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Monday, June 17, 2013

My Summer Fling: Sarangani Bay Fest 2013

Sarangani Bay Fest 2013 proved again why it's the biggest beach party in Mindanao.

Why it's called the biggest beach party is evident in how the number of attendees have grown over the years. From having 3 thousand attendees in 2006, SarBay Fest has drawn 57 thousands people in 2012 and over 70 thousand this year.

Thanks to social media and word of mouth advertising, a silent town like Glan can revamp itself into a place of festivity, making it the province's hotspot for tourism, especially in a time of year when summer is about to bid goodbye.

The two-day Sarangani Bay Fest (May 24-25, 2013) gave tourists and locals a blast as organizers prepared a number of exciting summer-themed activities. Among them were: Swim across the Bay, Sand Sculpture, Beach Volleyball, Beach Football, Skim Boarding Clinic, Pinta sa Baybayon, Sarbay Zumba with the Legendz, Fire Dancing Exhibition, Foam Party, Concert at the Bay and Fireworks Display.

As early as February, resorts have been fully booked for this anticipated event, so they allotted areas near the bay where people who came from all over the region can put up their tents. The tents were put up so close next to each other that you could eavesdrop conversations from people about their lives, drunk or otherwise.

kung mag caregiver ka, I swear kung dili ka ma milyonaryo, mamatay pa ko!”
Adto og Canada, kung di ka mamilyonaryo, pangitaa ko!”
Naa pa kay ipon?” “Naa pero gamay na lng. Mga 30 thousand”

Conversations like these made me proud why I and my friends never got drunk on a night when everyone (almost!) already was.

The second night of Sarbay Fest was probably the most festive of all. Tents of various sizes and colors filled the Gumasa shoreline, people flocked in the party area as local bands rocked the stage, others chose to spend the night with friends in a circle of good foods and drinks. This was no night of reservation.

But the most jaw-dropping part of the night was the fireworks display!

For a brief moment, the revelry had stopped and the only thing owning the night was the perfectly choreographed streak of lights appearing in the sky, one after another, like rockets taking off from land only to explode in a mesmerizing burst of colors in the air.

The view was riveting, breath-taking and magical all the same.

Right after the fireworks display, applause and murmurs of awe echoed along the crowd-infested shoreline while the all-girl rock band General Luna segued to send the thousand of spectators back into merrymaking. Disco and partying came right next, giving Sarbay fest goers the best beach party they deserve.

A lot of stores were also selling souvenirs, keychains and accessories. Some stores were selling tents and slippers.

This is my summer fling. No unnecessary liplocking, no dirty dancing, no flirting – just the festivity and company of good friends are enough to seduce me to come back again to this place, with or without fireworks.

Article written by Izza Aima Montederamos. Check her blog - Alive in Retrospect
Pictures by Paul Jordan Berguia and friends

Monday, June 17, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Deca Wakeboard Park - Newest Action-Packed Leisure in Davao City

After a very stressful week due to an overloaded work, I invited my colleagues to try wakeboarding. I'm actually in to trying something new and something a little extreme. So, we made a plan and it worked well. A big thanks to you guys - The Botikmot Club! :D

We arrived at Deca Wakeboard Park around 1:00pm. The place is super nice and relaxing. They have resto and foods are delicious and available at a low price. The boarding lake is wide enough and it is man made. We saw a lot of riders who are really good in doing tricks and stunts.

Witnessing some breathtaking stunts and first timers who crashed on water made us a little nervous. Those scenes convinced my friends to back out. But I was really decided to give it a try.

For first timers, wakeboard instructors will give you a briefing and instructions on how to succeed on the ride. It is by level. You need to first "pass" the "sitting position" before trying standing on the board. After the first level, you can proceed to squat position and then if you are successful in balancing, you can proceed to pro level - standing on board.

At first try, it was a struggle. You need to make use all of  your strength, hold on tightly on the rope handle and control the board to pass between the 2 balloons. The rope will set loose if you cannot make it between the two balloons. It took me 2 tries before I learned how to control the board and pass between the balloons.

I can say that this activity is very effective in losing weight. If you fall off the board, you need to swim and walk back to the base point to start over again. You should also keep your board with you. And the board is kinda heavy too.

Once you get it right, all you need to do is maintain your strength. Once you pass the balloons, the rope will slightly lose and will immediately drag you again. So you need to pull the rope to bring back your arms on the right position. This ain't easy if you have weak arms - like me! :D

So l passed level 1. The next is the squat position. Now you need to focus on two things - your strength and balancing. As you position on board, you need to balance your body. Back portion of board should be heavy than the front which is difficult because as the rope drags you, almost all of your weight will be on  the front board. To keep the balance, you need to pull the rope hard so your arms and body will not lean forward. If you can get this, the 3rd level will be easy as a  piece of cake - according to the wakeboard instructor.

Unfortunately, on this level I failed! Poor me hahaha! No matter how hard I tried to pull the rope, my arms willingly stretch forward until I needed to let go. And the balancing, I'll consider playing along with that next time until I get it right. :D

The reward on this activity was all body muscle pain, specially on the back and both arms. It took me 3 days to recover from muscle pain. But I will surely try wakeboarding again.

How To Get There

Deca Wakeboard Cable Park is located at Brgy. Tacunan Mintal, Davao City. Price is rated by hours. Please check this link to see the pricing. -

And for contacts and reservation, please visit -

Photos Taken at Deca Wakeboard Park

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 0

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