8/14/12

Potential Tourist Spots in Malungon, Sarangani Province

Greetings from beautiful mountains of Malungon! Living here for 27 years, I guess it's about time to promote my hometown not only the existing tourist spots in Malungon but the potential spots as well.  Sarangani province’s landlocked town, Malungon because it has to be a potential tourist hub. Although many have not yet explored its natural gifts, Malungon is definitely a good place to go on a nature trekking with the many natural wonders it boasts.

The Datal Bila Waterwold is a 20 hectare land development located in Barangay Datal Bila. It is situated near the Mt. Matutum Nature Park. Nature lovers would surely embrace the beauty of this area with over 91 endemic flora and fauna living in the area.

Perhaps go on a trekking at Bugasan Falls. It is one spot in the town backpackers and dirt bike riders would love to visit. Trekking towards the falls allows one to explore the interior mountains of Barangay J.P. Laurel, Malungon.

Busagan Falls in JP Laurel Malungon, Sarangani 

Bohol is not only the place in the country that houses the Philippine Tarsiers. The Nanima Watershed found below the Kolonbarak skyline is the home of Philippine Tarsiers, the world’s smallest monkey, where the indigent people of Malungon (Blaan and Tagakaolo tribes) consider them as a sacred creature. It is also home to biodiversity which includes eagles and other endangered species. It covers an area of reforested 283 hectares with endemic species of trees and a good source of potable water.

A great area in the province that tourists would probably compare in Tagaytay is the Kalonbarak Skyline. The skyline lies 750 feet above sea level with a viewing point of Mt. Apo, Mt. Matutum, Sarangani Bay and Davao Golf. Not only it is the home of Sarangani Tarsiers, it is also where 3 villages of Blaan tribe reside. Kalonbarak Skyline will soon be launched as an Eco-cultural project by the municipality. People that will visit the area will learn from the indigent people living in this place their way of practices and living.

Other cool destinations tourists might want to go around are the JQ and La Hermosa Farms, Pacman Farms, Sitio Rancho and the Peak Restaurants, Villareal Garden Resort, Busagan Falls, banana and pineapple plantations, mango farmlands, and Community Museum and Home of Living Traditions.

Community Museum and Home of Living Traditions


Malungon Sarangani may be a landlocked municipality in Sarangani and may not be blessed with picturesque waters with white sand beaches but it sure is blessed with teeming bush lands, different land formations and waterfalls that will surely satisfy a tourist’s delight.

The next time you’ll visit Sarangani, never miss the Municipality called Malungon – a town that has well maintained the balance of nature, innovation and culture.

8/10/12

SM SuperMarket Gensan - At Your Service!

After how many months of waiting, finally SM-Gensan opens its doors to the Generals today. And  Sox Bloggers Became a Part of its Inauguration yesterday.

First, We had a SM-Supermarket trip as the Greenbag Ambassadress Lei Denise Nazaree Marzona toured us from one station to another.



SM Supermarket Gensan- At Your Service, Yes! Aside from reliable and friendly customer  assistants, one can also experience  a personalized and hi-tech supports.  There's a queue-busters  to save you from long lines as it will scan your purchases before you get to the cashier, all you have to is pay. 

As a not full-pledged vegetarian (I can't give up pork and chicken this time) this could be  my favorite where I can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. 

SM has dehumidifiers that control the temperature and moisture so that vegetables remain fresh all the time. For an additional safety features, SM also has "sneeze guard" glass panels to keep fresh items safe and from being exposed to bacteria as many shoppers will go around checking the items.



Bloggers together with traditional media toured around taking pictures while listening to infos and demos.

More Pics


Indeed, SM Supermarket will make your grocery shopping to the next level. Aside that they have all your needs from fresh foods, home items and even your business needs, SM- Gensan offers exciting promos.
  • You can get a bonus in every value pack contains of FREE SM bonus items.
  • You can also be a winner  great prizes when you purchase yellow tag items worth not less than P500.
BUT here's a reminder, get your SM Advantage Card or BDO Rewards Card. Before shopping at Supermarket, make sure to swipe your SM advantage Card, BDO rewards card, or Prestige into a swipe machine to get a discount list or freebies. Having a promo list, you instantly know the discounted items available that day at SM Supermarket - Gensan.

SM Supermarket encouraging its customers to use the reusable bags when shopping to support in saving the Mother Earth.  Always bring your green bag or the chillier bag and get extra points to your SM Advantage card.

Happy Shopping :)

8/7/12

Cotabato City, a Soon-To-Be Tourist Destination


Cotabato City, a Soon-To-Be Tourist Destination but not everyone knew that Cotabato City was once a progressive city in Mindanao but had been economically declining in the recent years. Cotabato City is always thought to be a city where there are bombings, and occasional kidnappings. Cotabato City’s location is at the center of Maguindanao, however it functions independently from the province. Today, Cotabato City is slowly making its way to the tourism industry in the country.

For anyone who’ll visit the city, you can directly judge that there is nothing special here as compared to highly urbanized cities in the country. They have tricycles and jeepneys as the people’s mode of transportation. Along the sides of its busy streets are vendors offering potential buyers of delicacies and other products. Old buildings also stood in its streets, but are no longer used. Most of the foods you’ll see being sold here are those of Muslim dishes and delicacies but you can still opt to buy your food at the chains of fast foods found in the area.

A highlight of the city is the monument of Sultan Kudarat. People built this monument in honor of the Muslim hero who victoriously defeated the Spanish colonizers in their attempt to conquer Mindanao. The monument of Sultan Kudarat is erected atop Pedro Colina Hill. 

Another feature in the city is the Kutawato Cave. The cave may be seen below the Pedro Colina to which the monument of Sultan Kudarat stands. The Kutawato Cave used to be the hide-out of Japanese soldiers during the World War II and believe to be the only cave in the entire country that is located in the center of the city.

It Barter Trade Center located in Governor Gutierrez Street is also worth visiting. In it are arrays of bargain goods which range from sarongs, hijab (a headscarf used by Muslim women), brasswares, tubao (a long scarf that is worn by wrapping it around the head), malong, batiks, and inaul (a hand-woven fabric common in Maguindanao).

Fronting the Rizal Park is the city’s old municipal building which is now a hub for Philippine Marines. Cotabato’s new municipal building is now located outside the heart of the city.

Sultan Hadju Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid photo by: Nanardz of Daniel Dap Chimmers of http://www.southcotabatonews.com

 Another spot worth a visit is the Grand Mosque that can accommodate 800 male and 400 female worshippers. The Grand Mosque is named after the Sultan of Brunei – Sultan Hadji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid. He funded the creation of the mosque partially. From afar, you can already see its grandiose with its yellow domes and a couple of minarets, while its interior is painted in white.

These are only but few attractions, one should explore within the city of Cotabato.