GenSan: A Story Beyond “PacMan” and Tuna

If you love eating tuna or have watched a boxing match of one of the greatest boxers of all time, Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao, then let me take you to this destination city.

General Santos or “GenSan,” in short, is the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.  We export tuna to Japan’s fish markets and delis in the U.S.  Likewise, it is the gateway to Saranggani Province, the hometown of Filipino pound-for-pound boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who is now an elected senator serving his 6-year term representing his province.

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Villa Escudero: Filipino Tradition Comes Alive

I am from the Generation X. We were those kids whose teen years were spent during the 1980s. We were sometimes aptly called the “Baby Busters” because we are the children of the “Baby Boomers” and “The Silent Generation.”

The present Y2K generation may have not experienced playing in the streets with other kids like we did back then.  While most kids nowadays are hooked in video games and computers and interacting with other gamers online, we get rough and tumble on the riveting games like patintero,” “siyato,” and  tumbang preso,” to name a few, and we occupy the entire street whenever we play.  I got bumps and bruises every now and then; but I have to admit that I was remarkably good at those team games.

Sadly, seldom do I see much of the Filipiana settings nowadays except on stage.  Hence, when I went to Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort in San Pablo, Laguna, I was charmed by the way the owners preserved the rich legacy of the Filipino traditions.

Let me identify several high-points of my overnight stay as I reveled in every bit of the Filipino culture.

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