April 25, 2012

GenSan Weekend

Magandang GenSan! Last weekend, we went to General Santos City for the Mindanao Leg of the Map Maker Summit. It was my first time to ride a plane and to be outside Luzon.

We left Manila at around 7:30 in the morning of April 20. After arriving in GenSan at about 9:30 A.M., we went to East Asia Royale Hotel to check in and unpack our things. Then, we had our lunch in Ranchero's Grill. There, we met Filipino actor Gerald Anderson. After having lunch, we went to the city hall and met the mayor, Darlene Antonino Custodio. We went to STI College General Santos, the venue of the summit, to have an ocular visit. We also went to Robinson's mall to check out Manny Pacquiao's store, Team Pacquiao. Then, we had cakes at Blugre Coffee, which is owned by Jinkee Pacquiao. We went to the hotel's Royale Lounge to start the planning for the summit. We made the food stubs and printed them. After the long day, we slept so we can wake up early.

The next day was the day of the Map Maker Summit. It was attended by almost 140 participants. There was a wide diversity of attendees: there were students and teachers, IT professionals and bloggers, policemen and policewomen, and even a nun. After the event, we had dinner at Grab a Crab.

On our last day at Gen. Santos City, we wake up early to have breakfast and go to the fish port. There, we saw how the tunas are being unloaded, weighed and packed. We also went to Pick Me up store and KCC Mall to buy food and souvenir items to bring home. After having lunch at Giacomino's, we went to the airport and went back to Manila. The weekend experience in GenSan was so good. I am hoping I can go back there soon.

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