EXPERIENCING GENSAN'S TUNA FESTIVAL ON MY FIRST DAY


I woke up a bit late on my first day in General Santos City for my 2010 Tuna Festival Experience. It was very late in the evening when we head back to Hotel Dolores the night I arrived at the Tuna City. Hotel Dolores was my official home for three nights and two days in Gensan City.


It was a sunny Saturday when I woke up. From the window of my room, I have a very good view of Gensan's busy Wet Market while at Hotel Dolores' Miss Mocha located at the Roof Top is the busy City Streets of Gensan.


At around 12 pm, my very good host Avel Manansala fetched us for what he called "Surprises For The Day". First stop was our scrumptious lunch at Leeonga Mongolian located at the Sun City Suites Complex.


Leeonga Mongolian is one of the latest additions to Gensan's wide selections of first-rate dining experience. Its palatable Mongolian styled dishes are affordable yet promise to give dining satisfaction. I, myself, cannot deny how i craved for more. And that I promise to blog about it in my next posts. Their dishes are simply unforgettable.



After that sumptuous dining, we headed straight to the presscon of Smart Communication for their Tuna Festival Concert. It was also a meet-and-greet event featuring Jopay of Sexbomb, sexy dancer Luningning and TV5 Lokomoko's Princess Ryan - featured stars of the said Concert. It was also great time meeting the very hospitable Socsksargen Bloggers and other friends in the Media.



At around 5 in the afternoon, we headed to KCC Convention and Event Center for the most awaited coronation night of Mr. and Ms. Gensan 2010. My ganda ever host Orman Manansala, Tuna Festival Director secured us VIP seats to get a very good view of this spectacular pageant of gorgeousness and wit.



HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENTS


It was a very remarkable pageant with an equally remarkable production that wowed me and the audience. At the end, Mr. and Ms. Gensan 2010 went to Jenel Labiana and Genevieve Mutia, respectively who both are from the Mindanao State University.

Minutes after the coronation, Avel brought us for a light dinner to a specialty restaurant called Little Dubai Kebab Grills. This Middle Eastern inspired resto is situated at SAFI Arcade across KCC Mall. It is actually a small restaurant but assures its diners a different Middle Eastern taste. The place is cozy and well-lit. The Mediterranean music they are playing adds drama to the enticing ambiance of this tiny place.

While waiting for the food, the service staff provided us a JENGA - a wooden block game played by taking turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses. It was a fun game that actually made the waiting certainly bearable. What about the food? Mmm... Purely delightful with a real taste of Dubai!

After that Middle Eastern gastronomical treat, we headed right away to the Al Fresco Sashimi Night at Robinsons Place initiated by Gensan Blogger Donna Mae Congson. It was an amusing event filled with great music, cool party people and of course, the fresh appetizing Tuna Sashimi scattered all over the venue.

Photos Courtesy of Donna Mae Congson

What a night! The night also features Gensan's homegrown artists. One of those I love so much is the Centerpoint Band. I like their musicality, their energy and their charisma. Listening to them, I was blown away.


Photos Courtesy of Donna Mae Congson

Before the night ended, Avel brought to the infamous Foam Party hosted annually by the Royal East Asia Hotel. The night also featured one of my most admired artist - Ely Buendia who did a great job that evening.

Photo Taken By My Nokia N71 Mobile Phone

It was my first Foam Party and honestly, it was totally a whole new experience for me. It was a liberating experience. Me and my fellow blogger Leah Valle, literally danced like there's no tomorrow. The facade of the Royal East Asia Hotel covered in several feet of suds and bubbles dispensed from a foam machine became our ultimate dance floor. We were wet dancing under the flowing bubbles like teens and disco maniacs. It was just fun knowing it was both our first time. A rare experience I could never forget. It was really overwhelming until now.


Photo Taken By My Nokia N71 Mobile Phone

From the Foam Party, we thought we were heading back to the hotel. But again, Avel with his surprising gesture brought us to the Lugawan/Arrozcaldohan that served one of the best Lugaw I've tasted in my life. Leah and I was actually wet when we get there chilling like wet chick but the hot savory taste of lugaw helped ease the chilling.


Moments later, we were heading back to Dolores Hotel. That was around 2:30 in the very early dawn.


It was a long day but my Tuna Festival First Day was worth to remember. Watch out for my next post - Tuna Festival Second Day.

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September 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM delete

WOOHOO! Told you it will be fun! :)

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September 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM delete

@ Ria JOse - Thanks a lot Ri. :) looking forward ofr another exciting event like such. I really had a blast!

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September 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM delete

Whoa GenSan!

Love your post about your first day of TunaFest eXperience.

Couldn't wait for the next installments.

:)

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September 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM delete

@ Bariles - Thanks Avel. :) love all you surprises. Grabe... Lumobo ako ng husti when i get here in Davao. Haaaayyyzzz.... A million thanks ulit. :)

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September 29, 2010 at 6:25 PM delete

superlike your photos.
thanks for celebrating with us.

:D

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September 29, 2010 at 7:10 PM delete

Avel, Orman, and the SoCCSKSarGen Bloggers really know how to treat their guests well.

Now, you know why Brendel and I rave about them at our blogs.

It was a fun weekend and I'm glad you and Leah joined us.

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September 29, 2010 at 9:01 PM delete

i enjoyed reading your post.you had indeed a wonderful time here in Gensan...

and youve got great photos here...

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September 29, 2010 at 9:45 PM delete

you sure had a great time. the food at mongolian really looks tasty and the sashimis... that's what i really like there. punong puno pala schedule mo dun.

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September 30, 2010 at 12:51 AM delete

Glad you had a great time Olan! You were fun to be with. :-)

And...wahaha...nakita taka sa LAPTOP!

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September 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM delete

@ Rabsky - Thanks Rabsky. Read your blog posts too. Thanks for sharing my photos. I'm loving Gensan!

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September 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM delete

@ Lyle - Hahahahaha. Now i understand that "Lintik lang ang walang ganti". Hahahaha. I agree 101%, Gensan Bloggers are definitely the best! I'm glad I was with you guys. Thanks for the fun. :)

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September 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM delete

@ Lito - Salamat Lito. I have so fun fun with you guys in Gensan. Indeed, it is Magandang Gensan. Salamat. :)

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September 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM delete

@ Dong Ho - Hi Dong. Sobrang saya ang saty ko dun. Super sulit. Ako na nga ang humihindi sa mga food ni siniserve sa amin. And Yes, Gensan rocks!

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September 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM delete

@ Brendel - Hahahahaha. Kita kita ako sa laptop. Pati ikaw! Wa koy labot sa Google Earth! Hahahahaha! Thanks a lot Brends. I had so much fun with you guys. Grabe! Murag kog nakawala sa hawla. Hahahaha.

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September 30, 2010 at 12:03 PM delete

@ Sheng - It was nice meeting you Sheng. I will come back soon. Wala akong photos sa Fish Port kaya babalik ako dun tlga. :)

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January 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM delete

I envy my sister because she made it to Gen San (sigh). I hope I can visit there soon.http://www.cdokay.com/

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August 6, 2012 at 4:04 PM delete

naka punta n ako dun but noong 2005 palang hehehe gusto mka punta ulit....to watch live a tuna festival.......hope olan ma discovered mo rin ang place nmin ang ganda din dito sa GINGOOG CITY MISAMIS ORIENTAL......

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