Mindanao State University will actively help the local government of General Santos City in managing Kalilangan 2012. In a letter dated January 26, 2012 to all the business and educational establishments in the city, Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio announced that the 73rd Foundation Anniversary of the City of General Santos and the 24th Kalilangan Festival will be jointly handled and managed by the City Government of General Santos and the Mindanao State University through its Chancellor, Atty. Abdurrahman T. Canacan. She also enjoined all the Generals to support and participate in all the activities of the festival.
The theme of this year's festival is "Convergence in Divergence Enriching Heritage,Bridging Cultures". Mindanao State University was tapped by the city mayor because of its strong advocacy to preserve the diverse culture and rich heritage of the region.