The Pinol Cave is located in Barangay Pinol, Maitum, in Sarangani Province. The Pinol Cave was formerly known as the Ayub Cave, and artifacts dated over 2,000 years old have been unearthed in 1991. As recently as 2008, additional artifacts have been discovered by residents. Among the artifacts discovered are potsherds shaped like a woman’s breast and portion of an elbow, skeletal remains, and broken earthen jars. Sarangani is approximately 1,200 kilometers south of Manila. Continue reading
The General Santos International Airport is located in Barangay Fatima in General Santos City. The airport, also referred to as the GenSan Airport by the locals, began commercial operations in 1996. When it opened, it was the biggest airport facility in Mindanao, occupying 600 hectares of real estate. It was built largely on grants from the United States through the United States Agency for International Development. The General Santos International Airport replaced the old Buayan Airport, which is now used by the Philippine Air Force as a satellite station. The airport serves as a primary gateway for the SOCSARGEN (South Cotabato, Saranggani, and General Santos) region. The newly built airport considered as one of the best airports in the country due to the panoramic view of Mount Matutum on its background, a glimpse of the city on one side and the clear Continue reading
Nopol Hills is General Santos City‘s highest camping ground in elevation and gives a good panoramic view of Sarangani Bay and its neighboring towns. Located in Mabuhay, it is 45 minutes away from General Santos City. Nopol Hills is the only land area in the City with 200 hectares or more of tropical forest and animals especially warty pigs. It is a good place for camping and viewing the city at night time. The place also offers scenic view of the City. South Cotabato, Sarangani Province and Sarangani Bay. The commute to Nopol Hills is via unpaved roads to Leyson Cattle Ranch.
The Tampat Shrine is located in Maasim, Sarangani, and is a landmark of recent resting ground, where the Arabian Islam Missionaries and Sultanate in Mindanao are burried during 15th century and cosidered the oldest thomb in the area. It is the shrine of the subordinate ruling Sultanates of Maguindanao. The oldest tomb of this place dates back to the earlier years of our ancestors. The tomb had been a place of reverence among Muslims throughout Mindanao, who brought stones as offerings. Continue reading
Gumasa Beach is located in Glan, Sarangani and is a popular beach destination in this southern part of Mindanao. It is a long stretch of powdery white sand beaches with alluring beauty of paradise, bountiful fresh coconut fruits and open grassland. Gumasa Beach serves as the epicenter of the annual Sarangani Bay Festival (Sarbay Fest), one of the country’s biggest beach party in the country. Over 40,000 attendees from all over the country, including foreign visitors, party non-stop for 3 days and 2 nights in Glan’s renowned attraction. But when the music dies down, the fishing village switches back to its paradisaical state. Only the orchestra of waves sweeping the powdery shores, the sweet chirps of birds, and the bristles of swaying coconut trees filled the airwaves. Fiery sunsets, tranquil tides, and two kilometers of white sand – Gumasa Beach in its Continue reading
The Sangil (Sangir, Sangihe, Sangu, Marore, Sangirezen, Talaoerezen) are the people who live in the Sangihe and Talaud island group, and in the southern coast of Mindanao about Sarangani Bay. The population is concentrated in Balut and Sarangani islands (2,085) off Mindanao, and Jose Abad Santos (685) in the province of Davao del Sur where there are a total of 4,322 (NSO 1980). The national population is some 10,344 (NM 1994). They speak a language with Indonesian affinities. Islamic in influence, much of the indigenous culture has changed and been absorbed into the coastal societies, especially into the Kalagan group. The culture is associated with lowland and coastal adaptations with Continue reading
The B’laan (Bilaan, Balud, Baraan, Biraan, Bilanes, Blan, Buluan, Buluanes, Koronadal, Sarangani, Taglagad, Tagalagad, Tacogon, Tumanao, Vilanes, Bubluan, Buluanes) are principally located in the province of Davao del Sur where they number about 94,885. The core areas of the group are in the municipalities of San Marcelino (10,953), Malita (7,776), J.A. Santos (7,568), and Sarangani (5,563)(NSO 1990). They are now widespread in the South Cotabao and Sultan Kudarat areas with an estimated total population of 450,000. Traditionally, the B’laan inhabit the hills behind the west coast of Davao gulf abutting the Bagobo territory to the north and the watershed of Davao and Cotabato. In very recent times they have Continue reading
The 18-hectare farm in Barangay Banahaw, Malungon, Sarangani used to be home for more than a thousand fighting cocks and cockfighting events. But after Pacquiao’s lifestyle change, the farm is now empty, save for the mango trees. Galleria Emmanuel exhibits photos of significant events in the career of internationally-acclaimed boxing icon and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao. Native inspired sculptures by artist Kublai Millan are also main attractions in the farm. A souvenir shop along with a lounge is also available where one can buy PacMan memorabilia’s and sample local food. Pacman farm is next to Tibo Hill and is located in Province of Sarangani, Soccsksargen, Philippines.
The S’lang Festival is celebrated every July in Malungon, Sarangani Province. This festival showcases the town’s abundance of upland products and the rich cultural heritage of the Blaans and Tagakalos. It’s celebration coincides with the founding anniversary of Malungon every 15th of July. The meaning of the Blaan word “S’lang” is a place of socialization and trade. Malungon is a melting pot of different tribes of Mindanao, specifically the Blaan, Tagakaolo and Kalagans. Even today, tribal culture and heritage is very much alive. In each community or barangay you will find not only the barangay officials but also the tribal chieftains. This form of government among the tribes practice until today the tribal Continue reading