During last week’s trip to General Santos City, I had a pleasant overnight stay at Ellis Suites, one of Gensan’s newest hotels. Cozily tucked in one of the quiet corners of the city, the hotel can easily be any traveler’s urban oasis.
Ellis Suites is, in many aspects, a boutique hotel. Its size, location, contemporary vibe, and modern amenities make it an ideal second home for those who are looking for a more intimate and personalised service in a city hotel.
Aside from the efficient service, what I really like about Ellis Suites is that the hotel seamlessly combines sleek architecture with tasteful interiors. The rooms, although some of them compact in size, are designed to maximize space and are dramatically enhanced by bold splashes of purple and green. All of the 32 fully-airconditioned guestrooms are equipped with amenities such as a 32-inch LCD TV and modern lighting.
During my most recent trip to General Santos City, I had the opportunity to stay at Florotel GenSan for the first time.
Florotel GenSan is a business hotel located along North Laurel Avenue, General Santos City. It’s the newest hotel in the city and I must say one of the nicest additions to GenSan’s growing list of hotels and inns.
Day 3 of my Tunafest 2010 trip started early. My group was tasked to be judges of the Mardi Gras Streetdancing Competition so as early as 9:00 a.m. (quite a feat for me!) we were already at Pioneer Avenue, General Santos City.
(Photo by Olan Emboscado)
It was a sunny day in General Santos City and despite the heat, I stood at my judging post for more than an hour observing the different contingents as they danced to Centerpoint Band’s Whoa Gensan in their colorful costumes. The streetdancing routine was progressive and I was really delighted to see very young contingents perform with much gusto. 🙂
The second day of my Tuna Festival 2010 experience was as busy as Day 1. Thankfully, we were able to sleep a little bit more before our host came to pick us up for lunch.
Knowing that our group has a big appetite for seafood, Avel brought us to Leeonga Mongolian and Seafood Grill at the Sun City Suites Complex. There, we were treated to a spread of delectable dishes that could satisfy any craving for seafood.
I was in General Santos City late last month for the Tuna Festival. My group, Avatar Media, was already very busy with WordCamp Philippines 2010 preparations but three of us managed to get a couple of days off to be one with the Generals in celebrating the 42nd Charter Day Anniversary of their beloved city.
We arrived around lunchtime of September 24, Friday. My good friend Avel took us to the beach (sorry, I can’t remember the name) for a quick stop at the LGU-GenSan Family Day. There, we met Sox Blogger Ric Dumalay and Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio. We also grabbed a few bites, just enough to whet our appetites for our next stop — lunch at Harvey’s.
Moi, Lyle and Avel at the LGU Family Day (photo by Ric Dumalay)
Last weekend, I went to General Santos City for the nth time to attend a party.
I’ve been up to my neck in tasks and errands lately but I found the time to travel 3 hours to attend a party. Why? Read on.
This will surprise a lot of people who have known me for years because I’m the type who is almost always absent during Christmas parties and Senior’s ball in high school with the exception of the JS Prom. I would’ve loved to ditch the prom but I know I wouldn’t get away with a no-show because attendance was required.
We were up early for the 2nd day of the SoCCSKSarGen Summer Safari. I’m not used to getting up at 6:00 am but since ours was a very tight schedule, I dragged myself out of bed.
By 7:00 am, we left Ice Castle Experience and were on our way to our first stop for the day, to have breakfast at the magnificent Dolores Farm Resort in Polomolok, South Cotabato. I have been to the resort before so I knew that my companions will surely love the place.
I never thought we’d do it in so short a preparation. In less than a month, we were able to gather bloggers from Cagayan de Oro, SoCCSKSarGen, and Davao for the grandest meet-up yet– The Mindanao Food Appreciation Tour.
A flurry of email exchanges ensued between the key persons of the Davao , SoCCSKSargen, and CDO bloggers and before we knew it, ChiQ and 7 other bloggers from Cagayan de Oro City were on their way to Davao City via the Davao-Bukidnon Highway last May 29.
Our4th day in GenSan was the schedule of the much-anticipated Street Dancing Competition.
Avel and Orman knew that we will be needing the extra calories that afternoon so they brought us to Marasa Grill for lunch. There, we were introduced to the best of Ms. Kring Macion’s homecooked recipes. I really enjoyed generous portions of the ensaladang talong, tuna sashimi, tuna kinilaw, pinaputok na tilapia,and inihaw na panga. And even if already stuffed, I still managed to help myself to a serving of their mango float. That’s how irresistable Marasa Grill’s offerings are!