Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sarangani Bay

Since I was already in South Cotabato and I’ve been hearing Sarangani from Congressman Manny Pacquaio which he represents in the House of Congress, I compeled myself to drop by. I took a jeeney ride from General Santos City to the capital town of Alabel and I went straight to the Ladol Beach by hiring a tricycle.

On my way to the bay I passed by a house which grills fish for sale. I was tempted to eat because I know that the fish are fresh straight from the sea. I ordered tinap-anan fish for only 15 pesos each and ordered rice to complete my meal. I enjoyed eating and then later went to the shore. I saw so many fishing boats at the bank. I saw some people fishing and making a net. Some young boys were playing a local game at the houses nearby the shore. It was quite simple life to live in Sarangani.

Sarangani Bay is in Sarangani province which became independent in the year 1992. It belongs to the SOCCSKSARGEN or Region XII of the Philippines. It is an acronym that represents South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City.

Sarangani has an area of 2, 890 sq. km with seven municipalities. It boasts of eco-tourism adventures such as white water tubing at the rapids of Pangi river in New La Union. White sand beach of Gumasa comes alive during the Sarangani Bay Festival on May. Sarangani is also home to several ethnic groups that give a colorful culture.

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