The best beaches in the Philippines are often off-the-beaten-path and Sarangani has several of these. Long a best-kept secret of tourists who explore new destinations, Sarangani is now gradually carving a name as the ultimate destination in southern Philippines. The vast mountain ranges and rolling hills, the dense rainforests, the clean rivers, the varied wildlife, the pristine white sand shorelines and crystal clear waters offering an excellent glimpse of the marine life and the diverse indigenous culture are actually what Sarangani can easily provide to guests. Tourists will definitely have a plethora of activities to undertake which could not be easily found in other destinations.
The Amazing Sarangani Bay
Love the beach and sunsets? A stroll on powdery white sand shorelines or perhaps a swim in the crystal clear waters in Glan is perfect for tourists to experience the famed Sarangani Sunset (an explosion of colors in the sky highlighted by a perfectly-shaped setting sun).
Gumasa still continues to attract tourists from all over the world because the destination offers what others cannot: a relaxing beach devoid of noise and commercialism.
For those who would want to experience scuba diving, Sarangani offers Lemlunay Resort in Maasim. Local, national, as well as international divers have long known the underwater world Lemlunay has to offer. Sarangani‘s Celebes Sea coast is packed with protected coral reefs featuring an array of marine life and colorful coral gardens.
The protected Tuka Marine Park in Kiamba is ideal for snorkeling. Boasting of white sand beaches and awesome coral formation accessible only by boat, the remoteness is perfect for shedding all the stress and tension that urban living provides.
Going the Indigenous Way
Ever wondered how the Indigenous People live? Well, travelers can observe and experience the culture of the Blaan, Tagakaolo, Tboli, Manobo, Ubo, Kalagan and the Maguindanaos by visiting communities and villages whose residents still practice the Indigenous People’s way of life.
A trip to Lamlifew in Malungon, Upper Lasang in Malapatan, Falel in Kiamba is like taking a journey to the past. Visitors can sit back and relax in these places while being regaled with indigenous songs and music, observe mat weaving and beadworks, traditional farming even while feasting on the scrumptious local delicacies.
Adore the outdoors? Travelers can enjoy the clean and fresh water of Pangi River through its 1.6 kilometer White Water River Tubing right after viewing the anthropomorphic jars dating 5 BC found in Maitum in the early 1990s. Or perhaps go to Kalunbarak Skyline which offers a 360 degrees view, enabling guests to observe mountain ranges of neighboring provinces, Sarangani Bay as well as the Davao Gulf.
There are more tourism-related activities which Sarangani can provide to each and every visitor. No matter what your preference may be, Sarangani will surely have something for you to satisfy your desires. Having several of the best beaches in the Philippines, important archaeological finds, mountain ranges and rainforests, Sarangani beckons all those who want to experience something fresh and new!
Every November, MunaTo Festival is a manifestation of the rich and old culture of Sarangani. MunaTo refers to the first people of Sarangani which is the lumad (Indigenous People) and associated with the 2,000-year old anthropomorphic (human-shaped) burial jars of Maitum. The festival also coincides with the province’s foundation anniversary every November 28.
Sarangani Bay Festival is celebrated annually during the month of May. The biggest beach festival in the Philippines pays tribute to the protected Sarangani Bay which provides plentiful bounty to the people of Sarangani.
Sarangani is accessible by plane via Manila-General Santos City or Cebu-Gensan. A 20-minute drive from the airport will bring you to Alabel, the capital town of the province. If embarking from Davao City, there are airconditioned buses as well as public utility vehicles which will take travelers to General Santos City within 3 hours. It will then be a 10-minute ride from the city center of General Santos to reach Sarangani Capitol.
Invest in Sarangani
Sarangani is the gateway of the Philippines to the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Located at the southernmost tip of Mindanao, a typhoon-free area, Sarangani is the ultimate investor destination in SOCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato–Sultan Kudarat–Sarangani–General Santos) region besides having several of the best beaches in the Philippines.
The 4,400 sq.kms. of land will cater to a wide array of investment opportunities ranging from light manufacturing and processing facilities, real estate and housing, tourism, beach resorts, hotels and restaurants, recreational facilities, port zone development, industrial zones, milling plants, fruit production, processing of canned fruits and vegetables, production of ornamental plants, furniture, trading, telecommunications, mining, and aquaculture.
Sarangani‘s proximity to the Tambler airport and Makar wharf of General Santos City makes it easy for investors to move products as well as expand the business to nearby provinces. Human resource can be easily acquired plus the investment climate has always been enticing.
Business enterprises looking to start operations in the province are assured of stable power and water supply. Electricity comes from the local electric cooperative and augmented by a 50MW power plant in Alabel. All towns have abundant water supply through sustainable spring development projects.
The creation of the Jose Abad Santos-Glan-Sarangani Cooperation Triangle (JAGS-CT) to boost and improve trading relations with neighboring Indonesian provinces provides a whole new dimension for businesses. Sarangani is the launch pad of businesses in order to market and promote their products on an international scale.
So come and invest in Sarangani. The place will not only provide fresh business opportunities for investors but also presents the chance to de-stress on several of the best beaches in the Philippines all around the province after a hard-day’s work.