Located at the southernmost tip of the Philippines, Glan boasts of pristine shorelines dotted with strips of powdery white-sand beach resorts facing the Celebes Sea which, hands down, is among the Philippines' best beaches. Among the earliest Christian towns in Mindanao, Glan has heaps to offer both for tourists and investors. Colonial-era structures make Glan even more alluring to visitors.
Visitors can take a quick walk around the quaint town center and experience idyllic life which has not really changed through the years in terms of its calmness. Tourists can also sample several interesting local treats as well as the fresh catch from the local market.
Glan is a leading producer of copra in the region and has survived the ups and downs of the coconut industry. However, as the burgeoning industry of coconut by-products continues to expand plus the demand for coconut surging in the world market, the people of Glan enjoy the benefits as investors are setting up shop throughout the town.
Glan's geographical location has made the town an ideal spot to do business in the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). In fact, it has prepared for international trade by establishing the Jose Abad Santos-Glan-Sarangani Cooperation Triangle (JAGS-CT) along with two other adjacent towns several years ago. Current trading partners include the North Sulawesi province and nearby territories of Indonesia.
During the month of May, Glan hosts the Sarangani Bay Festival, the biggest beach festival in the country. Tourists come and enjoy the calm waters of Sarangani Bay as well as indulge in the fun the Bay Festival has to offer. Glan also has Mahin Festival each April. Mahin Festival features indigenous games to highlight the town's rich cultural heritage.
Every October, Glan showcases the Lubi-Lubi Festival. There is more to the costumes, choreography and musicality in this yearly competition. The colors and faces of Lubi-Lubi Festival every 8th of October reflect Glan's industry and tradition altogether. Almost 90 percent of the town's total land area is planted with coconuts; town folks have both the old and new ways to make a living out of it, from the tree's roots to its leaves; beverages to handicrafts to manufactured products. Street-dancing groups compete in musicality, choreography and costume using indigenous materials from the coconut. Lubi-Lubi Festival reflects an old tradition of Glan, the province's oldest town. Each competing group showcases a particularly old religious belief of the people about the coconut tree; animistic beliefs are brought to life in choreography by rituals of reverence to the tree as a source of blessings such as wind, water and rain, fire, good health, and even life. The Lubi-Lubi Festival celebrates coconut being the major product of Glan which is also one of the oldest town's of Mindanao at 97 on October 8, 2011. Lubi-Lubi performers wearing costumes made of coconut materials dance in the streets where Hispanic houses still stand today. Glan, also known as the "Coco Queen of the South" and the oldest town in Southern and Central Mindanao, is Sarangani's top producer of coconut.
|Position||Name of Officials|
|Mayor:||Victor James B. Yap, Sr.|
|Vice Mayor:||Vivien B. Yap|
|Councilors:||Cyril John Rustico G. Yap|
|Angelito L. Cerna|
|Vannevar B. Alegado|
|Jose Tranquilino L. Ruiz|
|Isidro P. Cañete|
|Eduardo T. Saya-ang, Sr.|
|Bienvenido D. Daquigan, Sr.|
|Pedro B. Lopez, Sr.|