Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sec. Roxas distributes patrol jeeps

By MELODY JOY J. COSEP

ALABEL, Sarangani (May 22, 2015) – Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II delivered seven patrol jeeps to Sarangani for the police station in every municipality.

“In the entire Mindanao, Sarangani Province is the first to receive these police security equipment,” Roxas said during the turnover ceremony Friday (May 22) at the provincial police office.
                 
“I know that security is one of the most important issues nowadays,” Roxas said. “Your municipalities are far from each other, and we need to focus on the safety of every resident.”

With Roxas was Cong. Carol Jayne Lopez of YACAP Partylist.

At the turn-over ceremony were Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon, provincial board members, mayors and vice mayors of every municipality, provincial director PSSUPT Emmanuel Peralta, DILG Sarangani staff, and officers of the PNP Sarangani.

“To Sec. Roxas, we would like to thank you for all the help you have given to Sarangani Province,” Governor Solon said.

Governor Solon said the province is “blessed to receive the patrol cars that will be downloaded to each municipality, specifically Maasim, Kiamba, Maitum, Alabel, Malapatan, Glan, and Malungon, to fight crimes more efficiently.”

Roxas bared the second phase “will be brought about to distribute nearly 940 jeeps for our public safety companies, Regional Public Safety Battalions (RPSB), other maneuver forces, Special Action Forces (SAF), and the like in order to hasten our response in different incidents.”

On the other hand, Governor Solon told the audience that since 2013, the DILG’s SALINTUBIG project has reached about P68 million in Sarangani Province

The Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) Program or the Provision of Potable Water Program is a tripartite program of the Department of Health, DILG and National Anti-Poverty Commission.

It is designed to supply water systems for 455 waterless municipalities, barangays, health centers and resettlement sites; and enhance the capacity of LGUs/water service providers in the planning, implementation and operation of water supply facilities. The program is expected to increase by 50% the water service for the waterless population; reduce by 20% the incidence of water-borne and sanitation related diseases; and improve access of the poor to sanitation services by 10% by 2015. 

“The Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting (BUPB) Projects have spread out to each municipality benefiting all the constituents of our province. For that, we’d like to thank you (Sec. Roxas),” the governor said. (Melody Joy J. Cosep/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Why Sarbay is biggest beach festival

By BEVERLY C. PAOYON

GUMASA, Sarangani (May 22, 2015) – There are reasons why Sarbay is the biggest beach festival in the Philippines.

The Sarangani Bay Festival, or popularly known as Sarbay, is a premier summer beach festival held at the white sand beach of Gumasa strip in the town of Glan.

The festival was formally incepted in 2006 by the provincial officials that time with Migs Dominguez as governor.

As the years passed by, the potential growth of Sarbay has been fully realized until it reached the distinction as the biggest beach festival in the country.

One proof of this is the multiplying number of tourists coming to SarBay each year.

Michelle Solon, Sarangani Tourism Council president, explained why Sarbay has the rightful claim to be the biggest beach festival in the country.

“Yes, we are the biggest (number of tourists) followed by La Boracay that happens every Labor Day (May 1) in Boracay.”

On the two-day (May 15–16) span of SarBay 2015, the provincial government tallied around 127,000 tourists that came to the festival from May 14-17.

Sarbay 2014 gathered an estimated 120,000 tourists according to the Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotion Center.

These tourists came from different regions of Mindanao, Visayas, and even as far as Luzon.

Sarbay has never ran out of foreign tourists too. Beach lovers from the United States, Australia, and Canada rush to the Philippines once the date of the next Sarbay is announced.

Solon said she was pleased with the “successful turnout of people that came to Sarbay. We thank the athletes, the beach enthusiasts and the support of Sarbay citizens (frequent Sarbay goers).”
The second proof that makes Sarbay as the biggest beach festival in the country is the awards it has received in its decade of existence.

In 2012, Sarbay was awarded First Runner Up and garnered in 2013 the Grand Champion as Best Tourism Event of the Philippines in sports and adventure category by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and Department of Tourism.

“Nakikita po natin na talagang nagtatake-off na masyado ang tourism ng Sarangani,” Solon said crediting it to the efforts of the provincial government as well as to Sarangani congressman and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao for bringing the name of Sarangani into “a platform at the international scene.”

Another proof is the promulgation of environmental advocacies for Sarbay, making the festival not just the biggest but also the cleanest.

During the Sarbay 2015, the provincial government of Sarangani launched #ilovecleansarbay in order to promote responsible partying while in the cradle of nature.

Because of this, party-goers participated in the clean-up drive the day after SarBay 2015, Sunday, May 17, led by the local government units of barangay Gumasa and municipality of Glan, and private partner Smart Communications.

The Alcantara Foundation also took part in this initiative by releasing 100,000 bangus fingerlings to Sarangani Bay.

Solon said that her husband, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, has “envisioned a clean Sarbay festival.”

“It turned out that our Sarbay goers can be responsible tourists! All I can really say now is ‘Sumusulong na talaga ang ating Sarangani’,” said Michelle Solon who also chairs the Regional Tourism Council.

Over the years, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said, the popularity of Sarbay “has grown by leaps and bounds” and revealed the secret to a successful tourism campaign which is “sustainability and continuity.”

A lot of the province’s tourism products, he said, are crafted way back from the provincial government past administrations.
“We just improved it. We engaged partnerships with big private sector groups to help us develop tourism areas.”

The governor thanked Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, San Miguel, Delimondo, KCC Malls and 2GO for supporting Sarbay 2015. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Sarbay: Philippines' biggest beach fest

By BEVERLY C. PAOYON

GUMASA, Sarangani (May 22, 2015) – Sarangani Bay Festival, or more known now as Sarbay, continuously establishes its status as the biggest beach festival in the Philippines.

This was proven by Sarbay 2015 on May 15–16. According to the Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotion Center, an estimated 127,000 tourists — domestic and foreign alike — came to the white sand beach of Gumasa strip in Glan and experienced a one-of-a-kind summer party.

Melody Cosep, a first-timer of Sarbay, testified to this and shared her experience of Sarbay 2015.

“I don’t usually party. I mean, I do not party at all. I came to Sarbay because of my job-related duties as part of the documentation team, but I never expected that I would experience the fun beyond my expectations,” Cosep stated.

She described her entire weekend as an “absolute thrill!”

“Watching the activities that were taking place made me forget all the stresses I am facing,” said Cosep, a law student from General Santos City.

“Summer Party at the Bay was immensely exhilarating! I did not anticipate anything because I had only one idea of the term foam party and it’s the thought of dancing under a shower of bubbles,” Cosep narrated.

“My cousin and I stayed at the VIP area at around nine in the evening, and the next thing we knew, it was already dawn! We both returned to our hotel room very wet with foam and paint and a bit groggy, but with no regrets at all,” she added.

Yet even for this, Cosep said that the best part of her Sarbay experience was the “Splash in the Sky.”

“It was honestly the best fireworks display I have ever seen so far! What made it even better was because I watched it together with my family. My younger siblings were more than amazed at how colorful the dark sky appeared. The blaze of beautiful shades of light made everyone around us astonished that all we can hear and say is recurrent screaming and clapping,” Cosep said.

“Words are not enough to describe the splendour of Sarangani Bay, the pristine waters of the Sarangani beaches, the elegance of the Sarangani people, and the grandeur of Sarbay Fest 2015,” Cosep said.

“I will definitely be back next year!”

Aside from the nightly parties, Sarbay also features activities and events that provide other recreation for tourists, making the festival a perfect venue to have fun every summer. Among these are the Pinta sa Baybayon, sand sculpture, kite flying competition, and Zumba dancing.

Sarbay is also a hub for sports enthusiasts and athletes alike as sports competitions such as the 15-kilometer Swim-Across-the-Bay, triathlon, beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee, swimming, and banca (boat) racing are present in the festival.

One of the most unique aspects of Sarbay Fest, unlike any other beach festivals, is its constant promotion towards environmental preservation and cleanliness.

On the recent Sarbay 2015, a clean-up drive within the entire Gumasa shore was initiated by the provincial government and Smart Communications to promote responsible partying.

With all of these present, Sarbay Fest can be at par, if not surpass, any other beach party in the country. Sarbay can easily contend with “high-end” parties held in Boracay.

As the years passed by, the number of tourists coming from different places outside Mindanao is steadily increasing, making the attendees of Sarbay more diverse and colorful.

With the recent 10th Sarbay, it was already clear that undermining Sarbay is inappropriate anymore. A clear proof of this is the number of corporate giants in the country that are backing the fest such as Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, San Miguel, Delimondo, KCC Malls and 2GO.

Sarbay also boosted the economy of Sarangani, as it opened more opportunities for entrepreneurs to establish their businesses --specifically those that are related to food and tourism.

Safe to say, Sarbay, undeniably, has indeed grown to become the biggest beach festival in the Philippines. And confidently, it will hold this distinction for the next years to come. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gov. Steve unites SarBay citizens


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) - Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon gives away shirts to SarBay-goers on the last day of the festival, May 16th. The jovial governor partied with the crowd as bands and disc jockeys in Globe’s Summer Takeover revved-up SarBay 2015 with a spice!(Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Hot DJ big hit at SarBay


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) - Patty Tiu of Deuce Manila takes her gig outside of Metro Manila and goes down south to rock Sarbay 2015 Saturday, May 16. She is undoubtedly one of the hottest female DJs in the country as she brings out the party animal in every SarBay party goer. Tiu was one of the DJs that Globe Telecom brought to SarBay 2015. (Christian Cuaresma for SARBAY DOCUMENTATION TEAM)

Powerspoonz blends with crowd


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) - Powerspoonz, a rock reggae band from Cebu City, blends in with the crowd and takes a taste of the biggest beach festival in the country. The band, without a doubt, intensely gave out an all-out performance for Sarbay Fest 2015 during Globe’s Summer Takeover of SarBay. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Powerspoonz rocks SarBay 2015


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) - Powerspoonz, a rock reggae band from Cebu City, heats up the crowd at Globe’s Summer Takeover of the Philippines' biggest beach festival, May 16. Bands and Disc Jockeys from the local and national spectra end up SarBay Fest 2015 with a bang, rocking the house with their powerful music and colorful rave party. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Globe’s Summer Takeover draws big crowd


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) - Globe Telecommunications as one of the biggest sponsors of SarBay 2015 brought the best local and national bands along with the hottest disc jockeys of the country to bring the biggest bang on the last night of SarBay 2015 on May 16, Saturday. National bands such as Quest and Powerspoonz, and disc jockeys Ashley Rivera, Travis Monsod, Marc Marasigan and Patty Tiu (Deuce) fired up SarBay citizens from night until dawn. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Globe takes over SarBay with hit bands, DJs


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) - Jose Villanueva, better known as Quest, a Filipino singer and songwriter, jams with SarBay citizens May 16 during the Globe Summer Takeover of SarBay 2015. He then performed his original composition "Sige Lang" which garnered positive feedback from the listeners. Quest along with the rock reggae band from Cebu, Powerspoonz and disc jockeys Ashley Rivera, Travis Monsod, Marc Marasigan and Patty Tiu (Deuce) ignited the SarBay citizens from night until dawn. (Christian Cuaresma for SARBAY DOCUMENTATION TEAM)

Globe brings in DJs, bands to SarBay


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) - The 2015 Sarangani Bay Festival ends with a bang, as Globe brings in Quest, Powerspoonz (rock/reggae band from Cebu), FHM model and DJ Ashley Rivera, DJ Marc Marasigan, DJ Travis Monsod and DJ Patty Tiu (Deuce) Saturday, May 16. Globe is one of the biggest sponsors that heated-up the festival. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

FHM model turns on SarBay crowd


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) - FHM model and  Disc Jockey, Ashley Rivera, turns on the crowd during the last night of the biggest beach festival of the Philippines, Sarbay Fest 2015, with her groovy party beats on Saturday, May 16. Rivera, alongside fellow DJs Marc Marasigan, Travis Monsod and Patty Tiu (Deuce) blazed the night and kept the crowd craving until dawn in Globe’s Summer Takeover of the festival. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR'S OFFICE)

Globe Telecom sponsors all-night beach party at Sarbay 2015

By MELODY JOY J. COSEP

GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 20, 2015) – Considered as the biggest beach festival in the Philippines, Sarangani Bay Festival 2015 celebrated its Concert at the Bay in Gumasa Cove with thousands of “SarBay citizens” on May 16.

Hosted by the major provider of telecommunications services in the Philippines, Globe Telecom, the main performers of the night were the nationally renowned artists, Quest, a hip-hop and R&B singer and Powerspoonz, a reggaeton fusion rock band from Las PiƱas and Cebu, respectively.

The crowd of more than 100,000 SarBay citizens wildly partied all night from nine o’ clock in the evening until almost 4am. during Globe’s Summer Takeover of the beach festival.

The Very Important Persons (VIP) area was fully occupied and the railings all over the place almost collapsed because of the massive number of people outside the VIP spot who sang, danced, and rocked along with the bands.

“The first SarBay Fest in 2005 was attended by only 100 persons. This 2015 is just our 10th year anniversary, but we have already reached up to 100,000 participants. Congratulations to all of you who have been part of this momentous occasion! I hope and pray that there will be more locals and tourists who will join us next year and in the coming years. May you all have fun and enjoy tonight’s party!,” Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon told the crowd.

Gov. Solon also acknowledged and thanked all the organizers behind the event who have worked relentlessly for the success of SarBay Fest 2015, commending their magnanimity, selflessness, and zeal, especially in its tourism promotion.

At midnight, the Splash in the Sky, popularly known as the fireworks display which lasted for ten minutes flabbergasted everyone in and out of the vicinity.

“This was the best fireworks display that I have ever seen my entire life! The dark and gloomy night seemed so full of life because of the vibrant colors that painted the sky. My friends and I never said a word. We were just dumbfounded. The best SarBay so far!,” said a SarBay Fest five-time attendee.

Right after that, Globe Telecom thru Manic Nightnings Production also presented four prominent club disc jockeys (DJs) namely Ashley Rivera, Marc Marasigan, Travis Monsod, and Patty Tiu (Deuce) who brought the house down by their expertise in selecting, mixing, and playing lively music that hyped up everyone.

Michelle Lopez-Solon, the Regional and Provincial Tourism Council president, is very grateful to Globe Telecom and to other partners and sponsors as well for making SarBay Fest 2015 a fun-filled one, worth celebrating every year. (Melody Joy J. Cosep/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)

Glan artists sweep sand sculpture awards


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 21, 2015) – This is the winning sand sculpture of underwater creatures made by the Glan team of Keith Laride, John Rosco, John Pezario, Kirth Laride and Rudy Campus. The 2nd placer is also from Glan and the 3rd placer is from Glan as well. (Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr./SARANGANI TOURISM AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION CENTER)

Gumasa beach patrol


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 21, 2015) – Police make the rounds of Sarbay Fest event venues before the start of the May 15-16 festival with hundreds of policemen deployed securing the site. Maritime police also patrolled the coastline. (Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr./SARANGANI
TOURISM AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION CENTER)

Maasim wins Sarbay Bancarera


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 21, 2015) - Federico Canoy from Colon, Maasim wins the Sarbay 2015 Bancarera with a prize of P40,000. His team mate Joviro Veresraiz came in third with P10,000. Second place went to Sam Bastida from Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur gaining a P20,000 prize. The event was hosted by Bombo Radio Gensan headed by station manager Janjan Macailing. (Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr./SARANGANI TOURISM AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION CENTER)

DJ Ashley live at Sarbay


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 21, 2015) - FHM model and Disc Jockey Ashley Rivera performs at the biggest beach festival in the Philippines, Sarbay Fest 2015, with her groovy party beats on May 16. Rivera and DJs Marc Marasigan, Travis Monsod and Patty Tiu (Deuce) kept the crowd craving until dawn in Globe’s Summer Takeover of the festival. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Globe takes over final Sarbay night


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 21, 2015) - The 2015 Sarangani Bay Festival ends with a huge partying crowd as Globe brings in Quest, Powerspoonz, DJ Ashley Rivera, DJ Marc Marasigan, DJ Travis Monsod and DJ Patty Tiu (Deuce) on May 16. Globe is one of the biggest sponsors that heated-up the festival. (Jake Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Jamming with Quest at Sarbay


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 21, 2015) - Jose Villanueva, better known as Quest, jams with SarBay citizens May 16 during the Globe Summer Takeover of SarBay 2015. He performed his hit "Sige Lang", and along with Powerspoonz and disc jockeys Ashley Rivera, Travis Monsod, Marc Marasigan and Patty Tiu (Deuce), kept SarBay citizens partying from night until dawn. (Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr./SARANGANI TOURISM AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION CENTER)

Powerspoonz rocks biggest beach party


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 21, 2015) - Powerspoonz, a rock reggae band from Cebu City, takes the Sarbay Fest crowd by storm in the biggest beach festival in the country. The band’s intense performance completes Globe’s Summer Takeover of SarBay. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

Rain can’t stop Sarbay party


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani (May 21, 2015) - Disc Jockey Marc Marasigan and party emcee Victor Pring take a groufie with the hyped-up crowd in the VIP area of the rave party hosted by Globe Telecom during the last night of Sarbay Festival 2015 on May 16. Despite the rain, the party kept rocking until dawn, with waves of people jumping up and down to the beat. (Dave John Jugar for SARBAY DOCUMENTATION TEAM)