Sand, Sea, and Sun in Glan, Sarangani
|The idyllic Gumasa Beach in Sarangani|
While we wanted to explore the whole province, we were taken aback by our limited time and so we just decided to spend a night in the town of Glan for us to be able to visit the popular Gumasa beach.
How to go to Glan:
- Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly daily from Manila to General Santos City. The flight is approximately an hour and a half.
- From the General Santos Airport, take a multicab to KCC mall or the city proper. This will take around 30-45 minutes. Fare is Php 50.
- Just across the side entrance of KCC Mall (at the back of Veranza) is the van terminal to Glan. Travel time from GenSan to Glan is about an hour. Fare is Php 100.
- At Glan town proper, take a tricycle (Randy-09263532253) to your resort of choice. Ours was Brod Louie Resort in Taluya Beach. Fare is Php 100 per way. Travel time is around 20 minutes. Make sure to book the tricycle for your return trip to Glan town proper as there are very few tricycles plying this route.
|Van from GenSan to Glan|
Where to stay in Glan:
While the Adarna brothers' resorts such as Rosal Beach Resort (thanks to Kris Aquino's influential TV show shot on location here), White Haven, and Coco Beach Resort on Gumasa beach are popular, these resorts have also gained a number of negative feedback in the social media world. Many say rooms are overpriced and service is terrible. I don't have any idea about the truth behind these stories but to be on the safe side, I opted to book a room in another resort located five minutes away from the fabled "Boracay" of Mindanao.
Brod Louie Resort
|The main cluster|
|The aircon room|
|Toilet and bath|
|Big house perfect for functions|
|Pathway to the beach|
|Brod Louie Resort's beach front|
|To the left is another resort popular for campers|
|To the right are beautiful rock formations|
We asked the resort's staff about the real score in Gumasa Beach. Admittedly, they said the three Adarna resorts have strict rules especially with daytrippers. For Rosal Beach Resort, an entrance fee of Php 50 per pax is imposed, and guests are obliged to rent a cottage. It's a good thing that one of the resort's staff overheard us and recommended her daughter to tour us in Gumasa Beach without passing through any of the three resorts' entrance. How? She has a friend who takes care of Manny Pacquiao's beach property in Gumasa. The staff said her daughter can take hubby and I there on her motorcycle at Php 80 roundtrip. Deal!
|A peek at Pacquiao's property|
|The sand is indeed as fine as Boracay's|
|Manny Pacquiao's native hut|
|This part is near White Haven Resort|
|This iconic rock is right in front of Pacquiao's property, and not of Rosal's|
|The mandatory "Kris Aquino" pose on this rock where she shot an episode of KrisTV|
|White Haven Resort's beachfrront|
|It would have been nice to catch the sunset here|
After taking photos, we went back to Brod Louie Resort to catch the sunset. It's a wise decision since sunsets from this part of the globe are exceptionally vibrant.
- If you are staying in Brod Louie Resort, make sure to bring food enough for the duration of your stay. Better to buy supplies in KCC Mall in GenSan as the public market in Glan may have limited offerings, too. Brod Louie Resort doesn't have a restaurant but they sell cold booze at fair prices. There's a grilling area that you can use free of charge.
- You can't eat at the three resorts in Gumasa beach if you are not their guests.
- If you are travelling alone, you can take a habal-habal instead of a tricycle from Glan town proper to the resort. Fare is Php 30.