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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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Sarangani Bay Festival wins Best National Tourism Event


The biggest beach festival in Mindanao is now recognized as the Best National Tourism Event in Sports, Adventure, and Wellness by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) and Department of Tourism (DOT). This event has grown exponentially through the years and gathers athletes, sports enthusiasts, beach lovers, and their families and friends for a weekend in May. What makes this weekend extra special are the jam-packed activities, the long stretch of white sand beach, and the happy vibe of Sarangani!

This beach festival began in 2006 was done manly to promote the white sand beach of Gumasa Beach, Glan.  This provincial run event started with 3,000 tourists, to now a leap of 74,000++ tourists in 2013.

This beach festival has gathered over 650 athletes nationwide to participate a range of 8 Sports events.  Non-atheletes were also entertained by Zumba by the Bay, Bay Bodies Competition, Nightly concerts, Poi and Zip Clinic, Skim Boarding Clinics and many other activities. Cash Prizes worth P500,000.00 were awarded to winners of these competitions.

In 2013, the tourist spending for the 2-day Festival reached  more than P11 Million. This includes the revenues of resorts from bookings and including the sales from the 80 traders that served food, beverages, selling of dry goods and souvenirs, and including services such as henna tattoos and massage.

Funds were also raised to continue with the Sarbay advocacy of preserving the Sarangani Bay.  Mangrove planting, Coastal Clean Up and Scubasurero were among the activities that were participated by the Local Governments and the public.

Sarbay Festival 2013 thanks all its partners, organizers, participants, the media, and all those who came and make this event a huge success.