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DOT XII shows off 16 tour circuits

The SOCCSKSARGEN Region's offerings for tourists include a rich experience in culture, adventure, and nature.

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato (PIA) -- SOCCSKSARGEN Region's Department of Tourism (DOT XII) presented 16 tour circuits that tour operators may offer to visitors coming to SOX (short for SOCCSKSARGEN).

Tourism Regional Director Nelia Arina, during the 2023 SOX Tourism Summit Friday, said these products, which were created after comprehensive site validation, are being offered for "tour operators to create their own tour packages from."

"We are gearing up for a total tourist experience. From the time a tourist arrives at our destination until the time that the tourist leaves our region and all the days in between, we want them to have a total cultural SOCCSKSARGEN Filipino experience," Director Arina said.

Anchored on the regional tourism brand Culture, Adventure, and Nature, these tourism circuits include the following:

Flavor of SOX Tours

Tau SOX Tours

Tuna and Champions Tours

Mt. Apo Foot and Climb Tours

Lake Sebu Tours

Lake Holon Tours

Sarangani Bay Tours

Asik-Asik Tours

River Tubing Tours

Tres Andanas Tours

Matigol Falls Tours

La Palmera Tours

Sultan Kudarat Hills Tours

Sarbay Dive Tours

KALEPA Dive Tours

Each circuit the regional tourism chief explained is a combination of tangible and intangible elements such as natural, cultural, and man-made resources, attractions, facilities, services, and activities.

For example, Tau SOX Tours invites visitors to "discover the rich and vibrant culture of the people of the SOX Region. Stay in a homestay in a local Blaan or Tboli village and experience the simple ways of life of the locals. Learn about their history, traditions, and customs by participating in cultural activities such as textile weaving, food sampling, local tours, and dance and song rites."

Visitor destinations that tour operators may include in Tau SOX Tours consist of Lamlifew Blaan Cultural Village in Malungon, Sarangani; Maitum Burial Jars in Maitum, Sarangani; Fu Yabing Weaving Center in Polomolok, South Cotabato; Lemsnolon Homestay in Tboli, South Cotabato; Blaan Wellnes Village in Polomolok, South Cotabato; New Israel Eco-Adventure Park in Makilala, Cotabato Province; Tboli Ken (Food Tour) in Tboli; Surallah Tri-people Monument in Surallah, South Cotabato; and Lake Cruise, Tnalak Tour, and Seven Falls Zipline in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Arina emphasized that these visitor industry products will be further enhanced based on the recommendations of tourists and sustained site validation and assessment.

The tourism summit on September 22 came up with a resolution "adopting the 16 tour circuits as official tour circuits of the SOX Region," which Director Arina will present for approval of the Regional Development Council XII in its fourth quarter meeting in December. (DED -- PIA SOCCSKSARGEN)

Regional Director Nelia Arina, DOT XII

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Danilo Doguiles


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