Sarangani Bay Festival back and bigger this year

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In 2016, the Sarbay organizers, in cooperation with barangay officials, hired 150 locals to clean the Sarbay venue in line with ecologically sustainable tourism as well as provide livelihood opportunities to residents of Gumasa town, host of the beach site. -- SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE

THE Annual Sarangani Bay Festival (Sarbay), which was cancelled last year in consideration of the Marawi siege and the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, will be back this year with a bigger celebration being planned following a commitment of support from the Department of Tourism national office.

Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon and DoT’s Wansa Teo signed last March 8 an agreement for the promotion of Sarbay 2018, scheduled in end-May. This year’s theme, according to a press statement from the provincial government, is “Sarbay United” as “it will feature the best of southern Philippines with the biggest beach party ever.”