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General Santos

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General Santos City[1] or "GenSan" is in the province of South Cotabato in the Philippines. It is a highly urbanized city located at the southern portion of South Cotabato. It is known as "The Tuna Capital of the Philippines". General Santos is also home to a lot of media practitioners and media companies.

Language

Cebuano and Ilonggo are the main dialect spoken in the city. Filipino based on Tagalog is spoken as the National Language. English is also widely used.

Climate

Average temperature in the city is 28 degrees Celcius with a maximum of 36 degrees celcius. There are only two seasons. Wet season starts on June to October. The Dry season starts on November to May. The city is outside the typhoon belt.

Religion and Culture

People from GenSan are mostly Roman Catholics. There are also a large number of Protestants and Muslims in the city.

Every February, the city celebrates the Kalilangan Festival. And every September as also the celebration of the city chartered anniversary the Gensan Tuna Festival.

Get in

By plane

General Santos is served by the General Santos International Airport, the second largest airport in the country. It has daily flights to/from Manila and Cebu.

  • Philippine Airlines [2] - flag carrier
  • Cebu Pacific [3] - 2nd flag carrier - budget airline
  • Air Philippines [4] - budget airline
  • PAL Express [5] - budget airline (PAL subsidiary)

By boat

GenSan Seaport has frequent boat trips to and from Manila, Cebu and iloilo

  • Super Ferry [6]
  • Negros Navigation [7]
  • Sulpicio Lines [8]

By bus

Get around

Jeepneys, Multi Cab and the Tricycle are the main mode of transportation within the city. White, air-con taxis with meters installed are also available.

See

  • Majestic Mt. Matutum located north of the city.
  • Wonderful and Fascinating Kalaja Karst.

Do

  • Diving at south divers point
  • Beach at Gumasa 120 minutes away from General Santos
  • Golf at Sarangani Golf Club (Sarangani Province) or Kalasangi Golf Club (Polomolok)

Shop

Eat

  • Bee Stop Restaurant (Bee), Santiago Boulevard GSC (In front of Gillamacs Building). A place where the best garlic, buttered and fried chicken can be found. Come and enjoy eating at BEE......
  • Sarangani Highlands, Tambler, General Santos City.
  • Fagioli, Petron Gasoline Station, Jose Catolico Ave., Lagao, General Santos City. if you just want to relax & have coffee. ideal time to visit will be during mid-afternoons when it isn't crowded. nice ambiance. you can bring along your laptop as the whole place is WI-FI enabled. they serve delicious "food for the gods."
  • Chicken Hauz, South Osmeña, General Santos City. very casual atmosphere but if you try out their famous "garlic chicken", you will crave for more...
  • Mang Gorio's Bahay Kainan, National Highway, General Santos City.
  • Paseo del Sol, National Highway, General Santos City.
  • Ranchero, National Highway, General Santos City.
  • La Veranda, National Highway, General Santos City.
  • Grab-A-Crab, Laurel East Ave., General Santos City.
  • Orange Bistro, Jose Catolico Ave., Lagao, General Santos City.
  • Casa Goatan, Bulaong Subdivision, General Santos City, 5524199.
  • Tatay Pepe's Restobar, along Laurel East Street ((in front of Bayantel Office)), 3022555, [9]. Taste our specialties like Nilagpang,Gulami and our Sizzlers! We do chicken best too- fried or buttered- crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside, truly a mouth-watering delight!
  • cafe eduardo, magsaysay ave. cor. atis st., 0835524925. savor the taste of italian coffee while relaxing and being serenated


Drink

  • bee stop chicken house (bee), santiago boulevard (general santos city). Bee Stop is serving a delicious garlic chicken in town. also available: buttered and fried chicken. Come and enjoy eating at BEE STOP restaurant
  • Goldenstate College Cafeteria, Bakeshoppe and Catering Service, Pioneer ave corner Acharon boulevard general santos city, 554 5545. food center,bakery,bakeshoppe,and catering service
  • Rolands Steak House, Jose Catolico Ave. Lagao. Rolands serve the very best steak in the whole of GenSan city. Well worth a visit. Casual atmosphere but the service is good.
  • Nelsons Market, General Santos City. Good Seafood and tuna
  • Janna's Inasal de Cebu, National Highway, General Santos City. The best tasting lechon in town
  • Tatay Pepe's Restobar, along Laurel East Street (in front of Bayantel Office), 3022555, [10]. 7pm-1am. Enjoy live entertainment NIGHTLY, rain or shine- beginning 9:30pm to 1:00am with acoustic modern, alternative and contemporary music and a little bit of love songs. Listen to our highly-acclaimed music selection in between jamming sets…
  • The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine, The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine is not hard to find if you know your way around GenSan. It can be found inside Romana Estate II, along Mabuhay-Klinan Road, Brgy. City Heights, General Santos City. (The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine is not hard to find if you know your way around GenSan. It can be found inside Romana Estate II, along Mabuhay-Klinan Road, Brgy. City Heights, General Santos City.). 4pm-11pm. NEW HOPE GOURMET GUYS! Experience Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine at its finest at The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine. Enjoy your meal in the regular Indoor Dining Area or in the Moroccan Room - here you sit on cushions at lowered tables. You can also have your meal in the Fil-Hispanic Room - there you can have a conference meeting for 6-8 persons as well. If you want it more relax, have your meal on outdoor seating underneath a nice Canopy/Tent or on the Open Garden. Or you can take it on the Babylon Deck – up there you can have the best view of Mt. Matutum in GenSan and take pleasure in cloud watching. Romantic place. Exclusivity. Entire atmosphere is of peace and serenity. A perfect site to bring special guests and loved ones. A must see! At The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine you get typical Mediterranean food, as well as Indian, Italian and Spanish cuisine – Steaks, Curries, Pastas and Kebabs and some more. The service here is good for the most part, but does get crowded sometimes. The hummus, babba ganoush and keema with fresh pita bread are amazing. The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine is family style so everything you order is meant for sharing. You can't go wrong with whatever you choose to try and once you go you will definitely be back. As for the hookah, The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine has a pretty good selection - if you don't mind basic flavors like "apple" and "strawberry" and a few more. The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine is not hard to find if you know your way around GenSan. It can be found inside Romana Estate II, along Mabuhay-Klinan Road, Brgy. City Heights, General Santos City. Your landmark should be the Iglesia ni Cristo temple on the left shoulder of the Mabuhay-Klinan Road. Just beside the temple is The Old South’s road sign leading to the restaurant. Turn left there to a dirt road and immediately you will see The Old South’s building a few meters away. NEW HOPE GOURMET GUYS at The Old South Mediterranean Cuisine. Come and be a guest today!


Hotels

  • East Asia Royale Hotel, National Highway, General Santos City, [11]. checkin: 9/21/009; checkout: 9/28/009.
  • Family Country Hotel, DBP Compound, General Santos City.
  • Sydney Hotel, Pendatun Ave., General Santos City, aldrin.
  • Phela Grande Hotel, Pres. Quezon Ave., General Santos City.
  • Miriam's Pension, General Santos City.
  • Anchor Hotel.

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