July 26, 2014


 MANDY NAVASERO has discovered a new place for Eco tourism and adventure destination. A peaceful little corner in Mindanao, SOCKSARGEN, covering Lake Sebu, Sarangani and General Santos City.Of all the islands in the Philippines, tourists, locals and foreigners alike, have lamented the fact that they are reluctant to visit the island of Mindanao because of security risks. Thankfully, however, there is SOCKSARGEN where one can have seafood and fruit galore and travel without fear.

With the onslaught of many devastating storms in the Philippines, it is surprising to note that this highly urbanized city is considered typhoon-free by experts. It is the hometown of Manny Pacquiao, world boxing champion and Miss Universe contestant, Shamcey Supsup. When it shines, it ranges from 28 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius. It is also the tuna capital of the Philippines.  It is there that participants of the photo safari check in at a four star hotel- GREENLEAF. Highlight of visit is the Fish Port Complex at sunrise where fishermen unload tons of yellow fin tuna to be weighed, graded, sold and shipped to fish markets all over the world. At Tiongson Arcade, participants dine on sumptuous seafood cuisine. And for specialty crabs, at Gusteaus Resto near GreenLeaf Hotel GenSan.

Photos below, fish port scenery. 

Tourists are recommended to immerse themselves in the T'boli culture by visiting the SIKAT Cultural Center for tribal music and dances, and demonstrations of the art of weaving T'nalak fabric by master dream weaver such as the National Living Treasure Awardee, Be Lang Dulay.

Mandy Navasero is conducting destination lectures in General Santos City, Sarangani and Lake Sebu as a photographer's mecca, although this is also open for tourists and non-photographers, who will act as models in the participants' hands-on learning in portraiture and fashion photography. Aside from touring various locations that the region has to offer, both amateur photographers and tourists will be able to take beautiful, breathtaking pictures of the sights in this pretty little corner in Mindanao.

It is Navasero's hope that the adventure-filled Socksargen Photo Safari on Sept. 18-21 will help local tourists discover Mindanao's culture and experience unique destinations. 

Email luzamandolina@yahoo.com or call 8963208 or 09155430482.

July 25, 2014

ART: Visual Positivism by Celso Duazo Pepito

Celso Pepito - A visual manifestation of positivism, a Cebu based artist. Inspired spiritually and imbibes good values, contributing to better social development in the country.

July 24, 2014

Places to discover: SOCKSARGEN Photo Safari 2014

General Santos - the hometown of Manny Pacquiao is nothing short of marvelous. An adventure destination, where you can go to white beach of Isla Jardin del Mar in Saranggani Highlands, caving, hiking, camping and stargazing. You also get to experience a one of a kind food venture, at the Tiongson Arcade, which makes an amazing 'chicharong' tilapia and also devour crabs at Gusteaus. Hotel of choice is the 4 star Green Leaf Hotel.