Plaza Heneral Santos


One of the best places to spend an early morning or afternoon stroll in General Santos is at the newly developed Plaza Heneral Santos (Filipino) or General Santos Plaza (English). It is strategically located along Pendatun Avenue, near the City Hall and other different establishments including Schools, Church and Hotels.

Considered as one of the busiest parks in General Santos, this P34 million Plaza Heneral Santos was unveiled to the public on September 4, 2009. On the night of the inauguration of the park, General Santos City Mayor Jun Acharon, Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio and First Lady Rose Acharon switched on the ceremonial button to signal the synchronized illumination of all the park’s lamp posts.

Plaza Heneral Santos

Plaza Heneral Santos

Pond

Pond

Developed by Dellosa Design Builders, Inc, Plaza Heneral Santos is placed on a 4.8 hectare land owned by the government. People from different walks of life can enjoy the park day and night – as long as they follow the basic park rules such as no littering, no vandalizing, etc.

Inside the Plaza Heneral Santos

Inside the Plaza Heneral Santos

Mark at Plaza Heneral Santos

Mark at Plaza Heneral Santos

General Paulino Santos Shrine

General Paulino Santos Shrine

General Paulino Santos Shrine

The General Paulino Santos Shrine can be found inside the Plaza Heneral Santos. The City got its name from this brave and talented General born on June 22, 1890 in Camiling, Tarlac and died on August 29, 1945 in Kiangan, Mt. Province. General Santos (the person) is the son of Remigio Santos and Rosa Torres. He graduated as a Valedictorian in the Military Academy of the Philippines in 1914. As a Governor, he improved the education, agriculture and communication in Lanao. He became a Jail Director and developed the Davao Penal Colony and responsively moved the New Bilibid Prison to Muntinlupa. He became the First Commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and made six conferences in South Cotabato. For all of his achievements in the Mindanao Area, Buayan (formerly Dadiangas) changed its name to General Santos and later on it became a City. The remains of General Paulino Santos and his wife Elisa Santos, who died in October 25, 1975, were placed inside the monument.

General Paulino Santos Marker

General Paulino Santos Marker

Remains of General Santos and Wife

Remains of General Santos and Wife

How to get there

From the General Santos International Airport, take a taxi (P300) or single motorcycle (P150) going to Plaza Heneral Santos, near the City Hall. Tricycles (P10) ply the streets and they can take any route you want. It is about 800 meters northwest of Queen Tuna Park; so walking is a good choice if the weather is fine – and it’s healthy too.

Dadiangas Shrub

Dadiangas Shrub

General Santos City Hall

General Santos City Hall

General Santos

General Santos

Jose Rizal Statue

Jose Rizal Statue

Magandang GenSan Logo

Magandang GenSan Logo

Nearby Sydney Hotel

Nearby Sydney Hotel

One of the many lamp posts

One of the many lamp posts

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

Pond and Bridges

Pond and Bridges

Shade and Benches

Shade and Benches

Stones as Walkway

Stones as Walkway

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  1. louella capitulo says:

    Sir Mark, thanxlot 4 ds rich info re General Santos City, only thru ur posts i learn dat d city is named from another really brave hero born here in my province — am from Tarlac City proper… & Sir, d hero’s town is Camiling (located in d western part of Tarlac), not Camalig, as erroneously printed in d description under d hero’s shrine-foto… i hope i get d chance to also visit Gen-San… nice b/w foto, Sir ;-)

  2. exie phillip says:

    this is the first place i visited in gensan the first time i went there, this place is amazing at night! its nice to see these mark, good job!

  3. ahgarcera says:

    whaaa wla pah akoh blogpost about our beloved Plaza Heneral Santos, nsa bucket list of to be posted pah… hehehehe :)

    I usually to my jogging routine here :)

  4. louella capitulo says:

    Sir Mark… juz wana THANK YOU again for ds really helpful Travel Guide re GenSan… i got d chance to travel there 1st-wk of October ds year… & i did stay at Sydney Hotel where i had a 5th-F room with city-view veranda… though Plaza Heneral Santos was undergoing some minor construction-work facing the hotel, still i enjoyed the over-all view as i could see church-tower… one scary eye-sore i observed about the city was the street-children roaming when one evening i walked from the hotel to a local Phamacy to go buy some personals… quite a long flight & airport quite far from city-proper but i still would wana go back to GenSan with my kids, i hope… btw, how come i don’t receive anymore any of your travel updates… please keep including me in your subscribers’ list, Sir… i wish you More Ble$$ing$ for your family, Sir Mark…

  5. chen says:

    hai sir mark,

    so nice talaga sa picture na gi post mo..
    na miss ko tuloy ang gensan.

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