DoT supports Sarangani Bay Fest
The Tourism department, through Secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo, recently expressed its support to Sarangani Bay Festival 2018, the country’s biggest beach party featuring a host of water sports and fitness activities.
Now on its 11th edition, the event is set on May 24 to 26 at Gumasa Beach in Glan. With the theme “SarBay United,” the event will showcase the tourism gems of southern Philippines.
“The Department of Tourism and the Provincial Local Government Unit of Sarangani are committed to inculcate the importance of continuous awareness to protect and preserve the resources of Sarangani Bay,” the Commitment of Support declared.
“We are committed to strengthen a nationwide Private-Public Partnership amongst government institutions, academe and private sector towards a sustainable tourism program through promotional partnership, participative planning and co-organizing of the entire SarBay Festival,” the statement concluded.
Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said this year’s edition will celebrate the innovations the beach event has embraced through the years, most notably its advocacy for sustainable tourism. The festivity concludes with environmental activities such as beach cleanups and mangrove tree planting.
The three-day festivity kicks off with the 15K Swim Across the Bay relay, regarded as Asia’s most extreme swimming event. Other sporting events include beach volleyball and football, skim boarding, frisbee, jet ski, mountain bike tournaments, beach volleyball, and 50K ultra marathon.
Spicing up the fest are Zumba sessions with the Legendz, drum beating competition, fire dancing exhibitions, body painting and family sand sculpture contests, the Talk N Text foam party, San Miguel Beer Night, Globe Telecom Party, and the Xanadu: Hidden Paradise, among others.