Thursday, December 8, 2011

SMX Convention Center Davao to rise soon!

Davao City will be having an SMX Convention Center soon, which will be part of the SM City Lanang. This will be a big boost to Davao City’s economy since this will be the largest convention center to rise in Mindanao.

The SMX Convention Center in Davao City is smaller in size compared to the one in Manila. It has a leasable area of 5,400 square meters (can be split into three halls with a maximum capacity of 1,800 people each) if combined it can accommodate about 5,000 plus people.

This will be Mindanao’s largest privately-run exhibition and convention facility, the SMX Convention Center is an ideal venue for international exhibitions, large-scale local trade events, major medical and other industry conventions and corporate and social functions.

SMX Convention Center Davao will be open by the first quarter of  2012.

The biggest Pizza ever at Calda Pizza, Gaisano Mall of GenSan!

Have you ever tried eating the biggest pizza ever!  Calda Pizza boast the largest pizza that you can have in GenSan !

The hungry bloggers of the S3X Tour Tres ( Soccsksargen EXperience Tour) organizer Avel Manasala of  GenSantos.com   with the teamed up of Ganda Ever So Muchwell we did and one large pizza is not enough for all of us!

The pizza snack was sponsored by Calda Pizza, Gaisano Mall of GenSan, and they gave us another large pizza to feed our hungry stomach. Deliciouso is all I can say!

Have you tried their pizza yet? It is about time!

New cable car added attraction at the 5th Mountain Adventure Park!

The 5th Mountain Adventure Park at Balakayo, Brgy Olympog, GenSan City has a new added attraction to offer to their ever fast exciting zipline in this part of Mindanao. This is the second time for me to visit this place in GenSan with the S3X Tour Tres ( Soccsksargen EXperience Tour) organizer Avel Manasala of  GenSantos.com   with the teamed up of Ganda Ever So Much.


The road going up the mountain is an adventure in itself, we have to pass by a lot of cock breeding village before reaching the place. As always we were there very early n the morning and breakfast was served courtesy of the owner Mr. & Mrs. James and Twilight Betonio. Breakfast was a feast and it was really heavy they served vegetable soup,tuna steak, banana blossom salad with coconut milk, fruits and suman.


After our breakfast we headed down to gear ourselves for the adventure we came for which is ziplining. But before our breakfast we got to try their cable car, which is the latest attraction of the park. It was an experience of a lifetime to ride a very bare cable car where you can see the deepest part of the mountain as we cross two mountains, just like a slow motion. A must try ride!

This is the fastest zipline  in the area, and if ever you want adventure and fun this is the place to be when in GenSan!

Ride Prices: Zipline – P250; Xtreme Cable Car Ride – P200

For more information just visit 5th Mountain Facebook page!

The only shabu-shabu dining place in Gensan is at Meilih Restaurant!

I have tasted a lot of shabu-shabu in different restaurants around the country, but the best so far is at Meilih Restaurant at Phela Grande Hotel in General Santos City! And it is the only dining place in the city that offers shabu-shabu.

While I was in GenSan with the S3X Tour Tres ( Soccsksargen EXperience Tour) organizer Avel Manasala of  GenSantos.com   with the teamed up of Ganda Ever So Muchme and along with the bloggers who participated were lucky enough to taste one of GenSan’s best shabu-shabu.

Not only that, the dishes that was served was exceptional. There were two types of shabu-shabu that was served, the regular and the hot one. I opted for the hot one, OMG it was delectable a must try if you pass by Gensan. And the best of all is their stuffed cookies with shrimp and quail eggs.

Thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Charles & Helen Angderson for our dinner.

37th Infantry Batallion Camp in Maasim, Sarangani Prov. now a tourist spot!

Who would have thought that an Army Camp will become one of the tourists attraction in Maasim, Sarangani Province?

Not many people would want to go to an army batallion camp, but that changes everything once you got to visit the37th Infantry Battalion Camp at Barrio Tampuan, Brgy Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province under Batallion Commander Lt Col Adolfo Espuelas Sr.

The camp is civilian friendly and they really take good care of the people in the area. They do not only engage in military activities, they are also engaged in Peace building and community services in the area. Sarangani Province is now one of the peaceful province in Mindanao due to their presence.

During the  S3X Tour Tres ( Soccsksargen EXperience Tour) organizer Avel Manasala of  GenSantos.com   with the teamed up of Ganda Ever So Muchwe experienced first hand hospitality from the 37th Infantry Battalion and a tour to their camp that made them special from the rest.
We had a fun time riding their “Tanke de Guerra” around the camp, it  was once in a life time experience, they also have a “Flirting Park”, where soldiers can flirt with nature, a “Serenity lounge”, where they spend sometime and have fun and their famous septic tank which they turned into a sight seeing pad to see the whole of Maasin and the Sarangani Bay.

If you are in the area, this is one experience you wouldn’t miss!

IML Eco Park, a must visit in Maasim!

On the first day of our S3X Tour Tres ( Soccsksargen EXperience Tour) organized by Avel Manasala of  GenSantos.com  with the teamed up of Orman Manansala  we had our lunch at IML ECO PARK, Barangay Lumasal, Maasim, Sarangani Province owned by Mr. Jojo Lopez and Haydee Lopez.


The IML Eco Park is an all adventure park  located on top of the mountain overlooking the Sarangani Bay, where you can enjoy swimming in their pool for adult and one for children, rooms where you can stay overnight. If you want adventure, they also have a zipline to perk up your adrenaline. A restaurant to go to when you are hungry.

We really had a good time at IML Eco Park and we had our sumptuous lunch through the courtesy of Maasim Mayor Jose Zamorro.


For more information on IML Eco Park Visit their Facebook Page Here!

Best White Water Tubing Experience in Maitum!

An adventure of a lifetime awaits visitors and tourist who wants to experience White Water Tubing, in Pangi River, Brgy New La Union, Maitum, Sarangani Province!

For those who are into fun and adventure, this is the place to be. White Water Tubing at its best. The downstream trail has improved a a lot since the last time I was there. The water flow is much faster now and the dips and dive are more exciting.

When in Maitum, Sarangani Province this is a must try ride of a life time.

I was there for the experience and I still get excited even if it is my second time there. . Thanks to  S3X Tour Tres ( Soccsksargen EXperience Tour) organizer Avel Manasala of  GenSantos.com   with the teamed up of Ganda Ever So Much for this second time, big time experience!

Pawikan Sanctuary in Maitum is a must visit for all tourist!

It is a nice feeling to see that nature is taken cared of, especially the Pawikans (Sea Turtles)which has a nestling snctuary in the area. We could see that they are well taken cared of until they are big enough to go back to the vast Sarangani Bay to their freedom.

The experience I felt while letting go a baby Pawikan Sea Turtles to the vast sea was . .. .  I just can’t explain the joy to see the small sea turtles raising to the water along the shore to their freedom. Home at last for the sea turtles!

Thanks a lot for the SEX Tour   organizer Avel Manasala of  GenSantos.com   with the teamed up of Ganda Ever So Much together with the Soccsksargen Bloggers or Sox Bloggers

A visit at the Museum and meeting Maitum Mayor Elsie Lucille Perrett!

After having a hefty breakfast through the courtesy of the mayor of Maitum, Sarangani Province, Mayor Elsie Lucille Perrett, we went to the municipal hall and got to meet the mayor in  person. Thanks to  S3X Tour Tres ( Soccsksargen EXperience Tour) organizer Avel Manasala of  GenSantos.com   with the teamed up of Ganda Ever So Much for this one of a kind experience.


Meeting a local politician is really one of a kind experience since they are busy with their daily activity running the town. In Maitum we were gladly welcomed by Mayor Elsie Lucille Perrett and she was game enough to have a group picture taken with us and after that a photo op with each of the bloggers present.

Next in agenda is the Maitum Museum visit, which is housed just inside the municipal hall. There we can see the rich culture of Maitum, the rich archaeological find in the area. It is a must visit if ever you are in town and it is highly recommended. And our official tour guide is no other than the Tourism officer of Maitum,  Mr. Arlex Narte who gladly gave us the details of the culture and the archaeological find in his hometown.

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