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The Tuna Capital of the Philippines wouldn't be tagged as such without its bragging rights of having the biggest catch of the famous fish. General Santos City, however, still goes outside the box with its arrays of offerings.
The city has given birth to many famous local icons, most popular of which is no less than world-famous boxing champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao. A day tour would be recommendable to explore the beauty of this bustling southern Philippines city. It's best to continue the trip by exploring other SOCCSKSARGEN region such as South Cotabato,Sultan Kudarat, and Saranggani.
To see the real deal about the city's famous tuna, visit the Tuna Fish Port early at dawn. General Santos is lucky to have one of the most modern fishing ports in the country. The catch here are surefire export quality. Tunas as heavy as 100 kilos are common sights here in General Santos.
Many local airlines offer cheap flights to General Santos City. You can get access from major cities such as Manila and Cebu. It's also worth to wait for promos from international airlines. Further maximize your cheap flights to General Santos City by dropping by the Pacquiao Mansion. Ride a cab or habal-habal (motorcyle) and tell the driver to take you to Pacquiao's house. Many tourists take their souvenir photo at the gates of the mansion. If their lucky enough, the famous boxer might even oblige for a photo op.
Drop by the Plaza Heneral to try the famous Filipino street foods. At night, the plaza is filled with skaters, break dancers and bike riders. The lively night scene is the perfect backdrop for enjoying delicious street food selections.
Don't leave General Santos without trying the durian cheesecake at Blugre's coffee. Durian is a local fruit that has a pungent smell on the outside but has a really sweet meat.
There are many budget hotels in General Santos City to choose from. Backpacker rooms are available at the Residencia Heneral Travelers Inn at less than Php500 for an AC room. There are also business-class hotels for those looking for sheer comfort and luxury.
The key to enjoying General Santos is to be open to many possible adventures. Aside from the city's main offerings, it's also recommendable to use its strategic location to visit the neighboring cities.