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Tuna Festival 2011

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The Tuna Fest this year was said to be one of the grandest festival so far for General Santos City.  Amidst the challenges of the tuna industry this year, optimism and joyous celebration of bounties was expressed through the festival. Under the leadership of Mr. Thomas Haw and Mr. Ronald Velasquez, this year’s festival changed the landscape of the usual celebration of the most anticipated event in the city.


Splash Saya!

The splash is a dynamic action of water that conveys energy and fun. “This is the same dynamic energy we’ve shared in each event of the festival” Cited Mr. Ronald Velasquez. Gensan, being naturally wealthy of waters such as beaches, dive sites, and tuna, the festival showcased this in many wonders. With the spirited team behind it this year, the Tuna Festival was truly a striking, ostentatious, and an exciting event that gave everyone a splashing good time!


How it Began

What started as a spontaneous event organized by the city’s tourism association back in 1998, evolved into what is now known as the Tuna Festival.

During the 30th anniversary of the City Charter, the Tourism Association decided to celebrate this occasion with an event that highlighted cuisine through cooking contests and exhibits.

From this spontaneous idea came the annual celebration of the Tuna Festival.

General Santos - Tuna

About the Tuna Festival

The first week of September breathes 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 every September 5. The fishing industry is the main engine of the city’s economy. Its steadily ascending economic 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 sumptuous Sashimi Night, are the main highlights of the festival.



During the tuna festival, various activities, program events and shows were held; spread-out during the entire one week celebration of the festival. A colourful parade of floats was one of the highlights of the festival, as well as street dancing by students donning beautiful costumes.

Fireworks display, a carnival presentation complete with a fire-eater, fish dance competition, a beauty pageant, culinary skills competition, sashimi night and a Tuna Congress were only some of the exciting programs during the week-long celebration of the Tuna Festival.

As part of the Tuna Festival, an awarding ceremony called the Karagatan Awards was held to pay homage to the unsung heroes of the city’s fishing industry.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 16:41  

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