Festivals and Celebration of Gensan


February 22 – 27. Kalilangan is a Maguidanaon term meaning celebration, commemoration or festivities. Coinciding with the City’s founding in 1939, it brings back memory an epic story of the city’s metamorphosis from the doldrums of long ago, into a bustling agro-industrial center that it is now. The week long affair highlights the city’s dynamic cultural life, showcases songs, dance, the city’s diverse culture and heritage, whose beauty and richness are at par with other parts of the world.


June 23 – July 2. This is devoted for the celebration of the business month in General Santos City . The undertaking is known as the YAMAN_GENSAN Celebration. At center stage during this period are business conferences and meetings, trade fairs and exhibits. This is not only intended to showcase the different products of Gnesan and Mindanao, as a whole; to give support to SMEs but also, and most importantly, to develop and enhance the culture of entrepreneurship among the people. In line with this, the celebration is culminated by honoring the city’s most outstanding entrepreneurs throught the annual Yaman Awards.


September 1-5. The first week of September breaths life to the tuna industry In General Santos City. The holding of the tuna festival is the people’s way of commemorating the city’s Charter Anniversary. The fishing industry is the main engine of the city’s economy. Its steadily ascendingeconomic spiral is attributable to the industry’s continuing bullishness; the reason why the city has been able to create a prominent mark in the global economic landscape. The Tuna Parade and the various activities featuring different processed Tuna products and food menus are the main highlights of the festival.


December 1-31. This is a month-long Christmas festival featuring multifarious activities, such as caroling, singing contest, lantern-making competitions, bazaars, fireworks displays and many more. During this season, the city is like a bursting flames, majestically radiating colorful sparkels, to the delight of old and young alike. The main highlight of the celebration is the building of a Christmas landmark, using local materials and embodying the character of the city and the people. The main objective of the festivity is to free the people from the drabness of their daily struggles and toils that ushered Gensan to its current prosperous state; to prepare them physically and mentally for the year ahead; and to enable them to face the future with much vigor and enthusiasm.

Photo By: General Joana

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