Bariles had the good fortune of entering the 8-hectare property of the Gokongwei’s along the Lagao National Highway two weeks ago when the group of Engineer Mark Reyes from the City Engineer’s Office conducted a meeting with the contractors inside their makeshift office to discuss matters pertaining to the construction of the upcoming GenSan Mall, Robinsons Place General Santos.
OIC City Engineer Mark Reyes (in red) in a meeting with the engineers of Robinsons Land Corporation to discuss drainage and other concerns. Together with him are his staff Engrs. Ronel Cartojano, and Mylene Gecosala, Chief of Staff of the City Mayor’s Office Ernie Quisay and Engr. Marilou Tan.
From that meeting, I learned that barring any unforeseen circumstance beyond control, the Robinsons Place GenSan has been scheduled to open September 2009, which is less than four months away. I almost fell off my seat upon learning that, so excited at the prospect of watching movies in a whole new setting and doing window shopping in a completely different surrounding.
And judging from their 24/7 non-stop work on the mall, they will surely open on schedule.
Here are the photos of ongoing construction of the Robinsons Place General Santos, for your viewing pleasure….
paki send naman sa email ko firstname.lastname@example.org!! salamat
kailan ba ang next hiring ng robinsons?? para maka apply naman ako!! hehehehehe eh post ba yan d2 mga dude?
hehehehe,,,,sir pison lisod kaayu ang researh paper pero kayahon na lang…hehehe bribe lang ako………hehehehehehe unta naa na poy mall sa polomolok ,,,,,,naa lage sm of polomolok man pud,,,,,, heheheheheheheheheheh unta ma city na ang polomolok paramapareha pod sa gensan na unlad na kaayu
marks your calendar………eveyone……….
wow………my favorite mall like Sm………………..yes yhooooooooooooooooo.
ay salamat hapit na ang open………………countdown starts now………………dugaya open uy september pa mamatay na mo ana gusko hahay….. pwede pabigay ng pick lastest plz (S.email@example.com) email add ko thankz………………….
can anybody put new pics of upcoming robinson’s please……………..latest pics,thanks
i am so xcited to see mall of robinson,and im always looking for this blog,to get updated for gensan,i am living there too,its perfect for my vacation next yr,cant wait to see gensan again,no place like home philippines,than here in states!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
parang hindi pa ata kaya this june ang robinson ehhh… ako nag aabang nga ako kc excited na ako….
Ahhhmmm….. Daghan jud ang CHIK’s nga maglaag vah…..
Hehehehe•••••• magkita lang tah didto hah!!•••••
hello guyz. ask lang ako? hiring pa ba ang ROBINSON? pls give me the info if where? tnx… 😀
malapit na akong umuwi,timing sa open ng robinsons place…enjoy na naman ang tsekiting ko sa shopping at lalo na ang kumander ko, tayo na gensan…
napadaan uli ako sa site ng robinsons, talagang malapit na siya… galing-galing ! ^^
^^Reading the responses of different Generals makes me proud of being a native of this place. Mga diehard gyud ta tanan sa atong mother city… 🙂
thumbs up for GENSAN! 😀
you can freely check other categories of this site for you to be able to know other hotels and restaurants here. this site is very informative, i must say. and about the bombing issue, i wonder, kung hindi safe ang GenSan, ang Manila ba, hindi rin ba safe? also Davao? and any other place? i don’t think there’s a safe place left here in the world. but, i can say, sa almost 19 years ko na stay dito sa GenSan, eh buhay pa naman ako, with complete body parts. hehe. 😀
Welcome to GenSan! balik-balik ka. nag-enjoi ka rin naman eh. Sa mga napuntahan niyo, wala pa ata yan nkakalahati sa ganda ng GenSan. 😀
@Manoy Avel, with ur permishen, let me daysik the comments of Inday Yvon Thea:
“I think this one is bigger than the one they are constructing in Davao” – So inggit kayo no? ajejeje
“Had the chance to visit your place for two days. We stayed at Isla Parilla and Family Country Hotel because they have swimming pools. Can you recommend other hotels and resorts that have a pool?” – Nagpakahugaw-hugaw mo sa Davao City, tapos dri mo maglogod sa inyong libag? O mahal ba magswimming sa pools sa davao mao ng nahangol mo? ajejeje
How about a Chinese restaurant? – sa 2 days stay nyo dri, swimming pools lang inyong gisuroy? Kaduol ra sa family country hotel ang KCC kung asa may Mandarin resto og ang casa luisa kung asa makaorder kag sari-saring tsaynis disheses! Sa kadugay ninyo sa pool (2 days), nahimong falikfik ba inyong mga tiil mao ng naglisod mog suroy sa palibot? ajejeje
“Is the city really safe? We’ve been hearing a lot about bombings in your city that is why I was first hesitant to go.” – Ngano sa Davao City ninyo, walay bombings? Di ba vital installations nga airport og wharf pa gyud ang nabombahan diha? Di ba makalilisang mosakay og erflen og barko diha? Kung nasuko ka sa rural bank of subang daku kay wala gibalik inyong kwarta (http://www.xerkel.com/2009/03/update-rural-bank-of-darbci.html), ayaw i-apil ang gensan!
“But I had no choice. I have an important matter to attend in your city.” – Maski Lady’s Choose, wala gyud ka, mao ng pikit mata kang nianhi. Og sa kahadlok ninyo sa bombings, wala na mo nihawa sa swimming pools. Haven’t u heard of torpedos? ajejeje
“Surprisingly, I had a great time with my family.” – i em sorprays ngano wala na lang nimo mi gisagpa. maayo kaayo ka moinsulto Day Yvon Thea, disimulado gayud. bravo! tikabaw day! ur city’s tourisom opis shud give u a medal! ajejeje
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wow!…bonga kaau mga bloggers sa gensan..united gyud in defense of the city..so well thats answered yvon’s question “is gensan really safe?” bow na gyud ko ,we’re proud to be generals.!
Let me quote the interview my friend had during her scholarship application.
Q: What was the very hindrance in the performance of your Job?
A: The word “Mindanao.” (with further explanation of course which gained the nod of the panel)
Her explanation sort of became an eye-opener to the panel of interviewers. Sympathy to us? 🙂 Tama ng exaggerated news! Itigil na! ooopps…wrong venue.hehe.. She is a Mindanaoan and she fights for her home. Gensan and Davao are both situated in the island of Mindanao. Diba dapat, kapit bisig (or kapit daan?! Hehe). We should share the same sentiment over this stigma unless of course, Davao is another island out of Mindanao? Peace! 🙂
Time and again, Gensan and Davao are not comparable with each other. Of course, I also saw the on-going construction of Robinsons in Davao and its not even half as big here in Gensan, but do we brag about it? We are happy that Robinsons is here. The construction is almost finished. You’d be surprised that Ayala is also eyeing strategic locations for their future investments in the city. Investors are pouring in, because they see also the potential of the city. Thank you.
Glad that you enjoyed your stay even how surprised you were with the experience. Isla Parilla in Alabel, Sarangani Province is a man-made, originally built as a rest house or a private get away for the family. The newly improved Family Country Hotel and Convention Center is a good choice to stay, relaxed and quiet.
Taking it positively, I would be happy that somehow, non-resident of Gensan, appreciated our city. I would not boast about tourism because we lack of it. The City is just “like a box of chocolates, You never know what you’re gonna get,” right Forrest? (hehe).
However, much to my amazement, coming from you, a Davaoeño, its quite “surprising” also for me to decipher such observation 🙂 By the way, my best friend is a full-blooded Davaoeño, yet her family loves to visit the white beaches in Glan (1.20 hour drive from Gensan) 🙂 They had their lunch at Mandarin before taking off to Davao 🙂
A college friend of my mine visited Gensan (her first time). When her father was still alive, it’s a no-no that she visits Gensan or any place in Mindanao. She lives in QUEZON CITY all her life. Shed only been to North Luzon, the farthest shed been to, and she was glad she was able to come in the city. She only stayed a day and went straight to Davao. Much to my surprise, she had her second visit after a few months. She was amazed with the architecture of the Our Lady of Peace of Good Voyage Church and had fun riding the tricycle from East Asia Royale HOtel to the Church. Take note, ALONE. Safe naman pala eh.hehe. She enjoyed their dinner at Ranchero and was surprised when I took her at Club 101. I could have toured her around if she stayed a little longer.
So, we invite you to visit Gensan once again. Go over Bariles’ site and you’d be surprised of the information you can get. Though we do not offer as much as Davao has, we can assure you that it would be one unique experience 🙂 Magandang Gensan!
Dayon kamo sa Gensan! 🙂
@Yvon Thea –
Yes, Robinsons Gensan is bigger than Robinsons Davao. And yes, our fishport is much bigger than your fishport which was built upon the insistence of your city after it was announced that an international fishport would be built here. 🙂
If your comment came from someone living in Luzon or Visayas, the apprehension would be understandable. But coming from you, a resident of Davao City, this comment invites comparisons between our cities. And so here’s my comment on your city:
The last time I was in Davao City where you reside, I was afraid to light up a cigarette. I had to find a place so dark and hidden from public view to smoke one. I’ve been hearing a lot about the Davao Death Squad, allegedly the private army of Mayor Digoy responsible for salvagings in your city that is why I was first hesitant to go. Di ba masakit isipin na masa-salvage ako just for smoking a cigarette? But I had no choice. I have an important matter to attend in your city. So in return, I ask you, is Davao City really, really safe?
OO nga grabe yung nangyari noon sa Davao International Airport bombing! i remember that time pina-uwi kami ng maaga from work ng boss namin dahil sa pangyayari…sana hindi na ito maulit kahit saan.
I travel frequently to Gensan, even during the time when bombscares were at its peak. I haven’t really stayed in any of its hotels but I know that Gensan is safe. I’m going back to Gensan this Monday for a quick visit, and I expect a safe travel… (–,)
Hello! Nice to know that you were having a great time with your family here in Gensan. Your choice of Family Country Hotel was already good as well Isla Parilla.. You can always come back there or you may try East Asia Royale Hotel though they don’t have a pool. For restaurant you can always visit Orange Bistro, Grab a Crab, Mandarin and Chowking.. *smiles*
Is the city really safe?
***You’ve been here in GenSan before, you can judge for yourself. The media usually exaggerated the news for sensationalism. But I can give you the assurance that the city is safe in fact my Aunt and her husband from UK is here right now having their vacation. Remember in Davao Airport there was also bombing occurring . Is Davao safe?
Feel free to contact Gensan bloggers on your next visit. We will be happy to give you more information and maybe to meet you would be much better and we can have a cup of coffee with other gensan bloggers too. Have a blissful day!
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@Yvon Thea –
I just visited your recently blog post (XeRKeL – about personal finance)… thus I’m thinking (maybe) how you feel about Gensan economically speaking… My nephew here has that same experience with yours.. Come on Yvon… cheer-up… move on… Gensan City biz is not the 100% fabled service of your expectation… but I assure you that we the Generals here do our very best to make our place lovable, safe and sound to our guest and friends.
We had common dreams to walk the talk about peace and development… but not a mile away anymore…. Our socio-economic movement here is, to begin with ordinary acts, extraordinary outcomes…
Please come again and bring your friends here, so we can chat about personal finances 🙂
We have bloggers here with social entrepreneurial spirit…
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@Yvon Thea – @Yvon Thea
Hi, Ms. Yvon!
You have just seen a part and parcel of what Gensan has to offer. Should you wish to see all the best we have down here, feel free to coordinate with the Soccsksargen bloggers group, we are more than willing to assist you.
Gensan is a place inhabited by beautiful and peace loving Generals ( a term coined for our people). On a personal note, I was born and did grew up here and have raised my own family as well now here in Gensan. I have seen the transformation of Gensan from a city almost nobody heard of into a place we can proudly claim to be a city to reckon with. Investors kept on coming in. Businesses kept on sprouting. Tourists kept on visiting our place. Even word class performers, the group TOTO and Mr. David Pomeranz, had performed here.
Sadly, only bad news could generate larger income for our media moguls that’s why news about bombings and violence( which is ironic because people who are into this are not from Gensan) are always hyped up instead of the true beauty of Gensan and its people.
We need people like you, Ms. Yvon, who are open minded and could help us advocate that Gensan is a beautiful and peaceful place after all.
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Reply to Yvon,
I stayed more than several years in Zamboanga City but I had to go back to GenSan since it is more peaceful than other places I have known. The bombings were works of people who are simply not in this place. But, bombings are everywhere anyway but this very very rare in Gensan. This is the only city where I don’t see a number of policemen around the place. This only shows Gensan has no problem at all with peace and order and local crimes.
But, GenSan holds beauty and character where I don’t see often in other places. The people are welcoming and the food are simply great!
My thumbs up to Sarangani Highlands too for its captivating city and sea panoramic views while I personally love the food of Grab a Crab, General’s brew and Genees all at surprisingly very low prices.
Come and visit us, we shall gladly welcome you and let you experience that Gensan can indeed a home away from home.
@Yvon Thea – I’ve been living here for over 22 years and I have never had any violent experiences here. As honest as I could be, I think GenSan is as peaceful than any city I’ve been to, or even more peaceful.
There hadn’t been a bombing incident here that killed as many as there had been in the Rizal Day bombing in Metro Manila.
Furthermore, people here are friendly and peace-loving. That’s us. (lol)
Welcome to GenSan! Welcome to Sarangani!
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@Yvon Thea –
Isla Parilla is indeed a beauty because Gensan is also a beautiful place.
“Is the city really safe? We’ve been hearing a lot about bombings in your city that is why I was first hesitant to go.”
No offense meant, but if the city wasn’t safe at all, you could never have gone back to where you came from. You went home safe and unharmed, and you even had the enjoyment you were looking for.
Even Davao City had bombings, right? and anywhere in the world could be bombarded with lots of bad stuffs conceived by evil minds. I don’t understand why at the sound of Gensan, people already associate it with bombings when in fact we are a peaceful city here, and the Generals are peace-loving residents. Incidents of bombing in the area, are I guess, a product of destructive minds which are beyond our control, but we as a city, by the help of the Mayor and the local government officials are helping each other be vigilant to stop and condemn this bombings.
If you were at first hesitant to go here, I am just glad Robinsons Place, as big as they are now, chose to come and invest, thanks because they trusted us, and because of their trust in investing to Gensan, we are becoming a really strong and popular city.
I pray that many investors will soon come, because definitely, Gensan is, quoting what Weary Traveler said “More than meets the eye”. Come back soon. =)
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@Yvon Thea the Robinsons is 10x bigger than that in Davao… bakunawa is right please read some of the posts here which will validly prove that gensan is a safe and beautiful city… come back and we will give you a grand tour…
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@Yvon Thea – @Yvon Thea
Bloggers from all over Mindanao went to GenSan to attend the Mindanao Bloggers’ Summit and I say the city is as peaceful as Davao City.
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@Yvon Thea: IMHO, i think it would be great if you could give Gensan a chance to express its beauty and grandeur, not only to you but, to all the people outside our beloved hometown. You could find great and high – class restaurants here like Grab A Crab or Orange Bistro which also have specialties on Chinese cuisines. As for the hotels, the one we could recommend, if you want to be pampered like a queen, would be East Asia Royale Hotel (From the name itself “Royale”, you’ll feel you are part of a royal family. hehehe.) Also, there are still great hotels out there like Sydney Hotel, that acceots you hospitably and can handle you with proper care during your stay. Soon, we are looking forward for Microtel to open up in our city too.
About the bombing issue, it’s quite disturbing for us to be attached with that issue. We all know the media in our society is quite, how do we put it, sometimes exaggerating gathered information just to attract viewers. (thanks to those Station wars!) Let’s not be blind, and face the truth that this reality exist. If there’s a bombing outbreak here, maybe nobody would be interested enough to invest in our city. Those great investors acknowledging our true existence along with their projects of building better life here is enough as a concrete evidence to tell, not only the country but, the whole world that we are fine and no threats are at stake. So, we’d love it if you just give our beautiful city another chance to express to you how great Generals are and how glad we are to see you visit us in our hometown 🙂
gensan is “more than meets the eye”. I think people’s insight about our city is quite far from what they are supposed to say. anyway, let’s be optimistic.
Gensan is not an unsafe place. Just because of bombing incidents which took place years ago, travellers labeled this city as “UNSAFE”. Think about it. The city’s prospering, just in case you guys don’t know.
That’s why we blog to eradicate those false thoughts. Why speak, just visit beloved Gensan to prove your insight.
Anyway, let’s spread peace and love here. Much love.
Light Peace Love.
I think this one is bigger than the one they are constructing in Davao. Had the chance to visit your place for two days. We stayed at Isla Parilla and Family Country Hotel because they have swimming pools. Can you recommend other hotels and resorts that have a pool? How about a Chinese restaurant? Is the city really safe? We’ve been hearing a lot about bombings in your city that is why I was first hesitant to go. But I had no choice. I have an important matter to attend in your city. Surprisingly, I had a great time with my family.
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@Yvon Thea, Try checking the archives or using the search box for any info you need. Or the FOOD TRIP and HOT SPOTS Categories. Re the bombings, you were here two days and wrote that you had an enjoyable time. That should have answered your unfounded concern. GenSan is as safe as your hometown, which is just 2 1/2 hours away. Anyway, once you’re back, give us, GenSan bloggers a call and we will take you to the places you desire.
Thanks for your visit. Magandang GenSan po! 🙂
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