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Glan

For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear Glan, Sarangani is the crescent-shaped stretch of white sand beach many dub as the “Little Boracay of the South”, Gumasa Beach.

Every third week of May, the shores of Gumasa Beach come to life and it transforms from the quiet, idyllic paradise into the heart of the beach party extravaganza, Sarangani Bay (Sarbay) Festival. The Sarbay Festival brings in thousands of tourists to the town with events and activities like skimboarding competitions, fire dancing exhibitions, and the Sarbay drum beating competition.

But while this has certainly done its fair share of uplifting the tourism of Glan, there is so much more to this town than just being the picturesque setting of a fun-filled night of music and dancing by the beach. After all, the oldest municipality in the whole of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region is bound to have hidden treasures in the area.

Glan is one of the places considered as a heritage town due in part to the many ancestral houses in the area mostly built during the American period. A well-known heritage house is the Emilio Alegado Colonial House, the residence of the first elected municipal mayor of Glan.

Different from the other ancestral houses in Glan, Hacienda Don Juan is located by the bay. A farm ranch property that has been converted into a private resort, the two-storey ancestral house has been made into a museum.

Gumasa Beach isn’t the only eco-tourism destination in Glan. Divers looking to explore the waters of Sarangani should head to the Kapatan-Lago Dive Site.

If loud beach parties aren’t your thing, visit Glan on the month of May and celebrate with the locals as they hold the Lubi-Lubi Festival to commemorate the founding anniversary of the town. Watch the performances of the participants of the colorful street dance parade wearing costumes made from lubi (coconut).

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