Admit it. When people say “GenSan”, you immediately conjure up an image of a huge tuna and Manny Pacquiao. Hopefully, not together in one image but we’ll leave that up to you. However, there’s more to the island than its biggest export and the champion boxer-turned-politician. Here are 6 things to do when you’re in and around GenSan!
1. CHECK OUT THE ACTION AT THE FISH PORT
General Santos City has been dubbed “The Tuna Capital of the Philippines” since the 70s. According to Asian Correspondent, the Guinness Book of World Records officially recognized GenSan’s simultaneous display of 25,594.49 kilos (56,426 lb oz) of fresh yellow fin tuna as the world’s largest fish display in 2014. Now, that’s a lot of fish!
No self-respecting sashimi-lover should let this pass! Head over to The General Santos Fish Port Complex in Baranggay Tambler and see more fish that you’ve probably ever imagined you would set eyes on.
GenSan also celebrates the Tuna Festival every 1st week of September so be sure to catch it!
2. FEAST ON SEAFOOD
If visiting the Fish Port gave you a hankering for seafood, Tiongson Arcade on Tiongson Street is the cheap and cheerful answer you’re looking for. Loosen your belt buckle and order inihaw, “turo-turo” style. Their best-seller shouldn’t come as a surprise – Tuna Belly and Tuna Panga. If Inihaw is not your style? Choose any meat and have it cooked to your liking!
Still don’t know what to order? Read up on what people on TripAdvisor have to say about the best food in GenSan.
3. HAVE A TASTE OF BALBACUA
Food is something that makes Filipino culture special, and GenSan is no exception. If you think the city is only known for tuna, think again. The city is also home to a dish called “Balbacua”. Think Bulalo but instead of meat, it has beef skin in a special broth.
Head over to the famous Aweng’s Balbacuahan, National Highway, Baranggay Calumpang and see why the tourists keep coming back for more.
4. VISIT THE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION
GenSan is located within the Province of South Cotabato. Apart from a booming fishing industry, the city is also engaged in agriculture. It is blessed with rich volcanic soil and ample rainfall throughout the year, making it an ideal location to grow export-quality crops like pineapples.
Make an appointment at the Dole Plantation, Cannery Road, 9504, Polomok, South Cotobato and experience some truly local landmarks.
5. SOAK UP SOME SUN AND CULTURE IN LAKE SEBU
Lake Sebu is a 90-minute travel from the city and is one of the most visited destinations in South Cotabato. It boasts beautiful lakes, majestic waterfalls, zip-line adventures and its T’nalak-weaving, T’boli Tribe.
6. WORK OUT IN PACMAN’S GYM
Fine. When in GenSan, one must visit Pacman. We can’t discount the People’s Champ’s contribution to putting GenSan and the whole Philippines on the map. After all, he is #4 in BoxRec’s ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.
Swing by the Pacman Wildcard Gym in San Miguel Street to see where the legend prepares for his fights with esteemed boxing coach Freddie Roach.
GenSan is accessible by air, through the General Santos International Airport. Local carrier Philippine Airlines has daily flights from Manila to Gen San, which means you can get to some of country’s most beautiful islands without breaking the bank.
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