SARBAY FEST is the biggest beach party in Mindanao. Since 2006, it has been held around the third weekend of May in Gumasa Beach, Glan, Sarangani to celebrate the area's beauty and to conserve Sarangani Bay. It is one of the best beach parties to culminate the summer season in the Philippines.
Here's a photo essay of my SarBay Fest 2013 experience:
En route to Sarbay
Sarangani is located in the southernmost tip of Mindanao. It is composed of 3 municipalities in the east (Maasim, Kiamba, and Maitum), and 4 municipalities in the west (Alabel, Malapatan, Glan and Malungon). General Santos City is located in the center. Six of the municipalities are located along the Bay (Maasim, Kiamba, Maitum, Alabel, Malapatan,and Glan), while Malungon is the only land-locked municipality.
SarBay Fest is held at Gumasa Beach, Glan (south most tip), Sarangani.
(Trivia: Manny Pacquiao is originally from Glan, while Jinkee Pacquio is from Kiamba in Sarangani.)
Gumasa Beach, Glan, Sarangani
Here's the showdown video of the best SarBay Fest Dance performance.
Where to Stay at SarBay
The other resorts along Gumasa Beach are: Brod Louie, Davak Beach Resort, Yushikawa, White Haven and Coco Beach. All the resorts belong to the Adarna Family.
The SarBay Party
I had an interesting conversation with Edz (on the right), a Manilena who's been going to SarBay Fest for 4 straight years! She likes SarBay because of the down-to-earth people in Sarangani. She describes the Sarangani vibe as akin to what it was like in Cebu 10 years ago.
Here are the movers of SarBay Fest: Michelle Lopez Solon, the tourism advocate of Sarangani and wife of incoming Governor Steve Solon, and Board Member Rommel Falgui, the person behind the ordinance that created the SarBay Fest in 2006.
The SarBay Fireworks
General Luna @ SarBay Fest!
I became a fan of General Luna with this song because of Nicole's angelic voice mixed in with the rock music.
General Luna's version of Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know.
It's worth noting that there was zero untoward incidents throughout the festival despite the booze throughout the 2-day event. Galing!
Just some notes: Sarangani needs to invest on more accommodations along Gumasa Beach and fix the transportation to/from GenSan for those people who will stay in the city instead. The Tent Cities need to be regulated and pushed back away from the shores to improve the experience. Lastly, they should put more emphasis on the Sarangani Bay preservation than putting emphasis on being the biggest party.
Great job, SarBay Fest 2013! I'm hoping to be back next year with the family. :)
(I would guess that Sarbay Fest 2014 would be on May 23-24, 2014. Book your hotels now!)
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Full Disclosure: My Sarbay Fest Trip was courtesy of Sarangani Tourism to experience the biggest beach party in Mindanao. I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions.
I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I do not accept advertising from food and travel places we feature in the blog.
P.S. Special thanks to Michelle for hosting me in SarBay Fest and around Sarangani!
P.P.S. Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao were no-shows during the SarBay Fest. I don't know why. Would anyone know and care to share?