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.