Friday, 24 May 2019

SarBay is coming

GUMASA, Sarangani (May 20, 2016) – “On June 3 and 4, join the evolution! Not only Mindanaoans but the people of the Philippines will celebrate Real Change in the biggest beach festival in the country, SarBay Fest 2016!” says the teaser.

Evolution because starting from its inception in 2006 with some 3,000 people, the crowd has grown to 127,000 last year.

Sarbay Fest will again be held at Gumasa Beach in Glan in a new schedule. Despite the change in date, Provincial and Regional Tourism Council president Michelle Lopez Solon guarantees that no one misses out.

“Many college calendars have moved from June to August. Thus, their summer schedule has moved as well. We checked that some are still having final examinations on the last week of May,” Solon said. “So this is why we decided to make it the first weekend of summer for August students and last weekend of summer for June entrants.”

Sarbay Fest is not just about partying and entertainment but a call to preserve Mother Nature.

The #ilovesarbay campaign launched last year is braced up thru partnership with Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum, Inc. (Spectrum).

This time, Sarbay Fest 2016 will install the “commitment wall” to call on party-goers to participate in SarBay’s environmental campaign.

Concessionaires will mandatorily contribute for a minimum of P200 worth of mangrove seedlings and P500 from sponsors will be used by Spectrum to buy the seedlings to be given to the beneficiaries later.

With the expected bigger number of attendees, SarBay Fest is set to unveil evolutionized activities which will also promote Sarangani Bay’s protection and preservation.

On June 3, the extreme sports Swim-Across-the Bay (15 kilometers) and SarBay Bancarera will open SarBay Fest. Powered-up ball games are set preceding Zumba, Fire Dancing and the daring Bay Bodies 2016.

International disc jockeys from Australia and Brazil -- The Lunatics -- are bound to set the foam party agog, sponsored by Talk N’ Text.

On June 4, party-goers may go all out sporty for the Swim-Bike-Run for the environment sponsored by Smart Telecommunications and it includes 1-kilometer swim, 30-km bike, and 8-km run. Individual competition can be joined by both male and female ages 24 and above. Friends of 2 to 3 may opt for relay.

June 4 is also the day to release bangus fingerlings which will then be followed by triathlon. Other ball games will intercede adding up the Drum Beating Competition to the roster of events. The all-night beach party (from sunset to sunrise) will stage Franco band and DJs Jennifer Lee, Ron Poe, Italo and Cathy Frey.

On June 5, at around 6 o’clock in the morning, a clean-up drive is set to entice all the party-goers to join, followed again by the releasing of bangus fingerlings in partnership with CLAFI.

Last year’s SarBay Fest earned a positive feedback in terms of restoring the sanitation of the entire venue. The #lovecleansarbay desk will continue in service 24/7 wherein SarBay citizens are given tokens and gifts for every 10 kilos of trash they bring. More so, additional number of cleaning personnel will be added this year.

Another new feature accessible for SarBay-goers is the Bangsi Cruise which will navigate to the famous beaches and coves in Sarangani Bay.

Interested SarBayers can avail of an all-access pass for P1,000 that comes with a shirt.

Rooms and accommodation are usually fully booked by now. However, tents of different sizes are for rent: Double Tent for 2-3 pax (P2,000), Quad Tent for 4-5 pax (P 2,500).

“We are inviting everyone to come and celebrate SarBay Fest with us. Be part of our environmental campaign, be part of the merry-making and let’s end our summer fun!” said April Marjorie Rudes of Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotions Center.

Making it as the celebration of the incoming Mayor President Duterte administration, Rudes added that this could be the presumptive last SarBay without a curfew. (Cherry Marie Irish D. Cruz / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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