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Not to be missed is the row of Maranaw stores along Cagampang Street right across the city's public market. Goods from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand compete here with local craft made by Maranaw artists and craftsmen. Prices of a must-have MALONG or SARONG made of Batik or Thai silk are considerably cheaper here than in Manila or nearby Davao. Brassware and wooden utensils also come in cheap. Watch out for T'nalak cloth, woven by T'boli natives of South Cotabato.
What to pay: US$50 will buy you much.
Updated May 25, 2005
Address: Maranaw Traders, Cagampang St, General Santos City
A newly-built fully-airconditioned (good for Gensan's humid weather) three-level mall and now three-fourths opened, KCC Mall promises to be Cotabato region's biggest! It's flagship department store, KCC has a wide array of local and imported clothing for all ages... and being at the forefront of the Wholesaling Business, their prices are unbelievably very affordable!! Now open are their humungous Supermarket (82 checkout counters) and Food Court at the first level. Now catering to the local citizenry are American Fastfood chains KFC, Mister Donut, Dunkin' Donuts & Pizza Hut and Pinoy faves, Jollibee (burgers & chicken), Chow King (oriental food) and Greenwich (pasta & pizza), I Love Sushi (Japanese food), Mandarin Garden, and Nana Bebeng's. Designer shops Guess, Bench, Human, Izzi (leather apparel), Caterpillar, Rusty Lopez, etc have also opened together with a Watch Shop, Jewelry Store, a Bookstore. For the convenience of travellers, two travel agencies have opened too. At the 3rd level is a Gaming Paradise for the youth and 6 mini-cinemas (with Digital Sound) showing current blockbuster releases PLUS a Skin Center, a Dental Clinic, a Spa, a Beauty Salon (Hairs and Nails), a Barber Shop and the regional offices of the nation's two largest telecom companies, GLOBE & SMART. It has an Internet Cafe (with more than 30 computers offering the cheepest rates @ P20/hour or US0.35, cellphone shops, a hardware store, and a computer store.
The mall opens at 9am and closes at midnight after the cinemas' last full shows.
Incidentally, KCC offers FREE SAFE PARKING at their 3rd level and at the supermarket level.
Best time to go is during weekdays when most local shoppers are at work or in school.
What to buy: Local clothing brands (cheap, cheap, cheap)!!! Souvenir shirts (US$3 each); DISCOUNTED new cellphone models; native Filipino craft (must have!!!); religious articles; factory surplus, etc
What to pay: US$25 can get you so much local apparel
Updated May 25, 2005
Address: J. Catolico Sr. Avenue, General Santos City