By Dairen Culubong
When you hear General Santos City what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Most people think that Gensan is the hometown of our Sen. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, and it was better known because of him, but this place has a deeper and fascinating story. General Santos is one of the Highly Urbanized cities in the Philippines located on the island of Mindanao. This place can give comfort and calmness because of its beauty.
Tuna Capital of the Philippines
General Santos City is the largest producer of sashimi-grade tuna in the Philippines. Thus, as early as 1970, it was nicknamed “Tuna Capital of the Philippines”. GenSan also accounts for the second-largest daily total catch of fish in the country after Navotas in the National Capital Region.
Tuna festival has been held annually in General Santos City since 1998. The colorful festival is traditionally held in the first week of September, and it’s the time when everything tuna is celebrated. Which makes perfect sense, for the largest producer of sashimi-grade tuna in the country.
FAMOUS TOURIST SPOT
Queen Tuna Park
Formerly known as Lion’s Beach, the Queen Tuna Park in General Santos City, it is regularly visited by locals and domestic tourists because of the large waves coming from the Celebes Sea and the nice breeze and cool air which can be experienced in the place.
One of the most popular spots in Gen San is the Sanchez Peak. It is considered to be the highest point in the city (243.84 meters above sea level) and is located in the boundary of Barangays Conel and Olympog of Gen San. Sanchez Peak offers you a panoramic view of the city and the nearby deep green mountains of Mt. Matumtum and Mt. Parker as well as Sarangani Bay.
Start with the traditional Tuna Kinilaw, a local version of ceviche, with fresh and clean flavors of premium tuna highlighted by chili and vinegar. The raw tuna is slowly cooked by the vinegar, and the color transforms from a deep red to pale orange. The simple dish is just bursting with pure flavor, with the tuna’s subtle briny sweetness kicked up by the sharp notes of the vinegar and chili.
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