Bariles is a Filipino word for “Tuna”, the primary source of income of the people of General Santos City which hosts 6 of the Philippines’ 8 tuna canneries and more than 80% of its tuna processing plants.
The city boasts of the only “Tuna Festival” in the world celebrated every September 5 in commemoration of its charterhood anniversary.
Bariles is also the alias of this blog's author, Avel Manansala who would like nothing than to write about his beloved city by the bay and share it with his kababayans from all over.
Aside from being a blogger, Bariles is a Google Map Maker enthusiast, the Convenor of the Blogfest Soccskargen, the organizer of the Soccsksargen Experience Tour for Bloggers since 2011 and the co-founder & self-proclaimed mother hen of the Soccsksargen Bloggers. Before his present volunteer capacity as the Manager of Google Business Group (GBG) - GenSan, he used to be the Media Affairs Officer of the City Mayor's Office.
Avel flew to the US of A where he attended the Global GBG Summit in Googleplex, Mountain View, California, along with the Managers of the rest of the GBG chapters ranked #1 to #10 in the 2013 Global GBG Game.
He also took part in the 2-day Google I/O conference in San Francisco, wihch was the geekiest and funnest and googliest event in the world ever.
In Sept 2014, he also attended the Google Communities Summit Asia in Sri Lanka.
Avel is also a Social Media Consultant and could be found usually in his unofficial office, Starbucks in SM City Gensan.