General Santos is the southern most city in Mindanao and the Philippines. It is the 15th most populous city in the country with an urban center complete with the country's major mall brands, hotels and commercial centers.
Seeing the landscape from the plane's window, Gensan is a beautiful expanse with green rolling hills as far as the eyes can see. The city is the center of commerce for the SOCCSKSARGEN region comprising South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani. Sarangani is where boxer Manny Paquiao hails.
In the 5 days I was there, I have met the most welcoming and friendliest people. From accomplished businessmen to common fisher folk, they wear the warmest and most genuine smiles.
Gensan is a regional player in the fishing sector not only in the Philippines but in Asia. Major fishing companies produce and process hundreds of tons of tuna a month. The sector with its processing plants produce top notch sashimi grade tuna to canned tuna. A big portion of their output is exported from their own international seaport.
I was able to see the sea port and market in action from dawn to about 8:00 in the morning. Armed with a 50mm lens on a dslr and wearing regulated rubber boots 3 sizes too large, I shot what I could while I observed and asked people how everything worked.
Here is some of the the set I've taken that morning in late August 2015.
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The blog is about the Philippines... the less photographed side of it. My hope is that as I develop the series, the story I tell about trivial life in the country resonates with its readers.