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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.
 

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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.


Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel will deliver his State of the City address on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center.

The State of the City Address which will be held a day before the 14th Charter Anniversary of the City of Koronadal on October 8 will feature the status of different projects and programs undertaken by the present administration including the upcoming developments in the city. The mayor is also expected to discuss his plans and other goals.

Koronadal City is the administrative seat of Region 12 and is one of the most competitive cities in Southern Philippines. In the latest result of the annual Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2014 of the National Competitiveness Council, the city is rank #30 among 136 cities in the country.


Aside from the annual Agten Tufi Festival every September which celebrates the founding anniversary of the Municipality of Tupi, the next biggest event one should not missed every year in Tupi is the Kariton Festival held every first week of October.

Kariton Festival commemorates the usefulness of the carabao-pulled carts locally popular as kariton in the lives of the early people of Tupi and even until these days. The celebration also aims to bring the young generation back to old times when kariton was the main mode of transportation.


The much-anticipated Kariton Float Parade scheduled on October 5 will once again highlight this year's Kariton Festival celebration. During this activity artistically designed carts being pulled by a Carabao and loaded with different local produce such as vegetables, flowers, fruits, and many others will be paraded along major streets of Barangay Poblacion. Checkout the schedule of activities of Kariton Festival 2014.

14th KARITON FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES


October 2
- Opening Salvo
- Fruits and Flowers Offering at the Kariton Landmark along National Highway (5AM -7AM)
- Medical Mission (8 AM)
- Environmental protection Awareness (1PM - 3PM)
- Gabi ng Pasasalamat at Poblacion Gym (7 PM)
- Provincial Liga Day
- Awarding Ceremony 2014 Dungog sang Barangay Awards @ South Cotabato Gym (8 AM)

October 3
- IPs Day (8 AM- 5PM)
- Search for Mrs. 4Ps of Barangay Poblacion, Tupi (7 PM)

October 4
- Young Once (8 AM)
- State of the Children Address (1 PM)
- Search for Little Miss Day Care of Poblacion, Tupi (2 PM)
- Awit ng Kalikasan (7 PM)

OCTOBER 5 
- Civic and Kariton Float Parade (6:30 Am- 8 AM)
- Culmination Program (9 AM)
Drum & Lyre Competition

- Laro ng Lahi (1 PM)

Inter-District Showdown (7 PM)
  - Chorale Competition
  - Folk Dance
  - Modern Dance

- Awarding Ceremony (9 PM)
- Disco


Under the theme: “ Tourism and Community Development - focusing on the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change in their local communities,” Department of Tourism Region 12 (DOT) has laid series of activities for the different areas in the region to participate with, and promote the tourism spirit all over the region.

This is because DOT, together with the rest of the world, celebrates the month of September as the International tourism month as decided by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The activities include Convocation Program at Lambayong Sultan Kudarat last September 1; this was followed by School Based Tourism Week Seminar in Midsayap; Workshop on provincial museum last September 16 to 18 and the Eco guide trainings at Kidapawan City; DOT has also partnered with the local government of Ezperanza and invited ABS-CBN to cover the municipality’s hot spring resorts and former “choose Philippines” programs; and a Tourism Caravan Familiarization was also conducted in General Santos City last September 16 to 16.

Meanwhile, other activities to follow are business matching in several provinces, Photo exhibits, Familiarization Tours, Tourism Products and Services Competition, History and Cultural Seminar, and the Regional Tourism Quiz Bowl contest.

According to the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) “tourism has experienced continued growth and deeper diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. ‎Modern tourism is closely linked to development and includes more new destinations for tourists. These dynamics turned tourism into a key driver for socio-‎economic progress.‎ Tourism has become one of the major players in ‎international commerce, and represents at the same time one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries.”

DOT 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera, has always been very vocal about making tourism as a serious business, the efforts of the regional office continues to elevate the tourism mentality of the locales especially on revealing new tourism products may it be destinations, culture, dances, or food.
In her recent visit to the grass root areas of the region, her challenge to the natives were preservation, enrichment, and reliving of the distinct and colorful tribes of SOCCKSARGEN.

“We are so aligned with the theme… we often think that when it comes to tourism we immediately incorporate it only with hotels, beautiful destinations… but now our focus is the involvement of the community, the community becomes beneficiaries to these tourism activities that we are doing.”

“We are preparing the community for them to be participants of the developments that we are doing to the barangays… another is we want to make them feel that whatever tourism asset they have in their communities be it natural or cultural, they should be involve, in terms of not just economic but also through protection and preservation of these destinations,” she added.

These tribes has long been taking care of the natural resources found only in the 12th paradise, now that DOT has slowly been reaching out to them, these resources has become destinations being known to locales, and foreigners.

This in fact is community development at work, DOT 12 has brought the first International Paragliding Accuracy Championship to the region and has presented to the international tourists nothing but the best of the local tourism products, and this perspective is also what the department wants the localities to learn. (DOT NEWS)


KCC Malls will be holding a special recruitment activity this coming October 22-23, 2014.

It will be held at the Oval Plaza Gym, General Santos City. So for those who are still looking for a job, it's your chance to be part of KCC Malls.


Screening interview will start at 9 AM. Mark the dates and prepare all necessary requirements.



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.


Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel will deliver his State of the City address on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center.

The State of the City Address which will be held a day before the 14th Charter Anniversary of the City of Koronadal on October 8 will feature the status of different projects and programs undertaken by the present administration including the upcoming developments in the city. The mayor is also expected to discuss his plans and other goals.

Koronadal City is the administrative seat of Region 12 and is one of the most competitive cities in Southern Philippines. In the latest result of the annual Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2014 of the National Competitiveness Council, the city is rank #30 among 136 cities in the country.


Aside from the annual Agten Tufi Festival every September which celebrates the founding anniversary of the Municipality of Tupi, the next biggest event one should not missed every year in Tupi is the Kariton Festival held every first week of October.

Kariton Festival commemorates the usefulness of the carabao-pulled carts locally popular as kariton in the lives of the early people of Tupi and even until these days. The celebration also aims to bring the young generation back to old times when kariton was the main mode of transportation.


The much-anticipated Kariton Float Parade scheduled on October 5 will once again highlight this year's Kariton Festival celebration. During this activity artistically designed carts being pulled by a Carabao and loaded with different local produce such as vegetables, flowers, fruits, and many others will be paraded along major streets of Barangay Poblacion. Checkout the schedule of activities of Kariton Festival 2014.

14th KARITON FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES


October 2
- Opening Salvo
- Fruits and Flowers Offering at the Kariton Landmark along National Highway (5AM -7AM)
- Medical Mission (8 AM)
- Environmental protection Awareness (1PM - 3PM)
- Gabi ng Pasasalamat at Poblacion Gym (7 PM)
- Provincial Liga Day
- Awarding Ceremony 2014 Dungog sang Barangay Awards @ South Cotabato Gym (8 AM)

October 3
- IPs Day (8 AM- 5PM)
- Search for Mrs. 4Ps of Barangay Poblacion, Tupi (7 PM)

October 4
- Young Once (8 AM)
- State of the Children Address (1 PM)
- Search for Little Miss Day Care of Poblacion, Tupi (2 PM)
- Awit ng Kalikasan (7 PM)

OCTOBER 5 
- Civic and Kariton Float Parade (6:30 Am- 8 AM)
- Culmination Program (9 AM)
Drum & Lyre Competition

- Laro ng Lahi (1 PM)

Inter-District Showdown (7 PM)
  - Chorale Competition
  - Folk Dance
  - Modern Dance

- Awarding Ceremony (9 PM)
- Disco


Under the theme: “ Tourism and Community Development - focusing on the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change in their local communities,” Department of Tourism Region 12 (DOT) has laid series of activities for the different areas in the region to participate with, and promote the tourism spirit all over the region.

This is because DOT, together with the rest of the world, celebrates the month of September as the International tourism month as decided by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The activities include Convocation Program at Lambayong Sultan Kudarat last September 1; this was followed by School Based Tourism Week Seminar in Midsayap; Workshop on provincial museum last September 16 to 18 and the Eco guide trainings at Kidapawan City; DOT has also partnered with the local government of Ezperanza and invited ABS-CBN to cover the municipality’s hot spring resorts and former “choose Philippines” programs; and a Tourism Caravan Familiarization was also conducted in General Santos City last September 16 to 16.

Meanwhile, other activities to follow are business matching in several provinces, Photo exhibits, Familiarization Tours, Tourism Products and Services Competition, History and Cultural Seminar, and the Regional Tourism Quiz Bowl contest.

According to the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) “tourism has experienced continued growth and deeper diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. ‎Modern tourism is closely linked to development and includes more new destinations for tourists. These dynamics turned tourism into a key driver for socio-‎economic progress.‎ Tourism has become one of the major players in ‎international commerce, and represents at the same time one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries.”

DOT 12 Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera, has always been very vocal about making tourism as a serious business, the efforts of the regional office continues to elevate the tourism mentality of the locales especially on revealing new tourism products may it be destinations, culture, dances, or food.
In her recent visit to the grass root areas of the region, her challenge to the natives were preservation, enrichment, and reliving of the distinct and colorful tribes of SOCCKSARGEN.

“We are so aligned with the theme… we often think that when it comes to tourism we immediately incorporate it only with hotels, beautiful destinations… but now our focus is the involvement of the community, the community becomes beneficiaries to these tourism activities that we are doing.”

“We are preparing the community for them to be participants of the developments that we are doing to the barangays… another is we want to make them feel that whatever tourism asset they have in their communities be it natural or cultural, they should be involve, in terms of not just economic but also through protection and preservation of these destinations,” she added.

These tribes has long been taking care of the natural resources found only in the 12th paradise, now that DOT has slowly been reaching out to them, these resources has become destinations being known to locales, and foreigners.

This in fact is community development at work, DOT 12 has brought the first International Paragliding Accuracy Championship to the region and has presented to the international tourists nothing but the best of the local tourism products, and this perspective is also what the department wants the localities to learn. (DOT NEWS)


KCC Malls will be holding a special recruitment activity this coming October 22-23, 2014.

It will be held at the Oval Plaza Gym, General Santos City. So for those who are still looking for a job, it's your chance to be part of KCC Malls.


Screening interview will start at 9 AM. Mark the dates and prepare all necessary requirements.



 
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