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GENERAL SANTOS CITY

The City of General Santos [1] (abbreviated G.S.C. or Gensan.; Filipino: Lungsod ng Heneral Santos, Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Heneral Santos) is a city in the Philippines. Situated in the southern part of the country, in the province of South Cotabato. The city has a population of 535,747 as of 2007, making it as one of the populous cities in the Philippines.

General Santos City is bounded by three municipalities of Sarangani Province and two municipalities of South Cotabato, namely Alabel, Malungon, Maasim, Polomolok and T'boli. The city's economy is primarily agro-industrial. As a component of the SOCCSKSARGEN growth area, it has contributed much to the area's emergence as the country's leading producer of major commodities. Due to its rich soil, good rainfall and typhoon-free climate, the area is the largest producer of corn, coconuts, copra, pineapples, asparagus and rice. The area also produces other high value crops such as exotic fruits, potatoes, vegetables, cut flowers and okra. It accounts for the largest daily total of fish landings in the country and is the leading producer of sashimi grade tuna. Residents boast that fish and seafood

 On February 27, 1939, General Paulino Santos led the first and largest batch of settlers organized under the National Land Settlement Administration to the shores of Sarangani Bay. The 62 pioneers, who mostly came from Luzon, industriously tilled Cotabato's fertile expanse of land. After this first influx of pioneers, thousands more from Luzon and Visayas migrated into the area. This started the displacement of some of the native B'laan to the mountains and lost their livelihood. The B'laan people are the original settlers of the area once called Dadiangas for thousands of years. They live in a nomadic system in the area, where the names of the places are still recalled. One name is Dadiangas, the native word name of the tree specifically grown in the area. Under Indigenous Peoples Right Act IPRA law RA 8371, now they were protected and it is proven under the Philippine jurisprudence of the Supreme Court. Now the B'laan people live side by side and with harmony to the settlers and other immigrants from smallislands in Visayas and Luzon.

 In January 1948, by virtue of Republic Act No. 82, Buayan District became a full-fledged municipality whose territorial boundaries included the present municipalities of Sarangani and South Cotabato Provinces, namely Alabel, Glan, Malapatan, Malungon and Polomolok. NLSA Hospital Administrator Irineo I. Santiago became its first mayor.

Six years later, in June 1954, the Municipality of Buayan was renamed General Santos as a tribute to its great pioneer. This was made possible by Republic Act No. 1107 authored by Congressman Luminog Mangelen of Cotabato Province.

From 1963 to 1967, during the incumbency of Mayor Lucio A. Velayo, an upsurge in the municipality's economy was experienced as several large agri-based corporations such as Dole Philippines, General Milling Corporation and UDAGRI expanded into the area. Although it was then qualified to become a fourth class city, the residents rejected a move by Congressman Salipada Pendatun to convert General Santos into a city and to rename it Rajah Buayan.

Finally, on July 8, 1968, upon approval of Republic Act No. 5412, which was authored by then late Congressman James L. Chiongbian, the Municipality of General Santos was converted into a city while keeping its name. It was inaugurated on September 5 of that year. Antonio C. Acharon became its first city mayor. In 1988, two decades after its inauguration, it was declared as a highly urbanized city.

 

 

 

 

How To Get There?

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  - flag carrier
  • Cebu Pacific  - 2nd flag carrier - budget airline
  • Air Philippines  - budget airline
  • PAL Express  - budget airline (PAL subsidiary)

By boat

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

  • Super Ferry 
  • Negros Navigation 
  • Sulpicio Lines 


By bus

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Travel Tips

A group of islands between Luzon and Mindanao, surrounded by the Visayan Sea, the Visayas is a place for your dream vacation. Join island hopping adventures, swim on it's crystal clear waters, stroll on it's white sand beaches, explore the undersea world!

 



FESTIVAL IN THE REGION

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!


TRAVEL TIPS ON VALUABLES

Avoid bringing valuables. A decent watch and faux accessories (optional) are all you need. But in case you did bring some expensive jewellery, deposit them and your other valuables in the hotel safe (most major hotels provide them for free).

Make sure you make photocopies of your passport and tickets just in case you loose them. Keep the copies in separate locations - place them in deep pockets of your luggage.



It is a good idea to use a belt bag to put your money, passport and other valuables when on the road rather than a bag. And position it in front of your body and under your shirt if possible. Better yet, use a money belt and hide it under your clothing.

Never leave your bag and other valuables on the beach or at the poolside when swimming. It is a lot safer to leave them in your hotel room.

 


HEALTH TIPS

 Sometimes an apple a day just isn't enough... If you are travelling away from home, keeping healthy is a must. Find out about risks and preventative measures by selecting your nationality from the drop-down box below:

Philippine Travel Seasons

 



June to August is the typhoon season.Although the temperature is moderate and hotel rates are lower, it is not thebest time to travel specially if you intend to see the countryside or cross theislands by sea.


From March to May is summer time and is a good time to see theislands with clear skies and calm waters. You are also assured that no flightsor ferry boat trips will be cancelled due to typhoons. Although expect thetemperatures to occasionally reach 38 degrees centigrade.

 

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!

 


CEBU CITY: The Queen city of the south

It was in Cebu that Ferdinand Magellan first set foot in Philippine soil back in 1521. Even before the Spaniards came, trade with the Chinese already flourished in the province. Prosperity has continued, and today, Cebu City, known as the Queen City of the South, has become a thriving, highly urbanized center that comes second to Manila's bustling metropolis.



Only a few minutes away from the city are numerous white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and swaying palms, making Cebu a perfect destination for both business and leisure. Mactan Island is a coral island and famous scuba diving and beach site. It is also the site of the Export Processing Zone. Malapascua Island is endowed with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, and the west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The sleepy little market town of Moalboal was one of the first places where scuba diving caught on in the Philippines. From here, you can dive straight off Panagsama Beach, which is home to an extraordinary array of coral, anemones, sponges, and a swarming host of brightly colored reef fish.