God can truly give us unexpected gifts 🙂
This December, my hubby and I were set to spend Christmas in our home city but surprise, surprise — we got an invitation from my sister to spend Christmas in Gen. Santos City 🙂
The city has been famous for its tuna. But it has also been placed in the international limelight, thanks to world renowned boxer, Manny Pacquiao as well as the recently crowned beauty of the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant, Ms. Shamcey Supsup. Both of them come from Gensan.
I must say that the city has been transformed since the first time I visited it in 1992. (There were several visits after that since my sister and her family have settled in this part of Southern Mindanao). There have been several bombings in the past rocking this city, causing both damage in property as well as fatalities. But despite these challenges, the city has continued to grow and expand. This part of South Cotabato is moving forward. New businesses are opening up. The city has now three malls: KCC, Gaisano and Robinsons’ Place. SM Gensan is currently under construction (as of this writing).
We found the front facade of Robinsons’ Place (with its Magandang Gensan or Beautiful Gensan sign) too irresistible for photos :). I also took a nice walk around the city park with my hubby, my sister and my niece (see photos below). It’s now a far cry from the park I saw in 1992 (which was then relatively unkempt).
More photos and blog posts on other parts of Gensan and South Cotabato soon. By the way, there are daily flights from Manila and Cebu to Gensan. It is also accessible by bus and vans from Davao City.
Note: Behind the camera were my nephew and niece (Kits and Shiloh) except for the plaza or city park shot which I took.
This is also my entry for Tuesday Travels.