“General Santos is the southernmost city in the Philippines. Classified as a highly urbanized first class city, General Santos is the 15th most populous city in the country. They have 594,446 inhabitants as per 2015 census. It is the regional center for commerce and industry of the Soccsksargen region, and geographically located within the province of South Cotabato but administered independent of it. ” – Republic of the Philippines Information Agency
“Tuna Capital of the Philippines” , “Home of the Champions”
These are the following words I know every time I think about GENSAN. It is a dream for a traveler to also visit the said province and I am very lucky because our recent ICON 2019 happened at GENSAN.
If you’ll ask me if I have fun on my visit? Yes, I am very happy! I enjoyed the simple culture they have. The province is just small but it has lots of treasures inside it. In this blog post I’ll be sharing you my GENSAN experience.
HOW TO GO TO GENERAL SANTOS CITY
General Santos is almost a three (3) hours away from Metro Manila via plane. You can book through Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Philippine Airlines and a lot more (if I am not mistaken). Plane fare is a little bit higher, that is why some people tend to book a plane ticket to Davao then ride a bus going to General Santos. The travel will take you 3 up to 4 hours depending on the number of stops. Bus fare is around 200PHP to 250PHP and up.
PLACES TO VISIT AT GENERAL SANTOS CITY
General Santos City Fish Port Complex
If you are here to see why this province is called as the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”, you’re on the perfect place.
(To know more details about my visit at the Fish Port, click here.)
Sanchez Peak is located at Sitio balakayo, Barangay Olympog. One of the tourist destination for mountaineer and outdoor enthusiast in gensan. At this area you can absolutely see the beautiful panoramic view of the whole GENSAN. The owner of Sanchez Peak are Mr and Mrs Jun Sanchez.
Queen Tuna Park
Queen Tuna Park is just near the main city of General Santos. It is a perfect place to visit if you just want to enjoy the sunset view. Located at the front part are two big tunas wherein it can be a great background for your photos.
While if you walk 3 minutes after the ark, you can see a beach where you can swim as well.
Plaza Heneral Santos
Plaza Heneral is actually a big rotunda, the center of the city where you can find the city hall. By nightfall, the plaza comes alive with stalls selling different kinds of “meryenda”. The plaza is good if you just want to walk around while eating with your friends.
It is also just located n the middle of the city proper so if you’re planning to go here just say it to the tricycle driver and the fare is about 8PHP to 10PHP if within the city. For tourist who will come from a places quite far, fare is around 15PHP.
Manny Pacquiao Adventure Tour
This whole Manny Pacquiao Adventure Tour consist of a tour on his two mansions, on his hotel and also on his gym at General Santos. The registration for the tour is at the Manny Pacquiao Hotel. You must register before 3:00PM because they have a cut-off.
Unfortunately we didn’t make it to his mansions and gym, that’s why we only take pictures on his hotel. Photos will be below:
KCC Malls is a chain of shopping malls originated in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Philippines. It is owned by Koronadal Commercial Corporation and their headquarters is situated in General SantosCity. The said mall opens at 9:00AM. If you want to chill and shop you can also go here. Transportation is not hard because there will be lots of tricycle drivers lining up and waiting outside.
SM City General Santos
If you also want to chill, eat and shop at SM, don’t worry because SM is also at General Santos. It is just located at Cor. Santiago Blvd. and, San Miguel St, General Santos City, 9500 South Cotabato. The mall opens at 10:00AM.
Glan Saranggani Beach
This is one of the most known beach at General Santos. It is because of their white sand and perfect blue sea. No wonder tunas loves General Santos, they have such a beautiful ocean. Glan in Sarangani province which is approximately an hour away from General Santos City. There are also other resorts you can book if you want to go on a day tour and overnight at Glan Saranggani.
WHERE TO EAT AT GENERAL SANTOS CITY
There are lots of different seafood grill restaurants in GENSAN. Yet there are really some who will absolutely stands out especially if you are on a budget.
This arcade is also known as their “Night Market” at General Santos located at Tiongson St. and just near to Lagao gym. Tiongson Arcade is on the radar of the must-eat places in GenSan. If you are looking for different varieties of seafood plus an affordable kilo of tuna this spot is a perfect place for you. There are also different stores at Tiongson, you just have to pick, buy your seafood and they will cook it for you.
The place is open up until late night and it is very safe. You can surely enjoy your delicious food and fresh seafood while having a great time with your loved ones.
“PASTEL” at SANTIAGO BLVD.
If you are really on a budget this place is perfect or you. Know more about my experience here by click the photo.