Category Archives: tuna

BFAR to establish more tuna conservation zones

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 Sept) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is planning to establish next year additional Tuna Conservation and Management Zones (TCMZ) in tuna fishing grounds within the country’s territorial waters. Rafael Ramiscal, chief of BFAR’s capture fisheries division, said Thursday they are working on the expansion of […]

Gov’t to implement stringent tuna conservation measures

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – The government will implement more stringent conservation measures to ensure the proper management of the country’s dwindling tuna resources. Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona, national director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said these mechanisms were set in the updated National Tuna Management Plan (NTMP) of […]

Gov’t to implement stringent tuna conservation measures

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – The government will implement more stringent conservation measures to ensure the proper management of the country’s dwindling tuna resources. Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona, national director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said these mechanisms were set in the updated National Tuna Management Plan (NTMP) of […]

National Tuna Management Plan launched on Thursday

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 04 September) — Government and tuna industry stakeholders will launch here on Thursday the newly-completed enhanced national management plan for tuna fisheries. The updated National Tuna Management Plan (NTMP) of 2018 will be formally presented to the industry and concerned sectors by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau […]

Tuna Walk

A laborer unloads a tuna from a fishing vessel, on Saturday, August 26, 2018, at the  usual Market Shed 1 of the General Santos City Fish Port Complex. Fish traders at the port noted a decline in the supply of smaller fishes after a fishing ban on known fishing pockets in international seas took effect. […]

Tuna museum in GenSan pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Sep) – The Philippine Fisheries and Development Authority (PFDA) is pushing for the development of a museum that will showcase the city’s thriving tuna industry. Luisito Romeo Correa, manager of the PFDA-run city fish port complex, said Tuesday they have initiated discussions with local stakeholders for the establishment of […]

Tuna stakeholders to gather in GenSan to find ways to strengthen industry

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Sep) – Tuna industry stakeholders will gather here on Wednesday to discuss strategies to further strengthen the industry and sustain its competitiveness amid various challenges, among them the dwindling tuna stocks, climate change and economic pressures. Joaquin Lu, president of the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries Inc. […]

One morning at Gensan Fish Port

It was five in the morning when I snoozed off my alarm clock, hurriedly we went to fetch my cousin, and then we were on the road to GenSan Fish Port. This place is visited by tons of tourists and photographers mostly during Tuna Festival, and one of it is Kulas of Becoming Filipino where he carried a massive tuna out of a boat. Of course, it wasn’t my first time, but it was a first for me at least to observe in depth the things and people there.

The place at this hour is very chaotic and crowded. And well it smells awful but hey what fish has a fragrant smell? None of course. If you want to see the GenSan Fishport come to life, as early as 4AM to 6AM is the best time to visit.


The fishport is divided into different markets and the pictures above is the place where export quality tunas are found.




We roamed around and took lots of photos. Every boat that we pass by, fishermen would wave and greet us, they were very very friendly. A group even invited us for a mini tour at their boat and we gladly said yes.

It was quite a different feeling talking to the fishermen who risk their lives just to assure us that our country’s tuna industry would continue to prosper. They spend months in the middle of the sea, away from their loved ones, with unjust compensation just so we can enjoy delicious tuna products. And yet the big players in the industry would just respond with “Ganun talaga.” Sad but true.

Food Party @ Caffe Firenzo

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I remember when I was in college, after my night class sometimes I’d go Caffe Firenzo to study or just enjoy my solitude and a good book. The place was convenient for me since it’s just a walking distance from our school. Not only that, I also loved the ambiance of the cafe, it’s quiet and I could stay as long as I want since they’re open 24/7. Those were the good old days…


So… I was surprised when I received an invitation for a food tasting at Caffe Firenzo, and I was even giddy when I was told that the place has now a whole different look and concept. Of course, I immediately said yes!

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You’ll be greeted by this cute chalk board menu at the entrance. So cute!


Ali and I arrived first, so while waiting for the others, Ms. Kate talked something about Caffe Firenzo and its interior. We also went around to take some pictures.


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My eyes caught this beautiful jar. If stealing isn’t a crime, I’d steal that jar. For real. Hahaha. I really like the concept of this infused water in a jar thing. And it really looks cute on their counter top.

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When I saw this area, I immediately pictured myself sitting on those comfy chairs reading a book while having my coffee.

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I’m in love with this area! Their al-fresco is surrounded with plants. And sitting there was like i’m just sitting in my very own porch surrounded by plants and fresh air. It’s very relaxing and homey despite being located in the heart of the city.


  



There are tons of food selections and one of their specialties are the Native Chicken Fried Adobo and the Tuna Palikpik. I think my favorite dishes are the native chicken fried adobo and the chicken teriyaki. I’ve also tasted their chicken skin during my 2nd visit and I must say it tastes heavenly! 
*Chicken skin is life next to pizza!*  

I’ve tried their blue berry iced tea, it’s a bit sweet for my taste but it’s good. Their frappes also tastes good! What can I say, everything is beyond delicious!




RATINGS

The Place:  

It’s 5 stars cos I love everything about the place! It is located in the heart of the city which is a plus, it’s easy to find and near the malls. What I love most is the cozy/homey and garden feels of the cafe, I felt really relaxed when I set foot in that place.

The Food:  
The food was superb! Beyond amazing I must say. Everything was delicious especially 
Native Chicken Fried Adobo and Chicken Teriyaki.

The Price range:  

I noticed that the prices are a bit higher compared before. Not that budget friendly for students and minimum salary earners. Maybe it’s just the kuripot in me talking. But I think everything nowadays are much expensive compared a year or 2 ago. Hahaha. All in all, I think the prices are worth it with regards to the taste of every every dishes.

The Services:  
I’m the kind of person who’s very picky with restaurants and coffee shops, believe me if I say that the “service” is a big factor. Who would want to go back to a cafe with rude employees or crew, right? And I love how nice and accommodating the crew in Caffe Firenzo are! They were very courteous and they attended all our needs. If you’re thinking maybe it’s because we were invited for food tasting that’s why they’re nice and all, but I went back after a week or two and the way they treat their customers are the same as the first time I stepped in that place. So that’s a plus!

The Comfort Room:  

I’m very very picky when it comes to wash rooms and comfort rooms of every place I visit especially in hotels and restaurants. So I was really happy when I went inside Caffe Firenzo’s wash room, everything a girl needs in a wash room is there and the hose is a plus, it’s soooo clean you can literally sleep on the floor haha, it smells good too!
Team SOX!
Caffe Firenzo is located @ Sun City Suites comnplex, National Highway, General Santos City.
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7 things i like about gensan

In February I moved to the archipelago’s southernmost city together with my two cats, Basmati and Aslan. We live in a small studio in the middle of General Santos only two blocks away from the mall and the city’s main Catholic university. I have called this city home since then, braving the unfamiliar sandy topography, the regular asthma attacks, and the scorching heat that rendered itself intolerable due to the regular brownout which lasted until May.
General Santos is pretty laid back compared to Davao. You can drink until the wee hours of the morning and smoke anywhere. Davao has imposed a comprehensive smoking ban, and partying is only good until two in the morning. Life here has its perks.
1. Seafood is cheap.
The self-proclaimed “tuna capital of the Philippines,” seafood is relatively cheap here. If you find a a vendor selling tuna for more than PhP200 (US$5) per kilo in the market, you can accuse him of robbing you. Tuna kinilaw (Filipino version of ceviche) at Cafe Amoree (Microtel) costs PhP150 (US3.75). It can feed a party of 4. You can savor grilled baby tuna in the carenderia row along Champaca Street for PhP50 (US$1.24). I’m talking about a 300 gram fish here. But for more seafood options, my favorite place is the row of seafood restaurants along Tiongson Avenue where they serve pinaputok na tilapia (grilled tilapia wrapped in foil) this one slathered with copious amounts of butter, grilled squid, and sizzling bagaybay (tuna gonad). 
2. Everything is near.
I find no need to take public transport in the city’s downtown area. Besides tricycle drivers here are a bunch of assholes (well, that will be part of another list).
I walk. Everything is centrally located. This opinion can be shared by people who have lived in bigger cities and who like walking. Two blocks to the right from my studio, three big malls sit next to each other. About five blocks to the left you can find the post office, the city government complex, the city plaza, and the main cathedral. You can walk beyond the plaza and onto Pioneer Avenue and you will reach Acharon Boulevard fronting the sea that will connect you to the public market if you turn left. 
3. Life is a beach. 
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Drive to two of the city’s exits (Gensan-Kiamba Highway and Gensan-Glan Highway) and you will find a strip of sand and sea. My favorites are WaterGran Beach Resort in Barangay Bawing and Kawas Resort in neighboring Alabel because of the enclosing mangrove forest. Pitch a tent or rent cottage and relax!
4. Traffic enforcers wear pink! And they know how to dance.

Not only prisoners can dance with this gusto and style. Officers of the law in Gensan demonstrate that they can it better.

5. Tales of the supernatural abound.

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Aswang, manananggal, kapre. You name it, they’re all here. Or at least entertaining stories about them for the skeptics. Gensan is a melting pot of culture, and of stories. The native Maguindanaons and lumads have their own version of the supernatural creatures feeding on blood and fetuses, and those that can transform into animals of various shapes and sizes. When settlers from the Visayas, Panay specifically, arrived in its shores the stories quadrupled. My friend Raymond tells me that there was a supernatural incidence in Barangay Bula a few years ago where witnesses attest to having seen a creature leap from one roof to another, Naruto-style.

6. The restaurant called Little Bangkok.

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Located at SM City, this place is a revelation. Quaint, with interesting decors set in black painted walls. It has become a favorite of mine and my friend Ed Cabagnot of the CCP. For vegetarians, their meat-free pad thai and vegetable curry are a must-try. For dessert you should try their muscovado-flavored taho or pandan-flavored taho.

7. Ilonggo-style arroz caldo.

After partying in Davao, we hie off to either a dimsum place or Bulcachong for an after-party meal. In Gensan, it’s the arroz caldo place on Rambutan Street. It’s soupy like Jogjakarta’s soto compared to the usual thick Chinese variety.  You can choose which part of the chicken  (free-range and not the poultry farm kind) you want in your soup. Or you can opt to have the hard boiled egg. The soup has hints of ginger, garlic, and aromatic lemongrass. You can even ask chili flakes to go with your arroz caldo for the little kick that I usually like.