General Santos International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Heneral Santos, Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Heneral Santos, Hiligaynon: Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Heneral Santos) (IATA: GES, ICAO: RPMR) is an alternate international airport located in General Santos City, Philippines serving the greater area of SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII). Situated in Barangay Fatima, the airport is the largest airport in the island of Mindanao and is officially classified an International Airport by theCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), a government bureau which is responsible in the management and operations of General Santos International Airport and all other airports in the country except regular international airports.
Inaugurated on 6 July 1996 in time to serve the influx of visitors, athletes and participants coming in from different parts of the country who were taking part in the 42nd annual Palarong Pambansa (National Games) that was held in South Cotabato, Sarangani Provinceand General Santos City (SOCSARGEN) area at that time. Since then, the new airport immediately replaced the old and smaller Buayan Airport in Barangay Buayan, which is now converted into an air station for the use of The Philippine Air Force and renamed it “Rajah Buayan Air Station”. Though new, wider and much modern, General Santos International Airport nevertheless retained its oldIATA airport code (GES) from the old Buayan Airport.
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PLAZA, GENERAL SANTOS CITY
This is Pioneer Avenue at night. The main street of General Santos City. On the right is one of its better hotels, the Sydney Hotel. This is among the very few busiest streets. At daytime, this is flooded with Tricycles, GenSan’s primary mode of transportation- in all colors and make.
Going further is an intersection where there is one of the only 3 traffic lights installed in all of GenSan.
We’re a small town, what did we tell you?! Home to about 500,000 Gensanians as we call ourselves. Despite that we’re the Tuna capital and considered the most competetive city in the Philippines.
General Santos City Park (Plaza Heneral Santos)
One of the best place to spend your morning or take a rest in the middle of General Santos City is their City Park known as Plaza Heneral Santos. Opened to public on September 2009, it is one of the favorite hangout place for Generals of different ages.
Located at Pendatun Avenue and fronting Pioneer Avenue, Plaza Heneral Santos is surrounded with important establishments, City Hall, schools, hotel, resto and shopping center making it convenient to students and worker to unwind after a very busy day.
One of the highlight of the plaza is the water fall lagoon in the center, with 3 small fountains inside the man-made lagoon and the water is swarmed with colorful coy fish. Grass beautifully grown carpets the entire area although its a little bit hot between 10:00am – 2:00pm because seats are totally exposed to sunlight.
The best time to hangout with your friends is during nighttime where fresh air coming from Sarangani bay cools the area , lighting fixtures are magnificent, colorful and well-themed. Music lingers the air the entire day, speaker box are mounted surrounding the entire area. Safety is not an issue, you can see security personnel almost every corner of the place.
Internet cafe to coffee shop to bank access is just a steps away, fronting the park is Sydney Hotel with BDO located at the First floor and a bar at roof top. Nearest money transfer establishments are RD pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuiller and MLhuillier. Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish Church located also fronting the left side of the park, so you can spend your afternoon after attending Holy Mass.
At night the streets surrounding the plaza will come to life, presence of street food stalls and vendors offering Kikiam to Fish balls down to yellow corn. Asian Tounge and Chicken Haus are the nearest decent restaurant to eat, there are also several photo studio to choose from when yo want express photo processing.
Almost all of Government offices are also located near the plaza, City Hall back-dropping the area and several Gov’t establishments such as City Vet. Office, Office of Muslim Affairs, LTO, LRA and Red Cross are located behind the City Hall.
Night is not boring, disco bars and night club are also a couple of steps away from the plaza, Hipnose is among of them.
So when you get to GenSan, visit and have a peaceful place to stroll in Plaza Heneral Santos, where you are surrounded by everything!