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General Santos

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General Santos City 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, but perhaps its biggest claim to fame is that boxer Manny Pacquiao is a native. It is known as "The Tuna Capital of the Philippines". General Santos is also home to a lot of media practitioners and media companies.


Typical street in General Santos City


Average temperature in the city is 28°C with a maximum of 36°C. There are only two seasons; wet season starts in June and runs into October, while the dry season is in November thru' to May. The city is outside the typhoon belt.


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.


Cebuano is the main language spoken in General Santos City and the surrounding communities. "Filipino" (based on the alien Tagalog language spoken around Manila) is reluctantly spoken as the National Language. English is also spoken as it is taught in schools and used for all legal proceedings.

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By plane[edit]

General Santos is served by the General Santos Airport. It has daily flights to/from Manila, Cebu and Iloilo.

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Get around[edit]

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

See[edit][add listing]

  • Majestic Mt. Matutum located north of the city.
  • Wonderful and Fascinating Kalaja Karst.
  • Plaza Heneral Santos. Promenade of the whole family, meeting place for couples, meeting place for friends and above all accessible areas who were thirsting for beautiful landscape. The brand new Plaza General Santos really thrives reserves splendor. Here you can see the wonderful fountain, lagoon fish, green environment, White-Washed Trellis, steel chairs scattered throughout the park, beds featuring Rock Garden, the LED lamp post shaped dancing people, Flagstone pathway, the bridge over the lagoon and the center attraction is enhanced by General Paulino Santos monument.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Diving at south divers point
  • Beach at Gumasa 120 min away from General Santos
    white sand beach in Gumasa
  • Golf at Sarangani Golf Club (Sarangani Province) or Kalasangi Golf Club (Polomolok)


  • Fitmart Gensan, Downtown Proper, Roxas West.  edit
  • Gaisano Mall of Gensan, J. Catolico St., Lagao beside SOCOTECO II-Gensan.  edit
  • KCC Mall of Gensan, J. Catolico St., Lagao GSC.  edit
  • Robinsons Place Gensan, Bula - Lagao Road, Lagao GSC.  edit
  • SM City General Santos, Santiago Blvd., Lagao GSC.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Pahayahay Restobar (love all feed all), (located along J. Catolico between Petron and Phoenix gas stations.), 083-5520187. good music, great food, reggae feel, 24 hours open  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Sarangani Highlands, Tambler, General Santos City. If you want a nice, picturesque view along with some good food, then try Sarangani Highlands, a General Santos City restaurant located at the hilltop. It is overlooking Sarangani Bay, downtown GenSan, Mt. Parker, and Mt. Matutum so the scenic view is given. It also offers a wide selection of food and drinks. So whether you come in for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner, you would surely find something delectable to order. Sarangani Highlands is also made popular by the annual Takdol Festival, which celebrates tribal food and entertainment.  edit
  • 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."  edit
  • Chicken Hauz, South Osmeña, General Santos City. Chicken Hauz is a popular eating hub in General Santos City. Located at South Osmena, it serves the most delectable chicken recipes in the city. The dining experience may be casual but if you go down to the food, but if you try out their famous "garlic chicken", you will crave for more... Tourists and locals alike flock to Chicken Hauz for more servings of garlic chicken. You must never forget to try that, too.  edit
  • Mang Gorio's Bahay Kainan, National Highway, General Santos City.  edit
  • Paseo del Sol, National Highway, General Santos City.  edit
  • Ranchero, National Highway, General Santos City.  edit
  • La Veranda, National Highway, General Santos City.  edit
  • Grab-A-Crab, Laurel East Ave., General Santos City.  edit
  • Orange Bistro, Jose Catolico Ave., Lagao, General Santos City.  edit
  • Casa Goatan, Bulaong Subdivision, General Santos City, 5524199.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • 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.  edit
  • Goldenstate College Cafeteria, Bakeshoppe and Catering Service, Pioneer ave corner Acharon boulevard general santos city, 554 5545. food center,bakery,bakeshoppe,and catering service  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Nelsons Market, General Santos City. Good Seafood and tuna  edit
  • Janna's Inasal de Cebu, National Highway, General Santos City. The best tasting lechon in town  edit
  • Tatay Pepe's Restobar, along Laurel East Street (in front of Bayantel Office), 3022555, [1]. 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…  edit
  • Marasa Grill, #41 Kadulasan St., General Santos City (near Lea's Pension), (083)552-4628. 7AM-3PM. Marasa Grill serves lutong bahay and grilled meat and seafoods. It also accepts catering for all occassions. It is open for breakfast and lunch. Group rates for a complete meal ranges from P315-1025.00 for 4-6 persons. Php49-120.  edit
  • Blugre Coffee, JMP Bldg, S. Osmena Street (2 blocks East of Municipal Hall), [2]. 8:30 am - 12:00 am. Easily the best coffee in Gensan. The atmosphere is very comfortable with jazz music. Good desserts and light meals to go with espresso coffees, teas, iced-blended drinks, and excellent fresh-squeezed lemonade.  edit
  • Big Ben's, Robinson's Mall. Known for delicious steak, there are also many local options of good Filipino food. A very nice atmosphere with warm service.  edit
  • Pahayahay Restobar (love all feed all), (located along J. Catolico between Petron and Phoenix gas stations), 083-5520187. good music, great food, reggae feel, 24 hours open  edit
  • Liean Gavril's Kinawboy, 082 Laurel North (In front of AMA). Open for lunch. The greatest kambingan in town! ₱60 average.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Green Bee Square Inn Atis Street. (down town) +63-83-5443766. a/c rooms, cable tv. free wifi. best value clean. P575.
  • Eleona's Pension House Lapu-Lupa Street. (down town) +63-83-5538776. a/c rooms, cable tv. free wifi. from P550.
  • La Mirada Travelers Inn, Pukok 19 National Highway San Vicente Lagao (not far from Lagao market along the highways going to Davao), +63-9494098593. checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. clean a/c double rooms with own bathroom and cable tv. free fast wifi. nice garden 450.  edit
  • Sydney Hotel, Pendatun Ave., General Santos City, aldrin.  edit
  • Antonio's Apartelle, New Era University Road, Aparente Street, Purok Malakas San Isidro, General Santos City, CALL (83) 302 1851. TeleFax (83) 553 0188. SMS SMART:+63 998 155 1634. Globe: +63 916 549 1354, [3]. checkin: 2:00 P.M.; checkout: 12:00 NN. Daily rate, Weekly Rate & Monthly Rate.  edit

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