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Its quaint colonial ambiance amid picturesque scenery has hit the spot with tour holiday-makers who have come to embrace the town as their destination of choice, especially in the summer, when the beaches come alive with the Mahin (Beach)  Festival in April and the Sarangani Bay Festival in May. Both festivals, by the way, are actually part of the over-all effort to protect and conserve Sarangani’s rich bio-diversity.

That Glan has arrived as a major resort town s borne out by he ever-increasing number of tourists and the felt need to add more facilities to take in the new arrivals, who, rather auspiciously, now include foreign tourists. Lining the eight-kilometer stretch of white sandy beaches in Gumasa are seven upscale tourist facilities, all accredited by the Department of Tourism. There travelers hankering for quiet and romantic moments get what they wish, especially a dusk when sunset throws off soft purple hue over the cool and gleaming waters of Gumasa, which is also ideally placed for water sports and beach fun games.

But there’s more to Glan than meets the eye. Aside from local coconut industry (63,000 hectares, 233,000 nuts and 59,000 metric tons a year), Glan possesses a natural harbor at historic Sumbang Point, aquaculture and inland fisheries, investment prospects in food manufacturing, hydro-electric ad geothermal energy, high-value crop production, telecommunication, cold storage facilities and real estate.

Of course, tourists may wish to unwind with a glass or two of the local drink, “bahalina,” the poor man’s wine, a refreshing concoction of fermented coconut sap and cola that o well with the sea foods served so effortlessly at the beach resorts. The town is also noted for its “Humba,” Braised Pork, its “pan-bisaya,” Bisayan bread, baked according to local custom handed down from generation to generation, and, above all, the hospitality and generosity of its people—a motley race of various origins, mostly from the Visayas, particularly Cebu.