Monday, March 27, 2017


One interesting trend that has been seen about major televised Philippine singing contests or talent competitions in general, is that one doesn’t need to be the winner or champion to have a chance for success. It has been observed in ABS-CBN’s many such shows. Sheryn Regis still launched a successful singing career despite being second to Erik Santos in 2003’s “Star in a Million”. Sandara Park had a longer showbiz career compared to 2004’s “Star Circle Quest” champion Hero Angeles (and she later joined K-pop group 2NE1). Charice was the third place finalist in 2005’s “Little Big Star” (after being eliminated early and returning as a wildcard) but went on to global fame. Now the latest to make a try at going big in a musical career despite not being champion is Sassa Dagdag, fourth place in the second season of “The Voice Kids” in 2015, and soon releasing a new full album.

Sassa Dagdag was but 12-13 years old during her shot for glory at ABS-CBN’s “The Voice Kids” season 2, singing as one of coach Bamboo Mañalac’s two bets in the competition’s final phase. Now the hype is real for the coming of “SASSY SASSA”, her album from PolyEast Records. Already an official lyric video was released online for one of the album’s singles, “Kumakaba” by songwriter Arnie Mendaros. Just listening to the now-aged 14 Sassa belting out the song with her intensely soulful voice without knowing anything else about her, one would hardly believe that she finished last in a final-four night of a singing competition, but once her single has been heard in full, it’s a good bet that any listeners wouldn’t even care for that at all.

A somewhat latecomer to her season of “The Voice Kids”, Sassa would appear for the first time during the 12th Episode of the Blind Audition phase. But her singing experience even before then was already extensive. With her brother accompanying on instruments, Sassa has been uploading videos of her song covers on YouTube as early as 2012. Even so, she remained a relative unknown until trying out at the ABS-CBN program, with her blind audition piece, Sia’s “Chandelier”, managing to turn all judges towards her (she chose Bamboo) and earning up to 3 million YouTube views. And another birthday year has done her voice more good, with comments on “Kumakaba” at PolyEast Records’ Facebook page describes her as a blend of Ariana Grande and Beyoncé.

If you “Sassanatics” out there can’t wait for the entire “SASSY SASSA” album, then you can get a head-start at enjoying more of Sassa Dagdag by downloading her “Kumakaba” single on iTunes.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


General Santos City is a growing city to this very day. New establishments, new businesses are starting at a healthy rate each year, along with the infrastructure to support them. In turn, more and more people are coming to General Santos; tourists looking to explore the surrounding areas, prospective job hunters looking for employment, managers and executives stopping by to meet and conduct business transactions, students rooming in while attending higher educational institutions, these various people come to Gensan with the prospect of staying for a while. And since there’s reliably so many of them, the city has built up a thriving economy of providing a wide spectrum of accommodations, from brief visitors to transient travelers and more regular habitants.

Now, while the extent of expansion in General Santos City is ideally welcome for business and the economy under idealized circumstances, reality hits with a jarring halt. An increase in city development, an increase in population (resident and temporary) inevitably leads to a massive up-jump in energy consumption. This dilemma struck Gensan several years ago due to some harsh heat waves and dry spells messing with the country’s hydroelectric power generation, a most unfortunate and uncomfortable time for all in the city due to regularized and hours-spanning electrical interruptions that caused havoc in business hours and made already hot heads even hotter.

Somehow the power supply problems were significantly addressed with the opening of new power plants, and more recent years have been a tad more merciful whenever the energy reserves got lean. But if there was one good thing about that brief nightmare were the resulting greater awareness in alternate renewable energy sources and an increase in their use throughout the local community. Solar panels came into the city’s public consciousness. Some houses and businesses began trying them out, especially in the more sun-baked areas of Gensan. A trend for smarter and more eco-friendly building construction also took root. The most prominent example of this had been the Veranza “green mall”, which allowed plenty of sunlight into its structure during the day so that only tenant spaces had their lights on until sundown.
You’re probably wondering where this train of thought is going to lead. Well wonder no more. Just this month of March, General Santos City was graced with the opening of a new trend in accommodation, a hostel that offers quality accommodations while simultaneously employing genuine green aesthetics and renewable energy power generation. This is the advent of Tri-Seven Ecostel, the newest eco-friendly hostel in Gensan.

Located just a short path off of Mateo Road, Tri-Seven Ecostel is now open and ready to show guests and visitors a totally new wave that other hostel accommodations could follow. Nestled in a near-1000-square meter plot of nicely developed land, they boast a total of 64 individual accommodations on a two-story L-shaped building complex. It’s not just all that however; the developers know the value of mixing in green with the expected urban gray, and they have provided their prospective guests and tenants with grass, potted hanging plants, tall bamboo and a tree with a garden, to bring a varied taste of nature deep in the heart of the city.

Tri-Seven Ecostel has 15 air-conditioned rooms located at the ground floor facing the courtyard. Each of them has a comfortable double bed, work table, and a small sink with mirror. The non-air-conditioned rooms – preferable for monthly renting guests – come with a bunk bed, a small kitchen area with sink and shelves. Both types of rooms however boast a tiled toilet/bathroom with hot and cold showers (plus handheld shower-heads).

Perhaps the biggest draw about Tri-Seven Ecostel is how they take their name seriously with the employment of eco-friendly alternative energy sources. On one side of the courtyard area are several posts holding up solar panels to catch the sunlight. This solar energy is stored to help with powering the Ecostel’s electricity needs. The mere fact that Tri-Seven is capable of generating part of its own power supply is a tremendous boon to saving energy costs for guests.

All rooms at Tri-Seven Ecostel are negotiable for variable terms of stay, with guests able to choose between a daily, weekly, or monthly payment rates. In this way, their quality accommodations are available at reasonably affordable prices depending on how long guests may plan to stay. And let’s not forget that Tri-Seven Ecostel’s address off Mateo Road means it is literally a short walk or a brief ride away from General Santos City’s major malls – Gaisano, KCC/Veranza and SM City.

With all these features, advantages and perks, one can safely say that Tri-Seven Ecostel is going to be one of the hottest hostels to stay in here at Gensan. Interested parties may get in touch with them for further questions and rate inquiries at 0917-7249370, or send email to:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rent A Car Gensan - The leading Car Rental Agency in Gensan

RENTACARGENSAN.COM is the leading Car Rental Agency in Gensan and the sister company of the most Trusted Travel Agency in Gensan, THETRAVELPEDIA.COM - It is a premium and trusted transportation service company in General Santos offering the following services:

Corporate Lease
Long Term Lease
Chaeffeur Driven Rental
Self Driven Rental
Shuttle Services and other Transportation needs.
Local Tours (Pricing Available upon Request)
Fleet Management Solution
Hotel Airport Transfers

Currently the have the following vehicles available for their Rent A Car in Gensan :

2017 Toyota White Fotuner Automatic 4x2 Diesel 
2017 Mitsubishi Red Montero Automatic 4x2 Diesel
2016 Foton 15 seater White Van Manual 
2016 Foton 12 seater Silver Van Manual 
2011 Hyundai i10 Blue Hatchback Automatic 
2010 Montero Sports Beige Automatic 4x2 

and within the year they are adding few more units.

Special Rates are available for Long Term Lease, Weekly Rent, Monthly Rent and Approved Company Bookings. 

For Bookings, Check Contact 09399291067 or call (083)- 305-0662. You can also visit their office at Unit 4, Rozen Suites Bldg. Aparente Ext., Dadiangas Heights, General Santos City or Unit 1 Lucky 5 Bldg., Gensan Drive Koronadal City. #RentAcarGensan #CarRentals 


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