Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sarangani becoming airsports hub


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (August 26, 2014)- Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon delivers his message of support during the closing and awarding ceremonies of the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Championship and fellowship dinner with Ms. Earth Philippines winners at Mt. Sabrina Mountain Resort Sunday, August 24. Governor Solon was proud that Sarangani was chosen as the unrivalled location for the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Competition which is a great opportunity to showcase the province of Sarangani and its people and a chance to cultivate the pride of being the hub of aerial sports in Southeast Asia. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Ms. Earth Philippines winners plant mangroves in Sarangani


GLAN, Sarangani (August 26, 2014)- Ms. Earth Philippines 2014 winners join the mangrove planting activity initiated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resource at Bel Mar Eco Park resort in Barangay Kapatan Sunday, August 24.(Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Governor Solon receives plaque of appreciation


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (August 26, 2014) – Airsports specialist Randell “Buko” Raymondo (right) hands over a plaque of appreciation to Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon(left) during the closing and awarding ceremonies of the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Championship and fellowship dinner with Ms. Earth Philippines winners at Mt. Sabrina Mountain Resort on August 24 hosted by the Department of Tourism. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Ms. Earth Philippines winners join IPAC awarding rites


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (August 26, 2014) - Winners of Ms. Earth Philippines 2014 gorgeously present themselves during the awarding and closing ceremony, Sunday night, August 24, of the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Competition held in Maasim, Sarangani Province. They had their SOCSKSARGEN tour, visiting among others the resorts in Sarangani Province like in the municipalities of Maasim and Glan, did mangrove planting, visited the malong weaving center in Malapatan town, and graced the paragliding culmination. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Singaporean paragliding pilot admires Sarangani’s scenery


MAASIM, Sarangani (August 26, 2014) - Alvin Ng, the lone representative from Singapore, flies over the paragliding site enjoying the scenic view of Sarangani Bay during the last day of the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition on Sunday, August 24. Ng, as considered by the organizer and co-pilots as the happiest paragliding pilot among the participant-riders, had categorically appreciated the venue by saying “If I have a chance, I would come back here again, seeing the very beautiful scenic view of Sarangani. The flight was very nice!” A bigger paragliding world cup may be presented to Sarangani Province in the ensuing year/s. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Japanese, oldest IPAC pilot, takes 2nd place


MAASIM, Sarangani (August 26, 2014) - Japanese paragliding pilot and considered oldest among all riders Yoshiki Oka carries his paraglide after the final round of flight during the last day of the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition, Sunday, August 24. Oka garnered the 2nd post in the individual category. Many of the pilots wished to go back again in Maasim because of the panoramic view they have seen from the sky of Sarangani Bay and a better paragliding site. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

German paraglider ready to go


 MAASIM, Sarangani (August 26, 2014) – German paraglider Uwe Klein (2nd from left) happily talks with a Filipino spectator as he finished packing up his paragliding craft during the last day of the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition Sunday, August 24. The local “paraboys” helped pack the paraglides of the participants.  40 participants from 13 countries joined the event flying around Sarangani Province’s vast plain lands and scenic rolling hills as they hovered around the picture-perfect seascape of Sarangani Bay. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

DOT thanks British paragliding pilot


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (August 26, 2014) - DOT Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr. (right) with DOT XII Regional Director Nelly Nita Dillera (left) congratulates and gives a token to British paragliding pilot Steve Millard during the awarding and closing ceremony, Sunday night, August 24, of the 3-day 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Competition held in Maasim, Sarangani Province. Asec. Boncato came to grace the culmination program. The Provincial Government of Sarangani worked closely with the Department of Tourism (DOT), Air Sports Adventure of the Philippines (ASAP), Sarangani Paragliding Club, Gensan City Government, Maasim Municipal Government, and all partners to make this first international paragliding in the country a success. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Taiwanese wins 1st IPAC champion title

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (August 26, 2014) - Taiwanese paragliding pilot Luis Lui raises his arms showing his victory as declared champion in the individual category in the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Competition held in Maasim, Sarangani Province during the awarding and closing ceremony on Sunday night, August 24. Japan and Indonesia got the 2nd and 3rd post, respectively.  40 participants from 13 countries joined the event flying around Sarangani Province’s vast plain lands and scenic rolling hills as they hovered around the picture-perfect seascape of Sarangani Bay. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Gov. Solon thanks Malaysian paragliding judge


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (August 26, 2014) – Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon with gladness and gratitude thanks Col. Basir Rahman for the success of the 3-day 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Competition held in Maasim, Sarangani Province during the awarding and closing ceremony on Sunday night, August 24. Col. Rahman of Malaysia was the chief judge of the paragliding event. The Provincial Government of Sarangani worked closely with the Department of Tourism (DOT), Air Sports Adventure of the Philippines (ASAP), Sarangani Paragliding Club, Gensan City Government, Maasim Municipal Government, and all partners to make this first international paragliding in the country a success. A bigger paragliding world cup may be presented to the province in the ensuing year/s. Seen in the photo between Gov. Solon and Col. Rahman  is DOT Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr. who really came to grace the culmination ceremony. (Kim Windell V.Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

IPAC 2014 pilots rule Sarangani sky


MAASIM, Sarangani (August 24, 2014) – Pilots from different countries compete in the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Championship (IPAC 2014) Thursday, August 22. Sarangani was chosen as the location of this competition because of its great tropical thermals with a good landing plate, typical sea breeze, smooth sled rides, flying along the 5km ridge, and has a good weather condition of almost 300 flyable days in a year. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

International teams vie in IPAC 2014


MAASIM, Sarangani(August 23, 2014) - Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon watches with his son Joshua the 1st international paragliding competition taking place August 22-24 at the SAFII Ranch Paragliding Site in sitio Seguil, Barangay Tinoto. This is a best avenue to promote Sarangani and Region 12 in the international community as participants came from Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Spain, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, United Kingdom, and Japan.  (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sarangani: Best paragliding location

   

MAASIM, Sarangani (August 24, 2014) - A German paragliding pilot fixes his paraglide after making a flight during the first day of the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition Friday, August 22. Sarangani Province was chosen as the location of this first international paragliding competition because of its great tropical thermals with a good landing plate, typical sea breeze winds, smooth sled rides, flying along the 5km ridge, and has a good weather condition of almost 300 flyable days in a year. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Philippine Paragliding Team


SARANGANI HIGHLANDS, General Santos City (August 24, 2014) - The Philippine Paragliding Team with actor Ian Veneracion (in plain white shirt) pose during the welcome dinner sponsored by the Provincial Government of Sarangani for the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Competition on August 21. The paragliding riders enjoyed the best local delicacies offered by the provincial government thru the Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotion Center (STIPC). (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVENOR'S OFFICE)

Sarangani offers pilots best local delicacies


SARANGANI HIGHLANDS, General Santos City (August 24, 2014) - Ms. Michelle Solon, wife of Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon and chairperson of the provincial and regional tourism councils; Glan tourism officer Lodar Escobillo, business icon Marfin Tan, and Dr. Jose Tranquilino of the Sarangani Highlands welcome the guests and participants during the welcome dinner for the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Competition on August 21. The paragliding pilots enjoyed the best local delicacies offered by the provincial government thru the Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotion Center (STIPC). The 1st international paragliding competition takes place on August 22-24 at the SAFII Ranch Paragliding Site in sitio Seguil, Barangay Tinoto, Maasim, Sarangani. This is a best avenue to promote Sarangani Province and the whole region in the international community as participants came from Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Spain, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, United Kingdom, and Japan. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVENOR'S OFFICE)

Paragliding enthusiasts, spectators at IPAC 2014


MAASIM, Sarangani (August 24, 2014) - Sarangani Paragliding Club president Ian Mar Tan and Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon with son Joshua give the first day of the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition (IPAC 2014) the thumbs-up as the governor and his brother Ken and a friend from Manila witnessed the event on August 22. Many national and international spectators had booked their flights just to see this spectacular sport. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Paragliding is fun in Sarangani


MAASIM, Sarangani (August 24, 2014) - A paragliding pilot glides over the paragliding site during the first day of the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition Friday, August 22, at SAFII Ranch Paragliding Site in sitio Seguil, Barangay Tinoto. The competition brings together paragliding enthusiasts all over the world to one location in the Philippines, which is in Sarangani Province, and at the same time share and treasure friendship, camaraderie, sportsmanship and nature among the riders. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

International Paragliding Accuracy Competition in Sarangani


MAASIM, Sarangani (August 24, 2014) - Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon checks out the paragliding landing pad in SAFII Ranch Paragliding Site at sitio Seguil, Barangay Tinoto during the first day of the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition Friday, August 22. Sarangani Province was chosen as the location of this first international paragliding competition because of its great tropical thermals with a good landing plate, typical sea breeze, smooth sled rides, flying along the 5km ridge, and has a good weather condition of almost 300 flyable days in a year. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Pacquiao film shooting in Glan


GLAN, Sarangani (August 22, 2014) - Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon visits film director Paul Soriano directing a boxing tournament featuring the life of the pride of Sarangani Province and congressman Manny Pacquiao at Glan plaza in front of the municipal hall Wednesday, August 20. Soriano’s team has been in Sarangani and Gensan for almost a week working for this international film portrayed by Cesar Montano and other actors. Many local spectators watched the filming of the boxing scene, especially in knowing how Congressman Pacquiao started as a young boxer in Glan where they had resided. (Kim Windell V.Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Ms. Earth Philippines winners visit SOCSKSARGEN


GENERAL SANTOS CITY (August 22, 2014)- Winners of Ms. Earth Philippines 2014 go around General Santos City in a motorcade Thursday, August 21, as part of their SOCSKSARGEN tour. In Sarangani, they are set to visit resorts in Maasim and Glan, do mangrove planting, and visit the malong weaving center in Malapatan. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)