SOCCSKSARGEN (SOX): A Land of Bounty
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“SOCCSKSARGEN (SOX) is a region that preserves culture, also a region that protects eco-tourism sites, and the hospitality of the people is very much present,” RD of DOT 12 Nelly Dillera shared in an earlier press conference.
By means of the Treasures of SOX: A Travel and Trade Expo, it greatly display SOX as a land of bounty by showcasing its unspoiled tourist spots, food items, souvenirs and much more. The expo’s objective is to create and expand the domestic and international market and is happening on April 11-14, 2016, at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City.
Interestingly, records showed that in 2012 there were 296,247 tourist arrivals in SOX but in 2015 it augmented to 3,157,961 tourist arrivals being General Santos City to be the highest at 1,204,459 arrivals.
Enough of all the negative and false impressions on SOX and be inspired since the paradise is now open.
SOX is also a home of producers and exporters here in the Philippines. Since the expo is promoting the fresh and processed food products of SOX, here are a few of them that caught my attention.
Alice Best is the producer of flavored Boneless Bagoong, Sliced Langkawas Sinamak, Blended Langkawas Sinamak, Best Vinegar and Tuna Dayok. Dayok is actually the intestines of tuna. Alicia Aguipo – proprietor of Alice Best believes that every part of the tuna has a value, and then it came up her idea of making the tuna dayok.
For orders, contact Alice Best:
Address: National Highway, Purok Maunlad, Barangay Saravia, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Philippines
Telephone No: (083) 228-2013
Mobile Nos.: 09278387696 and 09479218907
Lola Alings Coco Sugar
From the name itself, its main product is coco sugar. The good thing about this is that their sugar is naturally made with no added chemicals. This is the real definition and clear representation of a brown sugar.
For orders, contact Lola Alings Coco Sugar:
Address: Purok Pag-asa II, Barangay Cebuano, Tupi, South Cotabato
Mobile No: 09177096308
3dels Food Industries
Maybe you are not aware, 3dels is the maker Mamang Puring’s Atchara supplying Goldilocks, Manila Peninsula, Rufo’s, Bayleaf Hotel Intramuros, Bagnetified, Victoria Court and much more. Absolutely, the atchara is of high quality.
For orders, contact 3dels:
- Manila office: Unit 10, Palm Grove Residences D Savio St., Better Living Subd. Barangay Don Bosco, Paranaque, Philippines
- GenSan office: Cunanan Compound, Purok 5, Ligaya, General Santos City, Philippines
Telephone No: (02) 211 4335
Mobile No: 0917714-5088; 0998565-0278
Other Food Products
Home Decors, Souvenirs, and Accessories
Aside from food products, SOX is also rich with so many handmade crafts and products.
Patwoods Processing, Inc.
Patwoods is very famous as the makers of doors, cabinets and home decors. The great thing about Patwoods products is that every item has a unique design since there still an imprint of the wood itself.
For orders, contact Patwoods:
Address: MCDC Compound, San Isidro, General Santos City, Philippines
Telephone No: (083) 552-2065
Mobile No: 09176319322; 09189515141
Other Souvenirs and Accessories
Travel and Tours
SOX is also a land of where you can find many undiscovered tourist spots and offers a lot of great activities you can really enjoy. Here are a few of them.
From the wonderful performances of the Koronadal City Street Dance Group, it clearly manifested the preserved culture of the T’Boli tribe, Maguindanawon tribe, and the B’laan tribe. Aside from that, the T’nalak of the T’Boli was also displayed.
“The people are not wearing costume, it’s a way of life,” said Nelly Dillera.
SOCCSSKSARGEN is truly a region where you’ll see and experience one of the best of the best of the Philippines. Like they said, Discover, Be Inspired and Invest.