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Gensan Celebration

August 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gensan Celebration flyer. Woman in ethnic costumes doing traditional dance. Flyer is bright blue red and yellow.

The City of General Santos is famously known as the “Tuna” capital city of the Philippines abbreviated as GenSan. It is a first class highly urbanized city in the region of SocsksargenPhilippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 594,446 people.  Formerly known as Dadiangas, the city was named after General Paulino Santos, a former Commanding General of the Philippine Army and the settlement’s leading pioneer.

Located on the island of Mindanao, it is the southernmost and 15th most populous city in the Philippines. It is the regional center for commerce and industry of the Socsksargen region, and is geographically located within the province of South Cotabato but administered independently of it.

The home of Filipino professional boxer, media celebrity, and politician who became world-famous for winning boxing titles in more weight classes than any other boxer in history, Manny Pacquiao Sr. nicknamed “PacMan”.  Manny was born in Kibawe, Bukidnon the province of Mindanao.  He rose from abject poverty to the pinnacle of his sport, and he also eventually became a Senator as Representative of Sarangani.

The City of General Santos has signed up Sister Cities with countries such as Canberra, Australia; Jersey City, USA; Monterrey, Mexico and Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan. Locally, they have signed up Sister Cities with Quezon City, Iloilo City, Naga City and Camarines Sur, Cotabato City.   

SOCSKARGEN formerly known as Central Mindanao, is an administrative region of the Philippines, located in south-central Mindanao. It is numerically designated as Region XII. The name is an acronym that stands for the region’s four provinces and one highly urbanized city (South CotabatoSultan KudaratSarangani and General Santos). The regional center is in Koronadal located in the province of South Cotabato, and the center of commerce and industry is General Santos, which is the most populous city in the region.

In 2018, Socsksargen USA Inc. was officially established. What was once a simple gathering of “kababayans” (folks originated from same place) from Southern tip of Philippine Island gave rise to an organization whose members were bounded by common ideals of cooperation, unity amidst diversity, equality, and the strive for excellence. The love in our hearts for our heritage and uphold the value of our traditions are our inspirations in sharing to the world the richness and beauty of our colorful culture.

 With hard work, dedication, generosity of our members and guidance from our elder leaders, we are proud to share some of our relevant accomplishments. The planning and coordination with local General Santos City Tourism for our initial project with  Arise Mindanao proponents, Dalsaka Foundationwhich stands for Dalan sa Kalambuan (Road to Progress) Mindanao, gave way to the birthing process of the Sisterhood between General Santos City and Jersey City. Kudos to Darlene Borromeo and Cora Tito (former General Santos City tourism Officer), the Jersey  City Officials led by Mayor Fulop and then Council President Rolando Lavarro for Jersey City and the officials of General Santos City led by then Vice Mayor Shirlyn Banas .

The upcoming projects are: to network with other Mindanao regional organizations and push for an umbrella organization for Mindanao. In 2022, International Convention with Business Matching components and promotion of culture and arts; collaborate with Jersey City for a bigger celebration, festive ambience for  next year’s Tuna Festival in celebration of  Sisterhood and foundation anniversary;  cultural exhibit and presentation in New York City.


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August 21, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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