The General Paulino Santos Museum envisions to preserve the memorabilia of Gen. Paulino Santos and the settlers who came with him in 1939, as well as those who followed after them, imbued by their Pioneering Spirit. Being the first formal museum in General Santos City, it envisions:
- To inculcate the Pioneering Spirit in the hearts of the present migrants of SOCSKSARGEN,
- To serve as a repository of artifacts and documents relating to the development of Southern Mindanao for research,
- To be a bastion of pride for the people of SOCSKSARGEN to know their heritage and evolution as a part of the Filipino nation,
- To encourage and support efforts by other groups working in the same direction in the task of nation building.
THE LEGACY OF A CITY: THE Gen. PAULINO SANTOS MUSEUM
Carved out of the wilderness of Mindanao is 1939 as a part of the “land for the Landless Program” of President Manuel L. Quezon, General Santos City and the surrounding provinces of Southern Mindanao, now known as SOCSKSARGEN, has evolved into a bustling fishing and agro-industrial pillar of Mindanao.
Migrants started the development of SOCSKSARGEN; immigration rate to Southern Mindanao remains one of the highest on the archipelago. The pioneering spirit of the settlers from 1939 onwards still burns in the heart of the newer migrants and is the very reason why SOCSKSARGEN remains a bastion of economic growth and progress in Mindanao.
This pioneering spirit must live on and be passed to the next generation. This is the essence of the General Paulino Santos Museum: a tribute to the pioneering spirit of the migrants of Southern Mindanao.
PRESERVING ART AND HISTORY FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONThe dream of a museum was finally realized when Br. Wilfredo E. Lubrico, FMS, President of the Notre Dame of Dadiangas College, met with Atty. Rosa Santos-Munda, the Matriarch of the Santos clan, on June 2, 1997. In that meeting, Tita Rosky agreed to turn over the memorabilia of Gen. Paulino Santos to NDDC and be the nucleus of the museum. With representative from the National Museum and under the curatorship of Director Victoria Santos, the Collection was first displayed in the College Library for limited public viewing. A year later, it was transferred to a classroom-sized space for better security and viewing.
SAFEGUARDING THE PEOPLE’S CULTUREWith the rising interest of the people of SOCSKSARGEN, the Gen. Paulino Santos Museum, Inc. was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 23, 2000 to oversee the maintenance and expansion of the project. Using funds contributed to initiate the museum, it was further expanded in early 2003. On March 7, 2003, the museum was formally reopened with the portrait of Gen. Paulino Santos standing as its centerpiece.
Memorabilia of Gen. Paulino Santos – Personal effects, clothing, shoes, diaries, letters to his family, personal communication, pictures and articles published about him.
South Cotabato Cultural Artifacts – Gong, jars, sculpture and various indigenous artworks.
General Santos City Facts and Figures – Kalilangan activities, area and population, and business potentials.