The seat of government of the Province of Sarangani, Alabel features many investment opportunities as well as featuring some of the best beaches in the Philippines. Having an area of more than 52,000 hectares, Alabel is also home to Alson's Aquaculture Corporation, producer of the world-renowned Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus (milkfish). The long stretch of coastline makes it ideal for aquaculture venture while its vast plains and rolling hills are suited for housing, eco–tourism and agri-industrial opportunities.
The capital town's proximity to General Santos City makes it an ideal escape from the hectic and frenzied urban activities as well as the jump-off point to explore Sarangani. A quick tour around the Provincial Capitol complex will show tourists exactly how good governance is practiced in Sarangani Province.
There are several resorts, notably A Montana Resort, which boasts of world-class amenities and delectable cuisine.
Alabel has vast lands available suited for both the upscale and mass housing industries.
The first-ever PPP (Public-Private Partnership) initiated housing project in Sarangani opened its doors to the first batch of occupants in January 2012. Called as "The Capitol Residences", it is the housing project of the provincial government, in joint venture with Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and Sarangani Land and Development Corporation, which translates the commitment of provincial leaders to provide better shelter through medium grade but affordable housing facility for its employees.
Merely a 10-minute drive from General Santos City, more and more people are opting to settle in Alabel in order to enjoy the idyllic and serene ambiance the town has to offer, devoid of the stress that urban living typically provides. And finally, some of the best beaches in the Philippines are just a few minutes' drive from the town center.
Its Kasadyaan Festival during the month of September showcases the fresh produce of Alabel as well as the diligence and discipline its residents are known for.
GLAN- Celebes Paradise
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.
This idyllic town of structured short and narrow roads littered with houses built before the Second World War, has some of the best beaches in the Philippines and a number of marine sanctuaries.
Kiamba also features vast plains ideal for agri-industrial investment as well as mountain ranges, waterfalls, caves and thick rainforests which outdoor enthusiasts will surely delight in, while the town's long stretch of coastline is ideal for those interested to invest in the fishing industry.
The protected Tuka Marine Park is the perfect destination for tourists who are looking forward to unwind and forget everything about the fast-paced and stressful urban life. There are four protected coves in Tuka Marine Park and only Tuka Cove 2 is open to the public. Facing the Celebes Sea, Tuka features fine white sand beach and an awesome coral garden just a few meters away from the coast making it perfect for snorkeling and diving. There are no vendors and hawkers and annoying vehicle noises making Tuka perfect for those who want solitude and serenity.
The town is best enjoyed by taking short walks along the narrow roads to appreciate the colonial architecture. Kiamba is also the place to witness the spectacular Celebes Sea sunset. A perfectly shaped setting sun amidst the explosion of colors in the sky is the perfect cap to a fun-filled day in the town. The village of Badtasan hosts the School of Living Tradition where the Tbolis have preserved their ancient craft of brass-casting. Falel, a hamlet just a 35-minute uphill trek from the town center, is a Tboli community that still practices their age-old tradition of burying their dead on a "lawaan" tree trunk. The trunk is sealed air-tight and is prominently displayed inside their house up until they can overcome their sadness and longing for the departed.
Kiamba is also the hometown of the wife of Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, Jinkee. Congressman Pacquiao is also a registered voter of this town.
Kiamba celebrates Timpuyog Festival every February 14. Timpuyog is an an Ilocano word for unity, a term very appropriate in a town whose populace is a mixture of Ilocanos, Cebuanos, Maguindanaos, Blaans and Tbolis.
Come and visit Kiamba where you will enjoy several of the best beaches of the Philippines.
West of Gen. Santos City is the town Maasim, another fast-rising investment hub of Sarangani Province. Not only ideal for tourism activities as it offer some of Philippines' best dive spot and outdoor trekking though its canyons, Maasim is also open for investors looking for vast tracts of land and natural harbor access.
Maasim has a long coastline that furthermore provides wonderful beach resorts. Perched, on top of a cliff overlooking Sarangani Bay, Lemlunay Diving Resort is among the premiere dive spots in the country. A 30-minute drive from the airport of Gen. Santos City, Lemlunay offers modern accommodation and full amenities. Divers from all over the world have been mesmerized by the underwater beauty this dive spot has to offer.
Going to Maasim mean driving through a world-class highway passing by wonderful sceneries. Canyons and coastal villages, cheerful and accommodating people dots the highway to the town. Going past the town, tourist can experience the Maguindanaon way of life as villages that line the road to Kiamba and Maitum is dominated by Muslim communities.
The mountain villages, home of the Blaans as well as Christian communities, hosts ranches and agricultural plantations of pineapple and banana. Maasim also has extensive industrial investments such as shipyards and a power plant.
Nature. Adventure. Culture. History and Heritage. Maitum is Sarangani's cradle of civilization. Its rich history as well as astounding archeological finds, blended with some of the Philippines' best beaches, waterfalls, distinct biodiversity, mountain ranges, crystal clear rivers make Maitum truly a gem of the Celebes.
Maitum is home to the unique 2,000-year old anthropomorphic jars, an archaeological finding unparalled throughout Southeast Asia. These find were used as burial jars believed to be utilized during the Metal Age in the Philippines around 5 B.C. to A.D. 225. The original jars are now housed at the National Musuem although there are replicas which can be viewed at the town hall.
Legend has it that a when a local princess fell in love with a neighboring Tboli warrior, the father of the princess violently opposed the relationship. The couple subsequently eloped and was not seen ever since. However, at the time of the couple's disappearance, the rivers stones in the place turned to black thus the place earned the moniker "Maitum" (black).
Maitum has a lot of caves that waiting to be explored. The waterfalls and pristine rivers offer an amazing respite from the tolls of urban life. Its thick and dense rainforests are ideal for trekking and backpacking. Hikers could take a glimpse of Maitum's varied wildlife which includes deers, wild boars, and tarsiers. After a day's adventure, visitors can cap it off with the White Water Tubing Adventure. A 1.6 km adventure around the refreshing waters of Pangi River.
The Celebes coastline of the town is a sanctuary of a wide range of turtle species. Tourists can observe hatchlings of Olive Ridley, Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles on several turtle sanctuaries on the villages fronting the Celebes Sea.
Maitum also offer a delicacy that is unique to their place. Women's organization as well as enterprising individual has been producing "marinated bangsi", flying fish which were half-dried on the sun and marinated with local spices. Rice coffee as well as other nutritious and healthy products are also offered by Cresings of Maitum, a thriving family business which endeavors to help indigents by providing employment as well as showcase the traditional delicacies of Maitum.
Malapatan- Gateway of Sarangani Bay
Do not let the looks of this sleepy town fool you. Life may be simple and quaint but this town has a rich history and a proud tradition. Inhabited by Christians, Muslims as well the indigenous people of Sarangani, Malapatan is a great illustration of how different religious beliefs can harmoniously co-exist. It is also the home of the famous Blaan "dreamweavers" who crafts sleeping mats using the designs they have dreamt about.
Malapatan has coconut plantations, rice and corn fields, and many people are also fishermen. The Blaans named the place for "mala" (pepper) and "fatan" (place). Pepper abound the place during the 15th century. Malapatan's coastline is fortified with Mangrove forests and several sites have been declared as marine sanctuaries. Aquaculture is also a leading industry of the town.
With its proximity to the capital town of Alabel and Gen. Santos City, Malapatan is the ideal suburb for those who want to experience a serene but exciting life. Visitors can explore the town center and sample the delicious "tinagtag" (rice crispy) as well as choose from the array of expertly woven colorful "Malongs" (Sarong in other parts of Southeast Asia ). Guest also has the chance to purchase the unique "Banig", hand-made by the "dreamweavers" of the village of Upper Lasang.
The hinterland villages offer captivating landscape which is ideal for those who want to go trekking or even trail biking. Guests will marvel at the majestic rivers and natural cliffs which abound the interior part of Malapatan.
Another interesting point to consider when going to Malapatan is the rich history of the villages of Sapu Masla and Sapu Padidu. One can find Arabic tombstones as well as burial sites which locals' claims were as early as the 15th century containing skeletal remains that may have belonged to early European explorers. Archeologist are presently investigating this claim.
Malungon is Sarangani's gateway to the Davao region. Bordering Gen. Santos City and the province of Davao del Sur, the town offers a lot of potential for business ventures. Investors have already poured in capital for banana, mango, sugarcane and palm oil plantations.
The vast mountain ranges and rolling hills is ideal for eco-tourism activities. Comprised mostly of Christians and Indigenous people and even though it is the only town in Sarangani that does not have a coastline, Malungon will enchant visitors who wish to experience the Indigenous People's way of life.
The Lamlifew School of Living Tradition has been attracting visitors from all over the world. Showcasing the Blaan tradition as well as its amazing craftsmanship, tourists will be treated to an array of activities on this hamlet ranging fro watching the ladies of Lamlifew weave the Tabih to feasting on their local treats.
Mango plantations also abound the town. There are also inland resorts that provide various activities and serve local dishes. Furthermore, the farm of People's Champ and international boxing icon Manny Pacquiao's mango farm is also situated in Malungon.
For investors who want to take opportunity of an emerging market as well as tourists who love the outdoors, Malungon is the perfect place.