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Have you heard about Hidak Falls in the town of Tboli, South Cotabato? This natural wonder located in a highly forested area in Brgy. Kematu is being poised to become Tboli's next top attraction.
Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction
Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction. Photo by Alwyn Belonio, entry to the 2013 I Love South Cotabato Photo Contest
SouthCotabatoNews.Com was very fortunate to have seen and read the master development plan for Hidak Falls and we're very excited for the entire project, check out the following photos.
Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

On March 16, 2015 during the culmination program of the 17th Seslong Festival, the Department of Tourism - Region 12 through Reg'l Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera has finally turned-over to Tboli-LGU the master development plan for Hidak Falls framed by GeiserMaclang, an internationally awarded marketing communications company.

And as announced, the development of Hidak Falls will begin next month - April 2015.
Turn-over of  Tourism Master Development Plan for Hidak Falls. Shown is  DOT-12 Reg'l Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera, CESO V  handling over to Tboli Mayor Dibu S. Tuan the master developmet plan for Hidak Falls. Also in the picture is the Barangay Captain of Brgy. Kematu and some councilors of LGU-Tboli.
"We are developing Hidak Falls as a high-end, exclusive resort where membership is required before a person could access the amenities," said Mayor Dibu S. Tuan in an interview.

.


The ongoing refurbishing and improvement of the South Cotabato Provincial Capitol located at Alunan Avenue, City of Koronadal is now nearing completion.

Shown are recent pictures of the provincial capitol which now has a modern-look. Noticeable are the huge standees forming the words "South" and "Cotabato" placed separately at the sides of the building. What can you say?










Closed to tourists for nearly eight (8) months, Lake Holon, one of SOCCSKSARGEN's premier destinations, has re-opened.

On March 13, 2015 more than 200 individuals joined the Pilgrimage to Lake Holon which is one of the highlights of this year's Seslong Festival of the Municipality of Tboli. Participants were composed of tourism stakeholders, mountaineers and enthusiasts coming from different parts of the region. There were also guests who came all the way from Manila, Visayas and other places in Mindanao- all eager to see the beauty of Lake Holon and experience nature, adventure and culture in one.
Lake Holon, a favorite camping destination. It can be reached through 2-3 hours of trekking from the receiving center in Brgy. Salacafe.
Lake Holon was closed in June last year for rehabilitation, improvements in the area and to prepare the community for possible influx of tourists.

Dubbed as the "Crown Jewel of the South", Lake Holon is the crater lake of Mt. Melibingoy, an active volcano. The lake has been named as one of the cleanest inland body of water in the country.

Check out the following pictures taken during the Pilgrimage to Holon from March 13-14, this year.
The event started at the Lake Holon Receiving Center in Brgy. Salacafe where a short program to welcome and orient the participants was held.
Residents of Brgy. Salacafe welcomed participants with their music and dances.
Participants of the Pilgrimage to Holon also had the chance to learn Tboli dances.
Participants were able to hear stories and myths about the lake and sorrounding mountains through trained residents which serves as guides.
A resident showing off his freshly caught Tilapia at Lake Holon.
Climbers to Lake Holon should not worry on what food to bring, there are locals selling freshly caught tilapia from the lake or one can go fishing.

Kayaking is just one of the activities to enjoy in Lake Holon.
Come night time participants were gathered on a bonfire to hear stories and myths that surrounds the lake.  The storyteller, an elder of the tribe tells the stories in Tboli dialect which is then translated by an interpreter.

Foggy morning in Lake Holon.


Campers enjoying the cold crystal-clear waters of Lake Holon.
Relaxing fish spa at Lake Holon.
MORE pictures of Lake Holon








There's no stopping progress in the town of Tboli, South Cotabato. The once-sleepy town is now a thriving tourist hotspot.
Just recently, in time with the town's celebration of its founding anniversary and the annual Seslong Festival, the latest attraction in the municipality was unveiled- the Tboli Knoon Monument.

Designed by renowned Mindanaoan sculpture Kublai Ponce Millan, the Tboli Knoon Monument stands out in the Municipal Plaza. It is expected to draw more visitors and tourists as "side dish" to their trips in Lake Holon and other tourism sites.

The main masterpiece of the Tboli Knoon Monument resembles a musical instrument called "sludoy" or a bamboo zither with gigantic sculpted human figures depicting the rich culture and traditions of the Tboli tribe. Take a look at the following pictures.





Works on the Tboli Knoon Monument continues. When finished, I was told that the landmark will also feature a man-made falls and fountains, among others.




Attention all aspiring Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) housemates in General Santos City, South Cotabato and neighboring places.

On April 17-18, 2015, Pinoy Big Brother, the hit reality-show on ABS-CBN will conduct its Gensan Auditions for PBB Season 6 Regular and Teen Edition to be held at KCC Mall.

The audition for the PBB Regular will be on Friday, April 17, 2015 for aspiring housemates whose age ranges from 18 to 35 years old while the second day of the PBB Gensan Audition will be for the PBB Teens on April 18, featuring aspiring housemates ages 13 to 17 years old.
PBB Gensan Auditions Schedule

During the first-ever PBB Season 6 Auditions held last week at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, thousands of aspiring housemates tried their luck hoping to be included in the elite list of official PBB Season 6 housemates.

Aside from the auditions in Gensan and the recently concluded auditions in Cebu and Smart Araneta Coliseum, the PBB Season 6 auditions will be also held in Lucena, Isabela and Davao City.

Cebu
March 13 - PBB Regular (18 to 35 years old)
March 14 - PBB Teens (13 to 17 years old)
Venue: Pacific Mall Mandaue

Lucena
March 20 - PBB Regular
March 21 - PBB Teens
Venue: Pacific Mall Lucena

Isabela

March 28 - PBB Regular
March 29 - PBB Teens
Venue: Robinsons Place Santiago

Davao
April 24 - PBB Regular
April 25 - PBB Teens
Venue: Abreeza Mall Davao

The PBB Season 6 will be hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, Robi Domingo and John Prats. The last winner of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) is no less than the Brazilian-Japanese model and actor Daniel Matsunaga. 

Gerald Anderson and Melai Cantiveros both from Gensan were also products of Pinoy Big Brother.

The following are the Requirements for Aspiring PBB Housemates in General Santos City:
  • Bring any valid ID’s with Birth Date
  • It is not mandatory to have guardian present during the PBB Teens Audition
  • Registration will start at around 7:00 AM on April 17 (Regular) and April 18 (Teens)
  • Don’t forget to bring snacks, water, ballpen and the most important thing “Lakas ng Loob.”
PBB Gensan Auditions Requirements



The recently concluded 17th Seslong Festival in Tboli, South Cotabato was a remarkable success with thousands of residents and visitors enjoying various activities of the celebration which ended Monday, March 16.

Among the activities of the celebration which started last March 5 were the Horse Fight which is considered part of the Tboli culture, the Search for Mutya ng Tboli participated by a total of 11 candidates from all over the municipality, the 4x4 Off Road Challenge and the internationally- recognized 3rd DST Shooting Competition participated by professional shooters from all over the country and abroad.

The Pilgrimage to Lake Holon participated by around 300 individuals not only from the region but as well as from Luzon and Visayas was also among the highlights of this year's Seslong Festival. The event also marked the reopening of Lake Holon to visitors who wants to experience nature, adventure, and the unique culture of the Tboli tribe.

The people of Tboli, guests and tourists were also treated with activities such as the cheerleading, the drum and lyre competition, Moto X Free Style and the Seslong Festival 2015 Street Dancing Competition participated by seven (7) contingents from different elementary schools.

"We want Seslong Festival to be known not only in the region, not only in the country but also all over the world.."said Mayor Dibu S. Tuan during the culmination program on Monday. Tuan also encouraged everyone to help promote Tboli as a peaceful and beautiful town.

"Everyone is welcome in Tboli. Take a vacation here, visit Lake Holon and experience our unique culture." he added.





Cadet First Class Dennis Yuson Jr. from General Santos City is class valedictorian of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) "Lakandula" Class of 2015.


The son of a police officer in Sultan Kudarat topped this year's PNPA graduating class composed of 15 females and 232 male police cadets.
PNPA graduating class valedictorian


Before he entered the PNPA, Yuson studied at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University where he earned a bachelors degree in education major in mathematics. In 2010, he was one of the winners of the General Santos City Youth Achievers Award.

In an interview on GMA News TV's "News To Go" on Thursday, Yuzon said that he believes that their class, the "Lakandula" class which name stands for “Lahing Kayumanggi na handang ialay sa bayan ang Dugo at Lakas” will be the new breed of police officers who can regain the trust and the confidence of the public, by serving with integrity and loyalty.

“Malaking tulong ang aming pagsasanay sa loob lalo na ang core values na itinuro sa amin like justice, integrity and service. Kung gaano man kahirap ang hamon sa labas ng akademiya, pipilitin namin maka-serve sa bayan ng buong katapatan,” Yuson added.

The graduation rites for PNPA Lakandula Class 2015 will be held on March 26 at the PNPA compound in Silang, Cavite.


To attract more tourists to visit the region, the Department of Tourism Region 12 (DOT-12) has released today March 1, 2015 a TV commercial entitled "Paradise" on its Facebook Page.

The video runs for a total of 1 minute and 45 seconds highlighting some of the famous landmarks and attractions in SOX (new tourism tagline for SOCCSKSARGEN Region). These includes the attractions in South Cotabato - Falls #1 and Falls #2 of the famous Seven Falls in Lake Sebu, the Seven Falls Zipline which is considered the highest in Southeast Asia and Lake Holon in Tboli town.
Hikong Bente - Lake Sebu Falls

Also featured in the "Paradise" TVC are different adventures in Sarangani Province including paragliding in Kiamba, the white water tubing adventure in Pangi River in Maitum, scuba diving in Tuka Marine Sanctuary, and the white sand beaches in Gumasa, Glan.

The majestic Grand Mosque in Cotabato City is also highlighted in the campaign video. The mosque which is donated by the Sultan of Brunei is the largest and grandest in the country.

Asik-asik Falls in Alamada, Cotabato Province, the boiling Lake Agco in Kidapawan City, and the Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong City were also among the attractions in SOX featured in the TVC.

Here now is DOT-12's "Paradise" campaign video. Feel free to share it and let's make it viral.



Meet the eight (8) candidates for this year’s Mutya ng Norala beauty pageant.

The candidates are shown in numerical order below. Photography by Abbie Abe.
Mutya ng Norala 2015 candidates

Candidate #1: Girlie Q. Bezar
San Miguel National High School
Mutya ng Norala

Candidate #2: Regina Marie Frances Gesulga
Notre Dame of Norala, Inc.
Mutya ng Norala


Candidate #3: Chiara Joy S. Pantua
DepEd Norala Lncs Lal-lo North District

Candidate #4: Jessa Mae H. Hermo
Green Valley College (GVC) - Norala


Candidate #5: Irene Sumpiano Pedrola
Liga ng mga Barangay


Candidate #6: Mika Ela S. Barcenilla
Notnot Barrientos Couture


Candidate #7: Angel Fe C. Carbonilla
Norala National High School


Candidate #8: Ana Jemina Cuenca
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)

Who's your bet to win this year's Mutya ng Norala 2015 title and will have the chance to represent the Municipality of Norala in the Mutya ng South Cotabato 2015 this coming July? Let us know by participating in our poll below.

POLL: WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE CROWNED MUTYA NG NORALA 2015?

The Search for Mutya ng Norala 2015 is one of the highlights of this year's Kamayadan Festival.

The coronation night will be held on March 7, 7 PM at the Norala Municipal Gym.


On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 different youth organizations from all over the country were recognized for their contributions in nation building during the awarding ceremonies of the 12th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards led by President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang.

Among the twenty (20) finalists was the Hearts and Brains Youth (HABY) Volunteers based in General Santos City. Composed of passionate volunteers, HABY Volunteers are involved in helping the marginalized sectors particularly in the far-flung areas in Sarangani and Gensan. Their projects includes conduct of medical missions, giving of school supplies and providing livelihood, among others.

For TAYO 12, HABY Volunteers presented their Bahay Tuluyan (dormitories) Project that aims to provide refuge to school children in remote parts in Sarangani.

"Our organization believes that no Indigenous People (IP) children should be left behind on education." said John Oliver Tablazon during his presentation before TAYO 12 judges.

The TAYO 12 winners which received a trophy sculpted by Mr. Toym de Leon Imao and a PhP 50,000 cash grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines were:

1. ACCESS-PYLP Alumni Association, Inc. - ZamBaSulTa Chapter
2. Indigenous Youth Servant Leaders Association of the Philippines
3. Kanlungan Pilipinas Movement Inc.
4. Katipunan ng mga Kabataang Santiagueno
5. Move this World Philippines. Inc.
6. Phi Lambda Delta Sorority
7. Red Cross Youth and Junior Rescue Team
8. Rescue Assistance Peacekeeping Intelligence Detail, Inc.
9. University of San Agustin Little Theater
10. Youth for Environment in School Organization - Lucena City National High School Ransohan Extension

Meanwhile, HABY Volunteers along with the other finalists that includes the CITE Youth Volunteer Group, CMLI Junior Alumni Association, Kwaderno, New Breed Special Force, Order of Asclepius, Rebirth Outdoor Trekkers and Adventurers Inc., University of the Philippines Business Administration Student Council, University of the Philippines Circuit and Youth for a Livable Cebu also received a trophy and a P20,000 cash grant.

The TAYO 12 search is spearheaded by the TAYO Awards Foundation, the National Youth Commission, the Office of Senator Bam Aquino and the Coca Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.

Since its establishment in 2002, the TAYO Awards Foundation has recognized and supported the outstanding contributions of youth organizations to national development.

To date, more than a thousand youth organizations have joined the search and have become part of the foundation's growing youth network.


Have you heard about Hidak Falls in the town of Tboli, South Cotabato? This natural wonder located in a highly forested area in Brgy. Kematu is being poised to become Tboli's next top attraction.
Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction
Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction. Photo by Alwyn Belonio, entry to the 2013 I Love South Cotabato Photo Contest
SouthCotabatoNews.Com was very fortunate to have seen and read the master development plan for Hidak Falls and we're very excited for the entire project, check out the following photos.
Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

Hidak Falls, Tboli's next big attraction

On March 16, 2015 during the culmination program of the 17th Seslong Festival, the Department of Tourism - Region 12 through Reg'l Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera has finally turned-over to Tboli-LGU the master development plan for Hidak Falls framed by GeiserMaclang, an internationally awarded marketing communications company.

And as announced, the development of Hidak Falls will begin next month - April 2015.
Turn-over of  Tourism Master Development Plan for Hidak Falls. Shown is  DOT-12 Reg'l Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera, CESO V  handling over to Tboli Mayor Dibu S. Tuan the master developmet plan for Hidak Falls. Also in the picture is the Barangay Captain of Brgy. Kematu and some councilors of LGU-Tboli.
"We are developing Hidak Falls as a high-end, exclusive resort where membership is required before a person could access the amenities," said Mayor Dibu S. Tuan in an interview.

.


The ongoing refurbishing and improvement of the South Cotabato Provincial Capitol located at Alunan Avenue, City of Koronadal is now nearing completion.

Shown are recent pictures of the provincial capitol which now has a modern-look. Noticeable are the huge standees forming the words "South" and "Cotabato" placed separately at the sides of the building. What can you say?










Closed to tourists for nearly eight (8) months, Lake Holon, one of SOCCSKSARGEN's premier destinations, has re-opened.

On March 13, 2015 more than 200 individuals joined the Pilgrimage to Lake Holon which is one of the highlights of this year's Seslong Festival of the Municipality of Tboli. Participants were composed of tourism stakeholders, mountaineers and enthusiasts coming from different parts of the region. There were also guests who came all the way from Manila, Visayas and other places in Mindanao- all eager to see the beauty of Lake Holon and experience nature, adventure and culture in one.
Lake Holon, a favorite camping destination. It can be reached through 2-3 hours of trekking from the receiving center in Brgy. Salacafe.
Lake Holon was closed in June last year for rehabilitation, improvements in the area and to prepare the community for possible influx of tourists.

Dubbed as the "Crown Jewel of the South", Lake Holon is the crater lake of Mt. Melibingoy, an active volcano. The lake has been named as one of the cleanest inland body of water in the country.

Check out the following pictures taken during the Pilgrimage to Holon from March 13-14, this year.
The event started at the Lake Holon Receiving Center in Brgy. Salacafe where a short program to welcome and orient the participants was held.
Residents of Brgy. Salacafe welcomed participants with their music and dances.
Participants of the Pilgrimage to Holon also had the chance to learn Tboli dances.
Participants were able to hear stories and myths about the lake and sorrounding mountains through trained residents which serves as guides.
A resident showing off his freshly caught Tilapia at Lake Holon.
Climbers to Lake Holon should not worry on what food to bring, there are locals selling freshly caught tilapia from the lake or one can go fishing.

Kayaking is just one of the activities to enjoy in Lake Holon.
Come night time participants were gathered on a bonfire to hear stories and myths that surrounds the lake.  The storyteller, an elder of the tribe tells the stories in Tboli dialect which is then translated by an interpreter.

Foggy morning in Lake Holon.


Campers enjoying the cold crystal-clear waters of Lake Holon.
Relaxing fish spa at Lake Holon.
MORE pictures of Lake Holon








There's no stopping progress in the town of Tboli, South Cotabato. The once-sleepy town is now a thriving tourist hotspot.
Just recently, in time with the town's celebration of its founding anniversary and the annual Seslong Festival, the latest attraction in the municipality was unveiled- the Tboli Knoon Monument.

Designed by renowned Mindanaoan sculpture Kublai Ponce Millan, the Tboli Knoon Monument stands out in the Municipal Plaza. It is expected to draw more visitors and tourists as "side dish" to their trips in Lake Holon and other tourism sites.

The main masterpiece of the Tboli Knoon Monument resembles a musical instrument called "sludoy" or a bamboo zither with gigantic sculpted human figures depicting the rich culture and traditions of the Tboli tribe. Take a look at the following pictures.





Works on the Tboli Knoon Monument continues. When finished, I was told that the landmark will also feature a man-made falls and fountains, among others.




Attention all aspiring Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) housemates in General Santos City, South Cotabato and neighboring places.

On April 17-18, 2015, Pinoy Big Brother, the hit reality-show on ABS-CBN will conduct its Gensan Auditions for PBB Season 6 Regular and Teen Edition to be held at KCC Mall.

The audition for the PBB Regular will be on Friday, April 17, 2015 for aspiring housemates whose age ranges from 18 to 35 years old while the second day of the PBB Gensan Audition will be for the PBB Teens on April 18, featuring aspiring housemates ages 13 to 17 years old.
PBB Gensan Auditions Schedule

During the first-ever PBB Season 6 Auditions held last week at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, thousands of aspiring housemates tried their luck hoping to be included in the elite list of official PBB Season 6 housemates.

Aside from the auditions in Gensan and the recently concluded auditions in Cebu and Smart Araneta Coliseum, the PBB Season 6 auditions will be also held in Lucena, Isabela and Davao City.

Cebu
March 13 - PBB Regular (18 to 35 years old)
March 14 - PBB Teens (13 to 17 years old)
Venue: Pacific Mall Mandaue

Lucena
March 20 - PBB Regular
March 21 - PBB Teens
Venue: Pacific Mall Lucena

Isabela

March 28 - PBB Regular
March 29 - PBB Teens
Venue: Robinsons Place Santiago

Davao
April 24 - PBB Regular
April 25 - PBB Teens
Venue: Abreeza Mall Davao

The PBB Season 6 will be hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, Robi Domingo and John Prats. The last winner of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) is no less than the Brazilian-Japanese model and actor Daniel Matsunaga. 

Gerald Anderson and Melai Cantiveros both from Gensan were also products of Pinoy Big Brother.

The following are the Requirements for Aspiring PBB Housemates in General Santos City:
  • Bring any valid ID’s with Birth Date
  • It is not mandatory to have guardian present during the PBB Teens Audition
  • Registration will start at around 7:00 AM on April 17 (Regular) and April 18 (Teens)
  • Don’t forget to bring snacks, water, ballpen and the most important thing “Lakas ng Loob.”
PBB Gensan Auditions Requirements



The recently concluded 17th Seslong Festival in Tboli, South Cotabato was a remarkable success with thousands of residents and visitors enjoying various activities of the celebration which ended Monday, March 16.

Among the activities of the celebration which started last March 5 were the Horse Fight which is considered part of the Tboli culture, the Search for Mutya ng Tboli participated by a total of 11 candidates from all over the municipality, the 4x4 Off Road Challenge and the internationally- recognized 3rd DST Shooting Competition participated by professional shooters from all over the country and abroad.

The Pilgrimage to Lake Holon participated by around 300 individuals not only from the region but as well as from Luzon and Visayas was also among the highlights of this year's Seslong Festival. The event also marked the reopening of Lake Holon to visitors who wants to experience nature, adventure, and the unique culture of the Tboli tribe.

The people of Tboli, guests and tourists were also treated with activities such as the cheerleading, the drum and lyre competition, Moto X Free Style and the Seslong Festival 2015 Street Dancing Competition participated by seven (7) contingents from different elementary schools.

"We want Seslong Festival to be known not only in the region, not only in the country but also all over the world.."said Mayor Dibu S. Tuan during the culmination program on Monday. Tuan also encouraged everyone to help promote Tboli as a peaceful and beautiful town.

"Everyone is welcome in Tboli. Take a vacation here, visit Lake Holon and experience our unique culture." he added.





Cadet First Class Dennis Yuson Jr. from General Santos City is class valedictorian of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) "Lakandula" Class of 2015.


The son of a police officer in Sultan Kudarat topped this year's PNPA graduating class composed of 15 females and 232 male police cadets.
PNPA graduating class valedictorian


Before he entered the PNPA, Yuson studied at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University where he earned a bachelors degree in education major in mathematics. In 2010, he was one of the winners of the General Santos City Youth Achievers Award.

In an interview on GMA News TV's "News To Go" on Thursday, Yuzon said that he believes that their class, the "Lakandula" class which name stands for “Lahing Kayumanggi na handang ialay sa bayan ang Dugo at Lakas” will be the new breed of police officers who can regain the trust and the confidence of the public, by serving with integrity and loyalty.

“Malaking tulong ang aming pagsasanay sa loob lalo na ang core values na itinuro sa amin like justice, integrity and service. Kung gaano man kahirap ang hamon sa labas ng akademiya, pipilitin namin maka-serve sa bayan ng buong katapatan,” Yuson added.

The graduation rites for PNPA Lakandula Class 2015 will be held on March 26 at the PNPA compound in Silang, Cavite.


To attract more tourists to visit the region, the Department of Tourism Region 12 (DOT-12) has released today March 1, 2015 a TV commercial entitled "Paradise" on its Facebook Page.

The video runs for a total of 1 minute and 45 seconds highlighting some of the famous landmarks and attractions in SOX (new tourism tagline for SOCCSKSARGEN Region). These includes the attractions in South Cotabato - Falls #1 and Falls #2 of the famous Seven Falls in Lake Sebu, the Seven Falls Zipline which is considered the highest in Southeast Asia and Lake Holon in Tboli town.
Hikong Bente - Lake Sebu Falls

Also featured in the "Paradise" TVC are different adventures in Sarangani Province including paragliding in Kiamba, the white water tubing adventure in Pangi River in Maitum, scuba diving in Tuka Marine Sanctuary, and the white sand beaches in Gumasa, Glan.

The majestic Grand Mosque in Cotabato City is also highlighted in the campaign video. The mosque which is donated by the Sultan of Brunei is the largest and grandest in the country.

Asik-asik Falls in Alamada, Cotabato Province, the boiling Lake Agco in Kidapawan City, and the Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong City were also among the attractions in SOX featured in the TVC.

Here now is DOT-12's "Paradise" campaign video. Feel free to share it and let's make it viral.



Meet the eight (8) candidates for this year’s Mutya ng Norala beauty pageant.

The candidates are shown in numerical order below. Photography by Abbie Abe.
Mutya ng Norala 2015 candidates

Candidate #1: Girlie Q. Bezar
San Miguel National High School
Mutya ng Norala

Candidate #2: Regina Marie Frances Gesulga
Notre Dame of Norala, Inc.
Mutya ng Norala


Candidate #3: Chiara Joy S. Pantua
DepEd Norala Lncs Lal-lo North District

Candidate #4: Jessa Mae H. Hermo
Green Valley College (GVC) - Norala


Candidate #5: Irene Sumpiano Pedrola
Liga ng mga Barangay


Candidate #6: Mika Ela S. Barcenilla
Notnot Barrientos Couture


Candidate #7: Angel Fe C. Carbonilla
Norala National High School


Candidate #8: Ana Jemina Cuenca
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)

Who's your bet to win this year's Mutya ng Norala 2015 title and will have the chance to represent the Municipality of Norala in the Mutya ng South Cotabato 2015 this coming July? Let us know by participating in our poll below.

POLL: WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE CROWNED MUTYA NG NORALA 2015?

The Search for Mutya ng Norala 2015 is one of the highlights of this year's Kamayadan Festival.

The coronation night will be held on March 7, 7 PM at the Norala Municipal Gym.


On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 different youth organizations from all over the country were recognized for their contributions in nation building during the awarding ceremonies of the 12th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards led by President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang.

Among the twenty (20) finalists was the Hearts and Brains Youth (HABY) Volunteers based in General Santos City. Composed of passionate volunteers, HABY Volunteers are involved in helping the marginalized sectors particularly in the far-flung areas in Sarangani and Gensan. Their projects includes conduct of medical missions, giving of school supplies and providing livelihood, among others.

For TAYO 12, HABY Volunteers presented their Bahay Tuluyan (dormitories) Project that aims to provide refuge to school children in remote parts in Sarangani.

"Our organization believes that no Indigenous People (IP) children should be left behind on education." said John Oliver Tablazon during his presentation before TAYO 12 judges.

The TAYO 12 winners which received a trophy sculpted by Mr. Toym de Leon Imao and a PhP 50,000 cash grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines were:

1. ACCESS-PYLP Alumni Association, Inc. - ZamBaSulTa Chapter
2. Indigenous Youth Servant Leaders Association of the Philippines
3. Kanlungan Pilipinas Movement Inc.
4. Katipunan ng mga Kabataang Santiagueno
5. Move this World Philippines. Inc.
6. Phi Lambda Delta Sorority
7. Red Cross Youth and Junior Rescue Team
8. Rescue Assistance Peacekeeping Intelligence Detail, Inc.
9. University of San Agustin Little Theater
10. Youth for Environment in School Organization - Lucena City National High School Ransohan Extension

Meanwhile, HABY Volunteers along with the other finalists that includes the CITE Youth Volunteer Group, CMLI Junior Alumni Association, Kwaderno, New Breed Special Force, Order of Asclepius, Rebirth Outdoor Trekkers and Adventurers Inc., University of the Philippines Business Administration Student Council, University of the Philippines Circuit and Youth for a Livable Cebu also received a trophy and a P20,000 cash grant.

The TAYO 12 search is spearheaded by the TAYO Awards Foundation, the National Youth Commission, the Office of Senator Bam Aquino and the Coca Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.

Since its establishment in 2002, the TAYO Awards Foundation has recognized and supported the outstanding contributions of youth organizations to national development.

To date, more than a thousand youth organizations have joined the search and have become part of the foundation's growing youth network.