QxM Travels: General Santos

QxM Travels: General Santos
April 27 – 30, 2018

Quintin and I have always talked about traveling around the country, especially here in Mindanao. We never really made any concrete plans yet, but we do have a list of places that we want to travel to.

This board, which I started last 2016 when Q and I started talking about traveling, has been dormant for a while, until this summer. Still, it is not perfectly organized and updated yet, as of this posting, but I will be improving it in the days to come.

QxM Shenanigans Trello Board
QxM Shenanigans Trello Board

This trip to Gensan was not a planned one, but some spontaneous idea that I proposed to Q and my mom. You see, my mom had to attend the CAMACOP Women National Convention at General Santos, and it occurred to me that we could tag along with her. So, I told Q and her about the idea and they liked it. My mom easily gets exhausted now when traveling by commute and Gensan is pretty far, so this was really to her advantage in a way. The best thing about it is that she offered to pay for the gas for the entire trip. As for Q, he loves driving long distance, sooo, this was actually quite a win for both of them, and for me! Woot woot!

I was thrilled about the whole thing, and thought this could jumpstart our desire to go around Mindanao! And actually, I started thinking about this whole idea of traveling around Mindanao together with Q when I visited my parents’ hometown in North Cotabato, and the side trip we did to my uncle’s place in South Cotabato, last March. There was so much to see around central Mindanao, and I had that wonderful opportunity to go there. In my heart, I wanted Q to see that as well, knowing how much he loves traveling and just seeing more of our beautiful country. We did agree (and also our goal) that we both needed to travel around the Philippines first before we start venturing outside the country.

The trip going to Gensan was approximately 12 hours from Cagayan de Oro. We left CDO at around 4:30 early morning.

The route we followed to General Santos.

On our trip, we only did 3 stops: breakfast at Valencia, picked up my cousin in Kabacan, and a late lunch at Tacurong City.

We arrived in Gensan around late 4 o’clock in the afternoon and went straight to the place that we’re going to stay at for the next couple of days.

Also, it is very important to note that I stayed awake for this entire travel time. I don’t usually stay awake every time we travel to Cotabato or anywhere else that exceeds 3 hours of travel time. Keeping Q company while he’s driving has been such a fun experience for me. It made me think about how much I love his company and we can never run out of things to talk about.

First impressions

The streets in General Santos City are wide! I was so amazed by this because I could not stop comparing it to Cagayan de Oro, with its narrow streets! That doesn’t even include the irresponsible vehicle owners who park their cars by the street, which even makes the streets narrower, and causing traffic!

The city was also pretty clean, and much later I discovered that they have a plastic ordinance enforced in the city.

General Santos Plastic Ordinance

After we brought my mom to the venue of the convention, we went to the mall to cool down for a bit. And there we saw the ice skating rink! It was not so big nor wide, but just enough for beginners to learn from. Now, I have tried ice skating last 2013 at MOA, and that’s a long time ago, but yes, I got excited seeing it there in the mall, but guess who was more excited than I? Yup. Q. He has not done it before and he was really adamant in trying it.

QxM ice skating @ SM General Santos

So yes, we went right in and ice skated. Or at least tried to.  It took me awhile to get the hang of it again but later found myself skating more steadily. Q, on the other hand, was given tips and bits of advice by the kids in the rink on how to skate. It was so cute.

After an hour of skating around, and conversing with the kids there, we decided to stop and finally get dinner.

And that was our first day.


We didn’t really go around much in Gensan in the 3 days that we were there.

The next day was spent traveling around South Cotabato, which I’ll be sharing in another post.

Other places we visited at General Santos City


The starred places are the ones that we went to in the city.


The red arrow points to the location of General Santos Fish Port Complex

 The Word for Everyone Church

The Word for Everyone Church is owned by Manny Pacquiao
Me, my mom, and my cousin inside The Word for Everyone Church

Kee’s Cafe

Family lunch after the church service. Not sure about this, but they said this cafe is owned by Manny’s wife, Jingkee.
I was too tired and too hot for a picture. Thus, my half-assed smile.

Tiongson’s Arcade

One of the go-to places in General Santos for a variety of seafood. And, apparently, this whole arcade is owned by Kristof’s family. He’s one of my friends from CDOTAKU.
Seafood galore.
Seafood for dinner!


SM Parking Lot

Herb Shopping @ SM Parking Lot, General Santos City

 Blugre Cafe, SM, General Santos City

My White Mocha and a sleepy Q with his Americano.









General Santos Fish Port Complex

The entrance of General Santos Fish Port
A panorama of one of the wharves in the port.
A panorama of the wharf on the other side.

Overall impression of the city

I like Gensan. The city seems really peaceful and progressing quite steadily, not to mention the wide roads, clean streets, and their plastic ordinance! I’d like to drop by again. Maybe when we go back venturing the rest of South Cotabato. There’s still so much to see! Yes. Next time.

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