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CITY OF GENERAL SANTOS (SOUTH COTABATO)


GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION:   bounded by Alabel in the East, and Maasim in the South, Polomolok and Malungon in the North, and T'boli in the West.
   
ACCESSIBILITY:
    Nearest airport:  
General Santos International Airport
    Nearest seaport:  
Makar Wharf
    Major road networks:  
Pan-Philippine Highway

CLIMATE AND WEATHER:  
Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.

HOTELS AND RESORTS:  
East Asia Royale Hotel

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:  
Bunkers at Sitio Guadalupe; Carlos P. Garcia Park; Freedom park and Garden Center; Kalaja Eco-tourism; Kalaja Karsts Land; Magsaysay Park; Nopol Hills; Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church; Ranch of Nopol Hills; Sarangani Bay

FIESTAS AND EVENTS:  
February 22-27 - Kalilangan Festival, June 23-July 22 - Yabong Maliit na Negosyo sa GenSan Celebration, September 1-5 - Tuna Festival, September-October - Ramadhan

ETHNIC GROUPS:  
Maguindanao, T'boli and B'laan

LANGUAGES AND DIALECTS:  
Hiligaynon, Kiniray-a, Cebuano, Ilocano, Tagalog and English

RELIGION:  
Catholicism, Islam

FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS:

Shamcey Supsup  a Filipino beauty titleholder who represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011, in which she was declared as the third runner-up. She is also a licensed architect who gained fame when she topped the Architecture Licensure Examination in July 2010 in the Philippines.

Shania Winona Tracey E. Canda was selected the 1st grand prize winner in the PRA, 1st National Essay Writting Contest "Dear Foreign Retiree... Why You Should Retire in My Town".

COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA:   Sun, Globe, Smart

SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT:
    Malls:
    Popular establishments:  
Mercury Drugstore
    Entertainment venues:

BANKS:  
Allied Bank, Asia United Bank, Banco De Oro, Bank of Commerce, China Banking Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines, East West Bank, Land Bank of the Philippines, Metro Bank, Philippine Bank of Communications,  Philippine Business Bank, Philippine National Bank, Philippine Savings Bank, Philippine Veterans Bank, RCBC Savings Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Robinsons Bank, Security Bank, Union Bank, United Coconut Planters Bank


UNIVERSITIES:   AMA Computer University, Notre Dame of Dadiangasd University

HOSPITALS:  
SOCSARGEN Country Hospital, Mindanao Medical Center, Gen Santos Doctors Hospital Inc., St. Elizabeth Hospital Inc.

MONTHLY COST OF LIVING:
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PRA RETIREMENT INFORMATION:
    Accredited facilities:
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    Registered retirement accommodations:
    Retirement franchises:
    Nearest PRA satellite office:  
Davao Satellite Office
    Number of PRA retirees:   35

    LIRA MOA:

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION:
    Investment zones:  
Mabuhay IT Park, Agrotex Gensan Economic Zone
    Government agencies/branch offices:  
BI, DTI, LTO
    Consular Offices:
Papua New Guinea


LINKS:  
http://www.gensantos.gov.ph/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Santos


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