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.



The average temperature in the city is 28 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 36°C. There are only two seasons: the wet season starts in June and continues to October, the dry season then carries on to May. General Santos 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 Tagalog is spoken as the National Language. English is also widely used.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

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.

Cebu Pacific airlines also has flights to from General Santos to Iloilo 4 times per week

By boat[edit]

GenSan Seaport no longer has ferry trips to and from Manila, Zamboanga, or Iloilo. To get a ferry you need to travel to Cagayan de oro or Iligan city ports.

By bus[edit]

There are also Vans going To and from Glan 57kms. for p80. takes one hour. The Van Terminal is next to the KCC mall. there are also big Jeppneys going from Lagao Market going to Glan.

the a/c bus fare from General santos to Koronadal is p95 and takes 1.5 hours. the non air Holiday bus lines or Yellow bus lines fare from General Santos to Davao is p170. takes up to 4 hours. the Holiday bus lines air.con one stop bus from Gensan to Davao is p190. takes 3 hours. the Yellow bus lines Non stop fare from Gensan to Davao is p300 has a c.r. takes 2.5 hours.

there are 5 buses a day from General Santos going to Cagayan de oro the last one departs at 7am. the bus fare from General Santos to Valencia Bukidnon is p500 and the trip takes 7 hours. after 7am you can take a bus to CDO by going frist too Tacurong city. there are many buses from Tacurong going to Bukidnon and CDO.

Get around[edit]

Jeepneys, multi cabs and tricycles p8. are the main modes of transportation within the city. White air-conditioned taxis, with meters installed, are also available.


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


  • 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)


  • Fitmart GensanDowntown Proper, Roxas West.
  • Gaisano Mall of GensanJ. Catolico St., Lagao beside SOCOTECO II-Gensan.
  • KCC Mall of GensanJ. Catolico St., Lagao GSC.
  • Robinsons Place GensanBula - Lagao Road, Lagao GSC.
  • SM City General SantosSantiago Blvd., Lagao GSC.
  • Pure Gold supermarket. Jose catolico avenue.


  • Pahayahay Restobar (love all feed all) (located along J. Catolico between Petron and Phoenix gas stations.),  +63 83-5520187. good music, great food, reggae feel, 24 hours open
  • 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.
  • Sarangani HighlandsTambler, General Santos City.
  • FagioliPetron 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. bring along your laptop as the whole place is WI-FI enabled.
  • Chicken HauzSouth 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 KainanNational Highway, General Santos City.
  • Paseo del SolNational Highway, General Santos City.
  • RancheroNational Highway, General Santos City.
  • La VerandaNational Highway, General Santos City.
  • Grab-A-CrabLaurel East Ave., General Santos City.
  • Orange BistroJose Catolico Ave., Lagao, General Santos City.
  • Casa GoatanBulaong Subdivision, General Santos City 5524199.
  • KCC mall of Gensan Merienda BuffetKcc mall. J catolico street (lower ground floor fronting kcc supermarket). 2pm-6pm. the best all you can eat deal in Gensan at this time. p79.


  • 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.
  • Goldenstate College Cafeteria, Bakeshoppe and Catering ServicePioneer ave corner Acharon boulevard general santos city 554 5545. food center,bakery,bakeshoppe,and catering service
  • Rolands Steak HouseJose 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 MarketGeneral Santos City. Good Seafood and tuna
  • Janna's Inasal de CebuNational Highway, General Santos City. The best tasting lechon in town
  • Tatay Pepe's Restobaralong Laurel East Street (in front of Bayantel Office),  3022555. 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…
  • Marasa Grill#41 Kadulasan St., General Santos City (near Lea's Pension),  +63 83 552-4628. 7AM-3PM. Marasa Grill serves lutong bahay and grilled meat and seafood. It also accepts catering for all occasions. It is open for breakfast and lunch. Php49-120.
  • Blugre CoffeeJMP Bldg, S. Osmena Street (2 blocks East of Municipal Hall). 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.
  • Big Ben'sRobinson's Mall. Known for delicious steak, there are also many local options of good Filipino food. A very nice atmosphere with warm service.
  • Pahayahay Restobar (love all feed all) (located along J. Catolico between Petron and Phoenix gas stations),  +63 83-5520187. good music, great food, reggae feel, 24 hours open


  • East Asia Royale HotelNational Highway, General Santos City. p4600.
  • Family Country HotelDBP Compound, General Santos City. p1050.
  • Sydney HotelPendatun Ave., General Santos City, aldrin. 1340/2000.
  • Phela Grande HotelPres. Quezon Ave., General Santos City.
  • Sun City SuitesNational Highway beside East Asia Royale Hotel.
  • MLoft Business HotelSalvani St. Gen. Santos City, (Between Aparente and Mabuhay Rd.) +63 83-5543833, e-mail: . hotel in a quiet but accessible location, provides ample parking, wheel-chair friendly. 1500- 1850).
  • Leas Pension HouseChampaca and Rambutan Streets 3010055. has a total of 40 rooms. small Single fan rooms with own bathroom. Single A/C rooms with own bathroom. A/C double rooms with own bathroom. all rooms have cable TV. php450/575/650.
  • Matutum HotelP Acharon boulevard. +63 83-552-4901. and a/c rooms with own bathrooms. php300/650.
  • DSWD DormitoryRoxas east aveune.. fan dorm beds php200.
  • Uccp christian center32 munasque street +63 83-301-9181. fan dorm beds. p120.
  • Jeds HavenRambutan street +63 83-301-0282. a/c single/double rooms with own bathrooms and Cable tv. p480/545.
  • Limelily Pension60 sampaguita street Purok Bagong silang (700m from Makar wharf. Labangal),  +63 83-5542027, +63 9228212750. small fan and a/c double rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. p450/550.
  • Residencia Heneral Travelers Inn.R D Bldg Pioneer avenue. 083-5521125 or 09228420103. not so clean fan double rooms with out side bathroom. a/c double outside bathroom. all rooms are good for two persons. Free WIFI. p300/400.
  • Princefield Express Inn.Marcos Avenue. 09285213986 or 5522258. a/c double rooms with cable TV and own bathroom 12/24 hours. p250/500.
  • La Mirada Travelers InnPukok 19 National highway San Vicente Lagao (500m from Lagao public market),  09494098593. big very clean a/c double rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. has free WiFI in all rooms. sells breakfasts and drinks. p450..
  • Renshani Inn.puork 19 National highway san vicente Lagao (400m from Lagao Public market),  09985402524. fan double rooms with own bathrooms and TV. a/c double rooms with own bathroom and Cable TV. all rooms have Free WIFI. has nice garden. p350/450.
  • Kalilangan travellers innRagah moda bula GSC (next to the coca cola bottling Bula.),  3025178. a/c double rooms with own bathrooms . p450.
  • Dolores hotelSantiago boulevard, (next to main market),  083-5524139 or 09175214659. single non air. standard room. p350/750.
  • Green Bee square Innpapaya street (near Pioneer ave.),  083-5543766. a/c double room with own bathroom and cable TV. has nice garden to sit in. p600.

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Davao city is a 3-hour bus ride.

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