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Sarbay Fest 2022 ends with bike and plant activity

ALABEL, Sarangani (June 2, 2022) – Some 132 bikers from SOCSKSARGEN Region joined the first-ever Sarbay Fest Sea-kad (bike and plant activity) on May 29.

Participating cyclists pedalled from the Capitol grounds in Alabel town to the mangrove forest in Malapatan and ended at Mt. Sabrina Resort in Glan.

A total of 300 mangrove seedlings were planted during their stop at Purok Upper Lasang in Barangay Sapu Masla, Malapatan.

Aside from promoting a healthy lifestyle, April Marjorie Rudes, provincial tourism officer, said “the activity also intends to foster unity among the different groups of cyclists kasama ang lahat ng ating Sarbay citizens and stakeholders in the conservation and preservation of our natural resources.”

Special awards were also given for the oldest biker, biker with the most unique outfit and the most punctual, who each received cash prizes and tokens.

Lino Basilio, 65, a biker from Koronadal City who was the oldest among the participants said “aside sa bike activity, isa sa mga pinaka-nagustohan ko dito ay ang mangrove planting kasi we are doing this one not just for ourselves but also for our environment.”

Also, this year’s Sarbay Fest highlighted the collection of the crown of thorns (COTs) along the coastal communities of Glan and Maasim towns.

During the four-day collection activities which started on May 25, some 46,156 COTs were collected.

For tourism recovery initiatives, there was also a two-night Chill Spot conducted at Coco Beach Resort in Gumasa, Glan to help the tourism establishments affected by the two-year hiatus brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

An eco-youth camp which was participated in by around 100 young individuals from SOCSARGEN Region was also conducted during the celebration of Sarangani Bay Festival. The activity was done to engage the youth in their responsibilities as future stewards of nature.

The success of this year’s Sarangani Bay Festival was made possible through the efforts of the Provincial Local Government Unit of Sarangani headed by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon together with Deputy Speaker Congressman Ruel Pacquiao, Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta, all the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members and all the municipal officials of Glan and Maasim, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape-Protected Area Management Board, and other stakeholders.

This year’s festival was anchored on the theme “Wake Up Sarbay” in line with the festival’s comeback after its two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. taken on May 29 at the Capitol grounds during the Sea-kad bike and plant activity.

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