General Santos

General Santos, the southernmost city of the Philippines, is famous for two things: tuna and being the hometown of world-famous boxer Manny Pacquiao.

Major airlines have daily 2-hour flights from Manila to the General Santos International Airport. This city, located in South Cotabato, Mindanao, is packed with sights and activities that will knock your socks off.

The highly urbanized city of General Santos, called GenSan for short, has many parks and gardens perfect for lunchtime picnics and nighttime strolls. Take a walk in the General Santos City Park along P. Acharon Boulevard, or go jogging in the oval-shaped Freedom Park.

Right next to the Freedom Park is the Gensan Garden Center, where you can buy pots of orchids or bouquets of native flowers in season. For a delicious meal accompanied by a scenic view of Sarangani Bay, head to the hilltop garden and restaurant of Sarangani Highlands.

General Santos is famous for its yellowfin tuna, which is exported around the world. This huge fish is best enjoyed as kinilaw (Filipino-style ceviche), where slices of raw tuna or other seafood is quickly cured in vinegar, calamansi, or a combination of both. Mix in ginger, shallots, and chilli for a 3-dimensional burst of flavor.

Dive into Mindanao’s rich cultural heritage by visiting museums around General Santos. The Mindanao State University houses the MSU Museum for a closer look at artifacts and relics that were found in the city. The Notre Dame of Dadiangas College along the national highway is where you’ll find the Gen. Paulino Santos Museum. Check out the history, artworks, and memorabilia of the city’s namesake founder.

Don’t leave GenSan without grabbing a unique and intricately patterned banig (handwoven mats made with dried leaves) made by the indigenous people of southern Mindanao, the B’laans.

Countless natural landmarks fill the barangays of General Santos. Hail a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) from Barangay Conel to the Kalaja Karst Area, whose hills became riddled with tunnels for shelter-seeking Japanese soldiers in the second world war. Kalaja Karst is where you’ll find the Malakong Wall, a popular rock climbing destination, and the Bunga Springs, a swimmable limestone spring.

Located in Barangay Mabuhay are the Nopol Hills. The hills are home to 200 hectares (2 square kilometers) of lush forests laden with fruit bats and native pigs. Visitors can pitch tents in Nopol Hills’ camping grounds and wake up to views of the Sarangani Bay.

Go hiking to the hidden Amsikong Falls in Barangay Conel, or through the cave-falls in Sansapan.

Head to the ebony black beaches that line General Santos’ coast. Rahaj Beach, South Sea Tropical Resort, and Dupalco beach are great places to swim, fish, and go boating in if you can brave the heat emitted by the dark sand.

For those looking for familiar white sands, check in at the London Beach Resort and play volleyball on the man-made beach.

Set new personal records at the Mayor A. Acharon Sports Complex, which is the venue of the nationwide sports tournament, Palarong Pambansa. Facilities include a rubberized running track and an Olympic size swimming pool.

Bask in the natural freshwater pools of Olaer Spring Resort and the Springfield Garden Resort. Locals claim that the lukewarm waters found in these pools are therapeutic and heal different ailments.

For the freshest catch of the day, visit the GSC Fish Port Complex. It’s the second largest fish port of the country holding up to 2,000 reefer carriers and contains a 4,000 square meter market hall.

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  1. Chowking
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  2. Roland's Steak House
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  3. Farron Cafe
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  4. Penong's Barbeque Seafoods and Grill
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  5. Jeong Ga Ne Korean Cafe & Restaurant
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  6. McDonald's
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  7. Tiongson Arcade
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  8. Café Amoree
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  9. Sunburst Fried Chicken
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  10. Gusteau's Crab Hauz
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Top Rated Hotels in General Santos Browse All

  1. Greenleaf Hotel
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  2. Gensan View Resort
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  3. Microtel Inn & Suites Gen. Santos
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  4. Phela Grande Hotel
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  5. Sun City Suites
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  6. East Asia Royale
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  7. Driggs Pension House
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  8. Antonio's Apartelle
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  9. Florotel Hotel
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Top Rated Places in General Santos Browse All

  1. Greenleaf Hotel
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  2. Chowking
    5.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    5 Reviews View
  3. Roland's Steak House
    4.5 Stars
    Steak
    6 Reviews View
  4. Farron Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Dessert
    4 Reviews View
  5. Penong's Barbeque Seafoods and Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    6 Reviews View
  6. Jeong Ga Ne Korean Cafe & Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Korean
    6 Reviews View
  7. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
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    12 Reviews View
  8. McDonald's
    4.5 Stars
    Fast Food
    5 Reviews View
  9. Tiongson Arcade
    4.5 Stars
    Seafood
    5 Reviews View
  10. Café Amoree
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    3 Reviews View

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