“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 can hear every time I think and ask people about GENSAN or General Santos. It is a dream for every traveler to also visit this place and I am very lucky and blessed because our ICON 2019 was held in GENSAN.
If you’ll ask me if I have fun on my visit? Yes, I am very happy! I enjoyed the simple yet deep 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 and Philippine Airlines. Airfare is a little bit expensive compared to others, 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 PHP 200.00 to PHP 250.00 and up depending on bus.
PLACES TO VISIT IN 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. You can see a lot of tunas in this area. You’ll be able to see tunas from its big up to small sizes and tunas that are perfect for export. You will be amazed by how many tunas are in General Santos’s oceans.
To know more details about General Santos Fish Port Complex, just click HERE.
Photo credits to http://thesouladventures.blogspot.com
Sanchez Peak is located at Sitio balakayo, Barangay Olympog in General Santos. One of the tourist destinations for mountaineer and outdoor enthusiast in GENSAN is this place. At this area you can absolutely see the beautiful panoramic view of the whole province. 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 and also located at the front view of the park are two big tunas perfect for picture taking.
After you pass by the two big tunas, you may walk around 2-3 minutes and you can see a beach where you can swim as well and as I mentioned above watch the beautiful sunset or even sunrise (in the morning).
Plaza Heneral Santos
Plaza Heneral Santos is actually a big rotonda, the center of the city where you can find the City hall. At night time, the plaza comes alive with stalls selling different kinds of “meryenda”. The plaza is perfect if you just want to walk around while eating with your friends, just always be careful with your belongings as you roam around the area. You can also see here the History of this province.
If you are planning to go here, just ride a tricycle and pay around PHP 8.00 to PHP 10.00 if within the city. For tourist who will come from a places quite far, fare is around PHP 15.00.
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 in 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. So if you are planning to go here better go early so that they may be able to accommodate you and your group.
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:
Photo credits to GenSan the land of Joy – WordPress.com
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 Santos City. 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
Photo credits to Biyaherong Barat – WordPress.com
This is one of the most known beaches in 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 General Sant0s.
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” here in General Santos located at Tiongson St. and just near to Lagao gym. Tiongson Arcade is on the radar of the must-eat places in Gen San. If you are looking for different varieties of seafoods 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 carefully, buy the seafoods you want and they will cook it for you right away.
The place is open up until late night and it is very safe.
“PASTEL” at SANTIAGO BLVD.
If you are really on a budget this place is perfect for you. Their small area is located just near SM General Santos. The place is quite dark yet lots of people are eating here. Why? Because it is clean, safe, delicious and budget-friendly.