29 years
of
Community Service
MUNTING NAYON
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
2016 Glan, Hacienda Don Juan



Text and images by Ronald de Jong
Glan-Sarangani, Mindanao
September 2, 2016

 
 


The greatest way to explore the island of Mindanao is by car or motorbike and the best road to drive is the Mother of all Highways in the Philippines, the “Maharlika Highway”. Better known as the Pan-Philippine Highway, (Maharlika means noble) this expressway is an approximately 3520 km network of long roads,  bridges, and ferry services that begins in Laoag City on the Northern island of Luzon, going through the Visayan Islands of Samar, Leyte and further to the city of Zamboanga in Mindanao.

The Davao-General Santos-Koronadal National Highway, is just a short part of this highway, it is connecting the provinces of Davao and Sarangani to South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and other parts of Mindanao.

The road from General Santos City to Glan highlights the beautiful character of Sarangani Province; there are magnificent sceneries and traditional towns where friendly people love to smile and still wave when driving by. With it picturesque villages, beautiful beaches and coastal areas, the whole Bay of Sarangani is without a doubt idyllic. But in the middle of all this, the rustic town of Glan makes one think that time has stood still, this town offers a welcome escape from the noisy tourist crowds that visit the popular beaches and luxury resorts at the West side of the Bay.

Glan, a small town in the province of Sarangani, just an hour away from General Santos City, is full of historical sites and has a rich cultural heritage that makes it one of the most fascinating places in the region. Glan is a melting pot of Maguindanaoan, Tausug, Blaan and Tboli the name of this picturesque town its name is believed to have originated from the Maguindanaoan word “Magalang” which means sharp, referring to the weapons that were used in hunting. 

The typical characteristics of the old town emerge when walking through the streets, there are rows of colonial houses featuring high balconies, canopies and capiz shell windows.  Most of these ancestral haciendas which were built in the 1920’s, resisted time and the tropical climate.

 The town proper and plazas are lined up with trees that were planted more than a century ago and are providing a glimpse of Glan’s vibrant past. One of the most impressive sites is the Hacienda Don Juan; a vintage inspired beach resort where history, culture and nature blend flawlessly.  This tropical getaway is only a 15 minutes away from Glan proper and used to be a farm ranch with an ancestral house that was built in the early 1930’s. The building has a Spanish design with 8 verandas that are overlooking the hacienda and the ocean. The nostalgic interior is decorated with wooden furniture, sophisticated architectures, paintings, old musical instruments, antiquities and several artworks.
 
Guests can stay overnight in the white house of Don Juan, a small ocean front villa or in the Cabana, an octagonal designed house that is panelled with tinted glass located right in the heart of the resort. The clear, blue waters in front of the resort are perfect for a swim and water sport fanatics can also indulge in activities like snorkeling, swimming and banana boating or just merely lying down in the sand. 

But one of the best ways to savour the natural beauty of the beach is on foot, so beach bummers can enjoy a stroll on the white sand just enjoying watching the beautiful view of the sunset in the late afternoon, the tranquillity of the area, the cool sea breeze, the sound of the waves and the coconut trees as they sway in the wind. Glan and the Hacienda Don Juan are certainly places to come back to!

    MorePASKO NA !
    Ronald de Jong

    One of the most awaited celebration in the Philippines and also the most remarkable one is beyond doubt Christmas, it...
    MoreUndas, the Day of the Dead
    Ronald de Jong

    The people in the Philippines greatly value their religious rites; one of the most beloved and enduring tradition is called Undas or Undras, the...
    MoreFadlog Tubad Blaan
    Ronald de Jong

    Fadlog Tubad Blaan, this means; “Don’t give up Blaan” strong and promising words coming from a remarkable woman. Her name...
    MoreThe Blaan, preserving their culture
    Ronald de Jong

    In the Philippines there are more than 40 different ethnic groups, most of these can be found on the island...
    More2016 Glan, Hacienda Don Juan
    Ronald de Jong

    The greatest way to explore the island of Mindanao is by car or motorbike and the best road to drive...
     
    More17th Rizal Commanders Ball at JC’s Banquet Hall  in Toronto
    Dindo Orbeso

    The Knights of Rizal Canada Region Council led by Regional Commander Sir Ed Prillo, KGOR, held their 17th Commanders Ball at JC’s Banquet Hall in Toronto on October 14th, 2017.

     ...
    MoreSeeing a “Bloody” Moon is a chance of a lifetime
    Willie Jose

    Watching the rising of a” Bloody “Moon on a clear sky last Oct. 5 is an experience of a lifetime.
     
    To see the large full moon in red color rising on the horizon, Emily, a good friend told me and my wife that we had to be at the Rouge Hill Park early because at...
     
    More100 global journalists discussed peace journalism at the Conference for Global Peace Media Network in 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit
    Marilie Bomediano

    Journalists Advocate Commitment to Building Peace in Our Times

     
    In the climate of...
    MorePHILIPPINE-LUXEMBOURG SOCIETY EXTENDS ITS HELPING HANDS TO SEVERAL CHARITABLE PROJECTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
    Cecille Capacete Hurst

    The Philippines–Luxembourg Society (PLS) was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization with the aim to promote friendship and cultural...
    MoreWe are VERY THANKFUL! – FBL Canada Turkey Ball 2017
    Emar Sy

    FBL Canada cemented its status as the newest prime movers in the basketball with the successful staging of the 2017...
    MoreTHE 4TH CONFERENCE PAL- KALAYAAN VOLLEYBALL OPEN CUP 2017 IN JEDDAH
    Maki de  Guzman

    FIRST WIN FOR JUH-UGAFCO (MENS DIVISION) WITH TOMODACHI-KFAFH/ KAMC LADY SPIKERS & SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITAL (WOMENS DIVISION)
     ...
    MoreFil-Oz Liverpool, VAA Inc. and APCO Inc. attend the 19th Children’s Festival of Sydney
    Richard J. Ford

     It was such a beautiful sunny day that echoed what will be a great event at Paul Keating Park, next...
     
    More`CON AMOR’ FOUNDATION B0ARD MEMBERS VISIT PROJECTS IN PHILIPPINES
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.

    Welcome!

    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
    MoreTHE CHILDREN IN DON MANUEL GK VILLAGE
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...
    MoreHistory of the Filipino Community in the Netherlands
    Orquidia Flores-Valenzuela

    Every story has a beginning and our story begins when a Cavitena accompanied her aunt to sail to another continent....
     
    Disclaimer

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.