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Kalilangan, Best Festival in the Country – ATOP

General Santos City adds another feather to its cap with its major win at the recently concluded 10th ATOP National Convention held last week at the Tuna Capital.

Its Kalilangan Festival, which is celebrated annually every February in commemoration of the city’s Foundation Anniversary was awarded by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines as the Best Tourism Event of 2009 – Major City Category.

2009 Kalilangan Festival Logo

2009 Kalilangan Festival Logo

The award was handed out by Tourism Secretary Ace Durano during the final night of the 3-day gathering at the KCC Convention and Event Center, as part of the ATOP Best Tourism Practices Awards.  This is a project of both the ATOP and the Department of Tourism with the aim to “recognize and honor the most outstanding/ significant tourism projects and programs and tourism officers who have excelled in their respective local government units.”

“It is for this reason the ATOP decided to institutionalize an annual system of recognition of distinguished tourism personalities, groups, and events. The ATOP Best Tourism Practices Award hopes to celebrate the best in the tourism industry, which become the pillar of the society.” (source: WOWPhilippines)

DOT Secretary Ace Durano at the Awards Night of the Best Tourism Practices Awards during the 10th ATOP National Convention.

“DOT Secretary Ace Durano at the Awards Night of the Best Tourism Practices Awards during the 10th ATOP National Convention.”

Receiving the Best Tourism Event Award from Secretary Durano were Tourism Council Vice-Chairman Rey Billena, in behalf of Chairman Mayor Jun Acharon and GenSan City Councilor Richard Atendido, who chairs the Tourism Committee at the SP.

In previous years, the nearest that the city got to the championship was when its Tuna Festival won as First-Runner Up last year, during the Awards Night in Iloilo City, host of the 9th ATOP National Convention.

In an interview later this week, Mayor Acharon thanked not only the ATOP but also the GSC Tourism Association, the Festival Director Orman Manansala, and the members of the GSC Tourism Council for helping make this recognition possible.

Congratulations to the people behind Kalilangan Festival!

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  1. elmerceq says:

    Oh, yeah! This is how the government sector and private sector work for the benefit of our city. Bagging the most coveted Best Philippine Festival is a great feather in the cap. Again and again, Gensan festivals will soar high among the best festival practices nationwide!
    .-= elmerceq´s last blog ..Venue of examination of GSC Junior Officials =-.

    1. bariles says:

      @elmerceq, Amen, Amen, Amen. Thanks to generals like you and other civil servants for being supportive of our city’s endeavors. Mabuhay tayong lahat!

  2. gensanite says:

    this is what you cal “GREAT NEWS”!!!

    i agree with ‘elmerceq’… good things happen when people work together…

    cheers to the people behind the festivities, as well as to the people who made things happen…

    magandang gensan!!!

  3. Rue Ramas says:

    Avel, the lei Sec. Ace Durano sported is made of cornhusk.

  4. GorG says:

    congrats! another pride of Gensan. kuya, its kalilangan 2008 ang nanalo ha 🙂 Sana tuloy tuloy. Kaya natin ang Hall of Fame,diba? hehe

  5. orman says:

    huli man daw at magaling — ay naihahabol din.
    .-= orman´s last blog ..Brown-out Na Pod! =-.

  6. fahdingding says:

    Another feather in the cap for GENSAN…. Pag – igihan pa natin na maging mas magandang GENSAN pa ang city natin… Good job to all behind the KALILANGAN FESTIVAL! Congratulation GENSAN for another achievement! Go GO GO!

  7. fahdingding says:

    Thanks to ATOP!

  8. arami says:

    honestly, i lliked how the government people here in gensan are doing their job just so umangat ang Gensan over other neighnoring town here in mindanao…

    I really loved mayor acharons effort to beautify our city, kahit madaming bumatikos na kesyo overprced daw lahat, you cant please everyone..

    what is important is i can see where my tax goes hayan na oh ang ganda ganda ng plaze hatin…

  9. Ache says:

    Congrats to all the people behind Kalilangan Festival! and to its many supporters, continue to support Kalilangan and all our other events and activities promoting our beloved city!

  10. fahdingding says:

    Nagbunga na rin sa wakas ang efforts ng lahat ng tao behind the KALILANGAN FESTIVAL! At good news! Ang income ng GENSAN umabot na ng billion according sa COA Annual Report! Welcome to the elite BILLIONAIRE’S CLUB GENSAN!
    One Thousand from Rexona, CONGRATULATION! LOL…

  11. fahdingding says:

    for 2008 COA Annual Report yan!

  12. John Martos says:

    There is always GOOD NEWS in General Santos City!!!!
    I dont regret never leaving this city when my family left for Baguio….
    I know…more great things will sure come for this Blessed City…
    Way to go Generals!!!!!!

  13. francis says:

    wow! congrats kalilangan festival. you made history today! to the organizers we salute you! we are so proud to be generals! padayon gensan. one pulse, one cruise, one force.

  14. orman says:

    i share this recognition with my fellow members of kalilangan foundation, rey billena, ali bajunaid, emie nazareth, jahal addat and aloha lugares. thru thick and thin, we stood united.
    .-= orman´s last blog ..My American Dream =-.

  15. nice A says:

    galing tlga ng gensan! iv’e been proud of if and even getting prouder! kudos to the people behind its success lalo na sa napakagandang Kalilangan Festival – headed by ganda ever, mr. orman:)
    .-= nice A´s last blog ..Technology: Boon or bane? =-.

  16. Greater things Have yet to come And greater things Are still to be done in this city

  17. sally says:

    proud to be one….
    consistent ang development ng Gensan…

    sana ipagpatuloy nila… bow!

  18. SAMIEL says:

    weee. congrats sating mga generals! 🙂

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