With a total of population of 594446 people, General Santos or General Santos City as the locals know it, is a highly urbanized city in Soccsksargen, Philippine. This city is located on the southern Philippine, which is in Mindanao Island. It is one of the populated cities in Philippine. In the past, this city was named as Dadiangas. It is from the Ziziphus spina-christi tree which can be found in this city. At that time, the people who live in this city is called the B’laan. Now, General Santos is known as the center of industry and commerce for the Soccskargen region. It is one of the driest places to visit in Philippine.
The best time to fly to General Santos is during festival season as there will be more activities to partake in. General Santos is known for having one of the best Tuna in the world and hence it comes as no surprise that this city would celebrate the Tuna Festival. The Tuna Festival is a culinary event that showcases the many different dishes that can be made from Tuna. During the Tuna Festival, there are several contests and the biggest one is the cooking competition. The other highlights of the Tuna Festival are the parades, street dances and trade exhibits all centered on the sashimi-grade fish. Another well-known festival held in General Santos is the Kalilangan Festival. The Kalilangan Festival is the second biggest General Santos festival that has been celebrated for almost two decades. The Kalilangan Festival commemorates the foundation of this bustling city and it is an event organized by the local government in collaboration with civil society groups. During the Kalilangan Festival, there are several presentations prepared by the residents from different towns that showcase the history of General Santos from the time the first settlers arrived. The Kalilangan Festival also has several contests for the local community which includes dancing and singing competitions. After a day filled with abundance, a magnificent firework display light the night sky signaling the end of the Kalilangan Festival.
Laoag International Airport (LAO) - Laoag International Airport (LAO) is the main airport serving the general area of Laoag, the capital city of the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. It is the only airport in Ilocos Norte and is the northernmost international airport in the Philippines by geographical location. The airport is a popular charter destination for tourists from China. It has one 2,420-meter runway and is designated as a secondary/alternate international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.
General Santos International Airport (GES) - General Santos International Airport is the biggest airport in Mindanao Island. It is situated in Park New Hondagua, Uhaw, Barangay Fatima. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has given a pass on this airport as an International Airport. This airport receives millions of international and domestic flights. Among the airlines that operated in this airport are Philippine Airlines, Philippine Airlines by PAL Express and Cebu Pacific. The distance between this airport and the city is about 18.5 kilometers. For those who take a taxi, the taxi fare will be around PHP 243.66.
The climate in General Santos is hot and humid for all year round. However, rainfall can happen most of the year. By comparing other tourist destination from all over the world, the city has a mild temperature which the visitors can experience pleasant weather throughout their tour in this city. General Santos will receive the hottest period from March to May. In the middle of April is the hottest month ever in this city with a temperature of around 34.1 degrees Celsius. For those who want to travel during the windy period, from January to March will be the perfect month to visit. Therefore, the best time to visit General Santos is during the hot season. It is because the amount of rainfall is less and the visitors can go to many attraction places with hot and humid weather.