When you think of Sarangani, you would probably associate it with the best pound for pound king,and Congressman Manny Pacquiao or perhaps the white sandy beach of Gumasa at Glan, right? Sarangani is a province in Mindanao, belonging to the SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City) region. Its geographic location makes it a home to both tourist destinations and livelihood resources.
This province has a total land area of 4,100.42 square kilometers, with a 230 kilometer coastline of white sandy beaches and mangrove forests. Sarangani is a town located at the southernmost tip of Mindanao, and was cut half way by General Santos City. It is bordered by Davao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, and South Cotabato. It is also hugged by the Celebes Sea and Sarangani Bay making it the coastal zone of SOCCSKSARGEN. This province has 7 municipalities and 140 barangays. The capital city is Alabel.
Sarangani may be reached through land via General Santos and GenSan can be reached via sea or air travel from Manila and Cebu. There’s a national highway that will connect you from GenSan to Sarangani. Listed here are the time travels you have to surpass for the following towns of Srangani from GenSan:
- Alabel – 15 minutes
- Malapatan – 25 minutes
- Glan – 45 minutes
- Maasim – 30 minutes
- Kiamba – 1 hour and 10 minutes
- Maitum – 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Malungon – 40 minutes
Gumasa Beach (Glan)
One of the most frequented destinations in Sarangani, Gumasa Beach is endowed with fine, powdery white sand beaches contemplated with the bountiful fresh coconut trees and fruits and open grassland. [divider]
A branching of corals is just few of the nice qualities in this marine park. Underneath the turquoise waters are different aquatic species to include dolphins, whales, marine turtles, and sea cows (dugong).[divider]
Lemlunay Dive Resort(Maasim)
“Lemlunay”, in the words of T’boli and B’laan is “Paradise”. Indeed it is! This dive resort is located on a cliff, underneath of which the blue-green waters of Sarangani Bay on its left and Sulawesi Sea on its right. They offer scuba classes and certification. As you dive, into this marine sanctuary, you will see a variety of hard and soft corals, a perennial line of reefs. Below are some of my underwater photos last summer.
Paragliding at Saffi Ranch (Maasim)
Photo from Sarangani Paraglide
Sarangani Para-glide is the first and only paragliding company in Mindanao.[divider]
Visiting Sarangani Province is not complete without experiencing white water tubing at Maitum. You will be riding an inflated tube while riding the rapids for more that 30 minutes. Don’t worry this is really safe and your are accompanied by an experienced guide.[divider]
Century – Old Houses (Glan)
Several ancestral houses are found arranged in rows in the early part of 1900s. These houses are high balconies, canopies and walls of “Kalados” and concrete step boards leading to wide wooden staircases. Some of these houses have stunning collections of antiques and oriental sets found in the living room.[divider]
Nallus falls is rather narrow and short compared to most of the falls we luckily visited. But this doesn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves with what this falls has to offer. It has the same water rush that we usually having fun massaging our body that we can’t seem to get enough of.[divider]
Capitol Park (Alabel)
The Capitol Park is at the center in this 26-hectare lot surrounded with buildings where offices of government agencies are found. Within the Capitol Park has a huge sports complex, an Olympic-size swimming pool, Gymnasium and tourism village.
Sarangani Bay Fest (3rd week of May)
The festivity is a celebration of the conservation and preservation of the Sarangani Bay. Activities included are Swim across the Bay, Lumba Bugsay, Bancarera, Boy Bodies and Skim Boarding Competition. During the weekend, there’s a Mangrove Planting, Cleaning of the Bay and a culmination party celebrated at Glan.[/vc_column][/vc_row]