Friday, 19 July 2019

Sarbay Fest: A sustainable festival

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - (May 28, 2019) - Days before the annual Sarangani Bay Festival or Sarbay Fest dubbed "the biggest beach festival in the Philippines", organizers urged the locals and tourists to be responsible Sarbay citizens as it positions itself to be the standard for a sustainable festival and the next summer festival capital in the country.

Michelle Solon, Regional and Provincial Tourism Council chairperson, said during the Sarangani Bay Festival 2019 press conference that an amount of P30 will be collected as an environmental fee for every individual who will be attending the festival on May 30 to June 1 in Gumasa, Glan.

“Upon entering the Sarbay Fest area, there is also a 20-peso fee which will go to your Sarbay trash bag where every Sarbay citizen who can collect a minimum of 5 kilos of trash can win an exclusive Sarbay token,” Solon said.

“This year, our trash bag has shifted from plastic containers to sacks since we have already an ordinance banning the single-use plastics in the area,” she added.

Aside from offering a series of water adventure sports, and party from sunset till sunrise for the tourists, Sarbay Fest also continues in campaigning the #ilovecleansarbay on its third year which emphasizes the preservation of ecological wealth in line with the national campaign for sustainable and responsible tourism to preserve the innumerable attractions in the country.

Last May 21, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved a resolution authored by Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta encouraging all beachgoers and hotel owners to refrain from using any single-use plastic and styrofoam materials during the celebration of the Sarbay Fest.

Over a hundred concessionaires will be joining this year’s Sarbay Fest and all of them will be in a zero plastic mode making this year’s Sarbay Fest closer to what everybody really wants to be, where all can party and enjoy. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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