General Santos

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. Tagalog and English are spoken as the National Language.

Get in

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.

By boat

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

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 Rural Transit 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

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.


Several fiestas or festivals are also celebrated in General Santos. Among these festivals are:



Shopping Malls & Supermarkets


Tuna is widely available in the city and is a part of the local cuisine along with a lot of other fresh seafood. Popular dishes include grilled tuna belly dipped in soy sauce with onions and chili, and Sinuglaw that comprises grilled meat mixed with Kinilaw (Filipino vinegar-based ceviche), while fried banana and turón is made from fresh local bananas. A wide range of dining establishments have popped up elsewhere in the city offering local and foreign cuisine.



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Go next

Davao city is a 3-hour bus ride.

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