Monday, April 27, 2009

Proof of Global Warming

The world is getting hotter everyday. Need I say more?

Friday, April 24, 2009

(Updated) Labor Day JOBapalooza '09 in Gensan

The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 12, together with ABS CBN and KCC Mall of Gensan, will be sponsoring the biggest jobs fair ever to be held in General Santos City at the KCC Convention Hall on May 1 and 2, 2009.

Dubbed as JOBapalooza '09,the jobs fair is expected to come up with thousands of vacancies both for local and overseas employment. Several POEA accredited agencies and local employers have already signified their intention of joining the said jobs fair. The Army Recruitment Center for Mindanao based in Patag Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro also confirmed their presence during the Jobapalooza for their recruitment of enlisted personnel for the Philippine Army.

Registration process for interested applicants started last April 20, 2009 at DOLE SARGEN Field Office, Magsaysay Ave. cor. Saging St., General Santos City. Registered applicants are issued entrance slips to the JOBapalooza jobs fair so that they will be spared of the tedious process of falling in line for registration on the day itself. All they have to do is to shoplist for vacancies where they think they qualify and present themselves to the employers for interview then.

Partial listing of participating local and overseas employers:
Vicente Lao Construction, Sagittarius Mines, Coca Bottlers Phils., Inc., Perfect Image Photo Plaza, Xplosion Ventures Manpower Services, Bayan Telecommunication, Sutherland Global Services, PLDT Heavenlink Mobile Sales, Sykes Asia, ANR Unlimited Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Asiapro Cooperative, RD Group of Companies, Cyber City Teleservices, TEMPCO, Cargill Phils., RDEX, Philbest Canning Corp., Freemont Foods Corp., KCC Mall of Gensan, Ginebra San Miguel, San Miguel Purefoods, Camella General Santos, HUREMPCO, MMML Recruitment Services, Al-alamia International, Golden Future, Careplus International, Non-Stop Overseas, Global Medical System, Mirben International, JMAC International, Anifel Management and Gen. Services Corp., Pacific Meditteranean, Nawras Manpower Services, MHHR Manpower Recruitment and Placement Services, DA Rodrigo International, Noor Internaitonal Personnel Services, Inc., Placewell International Services Corp., GBMLT Manpower Services Inc.

For further details, interested JOBapalooza applicants may

call us at (083) 552 - 3952

e-mail the author at

So, what are you waiting for? Go na, apply na!

Kita kits sa JOBapalooza '09!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Proclamation No. 1752

After a long wait, finally, Black Saturday which falls on April 11, 2009 had been declared by the Office of the President as a Special Non-Working Holiday last April 8, 2009. This is in addition to the three regular holidays (April 6, 9 & 10) we had for the week.
I am reprinting in full copy of the Proclamation direct from the OPS re: Black Saturday Holiday for everybody's information and reference. For further details, you may log on to (the official website of the Office of the President).




WHEREAS, Saturday, April 11, 2009 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday;

WHEREAS, Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special day throughout the country;

WHEREAS, the observance of Holy Week is one of our people’s most cherished traditions;

WHEREAS, our people must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder on the significance of the Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDUARDO R. ERMITA, Executive Secretary, by authority of Her Excellency, President GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, do hereby declare Saturday, April 11, 2009, as a special (non-working) day throughout the country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 8th day of April, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nine.

By authority of the President:

Executive Secretary
By the Executive Secretary :
Deputy Executive Secretary

2009 Holidays

Again, here's a reprint of our holidays for this year:

2009 Partial Listing of Regular Holidays / Special Non-Working and Working Holidays

Regular Holidays

Maundy Thursday - April 9
Good Friday - April 10
Araw ng Kagitingan - April 6 (Monday nearest April 9)
Labor Day - May 1 (Friday)
Independence Day- June 12 (Friday)
National Heroes Day - August 31 (Monday), Last Monday of August

Eidul Fitre (Feast of Ramadan) - November 3
Bonifacio Day - November 30 (Monday)
Christmas Day - December 25 (Friday)
Rizal Day - December 30 (Wednesday)

Special (Non-working) Days

Ninoy Aquino Day - August 21 (Friday)
All Saints Day - November 1 (Sunday)
Additional special (non-working) day - November 2 (Monday)
Additional special (non-working) day - December 24 (Thursday)
Last day of the year - December 31 (Thursday)

For more information, please click on the link below:
Proclamation No. 1699 (.pdf file) -
or you may log on to:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

St. Elizabeth Hospital's 3/F Expansion Now Operational

St. Elizabeth Hospital, headed by it's administrator, Mr. Antonio Veneracion, CPA formally opened to the public it's newly constructed third floor last March 30, 2009. The new area which took eleven months to construct now provides additional 18 private rooms, 15 suite rooms, 6 super suite rooms and 1 presidential suite which raised to a total of 135 available rooms for their patients. This is their way of saying that they are bent on raising patients comfort several notches higher.
The author was one of the privileged few who were given the chance by Sir Tony V. to tour around and take a look at the new facilities of St. Elizabeth Hospital a few days before their inauguration.
As we toured around the place, cameras of Jonel, Kiyawster, Bariles and Ayel kept on clicking giving me the chance to share their photos with you.

This is their lounge that could give hotels a run for their own money.

This is the receiving area of the presidential suite. Nice, isn't it?
Amenities in this room includes a very big flat TV, a nice bathroom, nice bed , refrigerator, telephone, mini dining area and
of course, it's wi-fi connected ( the whole third floor actualy).
The room is said to be costing from Php4,000 to 4,500/day. Cheaper compared to other high end hospitals where presidential suites are reportedly costing up to Php20,000 or higher.
If somebody gets sick and checks in at this room , we might just as well say, Indulge and pamper yourself ! instead of the traditional, get well soon!

Their private room complete with flat TV also.

The lucky bloggers with the Hospital Administrator, Sir Tony Veneracion

In addition, the whole staff of this unit underwent several trainings (Personality Development and TQM included) before they are being deployed. So expect for outmost customer service.

The new unit boasts of having their own butler too, are we talking about hospital here?

Kudos to the premier healthcare institution of Gensan, the St. Elizabeth Hospital!

Thank you for the innovations on healthcare provision.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Oh Orange Bistro

Simple yet appealing exterior of another Gensan pride, the Orange Bistro
Orange Bisto is located along J. Catolico Ave., GSC.
It is owned and managed by the prominent Teng family.

Socsksargen and Davao bloggers who raided(?) Orange Bistro one beautiful Saturday afternoon

Take note of the bloggers sweet smiles - a clear indication of satisfied
taste buds!

Nachos So Sarap
Aside from nachos, varied dishes such as spaghetti, angel's hair,
chicharong bulaklak, dumplings
as well as burgers were also laid down for the bloggers.
Tasting the burger made me feel nostalgic, it reminded me of the burgers
we use to order at the Kimball foodcourt.
Function Room turned Partyland
Orange Bistro has several function rooms available for conferences and parties.
For inquiries, you may call 301 -0992/301-5555.
See You There!
(Tnx Cind, for the pics.)

Ramming Cravings at Ram's Resto

Craving for good food that won't bore a hole in your pockets?
The place to visit is:
Ram's Lechon Manok and Seafood Restaurant
located along Quimpo Boulevard in Davao City
(near SM)
Owned and managed by: Mr. & Mrs. Ram Magtoto
Bloggers had a taste of delicious dishes being offered at affordable prices at Ram's Resto during the Davao Food Appreciation Tour (DFAT). We were able to savor their sumptous dishes composed of sinuglaw, sweet and sour white marlin, sizzling squid, lechon manok and their bijon to die for. Served also are fresh fruits as dessert.
On a personal note, I really loved the food at Ram's Resto..perfect for my taste buds! Also, while dining there, you can make a sidetrip to SM for pasalubongs, just like what I did!
Many thanks to the Magtotos for the noteworthy hospitality and to Lyle for the nice pics!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Chronicle of a First Timer DFAT Participant

March 14, 2009 was a red letter day for the SOCSKSARGEN Bloggers, especially to the author, because we were invited to join the Food Appreciation Tour in Davao City.

Excitement and more of it ruled during the exciting tour.

3:00 A.M. - Author woke up, took a bath hurriedly, sipped coffee and was delivered by hubby in one piece at the bloggers meeting place beside the City Hall.

4:00 A.M. -I saw Bariles, Ms. Gensan and the beautiful daughter of our Mayor, Honey waiting for other bloggers to come. A little past four a.m. came Cidy, Tammy, Rose and hubby, Jonel. The group then headed for Leonard Pe's abode to pick him up and we proceeded to Lagao to see the lovable duo, Kiyawster and Sheng, waiting for us. Finally, with Tatay Saling on the helm, the group started the beautiful and exciting journey for the DFAT.

Our first stop was at Tubac Overview in Baluyan wherein we had breakfast of plain rice and tinolang native na manok.

We then proceeded with our journey.

8:00 A.M. We reached our destination and we met up with some Davao bloggers at a Mcdonald outlet before we proceeded to the Outland Adventure ( see my post about this here )

11:30 A.M. Socsksargen bloggers together with Chiq Montes of CDO, Davao's Migs, Brendel and Lyle were treated to a sumptous lunch at Davao's Rancheros Grill . My daughter, raffee, a Davao stude, joined us here and on towards later activities.

1:30 P.M. The group then went to a coffee shop named Kasagingan. There, we huddled, plurked, surfed the net and enjoyed coffee and some pastries/bananas cooked and prepared in one hundred and one ways.

4:00 P.M. We went to the Davao Crocodile Farm. (watch out for my post about this thrilling encounter with real crocs)
5:30 P.M. The very gracious Migs offered his place at Belisario Heights for the Socsksargen bloggers to freshen up. Thank You, Migs, 'twas so nice of you!
6:30 P.M. Yummy dinner was served by Ram's Resto for the group. (another post about this, coming up soon!)
8:00 P.M. The group proceeded to Matina Town Square and hied off at Blu Gre for a nightcap. Bonding time once again over cups of coffee.
12:00 MN Socksargen bloggers decided to call it a day! We started our travel going back to Gensan with beautiful and exciting memories of the DFAT and of course, with heavier weights!
2:00 A.M. We're back to where we came from! The bloggers to their homes sweet homes and me, in one piece again, to my hubby and home sweet home!

Friday, April 3, 2009

My Comfort Zone

I am featuring here one of the places where I feel most comfortable. I stay here 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 4 weeks in a month and basically 12 months in a year. Of course, I am referring to my office corner.
This is one of those places wherein I can express myself and a place where I can just be me. A person, even if I'm imperfect, with a passion for perfection (charing!).