Soccsksargen (SOX) , A True Gem of Mindanao

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The Philippines, the Pearl of the Orient Seas, has a lot to offer to Locals, Foreigners, and Travellers in general. You can come to the Visayas for amazing white sand beaches, or appreciate the tall skyscrapers in Manila of Luzon but how about some adrenaline-pumping activities in Mindanao? Let's talk about Soccsksargen, Philippines. Come and read with me as I tell you about our one-day SOX tour via this humble blog.




Soccsksargen stands for the region's four provinces and one of its cities: South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City. But in this particular Travel post, let's talk about the Region's first highly urbanized City, General Santos, and South Cotabato Tourist attractions and Destinations! 

Grand Summit Hotel General Santos

But before we proceed, let me share with you some snaps during the first anniversary of Grand Summit Hotel General Santos. Together with Davao and other Cebu Bloggers and Media, we were able to experience GenSan hospitality thru the first Grand Summit Hotel of Robinsons Hotels and Resorts. The event was grand, rich in culture, and intimate - I personally love and appreciate how the Hotel Executives, Managers, and personnel celebrated together at the end of the program. It was precious! 








Here's our Day Tour Itinerary for General Santos and South Cotabato Tour!

SOX One Day Tour


SG FARM

We started our SOX Tour with a healthy breaky at Strawberry Guyabano Farm or SG Farm! What to expect on the Farm? Themed parks/locations such as Asian destinations and some iconic Western Structures. They have a restaurant that can offer breakfast, lunch, and Dinner. You can also come there if you just want to sip some coffee and simply live life with a view. And oh, if the weather is good (no heavy clouds), SG Farm is an exciting location for an amazing view of Mt. Matutum!

Strawberry Guyabao Farm (SG Farm)

Strawberry Guyabao Farm (SG Farm)

πŸ“ Strawberry Guyabao Farm (SG Farm)
Location: Barangay Kablon, Tupi, South Cotabato
Mobile: 0977-098-9387
Mail: sgfarmph@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SGFarmPh/

Details:
πŸ“Œ Entrance fee for both day and night tours is 100. 
πŸ“Œ Open from 6 am to 8 pm from Mondays to Sundays. 
πŸ“Œ For the Day tour you may visit the farm directly.
πŸ“Œ Reservation is advised for overnight stay.

Strawberry Guyabao Farm (SG Farm)

Strawberry Guyabao Farm (SG Farm)

Strawberry Guyabao Farm (SG Farm)



LAKE SEBU - 7 FALLS AND ZIPLINE

Did you know that Lake Sebu's zipline is the highest in Southeast Asia with its 600 feet height? It's my 2nd time and I still feel the "kulba" from head to feet! 🀣🀣🀣

Lake Sebu Zipline

πŸ“ Lake Sebu Zipline 
Location: Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Mobile: +63 923 695 0971



LAKE SEBU - LAKE CRUISE WITH LUNCH

We had a sumptuous and healthy lunch from Punta Isla Lake Resort while cruising the beautiful Lake Sebu! Did you know Lake Sebu is situated at the ancestral domain of the T'boli and Ubo tribes of South Cotabato? Aside from its richness in Culture and tradition, Lake Sebu has been promoted by the Department of Tourism as a prime eco-tourism destination in Mindanao. So, when you visit SOX, make sure to visit Lake Sebu and make sure it's morning between 7-9 AM so that you'll witness the beautiful blooming of Lotus Flowers. 

Punta Isla Lake Resort


πŸ“ Punta Isla Lake Resort
Location: Brgy. Poblacion, Sitio Tuko-fol, Lake Sebu 
Mobile: (083) 236 1053 | 0919 451 5015 | 0905 289 5134
Email: reservations.puntaisla@yahoo.com

Punta Isla Lake Resort

Punta Isla Lake Resort

Punta Isla Lake Resort



TNALAK TOUR

The last stop before dinner was the Tnalak Tour. T'nalak, is a weaving tradition of the T'boli people of South Cotabato, Philippines. T'nalak cloth is woven exclusively by women who have received the designs for the weave in their dreams, which they believe are a gift from Fu Dalu, the T'boli Goddess of abacΓ‘. (Wikipedia)



πŸ“ Lang Dulay Weaving Center
Location: Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
Mobile: 0936-7827471
Contact: Charlie Dulay for a bulk order of TNalak

Aside from experiencing and learning the T'Nalak weaving, we also visited the ff:
πŸ“Œ Cooperative of Women in Health and Development (COWHED) Souvenir Shop for some pasalubong which are handmade by TBoli Women





πŸ“Œ the TBoli Museum which houses a number of Gongs of different sizes



πŸ“Œ 100 Tnalak Collections where a number of TNalak designs are displayed




ORGANIKIAN URBAN FARM

We ended the SOX Day tour with a healthy dinner at OrganiKian Urban Farm! They have a wide choice in their MENU such as Powerbowls (PHP 235), Salad (PHP 235), Quinoa Bowls (PHP 265), Desserts and Sweets (starting at PHP 120), and for Beverages, Shakes, and Immune Booster for the pick! Also, I’m obsessed with their beautiful Comfort Room!



OrganiKian Urban Farm

OrganiKian Urban Farm

OrganiKian Urban Farm

OrganiKian Urban Farm



πŸ“OrganiKian Urban Farm
Location: Reyes Subd, 1st Block 9506 Koronadal, Philippines
Mobile: 0917 717 5268
Mail: organikianurbanfarm@gmail.com
Website: https://organikianurbanfarm.com/

πŸ“Œ Promote sustainable produce of organically and hydroponically grown vegetables and share with the community the importance of growing vegetables in small areas.
πŸ“Œ Free WiFi is available
πŸ“Œ Operating Hours: 8AM to 9PM









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