Finally, it’s out! My new theme, that is.
After months of looking for the right person who could help me out in my quest for the suitable “magazine theme” I have long been craving for, one of Davao’s The Usual Suspects, a young engineer by the name of Winston Almendras, finally agreed to do it for me.
As you well know, I created this blog by focusing it solely on my hometown, General Santos City, hoping to create its own niche among my townmates who have moved elsewhere and needed to be updated on matters pertaining to their beloved hometown or for people who need more than the usual “news” about the Tuna Capital.
Since I started in November 2007, I have written over 160 posts already, each peppered with pictures to make them more reader-friendly. From my research, I realized that a magazine-theme would best suit this type of blog, creating a balance between function (provide info) and aesthetics (pictures as eye-candy).
It was not difficult to convince Winston to come up with my dream theme for me considering that he is currently busy reviewing for his board exams in Cebu. The catch was in telling him to work on his own sweet time and not rush anything.
Thus, what you are seeing now, this fruit of his labor is WordPress Theme Bariles 1.0, which Winston based on the Arthemia theme. It is still 90% of the final design because of some adjustments he has to make based on my additional requests, very minor actually.
One major change though is to highlight GenSantos.Com as the title of the blog, putting less emphasis on Bariles Republic which will now be the Corporate Owner Name (hehehe). I have lots of plans for BR hoping to lend it to two or more blogs in the future.
So there you have it, my dear readers, my new magazine theme, Bariles 1.0. Bear with me as this is still a work in progress. Rest assured, it is the same GenSan Blog you have known plus a bit more.
Of course, it will still surely serve its purpose as AN IDIOT’S GUIDE TO GENERAL SANTOS CITY. 🙂
Winston, what more can I say? Daghang salamat gyud. You exceeded all my expectations!!!! 🙂
Thanks too to Ayel Lalisan who first designed a header for me when I was just starting out and Dennis Paul Custorio who followed it up with a much complicated kaleidescope of my photos in the header, and finally to Brother Vince Celeste, FMS for being my teacher all throughout my initial fascination with WordPress.
Hey! I was featured at the Mindanao Bloggers homepage by Davao’s blog guru Blogie Robillo immediately after the Bariles 1.0 Theme came out. Read all about it by CLICKING HERE.
Nice! A little more highlight sa Bariles Repblic. I just happen to drop by this site because of that catchy name. And besides Gen.San. was know for it’s bariles…blog or tuna! Hehehe!
If I may suggest at the bottom right corner of the header it should say something like “brought to you by Bariles Republic” instead of that teeny-weeny yellow stripe.
You should get the credit for this Bariles! Keep blogging! 🙂
@Dimaks, you may write your note on the CONTACT BARILES PAGE below the header. Thanks.
@Gensanite, I haven’t met him, sorry. I used to work for Nation Broadcasting Corp before… Anna@Rhythms 97.5, as Marketing Manager. Small world ha? 🙂
hello, TUNA MAN…
yup… i know MHIVER… we used to work before in the same radio station before… is he still in broadcasting though? 🙂
what email should i use? 🙂
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@Hecky! Hehehe! Wait for my text for the blowout! Hehehe! I am glad you like this new theme. It’s really made for my kind of journal. Thanks. And thank you also for providing the theme for our MBS 2.
More on that very soon!
Kita kits manoy! 🙂
@Dimaks, I haven’t received your email yet regarding the blogpost project. Can you send it again? 🙂
@Kimberly, hi! Finally, you’re back! Hehehe! Been waiting for you to write down you comments here again!
Terimah kaseh for liking this new theme. Been wanting to have one like this for a long time. Now I can put in a lot of articles here without worrying on what to do with the older ones.
With this new design, I can rehash old posts and give them “second lives” for newer readers to enjoy.
Thanks for being a subsriber all these times. Mwah! 🙂
@Rey, hi! Thank’s a lot. This is the product of months of research and experiments which came into fruition because of Winston. He is actually a Davaoeño who is now in Cebu reviewing for his board exams.
I will inform him of your request, give your cp # and maybe, you can start from there.
Good luck rey! And subscribe to my posts, if you can. Orman will teach you how.
I like your new blog format. I want to meet the engineer that fixed it. I want him to develop my website too. Thanks a lot.
Sosi ang dating! Vongga ka ‘day!
Wow! I’m happy for you Kuya Avel!
You’ve achieved your dreams!
Iba na talaga ang level mo! hehehe!
Great new look! Nice! Sosi and dating!
@Rey, hello! What a pleasant surprise! Thank you for your kind words. Who else could do these things for our beloved city but we natives ourselves. I was looking far and wide for a blog like this which I felt could help in informing people that there’s more to it in Gensan and its environs than the usual negative media soundbites.
Judging from the tens of positive comments I get here (including yours), I must really be moving in the right direction. Am honored and thankful that most of my kababayans appreciate what this blog is all about and what it stands for.
And yes, I will post a feature about ACLC and the trading portal you mentioned one of these days.
You’re also doing extremely well in that field since I get to see your school’s presence in a lot of city events lately.
Daghang salamat Rey and say hello to Maya for me! 🙂
@Mhiver Jay, no problem! The pleasure is mine. Check back often. Thanks a lot. 🙂
@Gensanite, you know Mhiver Jay? Small world, huh? 🙂
avel, maya requested me to check your site, its good that you are doing gensan a lot of favor with your site’s very informative articles. ACLC is having incubation R & D work in different IT fields including web development and design through our skeptron business solutions, we hope we can collaborate and help each other in improving the presence of gensan in the world wide web. we are experimenting with a trading portal http://www.gensanexchange.com (which is still in its infancy…) that will generate trading leads for buyers and sellers using existing web-based systems and technology, especially locally produced products to be marketed globally…
again, cheers to you for an extremely well executed site!!!!
MHIVs… wala na ka sa radio/broadcasting? 🙂
Great job! Keep it up. Thanks for informing us!
Mhiver Jay V. Dayupay
ACLC College of Gensan
i like this theme better than the previous one. great face lift 🙂 by the way, sir did you receive my email the past days concerning a blog post project? 😀
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manoy Avel.. congrats sa bag-o nga theme
daw kanami na gid lantawon…. COOL nice fonts and color mix
noy, magazine gid nga layout ang bagay sa imo nga journal
san-o ta mag-celebrate sini?
keep moving… Manoy Avel 🙂
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@lovely, hello! Site host is Bigsky Media. They’re okey. I haven’t tried anybody else so I can’t compare their performance with others. Lately though, I get a lot of Internal Error Messages. 🙁
maganda! magaling! pero dapat lakihan mo ang word na BARILES REPUBLIC dahil dyan naman unang nakilala ang blog mo. secondary lang dapat ang gensantos.com. but in fairness, over-all, sosyalan ang dating. pakilala mo naman ako ke winston almendras. pogi ba yan? char!
http://datelinedavao.blogspot.com/ says: nice color and over-design. more professional shoudl i say? by the way advertisement naman konti dyan—who’s your site host?any pros and cons? thanks
hello TUNA MAN…
intriguing diba? 🙂
God bless… 🙂
@gensanite, really? email mo nga ako privately. Don’t keep me in suspense. Hahaha! 🙂
@flashyjames, I forwarded your query to my designer. He has yet to get back to me. Hehehe! 🙂 Thanks for appreciating this new look. 🙂
@Georgie Boy! Thank you and to your family there in the United Kingdom. Looking forward to a night of light beer and heavy story-telling with you soon! 🙂
@Jinky, hello! I would be glad to feature your friend here. Will email you privately. Thanks also for the kind words. Regards to Doris. Invite mo sya rito one time. 🙂
good morning sir avel!
I like the new look of your site. Malamig sa mata rather hindi siya complicated katulad ng ibang website. . .
By d way, I’ve got a friend na lumad sa gensan then eventually nag teach sa Texas. Then, bag-o lang jud he was adjudged as Teacher of the Year didto, ang galing talaga ng Pinoy, taga Gensan pa jud. Besting other teachers na lain lain ang nationality.
Pwede mo kaya siya ma feature dito sa website mo? Am sure his story will ispire a lot of our fellow generals!
Thank you and have a stress free day ahead!
WELL DONE AVEL ON YOUR NEW SITE IT WAS TASTEFULLY CREATED!!SEE YOU NEXT YEAR (END OF JULY)
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pde malaman kng gagana ang isang blog kapag mag built in na .swf sa header??? curious lng /Mr. author…Nice Job…
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yup… we were colleagues back then… 🙂
@gensanite! thanks again. hey, have we met before? 🙂
@hi councilor megz!
yea, been dreaming about this a long time, hehehe! You should also come up with your own blog someday. Don’t worry, will help you out. 🙂
thanks for subscribing councilor! 🙂
and may God bless you too.
nice “image”, KUYA AVEL… your site’s “facelift” is great!!!
keep on, keeping on…
finally a realization of your dreams is here…
congratulations and keep up the good work of providing a better avenue of information for the people who truly loves gensan..
god bless you in your noteworthy endeavors.
@Ayel, thanks a lot! You were instrumental to how this looks like now. 🙂
Wow! Very nice! Ang galing!