The Treasures of Soccsksargen

By means of the “Treasures of Sox Travel and Trade Expo”, find out the concealed bounty of Soccsksargen (Region 12) at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City on April 11-14 of the current year.

Asik Asik Falls in Alamada, Cotabato
Asik Asik Falls in Alamada, Cotabato

The four-day trade fair will bring together the South Central Mindanao’s top manufacturers. The organizers of the exposition are the Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Labor and Employment.

Soccsksargen – “Sox” is the acronym for South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and Gen. Santos City. It likewise comprises the urban areas of Cotabato, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Koronadal, the provincial center.


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Blaan weaving room in Lamlifew, Malungon
Blaan weaving room in Lamlifew, Malungon

As indicated by Nelly Nita Dillera – Regional Director of Department of Tourism, the trade fair will display the tourist spots in the region, travel bundles, local fabrics, assorted indigenous societies, culinary enjoyments, quality local brands for export, and opportunities for investments.

Coral gardens at Tinoto dive site in Maasim by Dindo Paquibot
Coral gardens at Tinoto dive site in Maasim by Dindo Paquibot

Dillera mentioned also that the visit in the expo will be a complete experience likewise you pay a visit to the region since the four major governments combined to make this possible.

Endemic bird at Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong
Endemic bird at Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong

What made Sox famous? Sox is renowned for scuba diving and paragliding in Sarangani, Tboli ethnic groups and mountain climbing in South Cotabato. Not just that, it showcases the Islamic society in Cotabato City and a large group of ecotourism locales in the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato.

Export-quality tuna
Export-quality tuna

In the meantime, Gen. Santos City is the nation’s “Tuna Capital” and the locale’s air and ocean portal with its superb airport and seaport offices. The locale enlisted 3.15 million visitor entries in 2015, up from its 2.5 million in 2014.

Ginakit boat of Cotabato City
Ginakit boat of Cotabato City

Dillera said that there will be business matching sessions between tourism investments opportunities, local producers and exporters, and Manila-based tour operators and the Soccsksargen Tour Operators Association (STOA).

Kablon organic chocolate bars
Kablon organic chocolate bars

Dillera also stated that business matching meetings will be held among the local producers and exporters. Aside from that, a session between Manila-based tour operators and Soccsksargen Tour Operators Association (STOA) and will be discussing investment opportunities as well as tourism.

Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol
Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol

Soccsksargen is among the nation’s top manufacturers and producers of corn, tuna, pineapple, espresso, muscovado, coconut oil, cavendish bananas, pigs and aquaculture items. Also, different generation and handling plants of tropical natural delicacies like pomelo, mangosteen, durian, enthusiasm organic product, solo papaya, guyabano, cacao and lanzones.

Lake Sebu Seven Waterfalls zipline
Lake Sebu Seven Waterfalls zipline

Moreover, there are six canning and exporting companies of tuna in the region, black rice exporter and pork in a box. Also, there are Cavendish processing plants, oil palm, rubber, muscovado and espresso. Additionally, this is where Dole Philippines is, a 65,000-hectare pineapple processing factory in Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Bakngeb River Cave in Tboli, South Cotabato
Bakngeb River Cave in Tboli, South Cotabato

An exceptional occasion inside of the Expo is the SOX Food and Fashion Fair on April 14 including the Hinugyaw Cultural Troupe of Koronadal City which displays a dance dramatization portraying the sustenance generation social groups and a fashion show of Jared Servano’s futuristic collections.

Mt Matutum and pineapple farms in South Cotabato
Mt Matutum and pineapple farms in South Cotabato

Servano – a runner-up in the Project Runway Season 4 is depicted by the judges as a “fashion rebel who accentuates on the nearby culture with a present day take that mirrors the custom of his area and can change them into modern silhouettes.”

Paragliding in Maasim photo by Sarangani Paraglide
Paragliding in Maasim photo by Sarangani Paraglide

A much-admired designer in the 2016 London Fashion Week will put the display on the delicate manifestations made up of the perfect tnalak and tabih fabrics of the Tboli and Blaan tribes, respectively.

Venado Lake at Mt Apo National Park
Venado Lake at Mt Apo National Park

Dillera said the Expo will add to the Flavors of the Philippines program as the locale’s way into the Madrid Fusion in Manila 2016, the world’s most prestigious culinary occasion.
For more information, log on to www.visitsox.com.

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