Saturday, July 14, 2012

Comelec proclaims Lawa as rightful Maasim mayor

MAASIM, Sarangani (May 8, 2012) – Sarangani Provincial Election Officer Jose Alvin Quiňanola (2nd from right) and Election Officer Gertrudes Omaňa (extreme left) proclaim former Provincial Board Member Arturo Lawa as the rightful winner of the 2010 election for Maasim mayoral post during the reconvening of the Municipal Board of Canvassers Monday, May 7, with Vice Governor Steve Solon (extreme right) as witness. Lawa “lost” to Jose Zamorro by a narrow margin due to a PCOS machine which erroneously transmitted results of the test run at Precinct 21 in Kablacan village instead of what Lawa actually received - 136 votes as against only 62 votes by Zamorro - bringing the total votes Lawa garnered to 5,440 as against 5,382 of his chief rival – a margin of 58 votes. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . (Abner Arzaga/MAASIM NEWS CENTRAL) Note: Mayor Art Lawa is the first full blood Blaan elected as Municipal Mayor in the province of Sarangani. He was formerly a two-term Provincial Board Member.

Maasim leaders celebrate electoral victory

MAASIM, Sarangani Province (May 8, 2012) – Former Mayor Jojo Lopez, (in white shirt), deputy governor for the Maasim-Kiamba-Maitum development cluster, shares the victory of Maasim Mayor Arturo Lawa after his proclamation as the rightful winner of the May 2010 election Monday, May 7. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . (Abner Arzaga/MAASIM NEWS CENTRAL)

Maasim municipal councilors and Mayor Lawa

MAASIM, Sarangani (May 8, 2012) – Municipal councilors congratulate Mayor Arturo Lawa after the Commission on Elections proclaimed him as the rightful winner of the May 2010 election Monday, May 7. The leaders vowed to be partners for the good of the municipality. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . (Abner Arzaga/MAASIM NEWS CENTRAL)

Newly-proclaimed Maasim Mayor Lawa takes oath of office

MAASIM, Sarangani (May 8, 2012) – Newly-proclaimed Maasim Mayor Arturo Lawa takes his oath of office before Judge Ruperto Besinga Jr. at the Maasim Municipal Court after his proclamation as the rightful winner of the 2010 election. With him are his wife and son. Lawa “lost” to Jose Zamorro by a narrow margin due to a PCOS machine which erroneously transmitted results of the test run at Precinct 21 in Kablacan village instead of what Lawa actually received - 136 votes as against only 62 votes by Zamorro - bringing the total votes Lawa garnered to 5,440 as against 5,382 of his chief rival – a margin of 58 votes. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . (Abner Arzaga/MAASIM NEWS CENTRAL)

Vice mayor welcomes newly-proclaimed Maasim mayor

MAASIM, Sarangani (May 8, 2012) – Vice Mayor Uttoh Salem Cutan congratulates and welcomes Maasim Mayor Arturo Lawa after the Commission on Elections proclaimed the latter as the rightful winner of the May 2010 election Monday, May 7. The leaders vowed to be partners for the good of the municipality. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . (Abner Arzaga/MAASIM NEWS CENTRAL)

Tboli handicraft and crops in Binuyugan Festival

MAITUM, Sarangani (May 5, 2012) – Tbolis in their traditional dress welcome visitors to their cultural showcase and farm products display at the Agro-Trade Fair of the Binuyugan Festival which opened May 3 and culminate on May 7 marking the 53rd Foundation Anniversary of Maitum. The Agro-Trade Fair is a showcase of the tri-peoples' (Christian, Muslims, and Tboli) rich art, culture, and produce. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . Come and enjoy Sarangani Bay Festival on May 18-19, 2012. (Afren de Guzman/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)

Blaan children welcome Gov. Migs

MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 27, 2012) - Blaan children welcome Governor Migs Dominguez Thursday, April 26, in a community village museum in sitio Lamlifew. The governor showed around his guests from USAID-GEM to the School of Living Tradition where the Blaan way of life is taught to the younger generation to be preserved. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . Come and enjoy Sarangani Bay Festival on May 18-19, 2012. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Blaan tradition showcased in Sarangani

MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 27, 2012) - Blaan performers entertain guests with their traditional "bird dance" Thursday, April 26, in a community village museum in sitio Lamlifew. The village is one of the top tourist destinations of the province where visitors could witness and experience the traditional way of life of Blaans being taught to the young generation through its School of Living Tradition. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . Come and enjoy Sarangani Bay Festival on May 18-19, 2012. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Coffee break at Sarangani cultural museum

MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 26, 2012) - Governor Migs Dominguez talks to USAID-Philippines deputy mission director Reed Aeschliman as Ross Wherry, Growth with Equity in Mindanao chief of party, and Provincial Board Member Eleanor Saguiguit listen. The guests were enjoying locally brewed coffee and native goodies called "nilupak", a pounded boiled banana added with sugar and shredded coconut, Thursday, April 26, at the weaving house of the community living museum and School of Living Tradition in sitio Lamlifew. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . Come and enjoy Sarangani Bay Festival on May 18-19, 2012. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Lamlifew Community Village Museum

MALUNGON, Sarangani (April 27, 2012) - Young Blaans pose in front of their museum Thursday, April 26, in sitio Lamlifew. The village is one of the top tourist destinations of the province where guests could witness and experience the traditional way of life of Blaans. The Blaan culture and tradition are being taught to the younger generation through their School of Living Tradition implemented by the Indigenous People’s Development Program of the provincial government. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . Come and enjoy Sarangani Bay Festival on May 18-19, 2012. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

TRIBU, BANGON!

TRIBU, BANGON!
Annalie T. Edday

Patuloy na lumalaban ang aming mga pusong nasusugatan
Trabaho, sakripisyo, serbisyo, ay patuloy na pinagyayaman
... Ikakabuti, ikakaunlad ng tribu ay laging isinasaalang-alang
Upang maibangon ang tribong matagal ng napag-iwanan.

Paaraalan, daan, bahay-pagamutan ay di man lang nasilayan
Ng aming mga ninunong pinanganak sa lupang pinabayaan
Kaya hanggang sila ay tumanda at namatay na lamang
Konting kasaganaan ay di man lang natikman.

Kaya sa tribong pinanganak sa bagong henerasyon
Kahirapang dinanas ng ninuno ay maging inspirasyon
Magsumikap ng husto at mangarap ng walang limitasyon
Upang sa gayon, sa problema ng tribu ay maging solusyon.

Maging mapagmatyag, makialam at makibaka
Tradisyong di kanais-nais at di nakakatulong ay isantabi na
Solusyon sa problema ay huwag na huwag ipaubaya
Sa mga mapanghusga at pulitikong mapagsamantala.

Hoy tribu, bangon na! Magkapit-bisig at panahon na
Mapagsupil na kamangmangan at karukhaan ay lipunin na
Matiwasay na pamumuhay, magandang bukas ay mapasaatin na
Dahil ito ang dapat na buhay at bukas ng bawat isa.

*****
Bong salamat Ann Edday!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Greek envoy visits Sarangani


SARANGANI HIGHLANDS, General Santos City (December 11, 2011) - Greek Ambassador Xenia Stefanidou holds a frame of Blaan women photographed at the Lamlifew village in Malungon during a recent visit to Sarangani province which she described as “paradise”. Stefanidou also visited the white sand beaches of Gumasa in Glan. The “tinolang” native chicken that was served according to her was the best soup she had ever tasted. She was thankful to the hospitality of the people of Sarangani. For more news and updates about Sarangani, please visit www.sarangani.gov.ph (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

“Builders of peace”, Sagip Kapamilya help Sarangani village

By COCOY SEXCION

MALUNGON, Sarangani (December 10, 2011) - A two-classroom school building was inaugurated and formally turned over Friday (December 9) to the community of Lamlifew, a Blaan village.

It was also the launching of a 120-day feeding program for the pupils of Lamlifew Elementary School.

The projects were carried out through the concerted effort of the Armed Forces of the Philippines through the National Development Support Command (NADESCOM), ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya “Gusto kong mag aral” program, Municipal Government of Malungon, Department of Education and the Provincial Government of Sarangani.

The P800,000 school building for Lamlifew Elementary School and another school building in barangay San Jose in General Santos were part of the 12 school buildings completed nationwide by soldiers from NADESCOM, said Capt. William Rodriguez, public affairs officer of Sarangani-based 1002nd Brigade.

The turnover was witnessed by Major General Carlos Holganza, commander of NADESCOM; Tina Monzon Palma, program director of ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya; Governor Migs Dominguez, Mayor Reynaldo Constantino, Vice Governor Steve Solon, Congressman Manny Pacquiao’s chief of staff Bren Evangelio, and other stakeholders who contributed for the completion of the project.

General Holganza thanked the community for the support given to the construction soldiers. “Without you, we will not be here. I hope we will be able to continue our relationships in this way. We are here to serve and we will continue to serve,” Holganza said.

“From managers of wars, our soldiers now are builders of peace,” Holganza added.

Vice Governor Solon lauded the efforts of the community for effectively managing the community-based living museum.

“The governor put in assistance initially, and it was the community itself that is running the museum and the tourism aspect of the community,” Solon said.

Sitio Lamlifew was officially declared as living museum of Blaans during its launch in November 2008.

“In behalf of the province, maraming salamat to Sagip Kapamilya,” Governor Migs Dominguez told the crowd.

“Ngayong araw na ito, meron isang makasaysayang nangyari sa inyong lugar. Nagkaroon ng isang dalawang classroom at ito ay itinayo ng mga taong nagmamahal sa inyo. (Today, a historic event happened. A two classroom building is constructed in your place by people who loves you),” said Tina Monzon Palma.

Palma said that part of the event is the launching of a 120-day feeding program for the pupils of Lamlifew Elementary School through the Bantay Bata 163.

Palma also promised to give rewards to pupils who will gain weight of at least five kilograms after the feeding program. For more news and updates about Sarangani, please visit www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Turn over of symbolic key for Sarangani school


MALUNGON, Sarangani (December 9, 2011) - Tina Monzon Palma, program director of ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and Bantay Bata 163, turns over the symbolic key to Grade VI pupil Cheann Taguse during the inauguration of one unit two-classroom building and launching of feeding program for Lamlifew Elementary School from ABS-CBN Foundation. For more news and updates about Sarangani, please visit www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE

Token of appreciation from Sarangani


MALUNGON, Sarangani (December 9, 2011) - Tina Monzon Palma is delighted as she receives an authentic hand-woven malong (tube skirt) from Malapatan as a token of appreciation of the provincial government during the inauguration of one unit two-classroom building and launching of feeding program for Lamlifew Elementary School from ABS-CBN Foundation. Looking on are Governor Migs Dominguez, Board Member Eleanor Saguiguit, Vice Governor Steve Solon and Mayor Reynaldo Constantino. For more news and updates about Sarangani, please visit www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Ribbon cutting for Sarangani classroom


MALUNGON, Sarangani (December 9, 2011) - Governor Migs Dominguez, Mayor Reynaldo Constantino, head teacher Romeo Bogador, Board Member Nene Saguiguit and Tina Monzon Palma lead the cutting of ribbon Friday, December 9, during the inauguration of a two-classroom building and launching of feeding program for Lamlifew Elementary School from ABS-CBN Foundation. For more news and updates about Sarangani, please visit www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Gifts from ABS-CBN Foundation to Sarangani


MALUNGON, Sarangani (December 9, 2011) - Soldiers help out in the distribution of gifts for Lamlifew children from ABS-CBN Foundation Friday, December 9, during the inauguration of a two-classroom building and launching of feeding program for Lamlifew Elementary School from ABS-CBN Foundation. For more news and updates about Sarangani, please visit www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Gift giving for Sarangani kids


MALUNGON, Sarangani (December 9, 2011) - Major General Carlos Holganza, commander of the National Development Support Command, and Tina Monzon Palma, program director of ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and Bantay Bata 163, lead the gift giving to children of Lamlifew Friday, December 9, during the inauguration of a two-classroom building and launching of feeding program for Lamlifew Elementary School from ABS-CBN Foundation. For more news and updates about Sarangani, please visit www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Builders of peace in Sarangani


MALUNGON, Sarangani (December 9, 2011) - Soldiers from the National Development Support Command who constructed the two-classroom building for Lamlifew Elementary School from Sagip Kapamilya of the ABS-CBN Foundation are given due recognition at the inauguration ceremony Friday, December 9. For more news and updates about Sarangani, please visit www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Token for Vice President Binay


ALABEL, Sarangani (November 25, 2011) – Vice President Jejomar Binay receives a tribal vest as token from the province given to him by Governor Migs Dominguez (right), Congressman Manny Pacquiao (2nd right) and Vice Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (left) as the guest of honor in the celebration of 19th Foundation Anniversary and 9th MunaTo Festival, Friday, November 25. (SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE/Bon-Bon Quiño)

Tradition takes center stage at MunaTo Festival


ALABEL, Sarangani (November 24, 2011) - A Blaan showcase of tradition like the dressing up of horses, or fyu kura, highlights the opening of MunaTo Festival celebration 2011 Thursday, November 24, at the Capitol grounds. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Congressman Pacquiao escorted by Fyu Kuras


ALABEL, Sarangani (November 24, 2011) - The float of Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao is escorted by Fyu Kuras or dressed-up horses during the hero’s welcome enroute to the opening of MunaTo Festival 2011. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

MunaTo 2011 launches “Sarangani, your adventure” brand

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 24, 2011) - MunaTo Festival opened today (November 24) the four-day festivity in a combined cultural and adventure concept to launch the trademark, “Sarangani, your adventure.”

Board Member Eleonor “Nene” Saguiguit said this is to promote the province being “the tourism hub” in this part of Mindanao.

MunaTo Festival kicked-off today and culminates on November 27.

“We want something that is grand, something that would surpass the previous festivals. And we decided that it will be a different event (this year) to launch the Sarangani brand,” Saguiguit said.

“While we celebrate, gusto nating i-promote and ating turismo and opportunities for investments,” she added.

She disclosed that “Sarangani as a tourism hub has already taken off,” as supported by acting Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotions Center (STIPC) coordinator Larry Asparin that tourist arrivals have been increasing since 2005.

An increase of tourist arrivals has been noted from the 16,080 in 2009 to 26,100 in 2010 as reported by the STIPC.

The “Sarangani, your adventure” brand would create a name recall for Sarangani “as we wanted to make a mark in the tourism industry right now,” Asparin said.

“We (Sarangani) have a combination of tourism resources like the world-class dive sites, white-sand beach resorts, Manny Pacquiao, water tubing, and a lot more wherein others may only have two or three but they do not have this package of resources,” Asparin said.

Asparin also pointed out tourism employment was rising as tourism activities in Sarangani were picking up too. “It encompasses basically all sectors, even fisherfolk and the transport sector, among others.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

UNICEF horses ensure better early learning services in Sarangani

By BEVERLY C. PAOYON

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 23, 2011) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated additional 13 horses to ease transport in holding home-based pre-school education in the hinterlands of Sarangani.

This is the second batch after the distribution of 10 horses in February this year for the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the province.

Home-based education for 3-5 year old children is commonly patronized in Sarangani in relatively rural and upland communities where pre-school facilities are lacking because of geographical distance.

The use of horses is a strategy in Sarangani to increase the participation rate of children, from 63 percent in 2010 to the 70 percent target this year.

Racquel Panal, assistant provincial social welfare and development officer, hoped this would also increase the number of children to benefit especially in remote communities “wherein services are very mean already at halos hindi na maabot ng ating mga service providers (barely reached by service providers).”

Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) workers usually take a half-day walk just to reach these communities.

Panal also lamented the minimal honorarium the SNP workers receive that could barely suffice for the daily fare.

Mila Labuan would take a four-hour motorcycle ride everyday to reach the site of her assignment in sitio Amlitos, barangay Kihan in Mapalatan. With the horse given her now, she said it would be easier for her to reach the site and can attend whenever there would be meetings at the Poblacion.

“Karon nga naa na ECCD materials, patuonon gyud nako ang mga bata kay naa na sila magamit (Now the kids have ECCD materials to learn from),” because before she would just make her own improvised learning materials for the 60 children she is teaching.

“Some of our workers are already serving five years.” With the ECCD on horse, she said they would be able to deliver the “best services to the children in the communities.”

The total 110 SNP sites established at far-flung barangays in Sarangani cater to more than 4,000 disadvantaged children mostly from the indigenous people.

The horses were turned-over with complete accessories like saddle, nylon rope and native horse backpacks where SNP workers would use to carry ECCD package for their classes like toys, reading and art materials, musical instruments, toothbrush, and utensils.

Panal said all these learning materials are intended to hone these children “for their total development.”

Board Member Hermie Galzote said this strategy (ECCD on horse) would be an effective motivation in providing “services to our children particularly to the lumads (IPs).”

Daan Suyan barangay councilor Fatima Hidalgo said the horse is a big boost in educating the children being the future leaders of our nation.

“Ang atong gobyerno naga tan-aw gyud diay sa kalisod sa atong lugar labi na sa mga bukid nga lugar. Dili nato ikalilong, kinahanglanon nato ni siya ilabi na sa atong mga bata nga gataas ang quality sa education karon (The local government is indeed sincere in poverty alleviation especially in the hinterlands. It cannot be denied that we need such programs for quality education),” she said.

The horses that were turned-over on Monday (November 21) benefited barangays Paraiso and Pag-asa of Alabel, barangays Daan Suyan, Lun Padidu, Kihan, Kinam, and Libi of Malapatan, and barangay Panamin of Malungon. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

ECCD worker receives teaching tools


ALABEL, Sarangani (November 23, 2011) – A Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) worker receives learning materials for her pupils from UNICEF during the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) turnover of materials Monday, November 21. Thirteen horses were also given to SNP teachers so that they can reach far-flung villages with their teaching tools. (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tribal Day celebration


MALUNGON, Sarangani (November 21, 2011) - (L-R) Town First Lady Roselyn Constantino, Mayor Reynaldo ‘Bong’ Constantino and Gov. Migs Dominguez watch the “Ede'l” play-and-dance competition staged Friday by Blaan and Tagakaulo contestants to highlight the culmination of the two-day Tribal Day celebration (November 17-18) in Malungon. Also in photo are NCIP director Timuey Lim P. Wong and Board Member Virgilio Tobias. (JoJo Gocotano/MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)

Tribal Day beauty pageant winners


MALUNGON, Sarangani (November 21, 2011) - The Blaan and Tagakaulo ladies who won in the 1st ethnic beauty pageant dubbed as “Manenggeya na Libun”, meaning most beautiful girl, pose to celebrate Tribal Day in Malungon. They are, (L-R) 1st runner up Mary Mae Mayo, 2nd runner up Lovely Basoc, 4th runner up Michele Tumandan, chosen first Manenggeya na Libun ’11 – Ms. Angelica Pane and 3rd runner up Bea Acupan. (JoJo Gocotano/MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)

Horse fight as part of culture


MALUNGON, Sarangani (November 21, 2011) – Stallions fight over a female horse during a series of horse fights which highlighted the celebration of Malungon town’s 4th–year Tribal Day. Supervised horse fighting is part of indigenous peoples’ culture and is allowed by cultural authorities. (JoJo Gocotano/MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)

Tribal council leads watershed project

By COCOY SEXCION

MAASIM, Sarangani (November 21, 2011) - Governor Migs Dominguez, Mayor Jose Zamorro and Joel Aton of Sarangani Energy Corporation had a turnover of seedlings to the Municipal Tribal Council here for distribution to indigenous people (IP) families living in the upland barangays of Nomoh, Kablacan and Amsipit.

The seedlings would be planted to boost the watershed development program of the municipality.

In a turnover rites Monday (November 21) at the municipal grounds during the flag raising ceremony, officials said thousands of seedlings were set for planting this year.

“For the remaining months of this year, we will be distributing a total of 17,500 seedlings of rubber, coconut, jackfruit and coffee to 50 families from Barangays Nomoh, Amsipit and Kablacan,” said Joel Aton, project assurance manager of Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC).

“This is part of the commitment of Sarangani Energy Corporation to rehabilitate watersheds and to provide livelihood support to Maasim highlanders and tribal communities and each family will receive seedlings good for one hectare which can provide an added income of around P3,000 to P5,000 pesos a month upon reaching its productive stage,” Aton added

The project was supported by the provincial and municipal government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine National Police, 73rd Infantry Battalion and Alcantara Foundation.

“I know this project will change the life of our people. The tribal people will cooperate and support this project because we know that this project will give us some livelihood and at the same time will help us restore all the forests that are gone in the mountain,” Municipal Tribal Council chief Benjamin Donato said.

Mayor Jose Zamorro also urged his constituents to plant trees.

“Supposed to be, we Maasimians are the ones who should initiate this reforestation project. This is everybody’s concern. For me, the only solution to the problem of global warming is plant more trees. So I thank SEC for this project,” the mayor said.

On the other hand, Vice Mayor Utto Salem Cutan appealed to those who are against the construction of the 200-megawatt coal-fired power plant of Sarangani Energy Corporation in Maasim set for its groundbreaking this November 25, to just give them a chance to welcome and embrace investments and development for their municipality. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Message of support


MAASIM, Sarangani (November 21, 2011) - Governor Migs Dominguez calls on barangay and municipal officials not be the last but always strive to be the best as he speaks at the flag raising ceremony and ceremonial turnover of planting materials to Maasim Municipal Tribal council Monday, November 21, at the municipal grounds. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Fruit seedlings for watershed development project


MAASIM, Sarangani (November 21, 2011) - Joel Aton (extreme left), Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) project assurance manager; Noli Cajutol, SEC consultant on carbon sink project (4th left); and Governor Migs Dominguez turnover planting materials to the Maasim Municipal Tribal council during the ceremonial turnover for the 17,500 seedlings of coffee, jackfruit, rubber and coconut for the Maasim watershed development project. The reforestation and livelihood project is initiated by SEC and supported by the provincial and municipal government, 73rd Infantry Battalion and Alcantara Foundation. Also in photo are (from right) Seven Hills Barangay Captain Edwin Reducto, Nomoh Barangay Captain Lazarus Limpong, Kanalo Barangay Captain Jumbra Tama, Vice Mayor Uttoh Salem Cutan and Mayor Jose Zamorro. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program uses horses


ALABEL, Sarangani (November 21, 2011) - Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) workers with their newly-acquired horses pose at the Capitol before going to their respective barangays after the formal turnover of additional 13 ECCD horses for workers from municipalities of Alabel, Malapatan and Malungon Monday, November 21. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ethnic wrestling (S’buno)


MALUNGON, Sarangani (November 18, 2011) – Locals closely watch S’buno, a wrestling competition for the indigenous people (Blaan and Tagakaulo) during the culmination of the 4th–year Tribal Day celebration on November 17-18 in Malungon. (JoJo Gocotano/MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)

All systems go for Sarangani’s Nov. 24-27 MunaTo Festival

ALABEL, Sarangani (November 17, 2011)- Organizers of the upcoming 9th MunaTo Festival said preparations are all set for the extravaganza of cultural events, exhibits, and crowd-drawing competitions guaranteed to stir excitement over this year’s celebration.

MunaTo Festival is a celebration honoring the first people and leaders of Sarangani.

MunaTo was derived from the native vernacular meaning “unang tao” or “first people”, the early inhabitants of Sarangani who passed on a rich cultural heritage.

MunaTo also refers to the makers of the 2000-year old anthropomorphic burial jars discovered in Maitum that are now in the National Museum.

As a tribute to the pioneering leaders of the province, MunaTo is a celebration of their efforts to spur development in Sarangani which is sustained up to this day.

Sarangani is rich with the local culture and tradition of the Blaan, Tboli, Manobo, Ubo, Kalagan, and Muslim tribes who succeeded in preserving the cultural heritage and the craftsmanship that are reflective of their respective culture.

This year’s festival is set on November 24-27 with activities lined up to showcase Sarangani’s “history, culture and resources.”

Acting coordinator of Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotion Center (STIPC) Larry Asparin anticipated that “sounds and colors” with a festive mood would dominate the forthcoming MunaTo.

He expected a huge attendance this year compared to the previous celebrations because activities were properly screened to attract more people.

A considerable increase of tourists has been noted from the 16,080 in 2009 to 26,100 in 2010 as reported by the STIPC.

MunaTo Fun Run: “A Run Against Global Warming” from the Capitol grounds to barangay Maribulan in Alabel would open up the festival. Male and female runners of all ages are invited to join with prizes at stake for both male and female categories of P1,000 - 1st prize, P750 for 2nd prize, and P500 for the 3rd prize.

A hero’s welcome for the internationally acclaimed boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao from his recent victory in Las Vegas would also be staged on November 24.

The street dance on November 26 is an open competition which the organizer proposed bigger prizes this time of P100,000; P75,000 and P50,000 respectively for the champion, 1st and 2nd placers. A P12,000 consolation prizes would also be given.

The cheerdance competition, dubbed as “Sayaw Hugyaw sa Kalinaw”, is giving away prizes of P45,000; P30,000 and P20,000 for the champion, 1st and 2nd and a consolation of P10,000 each for the non-winning entries.

Other events worth watching are the cultural exhibits, Fabli Gu Ni (municipal showcase), Photo Exhibit, Moro Pagingadan and Kadtigi sa Kapangiluto (Moro Cottages and Traditional Delicacies), Wall Climbing, Zip Line, Karnabal sa Kapitolyo, Pearl of Sarangani Pageant, Motocross, Eco-Trek, Battle of the Bands, concert featuring Cueshe, street party and fireworks display. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011



"WELCOME TO MUNATO FESTIVAL 2011 AND 19TH FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY OF SARANGANI. NOV. 24-27 AT THE PROVINCIAL CAPITOL IN ALABEL. MunaTo was derived from the native vernacular meaning “unang tao” or “first people”, the early inhabitants of Sarangani who passed on a rich cultural heritage. It also refers to the makers of the 2000-year old anthropomorphic burial jars discovered in Maitum that are now in the National Museum. As a tribute to the pioneering leaders of the province, MunaTo is a celebration of their efforts to spur development in Sarangani which is sustained up to this day." Information from My Sarangani Facebook Post

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Women’s association makes bags for sale


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 20, 2011) – Municipal Administrator Vicky Grafilo (middle), representing Mayor Corazon Grafilo, buys bags made out of discarded promotional tarps during the graduation ceremony of the Tribal Women’s Association on skills development on bag-weaving and -making at Sitio Bolol Kilot in barangay Kawas. Grafilo committed to give one unit of industrial sewing machine during the closing ceremony of the training. The four-day training was facilitated by Indigenous Peoples Development Program (IPDP) in partnership with SMART Communications, Inc. (Romina Rabina/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

IP achiever at indigenous people’s thanksgiving day

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 29, 2011) - Anne Edday delivers her inspirational speech before indigenous people (IP) from all over the province during the provincial celebration of national indigenous people’s thanksgiving day Friday, October 28, at the Capitol gymnasium. Edday, a Blaan educator who helped implement education reforms in Sarangani, was given the recognition as IP achiever. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

IP master sings original composition

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 29, 2011) - Bae Herminia Lacna, an IP master, sings her own composition about the beauty of Sarangani during the provincial celebration of national indigenous people’s (IP) thanksgiving day Friday, October 28, at the Capitol gymnasium. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Pig catching contest

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 29, 2011) - Blaan students of Mindanao State University join the pig catching contest as one of the tribal sports organized in celebration of the national tribal day celebration Friday, October 28, at the Capitol gymnasium. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sarangani celebrates National IP Day

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 29, 2011) - Indigenous people (IP) from all over the province gather Friday, October 28, at the Capitol gymnasium to celebrate the National Indigenous People’s Day. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Tribal archery competition

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 29, 2011) - Osmena Moyak, a Blaan archer from Maasim, was awarded as the champion of the tribal archery competition Friday, October 28, during the tribal sports as part of the provincial celebration of national indigenous people’s thanksgiving day at the Capitol grounds. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Tribal thanksgiving day opening

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 29, 2011) - Lemuhen Performing Arts lead the opening of the provincial celebration of national indigenous people’s thanksgiving day Friday, October 28, at the Capitol gymnasium. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sarangani celebrates IP month

ALABEL, Sarangani (October 30, 2011) – Sarangani celebrated Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Month this year purposely to recognize, protect and promote the rights of IPs within the agenda of national unity and development in relation to the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (RA 8371).

The celebration recognized particularly cultural artist achievers, IP outstanding teachers, and the partners of Sarangani Province in its IP program for their contribution to the continuing advocacy on the preservation and promotion of indigenous knowledge system, technology and best practices of the Sarangani IPs.

Annalie Edday, a pure-blooded Blaan who spearheads Quality Education for Sarangani Today as program manager, was among the awardees.

The office of the Indigenous People’s Development Program (IPDP) explained Edday was awarded being an IP professional “who enthusiastically and genuinely inclined to bring value and larger positive impact to her fellow Blaans by engaging herself in bringing quality in the uplands wherein IPs reside.”

In 2008, Edday was among the youth representatives of the Philippines to the International Youth Forum conducted by the Initiatives of Change in Indonesia.

In 2009, she underwent five-week leadership training in the United States being one of the top three Young Mindanao Leaders chosen by the US Department of State. In the same year, she represented the Philippines in the International Youth Exchange Program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Edday is again one of the top nine young leaders of the country as conferred by Asia Society to represent the Philippines to the International Summit in New Delhi, India next month.

Edday challenged her tribe “to encourage more leaders and advocates and to encourage as well children to be proud being IPs.”

“We do look forward that from now on wala nay batang IPs nga mangayo ug bugas, wala nay tigulang nga mamatay nalang sa sakit nga wala nakatilaw ug paracetamol, ug wala nay IPs nga dili atimanon sa mga ospital (there will no more be IP children who will beg for rice, no more old and sick IP who will die eventually without having to experience medication even taking paracetamol, and no more IPs brought to hospitals unattended),” Edday hoped as she lamented the plight of her tribe.

“Everyone of us has a right to quality of life. Let us stand up to put integrity for our tribe,” she said.

The event on Friday (October 28) dubbed as “National Indigenous Peoples Thanksgiving Day” was in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Provincial Tribal Council (PTC) pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1906 issued in 2009 declaring October as the Indigenous Peoples' Month.

This celebration comes with a manifesto of support from the Sarangani Indigenous Peoples Professionals Association, Inc., PTC, tribal elders, ministers, women, and youth, IP elected officials and mandatory representatives, local government officials, and non-government organizations pursuant to the mandate of the Philippine Constitution and the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997.

As stated in the manifesto, it “faithfully and conscientiously recognize, promote the rights of indigenous cultural communities, IPs to their ancestral lands, rights to self-governance and empowerment, rights to social justice and human rights and cultural integrity to ensure social and cultural integrity.”

It also committed “to support and bear the faith to preserve our (IP) customary laws, traditional rights, peace building mechanism and processes, compatible with the framework of national unity and development.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Acting Governor Solon thanks Bantay Bata 163

MAASIM, Sarangani (October 30, 2011) – Acting Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon expresses his gratitude to all partners especially the Bantay Bata 163 of ABS-CBN for their support and services to far flung areas of the province in the conduct of community outreach and Bantay Bata 163 Caravan 2011 at sitio Blat Elementary School, Amsipit. The outreach program was co-sponsored by the Congressional Office of Rep. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao. (SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE/Bon-Bon Quiño)

Hygiene kits from SEC

MAASIM, Sarangani (October 30, 2011) – Over 300 children of sitio Blat, Amsipit show their hygiene kits from Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) during their child-friendly space activity in line with the Bantay Bata 163 Caravan 2011 and community outreach Friday, October 28. The said activity is in partnership with the provincial and municipal government, ABS-CBN Bantay Bata 163, the Congressional Office of Rep. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao, Alcantara Foundation Inc., Marian Movement of Priests, Police Regional Office 12, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, Socsargen County Hospital, GSC Medical Society, 1002nd Brigade Medical Team, 73rd Infantry Battalion, Alcantara Group of Companies and RD Foundation. (SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE/Bon-Bon Quiño)

Blaan performers of Amsipit

MAASIM, Sarangani (October 30, 2011) – Blaan women of barangay Amsipit perform a dance for the visitors who rendered their services for the Bantay Bata 163 Caravan 2011 and community outreach. Over 900 individuals benefited from the outreach program and this activity is in partnership with the provincial and municipal government, ABS-CBN Bantay Bata 163, the Congressional Office of Rep. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao, Alcantara Foundation Inc., Marian Movement of Priests, Police Regional Office 12, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, Socsargen County Hospital, GSC Medical Society, 1002nd Brigade Medical Team, 73rd Infantry Battalion, Sarangani Energy Corporation, Alcantara Group of Companies and RD Foundation. (SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE/Bon-Bon Quiño)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Association gets industrial sewing machine


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 11, 2011) - Trainor Anunciacion Alam, member of Association of Sarangani Producers (ASAP), tests the brand new industrial sewing machine provided by SMART Communications during the skills development on bag-weaving and -making using old promotional materials Tuesday, October 11. The four-day livelihood training for members of Bolol Kilot Tribal Women’s Association in purok Baybay, barangay Kawas was implemented by the Indigenous Peoples Development Program of the Provincial Governor’s Office. SMART Communications also provided a sealer, honorarium for the trainor, food for the participants for the entire training period and materials for the bag-making and -weaving. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Blaan women train to weave bags


ALABEL, Sarangani (October 11, 2011) - Members of Bolol Kilot Tribal Women’s Association avail of the four-day training on skills and development bag-weaving and -making using old promotional materials Tuesday, October 11. The training was sponsored by SMART Communications and implemented by the Provincial Governors Office through its Indigenous Peoples Development Program at purok Baybay in barangay Kawas. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Women beading tribal clothes


MALUNGON, Sarangani (October 10, 2011) – Graduates of the School of Living Tradition (SLT) put beads on tribal clothes as part of their cultural learning during the three-month period of sessions with Tagakaolo cultural masters. They graduated Friday, October 7, at the village of Kityan Daku. The SLT on loom-weaving was a three-month on-site class where 10 Tagakaolo learners were trained by cultural masters in partnership with the Biya na Tagakaolo Megsambok sa Ginawa Association. (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Loom-weaving master shows the way


MALUNGON, Sarangani (October 9, 2011) – A loom-weaving cultural master shows the proper way of weaving to learners of the School of Living Tradition during their graduation rites Friday, October 7, in the village of Kityan Daku. The SLT on loom-weaving was a three-month on-site class where 10 Tagakaolo learners were trained by cultural masters in partnership with the Biya na Tagakaolo Megsambok sa Ginawa Association. (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Graduates of loom-weaving at School of Living Tradition


MALUNGON, Sarangani (October 9, 2011) – Graduates show their
certificates of graduation Friday, October 7, after their three-month
on-site class on loom-weaving at the village of Kityan Daku. The
School of Living Tradition is a process of transferring traditional
skills on Tagakaolo weaving as a way of preserving the culture and
tradition of the tribe. (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Provincial Tribal Council chair speaks at School of Living Tradition


MALUNGON, Sarangani (October 9, 2011) – Datu Edmund Pangilan, chair of the Provincial Tribal Council, speaks at the graduation rites of the School of Living Tradition (SLT) on Tagakaolo loom-weaving Friday, October 7, in the village of Kityan Daku. The SLT on loom-weaving was a three-month on-site class where 10 Tagakaolo learners were trained by cultural masters in partnership with the Biya na Tagakaolo Megsambok sa Ginawa Association. (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Friday, September 30, 2011

1st placer of Saf’kaan dancing contest

MALUNGON, Sarangani (September 30, 2011) - Malandag National High School is this year's champion for the Safkaan Festival street dancing competition held on Thursday, September 29, at barangay Malandag plaza. The barangay celebrated its abundant farm products from which Saf’kaan Festival was named after. Saf’kaan is the native word for food. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Saf’kaan Festival showdown yield 2nd placer

MALUNGON, Sarangani (September 30, 2011) – The contingent from Malandag Institute Incorporated performs for the final showdown of Saf’kaan Festival street dancing competition Thursday, September 29, at barangay Malandag plaza. The group won 2nd place. Saf’kaan is the native word for food. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

The 3rd placer of Saf’kaan dancing contest

MALUNGON, Sarangani (September 30, 2011) - Elementary pupils of Lower Lamcanal chant as they perform to win 3rd place at the Saf’kaan Festival street dancing competition Thursday, September 29, at the barangay plaza. The barangay celebrated its abundant farm products from which Saf’kaan Festival was named after. Saf’kaan is the native word for food. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Winning float at Saf’kaan Festival

MALUNGON, Sarangani (September 27, 2011) - Residents and barangay officials pose at the farm products-decorated cart that won 1st place during the “Karo Float Parade” as it highlights the opening of Saf’kaan Festival 2011 at barangay Malandag plaza. (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)