General Santos City, known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines and the Home of the Generals, is currently celebrating Tuna Festival 2013! This Mindanao festival, the 15th Tuna Festival, is in celebration of the 45th Charter Anniversary of General Santos City. This year, the festivities started last August 15, 2013 and will last until September 15, 2013.
GenSan, led by its Mayor Ronnel Rivera, is home to 6 of the country’s 7 tuna canning factories. Lots of metric tons of tuna, including first grade or “sashimi grade” tuna, land on the famous GenSan Fish Port every single day. In 2012, a total of 139,613 metric tons of fish were landed at the General Santos Fish Port. Those tuna then get sent out not only to domestic customers but to foreign markets as well. The tuna industry sure is the strongest employment driving force in that part of Mindanao.
GenSan Tuna Festival 2013 schedule of activities: (please click on the image for a larger view)
There are direct flights to General Santos City from Manila. Flight time is about an hour and a half.
Pasalubong ideas? I recommend tuna skin chicharon, fresh tuna (but of course!) and Sarangani Bay boneless bangus.
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