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The City Government of Koronadal is now preparing various activities for the year-long celebration of the 75th Foundation Anniversary of Koronadal as a Settlement District happening next year. Among these activities is the Pyesta Kolon D'tal and the Folklore Festival which will be held on August 2015.

Pyesta Kolon D'tal will among other things give tribute and celebrate the culture of Koronadal's early dwellers, the Blaans. It will feature their arts and crafts, dances and other traditions. The festival will be also held in conjunction with the gathering of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF).
Blaan
The Blaans are considered the early settlers in Koronadal. The word Koronadal is believed to have been derived from two (2) B’laan words Koron or Kolon (Cogon Grass) and Nadal or Datal (Plain).  
CIOFF is an international non-governmental Organization (NGO) in formal consultative relations with UNESCO. Created in 1970, the duty of CIOFF is safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of traditional culture and folklore.

Around 250 representatives from 10 countries will be coming in to participate in  the Folklore Festival 2015. During their stay, participants will perform traditional arts from their respective countries. There will be street dancing, cultural forum and community immersion.
Pyesta Kolon D'tal
Come and enjoy Pyesta Kolon D'tal in City of Koronadal on August 2015. 
To know more about Pyesta Kolon D'tal and the Folklore Festival 2015, visit the CIOFF Koronadal website and follow CIOFF 2015 Koronadal-Philippines on Facebook.

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Japan-based South Cotabateño boxer Jonathan Baat is now in Mexico for his fight set this Saturday, October 25, 2014 against depending champion and Mexican boxer Rodrigo Guerrero .

The 34-year old boxer from Norala, South Cotabato will face the much younger Guerrero, only 26 years old,  in a 12-round bout to be held at the Auditorio Centenario, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. It will be Jonathan Baat's first major boxing fight which he earned after defeating Artid Sor Worapin of Thailand last Sept. 28 in Toyama, Japan via a technical knockout in the fifth round.
Baat vs Guerrero in Mexico for WBC International Silver Bantamweight title
Jonathan Baat now holds a record of 27 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws with 13 wins coming by way of knockout while his opponent Rodrigo Guerrero has 21 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw with 14 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

At stake this Saturday is Guerrero's WBC International Silver Bantamweight title.

Good luck Jonathan, we wish you all the best!


Finally, with less than three weeks to go, the lineup of activities for Helobung Festival 2014 , taking place in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato from November 6-11, has been released.

The week-long annual Helobung Festival will offer visitors and local residents exciting and fun activities showcasing the rich culture and traditions of the people of Lake Sebu, the summer and eco-cultural center of South Cotabato.
Experience the exciting adventures, wonderful nature and the people's magnificent culture in Lake Sebu.
See you at Helobung Festival 2014.

The celebration also coincides with Lake Sebu's 33rd Foundation Anniversary. This year's theme is, "Kemdol Lake Sebu: Soar High, Threshing Tnalak's Best"

Here's the Schedule of Activities for Helobung Festival 2014:

November 6 | Thursday
Interfaith Crusade
1PM- 11PM, Municipal Gymnasium

November 7 | Friday
Fiesta ng mga Barangay
8AM- 6PM, Municipal Gymnasium

Concert
6PM- 12MN, Brgy. Gymnasium

November 8 | Saturday
Fun Run and Biking Events
5AM- 9AM

Motocross Competition
8AM- 5PM | Lake Sebu Central Elementary School

Night of the Champions
6PM- 9:30PM, Municipal Gymnasium

November 9 | Sunday (DepEd Day)
Eucharistic Celebration
6AM- 7AM, St. John The Baptist Parish

Civic Parade
7AM- 9AM, Lugan-Rosas-Pag-asa

Foundation Anniversary Opening Program
9AM- 12NN
- Drum Corps and Mass Demonstration
- Historical Dance (elementary)

Lyrical Hip Hop (high school)
1PM- 4PM, Municipal Gymnsium

LGU Employees Night
6PM- 10PM, Municipal Gymnasium

November 10 | Monday (Pre-Cultural Day)
Dawn Parade
3AM- 5AM, Lugan- Rosas- Pag-asa

Traditional Sports
Kem Utom Ne Lingon (Music and Chant)
8AM- 12NN, Municipal Plaza

Senior Citizen's Day
1PM- 4PM, Municipal Gymnasium

Search for Mutya ng Lake Sebu 2014
6PM- 10PM, Municipal Gymnasium

November 11 | Tuesday (Cultural and Foundation Anniversary Day)
Cultural Parade
6:30AM- 9:30AM, Rosas- Municipal Plaza
 - Madal Be Lan Competition
 - Opening Salvo
 - Entrance of Kemokul, Lenkonul & Tudbulol
 - Invocation/ Chanting
 - Demsu
 - Showdown of the 12 Sisters of Tudbulol

Foundation Anniversary Program
9:30AM- 12NN, Municipal Plaza

Kesefeken Be Slung
Municipal Gymnasium

Hegidu Kuda/ Horse Fight
1PM - 3PM, Municipal Plaza

Theater Festival & Singing Sensation
6PM- 9PM, Municipal Gymnasium

K'na, the Dreamweaver Film Viewing
Municipal Gymnasium



South Cotabato has another world champion. Congratulations to Keo Dayle Tuan from the town of Tboli, who was one of the 4-member Philippine team which was declared overall champion of the Open Junior Division in the just concluded IPSC World Shoot 2014 held in Polk County, Florida, USA from October from October 11-19, 2014.
South Cotabato has another World Champion. Keo Dayle Tuan with his proud father Tboli Mayor Dibu Tuan.
The World Shoot is considered as one of the biggest shooting competition in the world conducted every three (3) years by the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). The event is participated by the best IPSC shooters representing 88 countries from around the world which vie for the title of World Champion.
Team Philippines (Open Junior Division) at World Shoot 2014
The 18-year old Keo Dayle Tuan from South Cotabato represented the Philippines and competed in the Open Junior Division along with his team mates composed of Datu Al Wali Mangudadatu from Sultan Kudarat, Miguel Arimas and Yohan Tsoi from Manila. With their combined scores, they bested other teams from all over the world. Team USA finished at 2nd Place while junior shooters from Sri Lanka settled for 3rd Place.

Tuan finished at rank #4 in the Junior Category and at rank #36 overall in the Open Division participated by more than 350 competitors.

You made us proud guys!



The Mindanao Center for Moving Image (MCMI) with the support of GenSan Tourism Council conducted a two day film workshop to the 13 aspiring filmmakers last October 18-19 at Veranza Conference Room. The said workshop aims to teach the fundamentals of feature/narrative filmmaking as well as to raise the consciousness of the people of its importance for cultural regeneration.

“Film is about feeling it,” as Teng Mangansakan, the workshop director said. “There are lots of individuals who can make a video or short film because of the democratization of technology today. You can watch and upload videos in Youtube and other video related sites. What will make you set apart is how you tell your story.”

Teng pointed out the importance of story in making films. “With the accessibility and availability of technology today, anybody can shoot a film. If you have HD camera, you can easily shoot as long as you want. But most of the output of young filmmakers today has weak stories. The story can make or break your film. So it is important to strengthen the filmmaker’s storytelling technique.”

The participants also learned how to formulate ideas and how to capture the right premise for their stories. “There’s no such thing as original idea…idea is not copyrighted. There is an interpretation or variation of old idea,” said Teng.

“Culture is a natural element in a story,” Teng said. He stressed out the importance of culture as one component of storytelling. But he also pointed the pitfall of overdoing it. “Culture is a broad term. Cultural dance or traditional dress is only one component of culture.” He cited an example, like wearing traditional dress (throughout the film) does not necessarily tell the whole story of the culture of a certain tribe or community.

“In a competitive world, it is not enough that one becomes a filmmaker. One must aspire to become an intelligent filmmaker,” Teng pointed out.

The second part of the GenSan film workshop will be held on November 8-9, 2014.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
YADU KARU is an independent filmmaker and a photojournalist. He also blogs at YaduKaru.Com.
 


Sexy and alluring, this is how I can describe Mimi Casil, a South Cotabateña, in her photos posted at the website of  FHM Philippines as this month's FHM 100% Hottie.

You read that right! Mimi Casil, who hails from the town of Surallah, South Cotabato is FHM 100% Hottie October 2014.

She really has gone far from modeling in car shows and is now exposing her sexy self in the country's leading men's magazine. For me, this is something to be proud of.

Check out the following photos of Mimi Casil, FHM 100% Hottie October 2014 courtesy of FHM PhilippinesMore pictures and her interview at FHM Philippines' website.





If the Tbolis have Tnalak, the Blaans have Mabal. But the latter seems unfamiliar to most of us. Thanks to the initiative done by cultural heritage advocates.

Leonardo Bing Cariño, Josephine“Arjho” Carino-Turner, Emi Englis, Toto Terando and Helen Lumbos with other cultural heritage advocates conducted the “Mabal Tabih: Weaving the Threads of Heritage” exhibit at SM City General Santos. The exhibit aims to popularize the Blaan Tabih as a heritage material and promote the role of traditional artists as keepers of national heritage. Moreover, this project shall cover a comprehensive study on the Mabal: the technology, the indigenous knowledge systems, the aesthetics and design; a gathering of important pieces ever woven to appreciate the Mabal craft not only as a way of life but as a heritage of the Philippines.

The Provincial Government of Sarangani and the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region XII supported this activity to help revive the culture of the Blaan.
 
“We support this (cultural) initiative so that they could continue to teach it to the young people,” says Governor Steve Chongbian Solon. The Provincial Government of Sarangani is never tired of helping our fellow Indigenous People living in the Province (Blaan, Tagakaolo, Tboli). For example, the Lamlifew Village Museum serves as an institution to help promote, preserve and protect the traditional culture of the said tribes. It also helps them for economic opportunities. “We really intend to increase their income for sustainability of the project,” says Governor Solon.

There are only two remaining weavers of Mabal cloth. They are Fu Yabing Masalon Dulo of Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato and Fu Gusiye Buan of Kibala, Malungon, Sarangani Province. Despite the LGUs support, the indigenous knowledge systems revolving around the Mabal is daunting. The two keepers of tradition carry the burden of sustaining, recording and the (re)telling of the entire narrative of Mabal that connects each Blaan to their history as a people.

“Our heritage is slowly dying,” says Leonardo Bing Carino. As he pointed out, this cultural initiative is one of the ways to help preserve these traditional practices of the Blaans.

“The Blaan Tabih is difficult to make. If the entire tradition of Mabal making will be carried on only by the last two masters (Fu Yabing and Fu Gusiye), only a few more Mabals will be completed; the documentation of this fabulous cultural resource will be left unfinished; the noble narrative of the existence of a Blaan nation will go silent with the passing of the masters.”

Mabal has its own unique design. It shows their identity as a Blaan just like the Tbolis in their Tnalak and the Tagabawa Bagobo in their Inabal. The Mabal is a subtle but distinct cultural resource that defines the Blaan culture.

The Mabal Blaan exhibit runs till October 13-16 at the Event Center of SM City General Santos.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
YADU KARU is an independent filmmaker and a photojournalist. He also blogs at YaduKaru.Com.


More accommodation and dining facilities are opening in Koronadal City. Apartelle de Andrea and Viajera Dine & Cafe located just in front of King's College and few meters before the SOCOTECO-1 Headquarters in Brgy. Morales will soon add to the growing number of inns, pension houses, restaurants and hotels that are mushrooming over the city.

Construction of Apartelle de Andrea is on going and is expected to be completed by March next year, while Viajera Dine & Cafe will be opened earlier, most probably by the first week of December this year.

Check out the following job hiring announcements for Apartelle de Andrea and Viajera Dine & Cafe below.





Entries from South Cotabato won big in the just concluded Sangandaan sa Glan Street Dancing Competition held on October 8, 2014 in Glan, Sarangani Province.

Six (6) contingents competed in the said competition which highlighted the centennial celebration of the Municipality of Glan. Entries were from Christian School of Polomolok and Polomolok National High School which showcased in their performances the Flomlok Festival; Edwards National High School which presented before thousands of spectators Tboli town's Seslong Festival and Tnalak Festival of South Cotabato; Matiao National High School in Mati City, Davao Oriental presented their city's Samboukan Festival; Notre Dame of Glan showcased the Lubi-Lubi Festival; Green Valley College - Glan Campus performed the Kadsagayan A Lalan of Tnalak Festival; and Fatima National High School in General Santos City which featured the Tuna Festival.

Polomolok National High School won the 1st Runner-up and the P300,000 cash prize while street dancing contingent of Edwards National High School in Tboli, South Cotabato was declared 2nd Runner-up and brought home the P200,000 cash prize.


The contingent from Mati City was adjudged champion of the Sangandaan sa Glan Street Dancing Competition and bagged the P400,000 cash prize. The group was also the champion of the street dancing competition during  the Kadayawan Festival 2014 in Davao City and Kalivungan Festival 2014 held in Kidapawan City.

Congratulations winners!


Today, October 8, 2014 is a Special Non-working Holiday in the City of Koronadal as its celebrates it's 14th Charter Anniversary and the culmination of the 4th Negosyo Festival.

It's been 14 years after Koronadal was converted into a component city of South Cotabato now known as the City of Koronadal through Republic Act 8803 on October 8, 2000.

Today's activities includes the "Pigdiriwang" to be held at the Rizal Park at around 5 AM. The activity will showcase the skills of the "lechoneros" in the city in making the most delectable lechon (roast pig). This will be followed by the Anniversary Program at around 7:30 AM which will be highlighted by the signing of the sisterhood agreement between the city governments of Iloilo and Koronadal.

At 9 AM, the City LGU will make the government services accessible to the people through the Grand Programang Bayanihan Para sa Mamamayan or Grand PBM to be followed by the Kasalan ng Bayan also at the Rizal Park.

The culmination of Motorcycle Industry Showcase will start at 9:30 AM at Alunan Avenue.

The celebration continues in the evening with the Battle of Lights and Sounds (Disco sa Kalye) and the Grand Draw of Pangkabuhayan Showcase.


The City Government of Koronadal is now preparing various activities for the year-long celebration of the 75th Foundation Anniversary of Koronadal as a Settlement District happening next year. Among these activities is the Pyesta Kolon D'tal and the Folklore Festival which will be held on August 2015.

Pyesta Kolon D'tal will among other things give tribute and celebrate the culture of Koronadal's early dwellers, the Blaans. It will feature their arts and crafts, dances and other traditions. The festival will be also held in conjunction with the gathering of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF).
Blaan
The Blaans are considered the early settlers in Koronadal. The word Koronadal is believed to have been derived from two (2) B’laan words Koron or Kolon (Cogon Grass) and Nadal or Datal (Plain).  
CIOFF is an international non-governmental Organization (NGO) in formal consultative relations with UNESCO. Created in 1970, the duty of CIOFF is safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of traditional culture and folklore.

Around 250 representatives from 10 countries will be coming in to participate in  the Folklore Festival 2015. During their stay, participants will perform traditional arts from their respective countries. There will be street dancing, cultural forum and community immersion.
Pyesta Kolon D'tal
Come and enjoy Pyesta Kolon D'tal in City of Koronadal on August 2015. 
To know more about Pyesta Kolon D'tal and the Folklore Festival 2015, visit the CIOFF Koronadal website and follow CIOFF 2015 Koronadal-Philippines on Facebook.

.


Japan-based South Cotabateño boxer Jonathan Baat is now in Mexico for his fight set this Saturday, October 25, 2014 against depending champion and Mexican boxer Rodrigo Guerrero .

The 34-year old boxer from Norala, South Cotabato will face the much younger Guerrero, only 26 years old,  in a 12-round bout to be held at the Auditorio Centenario, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. It will be Jonathan Baat's first major boxing fight which he earned after defeating Artid Sor Worapin of Thailand last Sept. 28 in Toyama, Japan via a technical knockout in the fifth round.
Baat vs Guerrero in Mexico for WBC International Silver Bantamweight title
Jonathan Baat now holds a record of 27 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws with 13 wins coming by way of knockout while his opponent Rodrigo Guerrero has 21 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw with 14 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

At stake this Saturday is Guerrero's WBC International Silver Bantamweight title.

Good luck Jonathan, we wish you all the best!


Finally, with less than three weeks to go, the lineup of activities for Helobung Festival 2014 , taking place in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato from November 6-11, has been released.

The week-long annual Helobung Festival will offer visitors and local residents exciting and fun activities showcasing the rich culture and traditions of the people of Lake Sebu, the summer and eco-cultural center of South Cotabato.
Experience the exciting adventures, wonderful nature and the people's magnificent culture in Lake Sebu.
See you at Helobung Festival 2014.

The celebration also coincides with Lake Sebu's 33rd Foundation Anniversary. This year's theme is, "Kemdol Lake Sebu: Soar High, Threshing Tnalak's Best"

Here's the Schedule of Activities for Helobung Festival 2014:

November 6 | Thursday
Interfaith Crusade
1PM- 11PM, Municipal Gymnasium

November 7 | Friday
Fiesta ng mga Barangay
8AM- 6PM, Municipal Gymnasium

Concert
6PM- 12MN, Brgy. Gymnasium

November 8 | Saturday
Fun Run and Biking Events
5AM- 9AM

Motocross Competition
8AM- 5PM | Lake Sebu Central Elementary School

Night of the Champions
6PM- 9:30PM, Municipal Gymnasium

November 9 | Sunday (DepEd Day)
Eucharistic Celebration
6AM- 7AM, St. John The Baptist Parish

Civic Parade
7AM- 9AM, Lugan-Rosas-Pag-asa

Foundation Anniversary Opening Program
9AM- 12NN
- Drum Corps and Mass Demonstration
- Historical Dance (elementary)

Lyrical Hip Hop (high school)
1PM- 4PM, Municipal Gymnsium

LGU Employees Night
6PM- 10PM, Municipal Gymnasium

November 10 | Monday (Pre-Cultural Day)
Dawn Parade
3AM- 5AM, Lugan- Rosas- Pag-asa

Traditional Sports
Kem Utom Ne Lingon (Music and Chant)
8AM- 12NN, Municipal Plaza

Senior Citizen's Day
1PM- 4PM, Municipal Gymnasium

Search for Mutya ng Lake Sebu 2014
6PM- 10PM, Municipal Gymnasium

November 11 | Tuesday (Cultural and Foundation Anniversary Day)
Cultural Parade
6:30AM- 9:30AM, Rosas- Municipal Plaza
 - Madal Be Lan Competition
 - Opening Salvo
 - Entrance of Kemokul, Lenkonul & Tudbulol
 - Invocation/ Chanting
 - Demsu
 - Showdown of the 12 Sisters of Tudbulol

Foundation Anniversary Program
9:30AM- 12NN, Municipal Plaza

Kesefeken Be Slung
Municipal Gymnasium

Hegidu Kuda/ Horse Fight
1PM - 3PM, Municipal Plaza

Theater Festival & Singing Sensation
6PM- 9PM, Municipal Gymnasium

K'na, the Dreamweaver Film Viewing
Municipal Gymnasium



South Cotabato has another world champion. Congratulations to Keo Dayle Tuan from the town of Tboli, who was one of the 4-member Philippine team which was declared overall champion of the Open Junior Division in the just concluded IPSC World Shoot 2014 held in Polk County, Florida, USA from October from October 11-19, 2014.
South Cotabato has another World Champion. Keo Dayle Tuan with his proud father Tboli Mayor Dibu Tuan.
The World Shoot is considered as one of the biggest shooting competition in the world conducted every three (3) years by the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). The event is participated by the best IPSC shooters representing 88 countries from around the world which vie for the title of World Champion.
Team Philippines (Open Junior Division) at World Shoot 2014
The 18-year old Keo Dayle Tuan from South Cotabato represented the Philippines and competed in the Open Junior Division along with his team mates composed of Datu Al Wali Mangudadatu from Sultan Kudarat, Miguel Arimas and Yohan Tsoi from Manila. With their combined scores, they bested other teams from all over the world. Team USA finished at 2nd Place while junior shooters from Sri Lanka settled for 3rd Place.

Tuan finished at rank #4 in the Junior Category and at rank #36 overall in the Open Division participated by more than 350 competitors.

You made us proud guys!



The Mindanao Center for Moving Image (MCMI) with the support of GenSan Tourism Council conducted a two day film workshop to the 13 aspiring filmmakers last October 18-19 at Veranza Conference Room. The said workshop aims to teach the fundamentals of feature/narrative filmmaking as well as to raise the consciousness of the people of its importance for cultural regeneration.

“Film is about feeling it,” as Teng Mangansakan, the workshop director said. “There are lots of individuals who can make a video or short film because of the democratization of technology today. You can watch and upload videos in Youtube and other video related sites. What will make you set apart is how you tell your story.”

Teng pointed out the importance of story in making films. “With the accessibility and availability of technology today, anybody can shoot a film. If you have HD camera, you can easily shoot as long as you want. But most of the output of young filmmakers today has weak stories. The story can make or break your film. So it is important to strengthen the filmmaker’s storytelling technique.”

The participants also learned how to formulate ideas and how to capture the right premise for their stories. “There’s no such thing as original idea…idea is not copyrighted. There is an interpretation or variation of old idea,” said Teng.

“Culture is a natural element in a story,” Teng said. He stressed out the importance of culture as one component of storytelling. But he also pointed the pitfall of overdoing it. “Culture is a broad term. Cultural dance or traditional dress is only one component of culture.” He cited an example, like wearing traditional dress (throughout the film) does not necessarily tell the whole story of the culture of a certain tribe or community.

“In a competitive world, it is not enough that one becomes a filmmaker. One must aspire to become an intelligent filmmaker,” Teng pointed out.

The second part of the GenSan film workshop will be held on November 8-9, 2014.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
YADU KARU is an independent filmmaker and a photojournalist. He also blogs at YaduKaru.Com.
 


Sexy and alluring, this is how I can describe Mimi Casil, a South Cotabateña, in her photos posted at the website of  FHM Philippines as this month's FHM 100% Hottie.

You read that right! Mimi Casil, who hails from the town of Surallah, South Cotabato is FHM 100% Hottie October 2014.

She really has gone far from modeling in car shows and is now exposing her sexy self in the country's leading men's magazine. For me, this is something to be proud of.

Check out the following photos of Mimi Casil, FHM 100% Hottie October 2014 courtesy of FHM PhilippinesMore pictures and her interview at FHM Philippines' website.





If the Tbolis have Tnalak, the Blaans have Mabal. But the latter seems unfamiliar to most of us. Thanks to the initiative done by cultural heritage advocates.

Leonardo Bing Cariño, Josephine“Arjho” Carino-Turner, Emi Englis, Toto Terando and Helen Lumbos with other cultural heritage advocates conducted the “Mabal Tabih: Weaving the Threads of Heritage” exhibit at SM City General Santos. The exhibit aims to popularize the Blaan Tabih as a heritage material and promote the role of traditional artists as keepers of national heritage. Moreover, this project shall cover a comprehensive study on the Mabal: the technology, the indigenous knowledge systems, the aesthetics and design; a gathering of important pieces ever woven to appreciate the Mabal craft not only as a way of life but as a heritage of the Philippines.

The Provincial Government of Sarangani and the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region XII supported this activity to help revive the culture of the Blaan.
 
“We support this (cultural) initiative so that they could continue to teach it to the young people,” says Governor Steve Chongbian Solon. The Provincial Government of Sarangani is never tired of helping our fellow Indigenous People living in the Province (Blaan, Tagakaolo, Tboli). For example, the Lamlifew Village Museum serves as an institution to help promote, preserve and protect the traditional culture of the said tribes. It also helps them for economic opportunities. “We really intend to increase their income for sustainability of the project,” says Governor Solon.

There are only two remaining weavers of Mabal cloth. They are Fu Yabing Masalon Dulo of Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato and Fu Gusiye Buan of Kibala, Malungon, Sarangani Province. Despite the LGUs support, the indigenous knowledge systems revolving around the Mabal is daunting. The two keepers of tradition carry the burden of sustaining, recording and the (re)telling of the entire narrative of Mabal that connects each Blaan to their history as a people.

“Our heritage is slowly dying,” says Leonardo Bing Carino. As he pointed out, this cultural initiative is one of the ways to help preserve these traditional practices of the Blaans.

“The Blaan Tabih is difficult to make. If the entire tradition of Mabal making will be carried on only by the last two masters (Fu Yabing and Fu Gusiye), only a few more Mabals will be completed; the documentation of this fabulous cultural resource will be left unfinished; the noble narrative of the existence of a Blaan nation will go silent with the passing of the masters.”

Mabal has its own unique design. It shows their identity as a Blaan just like the Tbolis in their Tnalak and the Tagabawa Bagobo in their Inabal. The Mabal is a subtle but distinct cultural resource that defines the Blaan culture.

The Mabal Blaan exhibit runs till October 13-16 at the Event Center of SM City General Santos.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
YADU KARU is an independent filmmaker and a photojournalist. He also blogs at YaduKaru.Com.


More accommodation and dining facilities are opening in Koronadal City. Apartelle de Andrea and Viajera Dine & Cafe located just in front of King's College and few meters before the SOCOTECO-1 Headquarters in Brgy. Morales will soon add to the growing number of inns, pension houses, restaurants and hotels that are mushrooming over the city.

Construction of Apartelle de Andrea is on going and is expected to be completed by March next year, while Viajera Dine & Cafe will be opened earlier, most probably by the first week of December this year.

Check out the following job hiring announcements for Apartelle de Andrea and Viajera Dine & Cafe below.





Entries from South Cotabato won big in the just concluded Sangandaan sa Glan Street Dancing Competition held on October 8, 2014 in Glan, Sarangani Province.

Six (6) contingents competed in the said competition which highlighted the centennial celebration of the Municipality of Glan. Entries were from Christian School of Polomolok and Polomolok National High School which showcased in their performances the Flomlok Festival; Edwards National High School which presented before thousands of spectators Tboli town's Seslong Festival and Tnalak Festival of South Cotabato; Matiao National High School in Mati City, Davao Oriental presented their city's Samboukan Festival; Notre Dame of Glan showcased the Lubi-Lubi Festival; Green Valley College - Glan Campus performed the Kadsagayan A Lalan of Tnalak Festival; and Fatima National High School in General Santos City which featured the Tuna Festival.

Polomolok National High School won the 1st Runner-up and the P300,000 cash prize while street dancing contingent of Edwards National High School in Tboli, South Cotabato was declared 2nd Runner-up and brought home the P200,000 cash prize.


The contingent from Mati City was adjudged champion of the Sangandaan sa Glan Street Dancing Competition and bagged the P400,000 cash prize. The group was also the champion of the street dancing competition during  the Kadayawan Festival 2014 in Davao City and Kalivungan Festival 2014 held in Kidapawan City.

Congratulations winners!


Today, October 8, 2014 is a Special Non-working Holiday in the City of Koronadal as its celebrates it's 14th Charter Anniversary and the culmination of the 4th Negosyo Festival.

It's been 14 years after Koronadal was converted into a component city of South Cotabato now known as the City of Koronadal through Republic Act 8803 on October 8, 2000.

Today's activities includes the "Pigdiriwang" to be held at the Rizal Park at around 5 AM. The activity will showcase the skills of the "lechoneros" in the city in making the most delectable lechon (roast pig). This will be followed by the Anniversary Program at around 7:30 AM which will be highlighted by the signing of the sisterhood agreement between the city governments of Iloilo and Koronadal.

At 9 AM, the City LGU will make the government services accessible to the people through the Grand Programang Bayanihan Para sa Mamamayan or Grand PBM to be followed by the Kasalan ng Bayan also at the Rizal Park.

The culmination of Motorcycle Industry Showcase will start at 9:30 AM at Alunan Avenue.

The celebration continues in the evening with the Battle of Lights and Sounds (Disco sa Kalye) and the Grand Draw of Pangkabuhayan Showcase.


 
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