GUMASA, Sarangani (May 23, 2013) – General Luna band will hit Mindanao’s biggest beach party on May 25 (Saturday night) here with waves of rock-based music. Local DJs Mau, Yancy and Lv from Davao City and DJ Moko from General Santos City will also be performing at all night partying in on May 24 and 25. (SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
GUMASA, Sarangani (May 23, 2013) – A quintet, all-female Filipino artist group General Luna will hit Mindanao’s biggest beach party here with waves of rock-based music, a genre which is largely male-dominated.
Local DJs Mau, Yancy and Lv from Davao City and DJ Moko from General Santos City will also be performing at all night partying in Gumasa, Glan on May 24 and 25.
What first comes to mind about General Luna is the fiercely dedicated patriot who fought with our heroes during the Filipino-American war or anything which relates to masculinity. Surprisingly, behind the rock band name, however, are girls playing a kind of music adored by many aficionados.
But more than the music they play, these girls show off both good looks and talent.
They make heads turn so to speak!
Nicole Asensio is the band’s lead vocals. Composing the rest of the members are guitarists Caren Mangaran and Audry Dionisio, bassist Alexis Montemayor, and drummer Bea Lao.
It has been always rock band for SarBay but this year, it will be all females who will be performing at 10:45 Saturday evening (May 25) in the “Concert at the Bay and Splash in the Sky.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
By SERAFIN N. RAMOS JR.
MAASIM, Sarangani (May 21, 2013) – The open ocean swimming race from Maasim to Glan remains to be the much-awaited sports event in the eight-year history of Sarangani Bay Festival.
A total of 50 swimmers will again invade Sarangani Bay this May 24 to kickoff Sarangani Bay Festival, the biggest beach party in Mindanao. Will a team log the shortest time ever in the history of swim-across-the-bay?
2006 swim organizer Giuseppe Chew described the race as “the Sarangani Bay ultimate challenge.”
It has a distance of about 15 kilometers.
Governor Migs Dominguez said the swim challenge is “one way (also) of helping our swimmers to be able to compete not only in swimming pools but also in international swimming competition offshore.”
“This is not only about winning but also about finishing and conquering,” he added.
On May 18, 2006, only three teams out of six entries finished the first-ever swim across Sarangani Bay witnessed by thousands of spectators.
The Dadiangas Torpedoes of General Santos City (4:05:18 hours) won by just two minutes ahead of MJ Powerpines of Maasim (4:07:12 hours). The Maasim Swimming Team clocked in 4:57:26 for 3rd place.
“This is the longest open ocean marathon swimming competition in the country and probably in Asia,” said Chew.
“I really enjoyed it,” said swimming athlete Ergel Arcinas of the 2006 race. “It was hard on our part since the water was salty and the bay has a strong current. We are used to swimming in the pool.”
The following year, swim teams came from Davao City, Koronadal City, General Santos City, Polomolok, Maasim and the Philippine Navy.
The Gensan swimmers repeated their win and broke their own record that year (2007).
The swimmers finished in record fashion with the Dadiangas Torpedoes A successfully defending their title with a record time of 2:50:15.23 hours and received P40,000 for the top prize.
MJ Fighters B finished second (2:55:01.29 hours) and went home with P25,000 while the Tinoto Dolphins came in third to claim P10,000.
An all-female team from General Santos City clocked in 3:11:17.05 hours.
On May 17, 2008, 10 teams again raced from Maasim to Glan crossing Sarangani Bay in SarBay Fest’s most grueling race and between one of the bay’s narrowest points.
The Swim-across-the-Bay is a brainchild of former Capitol agriculture chief and marine biologist Giuseppe Chew who now lives abroad.
“I could still vividly remember well when I made my suggestion to the floor when we had our first meeting to conduct the Sarangani Bay Festival, everyone was laughing at me,” Chew said in an email. “The suggestion was almost killed if not for Board Member Art Lawa who supported and believed of my grandiose plan,” he said.
Chew said the Swim-across-the-Bay “turned out the best activity then and highly successful.”
He said it is “the longest open ocean swimming competition in the Philippines and probably in Asia.”
“Who would ever believe historic Sarangani Bay (mentioned in Pigafetta epic journal of Magellan’s expedition), the deepest bay in the Philippines can be conquered with human prowess?”
“Even the local Coast Guard commander then did not believe it can be done when I called for a meeting to prepare for the medical emergency plan,” Chew added.
And the rest is history.
Davao tankers ruled the 2008 swim.
The Sta. Cruz Seafoods Inc. team of Davao City outclassed seven others in 3:17:05 hours. However, it did not break the record of Dadiangas Torpedoes (2:50:15.23 hours) who did not field a team in 2008. The official time: Sta. Cruz team – 3:17:05; South Cotabato – 3:20:14, Sultan Team – 3:21:24.
On May 29, 2009, 12 teams joined the swim. The standings: 1st – Sultan Swimming Team (4:10:41); 2nd – Sea Lions (4:11:47) and 3rd – Tinoto Dophins (4:12:28).
In 2010, 1st – Dadiangas Torpedoes (3:16:47); 2nd – Sultan Team (3:22:18); and 3rd – MJ Power Team (3:22:46).
Eventually, Koronadal City’s Sea Lions ruled the seas in 2011. Sea Lions with top swimmer Bonifacio Pagunsan crossed the finish line at 3:41:42. The Philippine Army’s Tinoto Pirates got the second prize (3:53:28) while Dadiangas Torpedoes bagged the third place (4:05:19).
In 2012, the Dadiangas Torpedoes ruled the race for the fifth time. They clocked in 2:57:40 hours, beating nine other teams to the finish line. However, it was seven minutes short of breaking their 2007 (2:50:15.23) record.
Second place was the Sea Lions with 3:02:52 hours, only 1 minute and 40 seconds ahead of Davao’s team GenSan View Resort (3:03:12 hours).
The 2012 race was one of the fastest, next only to the 2007 record.
Veteran Torpedoes member Lawin Dacera’s tip to swimmers? “Our game plan was pretty easy. It’s basically, go out there and swim hard, swim fast and don’t really care if you got last or first. Just have fun.” (Serafin N. Ramos Jr./SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
GUMASA, Sarangani (May 20, 2013) – Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has once again partnered with the provincial government of Sarangani for this year’s Sarangani Bay Run for the Environment.
The fun run, which was organized by the Sarangani provincial government, is one of the highlights of the annual Sarangani Bay Festival.
The run, which Smart is supporting for the second straight year, will help protect and conserve marine resources in Sarangani Bay and Davao Gulf. Proceeds will fund WWF conservation and climate change adaptation projects in Mindanao, as well as the initiatives of Spectrum – a consortium of non-government organizations (NGOs) based in the region.
“We are proud to be part of this worthwhile undertaking. This is not just a fun run to celebrate the Sarangani Bay Festival but also a call to the public to help in efforts to protect and conserve the marine biodiversity in the region,” said Atty. Maria Jane Paredes, head of Smart Public Affairs in Visayas and Mindanao.
The run will be held on March 24 at Gumasa, Glan, Sarangani, home to the famous beach in the southernmost part of the country.
The Sarangani provincial government has been holding the Sarangani Bay Festival since 2006 and activities like the Run for the Environment are in line with its goal to protect and promote the bay and the sea creatures that thrive in those waters.
Sarangani Bay is a 230-km stretch of shoreline that is not only a major source of seafood but is also a fast-rising center of marine eco-tourism in the country.
Smart continuously engages in partnerships with organizations that include LGUs, the academe, NGOs, government agencies and the private sector to help raise awareness on the need to protect and conserve the environment. SarBay Fest live web updates powered by SMART. (SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
By BEVERLY C. PAOYON and RUSSTUM G. PELIMA
GUMASA, Sarangani (May 17, 2013) – In some ordinary days, secluded resorts fronting Sarangani Bay in Gumasa, Glan are yet among the best options in Southern Mindanao to laze away from a hectic city life.
What makes it a perfect hideaway especially for romantic couples is the fact of being just there — sitting next to your beloved towards dusk mesmerized by the setting sun slowly painting the skies in transcending colors of pink, orange and gold illuminating the waters beneath.
It’s placid. Only the ripples of unfurling waters and the oozing sea breeze are usually quite noticeable.
The waters are pristine and the long stretch of powdery white sand just matches the view of the bay and the shores that are lined with coconut trees and native cottages.
But soon enough, just before this summer season ends, this place will be crowd-filled kicking up one’s heels for the biggest beach party in the South. Attendance was pegged at 57,000 in last year’s Sarangani Bay Festival (SarBay Fest) and organizers said they are expecting more people this May 24 and 25, 2013.
Sailboats, banana boats and other water sports like jetski, kayak and skimboard are just few of those stuffs to enjoy with.
SarBay this year will start-off with the usual 15-kilometer swim-across-the-bay and a funrun for the environment. The rest of the two days will be packed with crowd-drawing beach sports activities, concerts and sunset-to-sunrise parties.
SarBay could be among the grandest beach festivals in the country as well.
Unlike the famous Boracay, Gumasa (pop. 2,792) is a secluded spot situated at the southern tip of the Philippine map yet with so much natural beauty. This place is truly breathtaking!
In its foreground is the historic Sarangani Bay whose legends about its origin are spread through word of mouth by generations. This is where Sarangani province and the nearby island municipality were named after.
Sarangani Bay was also believed to have been named after a famous Sangil voyager – Saranganing, who came from the coast of Indonesia and traded with the great Sultanate of Buayan, which is now General Santos City.
But the mystery of its tale lingers due to various versions.
According to Elias Colano, the oldest man alive that Sarangani Information Office interviewed in Balut Island in 2006, “there were two big men who rivaled for a princess” long time ago whose names were Saramanggi and Marama.
Colano narrated: “Because Saramanggi and Marama were eager to win the princess, these two big men fought. Saramanggi picked up a giant clamshell in his hand and cast it on Marama, but did not hit him. The giant shell landed on a mountain. The angered Marama retaliated and took half of the giant shell and threw it back to Saramanggi, but also missed.”
Colano said that in order to maintain their dignity as noble warriors of the tribe, “the two men resolved their rivalry to a diving match where the first to get the bigger fish from the sea wins the princess’ hand.
“Saramanggi dived first, but Marama stabbed him with a pointed bamboo (bangkaw) and killed him. Saramanggi’s blood surged over the sea as a rock began to grow from his corpse,” said Colano. “These are now called the Sarangani Island and Sarangani Bay in honor of the noble man.”
Another legend, as recorded by the municipal government of Sarangani (Davao del Sur), refers to Sarangani and Balut as brothers.
Balut, a homebody, was the favorite of his mother. Sarangani on the other hand was an adventurer who sailed to other places and barter.
Balut died in the island while Sarangani, having gone to places by sea and became known to many, died in some place unknown. And so the bay was named after him.
One more legend also explains the beginning of a place by etymology where the name Sarangani was not ascribed to a person.
The Colano clan in Balut island who are the direct descendants of the first Sangil Sultan in Balut — Sultan Panurat — believes that the name referred to a place.
When their family was fleeing the northern part of Indonesia from the dominion of the Dutch in the mid 14th century, “our forefathers were asked where they were going, they said Sarangine,” according to 80-year old Casili Tabi.
Sarangine, according to Tabi, means “This is our territory” or “We stop here.”
“This was recorded by the chroniclers of (Ruy Lopez de) Villalobos who docked here for more than six months in 1543 in search for provisions as Sarangani, because of the sound,” claimed Sangil Datu Osmeña Salisipan. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Beverly C. Paoyon and Russtum G. Pelima/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (May 16, 2013) – The provincial board of canvassers proclaims Thursday, May 16, the newly-elected Sarangani leaders to serve for the next three years. Second from left is Governor-elect Steve Chiongbian Solon, re-electionist Congressman Manny Pacquiao and Vice Governor-elect Jinkee Pacquiao. The Pacquiao-Solon team aims to bring more development and God-centered governance to the province. Incumbent Governor Migs Dominguez, who is serving his third and final term, has opted to take a break from politics this time. Governor Dominguez has brought three Galing Pook awards to the province for innovation and excellence in local governance. Dominguez is also the country’s first Jesse Robredo Leadership Awardee. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Aiza Cruz/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (May 16, 2013) – Unopposed re-electionist Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Governor-elect Steve Chiongbian Solon who was also unopposed, Vice Governor-elect Jinkee Pacquiao and Board Members-elect George Falgui (1st District), Virgilio Clark Tobias (2nd district), Hermie Galzote (2nd D), Abdulracman Pangolima (2nd D), Alexander Bryan Reganit (1st D), Eugene Alzate (2nd D), Elmer de Peralta, (1st D), Arman Guili (2nd D), Cornelio Martinez Jr. (1st D) and Cesar Nallos (2nd D) are proclaimed at around noon Thursday, May 16, by the provincial board of canvassers at the Capitol. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
By BEVERLY C. PAOYON
GUMASA, Sarangani (May 15, 2013) – A total of 50 swimmers will again invade Sarangani Bay this May 24 to kickoff Sarangani Bay Festival, the biggest beach party in Mindanao.
The swim-across-the-bay is believed to be the longest swim relay challenge in the country.
Ten teams composed of five swimmers will cross the bay exactly 5am from Kamanga, Maasim in a 15-kilometer race which finishes in Tango, Glan.
Event organizer Nimrod Butil said maritime traffic will not close the shipping lane to and from General Santos City’s Makar Wharf during the race.
However, the swimmers “are allowed to cross… subject to no interference with commercial marine traffic,” Butil said.
“Therefore, the responsibility is on each safety boat operator not to allow his swimmer to get in the way of shipping, because shipping has the right of way at all times.”
Part of the mechanics of the swim race is calling participants to stay “50 meters clear of all commercial vessels and navigational buoys at all times.”
“We have perimeter boats and we also have four sweepers yung mga speed boats natin para mas madali yung pag maneuver natin,” Butil said.
The Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine National Police, Maritime Police and some provincial offices will assist as perimeter boat marshals.
An escort boat will be positioned five to 10 meters beside the swimmer who has to execute the minimum 2-minute swim before a relay exchanges at the side of the boat.
Since the swim-across-Sarangani Bay competition, dubbed as “Sarangani Bay Invasion,” began in 2006, race record was noted to be improving each year.
Dadiangas Torpedoes of General Santos City ruled the race last year for the fifth time clocking in 2:57:40 hours, followed by the Sea Lions of Koronadal City with official time of 3:02:52 hours, only a slim difference of one minute and 40 seconds ahead of Davao’s team GenSan View Resort (3:03:12 hours) which ranked third place.
Six new teams have registered to join this year whose interest was sparked by “Palawan challenge, Samal Island challenge and Boracay challenge” where swimmers talked about Sarangani’s swim-across the-bay, Butil said.
Varsity swimmers from De La Salle University and Ateneo are joining the teams of Dadiangas Torpedoes of General Santos City and also teams from Kabacan and Kidapawan. Triathlon athletes from Cebu, Davao and General Santos will also join.
The first three teams to reach the finish line at Beachview Resort in Tango shall be declared winners with the 1st prize of P50,000, 2nd prize – P35,000, and 3rd prize – 25,000, all with medals and trophies. The rest of the team finishers will get a consolation prize of P6,000 each and a medal of “Invaders.”
According to Butil, all swimmers who successfully cross Sarangani Bay will be logged in the “Book of Invaders,” a database recognizing the swimmers’ prowess.
Asked on the significance of the event, Butil said: “It is not only conquering Sarangani Bay. Ang atin doon is to really let it be showcased as a protected area… but hindi lang protected seascape, productive pa rin yung marine habitat nya.”
In some instances, dolphins have joined the swimmers during the relay, Butil said.
Definitely, he said, the true essence why Sarangani is holding the festival every summer is the protection aspect for the preservation of the bay. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
Education volunteers thank Big Brother MigsMAITUM, Sarangani (May 12, 2013) – Over three thousand education volunteers, teachers and stakeholders packed the Maitum Gym to celebrate the successes of Sarangani Big Brother reading program during the culmination day of its sixth season. The overwhelming clamor during the event Thursday, May 9, was for Sarangani Big Brother to continue. Governor Migs Dominguez, who is serving his last term, declared “the best is yet to come tomorrow.” Sarangani Big Brother is one of the projects of Quality Education for Sarangani Today which won for Sarangani the Galing Pook Award 2012 for innovation and excellence in local governance. For more news and updates, please visit the <a href= http://www.sarangani.gov.ph/ > Province of Sarangani </a>. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
RockEd concert tribute to education volunteersMAITUM, Sarangani (May 12, 2013) – Dong Abay (right) and his band the Tanods jam with education volunteers during a tribute concert for them Thursday, May 9, at Maitum Gym. The RockEd Sarangani trip was described by one organizer as “one of the best gigs we’ve ever held since 2005.” RockEd is a volunteer group working to provide venues and events for alternative education. For more news and updates, please visit the <a href= http://www.sarangani.gov.ph/ > Province of Sarangani </a>. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Russel Delvo/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (May 9, 2013) – Maitum Safari Photo Contest winners pose with Elizabeth N. Ramos (center), contest organizer, after the awarding rites Wednesday, May 8, at the 14th Binuyugan Festival and 54th Town Anniversary. They are (from left) 1st placer Ritchie Tongo, a freelance photographer, who won the categories Bangsiyawan and Shoot-out and minor prizes in other categories; Afren de Guzman, 1st runner up in Beach category; 2nd placer Benigno Salcedo and 3rd placer Darwin Dulnoan. The Maitum Safari Photo Contest is the longest running and most prestigious safari contest in the region with the contestants’ nutritional needs hosted by Cresing’s Food Products every year. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (May 8, 2013) – Kids from barangay Mabay help each other to win the palo-sebo (greased bamboo-climbing)contest during the 14th Binuyugan Festival and 54th Town Anniversary with the theme “Paglingon sa Kulturang Kaugalian-Bayang Pinagyaman” held at the municipal park Tuesday, May 7. Palo-sebo (from the Spanish pole grease) is a popular children’s game during town fiestas. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Joylyn Ty/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Binuyugan pageant winnersMAITUM Sarangani (May 8,2013) – Ms Binuyugan Pageant awards the Ms Maitum title to Allyn Hernal, 1st runner-up Adellah Jarabe (right), and 2nd runner-up to Airiz Corpuz (left) Tuesday night, May 7. The pageant is one of the highlights of Binuyugan Festival held at Maitum Gym, venue of the RockEd Sarangani concert with Dong Abay and the Tanods on May 9. The town is also celebrating its 54th foundation anniversary. For more news and updates, please visit the <a href= http://www.sarangani.gov.ph/ > Province of Sarangani </a>. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
Traditional Pinoy games spice up Binuyugan FestivalMAITUM, Sarangani (May 8, 2013) – Senior citizens join the “tumbalata” games of their childhood to spice up the 14th Binuyugan Festival and 54th Town Anniversary with the theme “Paglingon sa Kulturang Kaugalian-Bayang Pinagyaman” held at the municipal park Tuesday, May 7. For more news and updates, please visit the <a href= http://www.sarangani.gov.ph/ > Province of Sarangani </a>. Come and enjoy SarBay Fest in Gumasa on May 24-25, 2013. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
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