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!
For our second day in GenSan, our hosts Orman and Avel chose to show us more of the best-kept secrets of their region. So while the rest of General Santos City enjoyed the many events lined up for that day, February 25, our group was treated to a quick exploration of Region XII.
We were informed by Avel and Orman that our group was invited to have lunch with their good friend, Francis Sablon of Zion Travel. Francis, we were told, was waiting for us in Tupi. I didn’t ask where exactly in Tupi we were heading, because my visits to GenSan taught me this: The Manansala siblings like to surprise their guests. And the surprises are part and parcel of the whole GenSan experience.