CONEL | MABUHAY | OLYMPOG | UPPER LABAY
General Santos City
Fun in Gensan is a blend of eco-cultural exploration
and modern day thrills and adventure.
Adven-tour can start with a warm dip in some of Gensan’s cold spring resort or a dive on it’s pristine tropical beachfront. For adrenaline river experience, one can also visit Siguel River for water tubing. All of these are within a 30 minute ride from the city through world class paved road.
The highlands of Klaja Eco Park awaits your visit. It offers experience one can’t forget from hiking through it crystal clear river to scrambling the boulders of the 12 waterfalss of Amsicong to rock climbing the faces of Malakong Wall to bat watching on the thousand meter wide fruit eating flying foxes at Nopol Hills. Added this is a hands-on experience on indeginous way of cooking using bamboo and a camping trip to Bagongbuhay Peak that offers scenic view of the city and it’s sorrounding provinces.
Up on the western side of the city El Minit Geyser. It is situated on the boundary between Gensan and T’boli of South Cotabato. This rare geographic wonders that blows hot water up to 2-3 meters high similar to fountain, is a unique experience to one’s soul as this could be the only geyser in the country today.
Conel is derived from the word K’lanel a native B’laan word which refers to turmeric or more commonly known as “Kalawag” in Ilongo and “Dulaw” in Cebuano. K’lanel or Dulaw is an herbaceous plant that belongs to ginger family commonly used as herbal medicine,food coloring and other uses.
In 1931, the late General Paulino Santos brought 32 families from Luzon and Visayas to Barangay Conel. It was unusual then for the 32 Christian families to pronounce a B’laan word, like Conel instead of K’lanel. Due to the predomination of the Christians, the native B’laans never objected and showed no resistance to the mis-pronounciation until succeeding generations of both Christians and native B’laans adopted the word Conel.
Legal Basis of Creation — Republic Act 5412
Date of Ratifi cation — November 9, 1940
No. of Puroks — 12 Puroks
Name of Puroks:
Purok 1 Purok 7
Purok 2 Purok Guadalupe
Purok 3 Purok Nangka
Purok 4 Purok Malinawon
Purok 5 Purok Udagri
Purok 6 Purok Nopol
Distance from City Proper: 13.2Km
Fare from City Proper: Jeep – P20.00
Habal-habal – P35.00
North: Barangay Olympog West: Barangay Mabuhay
South: Barangay San Isidro East: Barangay Katangawan
Topography/Terrain: Plain, Hilly, Mountainous
Total Land Area: 56.4 Square Km.Climate: Temperate
Total No.of Population: 2,649 (2005)
Ethnic/Tribal Groups: B’laan
Major Dialects: B’laan, Cebuano
Internal Revenue Allotment: P 2,327,985.00
Major Sources of Livelihood
-Farming Corn, Copra
Forestry Conservation and Rehabilitation
-One (1) Health Centers
-Fifteen (15) Health Workers
-Eight (8) Day Care Centers
-Eleven (11) Day Care Workers
-Two (2) Elementary Shools
Name of schools
-Conel Elementary School
-New Guadalupe Elementary School
-A. G. Busano High School (25 teachers)
-Twenty (20) Tanod Enforcers
Transportation Travel Time
Jeep 30 mins.(P20.00 fare)
Motorcycle/Habal-habal 25 mins. (P25.00 fare)
Tricycle 40 mins. (P20.00 fare)
Road Conditions Concrete, Dirt Road, Macadam
Water Supply Deep Wells & Spring Development
-Name of Puroks Covered All Puroks except Purok Nopol & Udagri
Power Supply Socoteco II
-Name of Puroks Covered All Puroks
-Communication Services All available Communication Services
Araw ng Conel : November 5
San Jose Patronal Feista
San Roque Patronal Feista
Conel is blessed with natural rock formations, cascading waterfalls and series of natural springs. These eco-tourism attributes are the barangay’s selling point for the future eco-tourism development. It also serves as a gateway for adventurers who wish to explore the Klaja Karsts Area.
Located 06’13.85’ North 125’10.26’ East, it is one of the remaining evidence of destruction of natural environment due to treasure hunting. History reveals that Japanese Forces used this cave as their source of water which in turn produced fabricated stories and myth of left behind treasures.
An interview with local oldies revealed looting of old trucks, tanks and other war materials during the 60’s and 70’s. An underground subterranean cave system, it has a 7m by 22m wide pool of 2m to 3m deep at the entrance. The cave has three rooms with length of about 209m and ends with a sump. Water from this cave is used as agricultural supplements to a nearby farmfields.
Smooth small flowing waters from a limestone is present right at the centre of the Karsts Land. It has a campsite at the middle of mountains and cliffs that offers a good view of the solar system especially during night time. Locals herds their farm animal 50m beside the spring.
Local mountaineers discovered Kalaja Face in 1995 but until this day, only one known route was established, with the help from american and local climbers of the city. With more than 50m in height on the west side of the Kalaja River, the face offers three overhangs and difficult degree of challenges.
Located at Malakong Gorge about 3.5km from Kalaja Cave, the face comes with 12 to 25m height of smooth limestone walls creating good venue for beginners and novices’ routes of bouldering and rock climbing. The venue also offers shaded routes and campsites.
Located between the territorial boundaries of Gen. Santos City and the Municipality of Polomolok, South Cotabato. Around 12 waterfalls drps and flows from the mountaintop river in Camp Flores in Polomolok down to the granite boulders and limestone cliffs of Conel, creating small pools and waterfalls. It is also called Kasaba Falls in Polomolok.
Top; B’laan Chieftain Mukam Galngan, with a
piece of bamboo and handful of rice ready for
cooking on a traditional way.
Left; A mountaineer challenges the smooth
limestone surface off the wall of Malakong at
K’laja Eco Park.