Bariles is a Filipino word for “Tuna”, the primary source of income of the people of General Santos City which hosts 6 of the Phils’ 8 tuna canneries & more than 80% of its tuna processing plants.
The city boasts of the only “Tuna Festival” in the world celebrated on Sept 5 to commemorate its charterhood.
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 Local Guides volunteer and a Google Evangelist, 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, established in 2008. Before his present volunteer capacity as Manager of Google Business Group (GBG) - GenSan, he was the Media Affairs Officer of the City Mayor's Office.
Google flew Avel to the US in 2014 for the Global GBG Summit in Googleplex, Mountain View, California, with the Managers of the rest of the Top 10 GBG Chapters worldwide, with GBG Gensan ranked as #2.
He also took part in the 2-day Google I/O conference in San Francisco along with 6,000 attendees.
In Sept 2014, he also joined the Google Communities Summit Asia in Sri Lanka.
Just recently, in Sept 2016, he was the country's representative to the Google Local Guides Summit 2016 in San Francisco.
Avel is a Social Media Consultant and could be found usually working in one corner of the cafes of Gensan.