Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sarangani Bay Festival is on its 11th year! This beach festival is getting bigger and continues to evolve being one of the best festivals in Philippines. This 2016, SARBAY FEST will be on June 3-4, 2016 at Gumasa Beach, Glan, Sarangani Province.

In 2015, we had over 126,000 tourists with over 800 athletes all over the country competing in different sports activities, with over 150 sellers, 1,000 pitched tents, 21,000 Facebook members, and a tourist spending of over 47 Million pesos.

This Two-Day Summer Weekend engages several sports competitions, nightly parties, and lots of foof and shopping! It also encourages people to support the initiative of preserving Sarangani Bay.
Enviromental awardees during the Sarbay include activities such as mangrove planting, coastal clean ups are conducted by Tourists, Partners and Local Governments.

How to get there

Sarbay Fest is held at Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani Province. You may reach Sarangani Province by plane via Manila, Cebu, or Iloilo to General Santos City Airport. You may also access Sarangani via land travel from Davao City.
To get to Gumasa from General Santos City you proceed to the Glan terminal across KCC Mall of Gensan. Take a Van ride from Gensan to Poblacion, Glan and it will approximate a travel time of 1 hour if travel is non-stop.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


 You ask what is the next big thing in Region 12, we are crossing our fingers — but I believe in a heartbeat, its going to be Paragliding in Sarangani. It is definitely a #1forfun! 

 Who said there is no wind around Sarangani Bay? On the contrary there is enough wind! The big plus is the awesome limestone mountain terrain in Sarangani. SAFI Ranch in Maasim is located right after Siguel river. It a property made of mountains of hard rock and limestone. The awesome part of the place it has cliffs for paragliding and big flat land perfect for landing… 

 I got invited to see the sport. Initially I was seeing Ian Tan and their gang taking lessons with Buko Raymundo (President, Paragliding Association of the Philippines) and Jason Luengo. It looked tough for those training to be pilots. As they lifted their chutes, and begin working with the wind, you sense the adrenelin rush! 

 The group was kind enough to show me what its like. So we headed up the mountain and got ready to jump off the cliff. The moment we got the winds right, on a tandem, we ran and jumped off the mountain to the vast expanse of air. 

 That jump was so good, because the wind lifted us high above the ranges of Maasim and viewing the entire Sarangani Bay from the sky. It was a high- adrenalin, amazing experience! We flew for about 15 minutes that day.

 If you are interested to paraglide, the introductory rate is P2,500 for tandem ride. Its definitely worth the try. 


 Sarangani is a good flying site for paragliding said Armand Dard, a French national and a visiting paragliding professional instructor.

 “This is my second time in the Philippines and my first time in Sarangani. Last year I did some paragliding in Carmona, Cavite and also in Boracay but this place which I discovered one month ago is a better flight site,” Dard said. 

 The flying site is located at SAFI Ranch 1 in barangay Seguil, less than 30 minutes drive from General Santos City. 

 The flight site is overlooking Sarangani Bay.

 “It has comfortable take off and landing sites,” Dard noted. “It also has big landing site comfortable for beginners and you can fly almost everyday.” 

 For more information about paragliding in Sarangani, you may call 09426204950 and look for Chris Romano. 

 General information 

 GPS coordinates :

take off : 5°57’11” (5.9533)N; 125°4’44” (125.079)E – Elevation : 324 m. 

landing : 5°56’54” (5.9486)N; 125°5’41” (125.095)E – Elevation : 71 m.

 Take off : About 970feet ASL with multiple take-off site facing South-East facing Sarangani bay. a combination of sea breeze and thermal wind condition. 

Landing :  plateu at 200-300 feet ASL 

Going there : It is a private land operated by local pilots. You need to get registered in Sarangani Paragliders to be able to access flysite. 

Weather hazards : Maybe thermic and bumpy during the peak of Sun normally 9AM to 3PM’ish. 

Flight regulation : Airport is nearby about 20-30mins drive. Please observe 1000m ceiling when there is a scheduled airplane arriving/departing.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

GlanSarangani Fun for these ladies is lazing around the crystal-clear waters of Gumasa over the weekend with the fine white-sand beach in the background. Barangay Gumasa has a six kilometer-long crescent beach on Sarangani's eastern shore and only about an hour's drive from General Santos City.Gumasa Beach, others called this the Small Boracay of Mindanao or Boracay os South, whatever name herein is the beauty of the beach. The white sand and fine crystal land makes your feet comportable to walk around the beach. 

Tuka Marine Park Kiamba, Sarangani

A Marine Park in Kiamba, Sarangani which variety of fishes will be found. The pristine waters make visitors enjoy this snorkeling haven's vast coral gardens located in coves near the town proper.

4ML Beach Resort, Maasim, Sarangani Province

4 ML Beach, simple but has pristine water and white sand. At quiet place of Maasim, near from Seaguil Bridge and from General Santos City, there is a place to relax & swimming together with your family. 4ML Beach resort is amazing and another beach to explore from Mindanao. A lot of bacawan where small fishes grow. Virgin Corals are in place where you can see variety of fishes.

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