti tetanus for infection.

Pregnant women are also required to be honest and cooperative with their midwives or ob-gyne for accurate delivery schedule and for hospital referral whenever necessary.

They should undergo diagnostic and laboratory tests for their health care provider to determine possible infection and check prevalence of hypertension, diabetes and cardiac cases.

They must avoid salty foods, hard liquor, smoking and utilize their prenatal care from Philhealth as needed.

“Being a member of Philhealth means a lot because our maternity care package covers prenatal, natal, post natal and family planning procedures,” Fuscablo said.

Said congress also had information booth on maternal and newborn care package and partner’s booth on local merchandise.

They have likewise availed of free health service delivery such as prenatal check up, hemoglobin determination and oral check up after the orientation.

An exceptional participant received best mommy special award and ten of those who answered questions based from the lectures received baby kit.

In closing, SB Member Ibrahim G. Macasayon encouraged mothers to avail of maternal care services from their Barangay Health station and deliver their babies at the Rural Health Unit.

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.

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