Today, September 5, 2008 marks the 40th Anniversary of the charterhood of General Santos City. It also serves as the culmination of the week-long !0th Tuna Festival which honors the industry that has placed this city of over a million people in the map.
Indeed, despite its young age, GenSan has achieved more than what any other city on the same league has. Three times it was hailed as MOST COMPETITIVE MID-SIZED CITY, Cleanest City in the Philippines, and a lot more. It has also been known as the Wellspring of Winners having produced sons and daughters who have gained prominence all over the country and all over the world in their own fields of endeavor. As the DTI 12 slogan says, “Galing ng Gensan, Galing ng Gensan”.
Let me then leave everyone with these few pictures I took this morning at the opening of the activities for the culmination of the 10th Tuna Festival. It’s Bariles Republic’s way of saying, “HAPPY 10THE TUNA FESTIVAL EVERYONE!”.
Mabuhay ang mga generals! 🙂
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@jm_21052000 – hindi yun inedit sa lens yan parang malayo ang dating focus niya ung sydney hotel..akala mo inalis ung statue…
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Happy 10th Tuna Festival!
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ang masasabi ko lang – wag nating kalimutan ang nakaraan pero wag naman nating gawing hadlang ang mga nangyari noon para sa mga desisyong ginagawa natin ngayon. simple lang masasabi ko… call me a general anytime. am proud of it. keber ang kung anik anik na colonial mentality chuva dyan. symantics lang yan. ang importante — ang pagkatao natin ngayon. kung positibo ang dating mo… mas maige. kung negatibo — umayos ka at wag kang magtago sa pangalang hindi iyo dahil mas malala pa tayo sa mga pinupuna natin kung tayo mismo ay nagtatago sa sariling aparador natin. yun lang. HAPPY CHARTER ANNIVERSARY, GENSAN!
mr. avel, ano po coming events sa gensan after the tuna festival? 🙂
Congrats are in order for the men and women behind the tuna festival who braved the scorching heat and pouring rains that attended the celebration.
However, there are disturbing phrases and remarks oft repeated during the last few years of tunafest as well as kalilangan celebrations. And this collective identification of residents of the city as “generals” is I suppose the most stupid thing to come out in this part of the world.
The word “general” in reference to residents here bespeaks of sore lack of history and of our local leaders who appear to relish the description.
It also betray the colonial mentality of whoever coined the word and exposed the conquistador character of those who took advantage of the so-called resettlement policy of past Philippine governmnets.
Perhaps it is time to review the city’s past and critically study the man from whose name this place was named after.
This is not to antagonize the heirs of the late General Paulino Santos whose sons and daughters, grandchildren and great grand children have lived lives worthy of emulating.
But what role exactly did the general played during the Japanese occupation period and how did he conduct himself in bringing the settlers here and opened this part of the then undivided Cotabato empire.
For the sake of the memory of the late general, please stop naming residents here as one.
Avel, narepair na ba yung dulo ng index finger (yung nakaturo sa sirang watch tower) ng statue ni general santos? malapit na kasi yung ma-amputate eh. 🙂
happy 40th charter anniversary generals!
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Mr. avel, bakit po mukhang inedit yung 2nd pcture? @_@
nice one… 🙂 happy 10th tuna festival to all generals! i’m proud of being one! 🙂
Happy 40th Charter Anniversary, General Santos City… 😀
Happy Tuna Fest.. painom ka naman, sir avel.. Ahehe!
Happy 10th Tuna Festival General Santos City!! 🙂
Thank you so much Mr. Bariles!! god bless you. 🙂