Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:03

Sarangani touts "Sulí Fasaká" as agritourism site in Malapatan

MALAPATAN, Sarangani (August 11, 2022) – Through the leadership of Governor Rogelio "Ruel" D. Pacquiao, the Ronda Probinsya-Social Enterprise for Empowerment and Development (SEED) and Sarangani Women Enterprise Development Assistance (SWEDA) programs delivered various social aids and services to Sulí Fasaká at Sitio Malcutay in Barangay Patag on August 10.

Sulí Fasaká is a small village in Sitio Malcutay inhabited by the Blaan community, eyed to be an agritourism spot in Malapatan for its beautiful location overlooking Sarangani Bay and the mountainous areas of the province.

The area also has potential for growing agricultural products, which can be used by the site's farm-to-table tourism.

Dave Ernie S. Maguan, 29, Sulí Fasaká Association president, said that Sulí Fasaká is a Blaan term which means "love of the new generation for their heritage."

Maguan recalled Sulí Fasaká as a small community before, with 35 families.

"Tungod sa among desire nga makaskwela, napugos mi nga biyaan ning lugara para makaangkon og mas lunhaw nga kaugmaon," said Maguan.

"Pero tungod sa among gugma, nibalik mi diri og mas nidahom nga ma-improve ning lugara og madala ang tanan namong natun-an para sa kalambuan sa lugar og sa mga lumulupyo sa Sulí Fasaká,” Maguan added.

Present during the event were Raquel Panal, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, staff from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources, Governor’s, and Agriculturist’s offices; the barangay council of Patag; and the municipal council of Malapatan.

The said offices assured to provide the needed interventions like training and seminars for the improvement of the operation of the site as well as for the enhancement of the crop production within the area.

During the activity, the OPAG distributed 80 sacks of vegetable seeds and rat poison. They also conducted a validation of the association’s capacity to hold projects from the province.

Maguan also disclosed their plans for the area, which include the construction of a swimming pool, rooms for rent, Indigenous People's attire and accessories for rent, and areas for team-building activities.

As a Blaan community and as an agritourism site, the association also aims to make their delicacies their trademark to be looked forward to by tourists.

Maguan said that through the government’s intervention for the improvement of the site, all members will be given the opportunity to act their role in the operation of the site, where men will do the farming and the women for the site’s operation and food preparation.

As of this writing, Sulí Fasaká can now entertain tourists for day tours only. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE).

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