General Santos

Manny Pacquiao’s hometown is the tuna capital of the Philippines.


The region around General Santos was inhabited by the indigenous Blaan people until 1939 when General Paulino Santos led 62 Christian settlers to begin cultivating the region. This small settlement grew quickly thanks to the fertile land, attracting large multinational corporations like Dole in the 1960s. The surrounding seas proved to be equally fertile, offering a bounty of fish, particularly tuna, which remain one of the city’s primary sources of income. Tuna products abound here, with shops offering everything from tuna hot dogs to tuna chicharon. A visit to the the 32-hectare fish port complex, where giant tuna are offloaded, prepared, and sold every day, offers a fascinating insight into the industry. For a smaller-scale and tastier experience, stop by the Tiongson Arcade, where seafood vendors will cook up their offerings on the spot. Boxing fans will want to join the Pacman Adventour, which brings visitors through Manny’s homes and properties to learn about his inspiring rags-to-riches story first hand.


Local time6:21 PM GMT+8
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