Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The "Plaza Heneral Santos"

"Magandang Gensan" click to enlarge
Sometimes curiosity and peculiarity drive us to explore more and more, especially when we are stranger  to a certain place, just to get accustomed.

On Saturday night of April 21, I had a little amount of sleep at Dolores Hotel, of only 5 hours. But that was way better off than that of Friday night, which I had only 3 hours of sleep, nevertheless was saved by an armrest.

At first, I had in mind to take the early dawn bus in going home via Davao route,  but a quick shift of decision was made because of  curiosity. Curiosity drove me to visit the core of General Santos City, which is the Plaza Heneral Santos.

Brick Surface Wide Sidewalk
click to enlarge
I woke up at 5 am,  and went straight ahead to a 24 hour food chain, located along the PAN Highway or the National Highway. 

The dawn broke away, just to welcome a new day when the sun rose at aroundt 6:00 am. I took the local means of transportation, the new breed of tricylcle with unique style I've seen here in Mindanao, brought me near the Notre Dame of Dadiangas. 
Notre Dame of Dadiangas
click to enlarge

From there, I leisurely walked along its brick surface wide sidewalk of Roxas Avenue, linking to the Plaza Heneral Santos and the 4-lane Pioneer Avenue, while taking some images confidently.

I know that everywhere we go, we must be sensible and responsible being as a traveler, especially if we are new in a certain place. But when I say, I took some images along my way to the Plaza, confidently, that means, I'm at ease with the place. 

The Ground blended with trees
click to enlarge
I live in Mindanao. I heard a lot of news about this place before. Unpleasant news such as for example, bombing and war zone. Especially if we attach the name South Cotabato, or in Pilipino, Timog Cotabato. We heard the song entitled "Cotabato" of the Band Group named "Asin". I always played that song in my guitar when I was young and I can even felt every beat of its lyrics until now. 

But the song and the news about South Cotabato never stops me. My eagerness, curiosity and peculiarity to see the other side of this region, drove me to really want to see the place. That when I set foot in the morning of Saturday, it proved me wrong, it really, really proved me wrong. 

The Tomb (with black tablet) and
the Signage of  the
Great General Paulino Santos,
the great pioneer, whose City
was named after him
The City of General Santos or Gensan for short,  really amazed me and the tag line "Magandang Gensan" or Maganda ang Gensan, really proved what she really is now. My sleepless nights and a tiresome travel on a standing mode for five hours in going to this place was rewarded with a "Wow Gensan".    

General Santos was formerly named as Dadiangas. The term Dadiangas is named after the Blaan People, who were identified as the  original and the  first settlers

As tribute to the great pioneer, the Municipality of Buayan (formerly Dadiangas)  was named after the great General Paulino Santos. He was born from Camiling, Tarlac, in June 22, 1890, led the 62 Christian settlers from Luzon to the shore of Sarangani Bay on board a steam ship "Basilan". Became Governor and led the development, improved the  Educational, Agricultural and Communication System in Lagao. 

Lagao was also considered by historians as the first settlement site.
I continue my relax and leisurely walk until finally reached the City Hall of Gensan. It is located only within the Plaza. The site before my eyes never tired me to at least savor the beauty of the surroundings of an urbanized city of the Southern Philippines, yet so unpolluted with clean environment.
Before I finally bade good bye to "Magandang Gensan", as a Christian Catholic, it is our customary practice to visit a church before  leaving the place to pray for a good voyage. I was stunned, that when I saw the Church's name, timely before leaving----Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish Church.

It was Sunday and I was late in hearing the mass. What I did only was a "Church Visit" or Visita Iglesia. I got out ahead of other church goers and wave a tricycle to bring me to the Bulaong Terminal. And when my butt finally rested on the cushion of the bus' chair, I know, that my perspective about the negative image of South Cotabato and General Santos City, as a whole, have changed totally to a positive one.

If asked to return to this gorgeous City? Yes, definitely I WILL go back.

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Tuna Country Series

6 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. Magandang GenSan!

    Am glad you liked our City by the Bay. On your next visit, make sure to drop by the GenSan Fishport where all the giant tuna are unloaded. And yes, have your photo taken with Manny Pacquiao, or Mommy Dionisia.

    That sweetens your journey even more.

    Daghang salamat!

  2. Daghang Salamat pud kuya avel. :-).

  3. Sarap mag jogging dito bro:) fresh air and clean environment. Truly, Magandang Gen.San!

  4. Truly Magandang Gensan Talaga bro...Sarap mag jogging under the trees.

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