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Taga-GenSan ka kung… The Paraguay Revelations

To drum up more interest in the upcoming 2011 Tuna Festival, thanks to Republic Magazine‘s Ralph Layco and City Mayor’s Office’s Egai Cadiente, a series of short videos were recently released to the public featuring General Santos City’s gay icon, “Miss Paraguay” or simply “Paraguay“.

“Paraguay” who was named by her adoring “fans” (Bariles included) after the country where most Miss Universe winners hail from,  is a common sight along the city’s major streets, royally walking queen-like, her 6-foot tall frame garbed in the most colorful costumes ever with her hair dyed in the brightest orange, green, blue or whatever tickles her fancy.

Whenever there are festivals, “Paraguay”, due to her height, literally stands out from among the crowds and usually causes a commotion each time she does her short funny routines, by either shouting witty outrageous remarks in Cebuano or play-acting for her instant audience.  Needless to say, her being funny, irreverent, unpredictable and colorful makes Miss Paraguay, truly a gay icon of GenSan!

Here are the videos featuring GenSan’s very own Miss Paraguay:  Taga-GenSan ka kung…. The Paraguay Revelations!

Video #1: Paraguay

Video #2: Shamcey Supsup

Video #3: Pacquiao

Video #4: Tuna

Ikaw, taga-GenSan ka ba?  Taga-GenSan ka, kung-i-LIKE mo ito sa baba!

About Avel Manansala

Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder and head of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and manager of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. You may add him to your circles on G+ - If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.

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  1. tisoy says:

    I remember him joining Miss Gay in Sta.Cruz Chapel in San Pedro St.,Lagao..he is so funny…and the most qoutes in my area is Ayaw panaway Kay dili ka si Paragway.hahahaha!buti naman napansin din…hindi na siya Yagit.daghan na sponsors,

    1. bariles says:

      @tisoy, finally, Paraguay gets the spotlight she deserves! Mukhang artista na talaga! Mabuhay si Paraguay!

  2. xianzhen says:

    haba ng hair.congrats

  3. Samara Fae says:

    Hi Miss Paraguay. Galing ng shorts Sir Avel! Grats to the producers. Eto na ang break na inaantay ni ms paraguay :p

  4. Cidy says:

    Mabuhay si Paraguay!

  5. anonymous says:

    taga gensan ka kung member ka sa facebook group na “taga gensan ka kung”

  6. fahdingding says:

    siya na ged! PARAGUAY – the new face of GENSAN…

  7. Toinks says:

    This promotional video is very Humane, and very Original!! Luv it!

    Happy Tuna Festival General Santos City!!!

  8. Maureen Eufan says:

    kudos sa producer!this is the best ever promo video for tuna fest!

  9. rey says:

    malingaw gyud ko makita si paraguay walking along the streets of gensan… under the sun! hahaha

  10. ayeng98 says:

    very funny, okay lang naman a, whats the fuzz all about?

  11. tunaguy says:

    its scandalous,how come a PARAGUAY of Alabel become an icon of TUNA Industry of Gen
    San?Do you think he can really help uplift the dying industry of tuna?if the city or the organizer realy want to help Paraguay,himua ninyo siyang J.O. sa city aron dili na cge og baklay sa kadalanan sa gensan.why not Ms. Supsop or Ms. Melai ang naging endorser ninyo?i dont think even Pacman will decline to become an endorser of tuna fest,siya talaga tunay na taga Gensan,diba kuya avel?

  12. charito says:

    basta, tuna fest na! maglipay lipay na ta!

  13. fahdingding says:

    In Defense of Paraguay — Hadji Balajadia

    Dear Generals:

    I would like to laud the conceptualist of the TV Ad of the Gensan Tunafest 2011, featuring Paraguay!

    Paraguay perfectly represents the genuine spirit of survival, optimism, resilience, humor and friendship. Whoever is the conceptualist of the TV Ad, I’d like to underscore in boldface that such ad is undoubtedly a milestone to the marginalized groups and communities in the city because it not only privileged the “ignored” and “discriminated” voice, it also de-constructed our traditional notions of the “best representative of Gensan.”

    Paraguay represents the common masses, the large majority of the Gensan citizenry. To discredit him as the Model of the Tunafest is to patently silence and deny recognition the thousands of poor voices and faces that he represents.

    The Tunafestival is for the common Generals, who labor sweat and blood for the common good of the city. It is not for the privileged few—the rich, the businessmen, the politicians, and the festival guests. I can sense that they undermine Paraguay because he is both Gay and Poor—one who is not at par with Manny Pacquiao.

    To me, this is “double othering”—double discrimination! He is perceived by some of these homophobic media and prejudiced nouveau rich to be lightweight if not “nonsense” and hence an incredible endorser of the Festival.

    I am seriously aghast by their irrational attitude against this poor human being who wants to share his humble civic contribution to the Festival. They feel that they are the only ones who hold birthright of representing the face of Gensan.

    Such exclusionist and discriminatory attitude has no place in participatory democracy!

    The life narrative of Paraguay, to my mind, aptly shows the countless stories of many migrants from neighboring towns who are trying their luck in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.

    Let us all remember that the Tunafest is not for the privileged few!

    The Tunafest is for the common and ordinary General like Paraguay!

    Discounting these marginalized persons from our civic celebration of the Tunafestival tantamounts to ignoring the socio-historical reality that Gensan is nothing without these nameless and unhonored people.


    Hadji Balajadia
    Certified General
    Fulltime Psychology Faculty
    Ateneo de Davao University

  14. fahdingding says:

    Karapat – dapat kang ICLAP! CLAP! Prof. Balajadia…

  15. Greg says:

    whatever = f**k off lol

  16. tunaguy says:

    @fahdingding= u know what,it really disturbed me a lot with your reasoning,look,you where’s paraguay right now?he is in alabel,ga suroy2x ra gihapon sa kadalanan.i saw him the day after the festival,ga inom ug shake sa poblacion alabel.YAGIT ra gihapon,luoy kaayo ug nawong.mao nang gi kuha nilag endorser,makita nlang nimo after the event na mao ra gihapon ang status,as in , YAGIT gihapon.sabi ko nga,if they really want to help paraguay,gi J.O. nlng unta nila sa city,nk kwarta pa cya.besides,TUNA Festival ang celebration,so,dapat yong nkktulong sa tuna industry ng gensan,db.hay, nku prof……

  17. tunaguy says:

    Mr. Balajadia,for your info,Mr. Paraguay is from Brgy. Poblacion,Alabel, Sarangani Province.he is not originally a common tao of DADIANGAS…….

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