Sarangani wins an ASEAN Tourism Association Award

A surprise gift of Ms. Gina Lopez and the Green Initiative of Abs -Cbn Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation to Sarangani is the 2014 ASEANTA Award. Abs-Cbn as a partner of Sarangani in community based tourism initiatives enrolled the New La Union River Tubing and Eco Park as a contender for ASEAN Tourism Association’s search for Tourism Best Practices. It was in January 26, 2015 in Myanmar that the New La Union River Tubing and Eco Park through Ms. Gina Lopez, was commended for the successful cultural preservation of the Tboli tribes of Sarangani through Tourism.


One of the highlights of a tourist’s visit to New La Union River tubing and Eco Park is being greeted by the Tboli performers. Another attraction is seeing the Tboli basketry works used for farming and very soon for sale to the public.

This recognition is another achievement on the sleeve of Sarangani Province. The Provincial government through its Sulong Tribu Program supports the Indigenous People’s interests through School of Living Tradition, Strengthening of Tribal Councils, Promotion of Cultural preservation by supporting Cultural Masters, Economic Empowerment through Education, IP agriculture, IP estates, and tourism.

Sarangani also received in 2014 the Pearl Award for Best Tourism Event in Sports, Adventure and Wellness for Sarangani Bay Festival.



The Sarangani Bay Festival (also known as Sarbay Fest) has become a Summer Brand that attracts beach goers and athletes from all over the Philippines.  Sarbay Fest started in 2006 will now be celebrating its 10th year this May 2015.  Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon promises this 2015 “to be bigger and better than the last Sarbay”.  This Festival was awarded the Pearl Award Grand Winner for Best Tourism Event in Sports, Adventure, and Wellness by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) and Department of Tourism (DOT).

In 2014, Sarbay Fest was able to attract:

120,000+ tourists

830 Athletes competing in 9 Sports Events

With over Php 700,000 worth of Cash Prizes

More than 1,000 pitched Tent Accommodation

And Tourist Spending Receipts of over Php34 Million Pesos

The Online Launch presents the premier teaser of Sarbay Fest 2015 with this video:

In a matter of 24 hours, the news was well received and has gone viral with over 170 shares on facebook and more than 2,500 views! It will be no wonder that this year’s Sarbay Fest will be bigger than last years. As early as January, the province of Sarangani has began their preparations for Sarbay Fest’s 10th year.



Take note also of the date and start planning your way to Sarbay 2015!

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