We ran to the beach, our eyes bleary and our brains still reconnecting with our limbs. There were embers in the sky, burning and flaring above the mountain gradients on the horizon. But it was fading fast with each of our fumbling steps. We stopped right by the soft creamy shore of Sellona Beach, the warm waters of the sea gently lapping our feet and gawked. We overslept and were totally unprepared for this.
|BROD LOUIE’S RESORT GROUNDS|
|OUR PERSONAL BALCONY|
|SIMPLE BUT CLEAN ACCOMMODATIONS|
Four hours of non-stop travel would do that. From the majestic lakes of Lake Sebu, we boarded a van back to General Santos City to catch another dilapidated van with a non-working air-con to the town of Glan in Sarangani. On the way, we scoured the interweb for a place to stay. Picking from all the expensive resorts along the famous Gumasa Beach, we set out for Brod Louie, the cheapest amongst those we found online [ROOM RATE: PHP600.00 | CONTACT NUMBER: (0942) 393-3516 | (0921) 988-0846| GPS MAP: 5.796904, 125.175886].
|SUNSET AT SELLONA BEACH|
It turned out, however, that we picked the wrong resort. It was actually not in Gumasa Beach, but in Sellona; a beach sharing the same coastline as the former but divided from it by craggy rock formations along the shore. And we only realized it after checking in, oversleeping and seeing the sunset.
|LOCAL KIDS PLAYING SEE SAW USING A BOAT|
|CHILD PLAYING WITH HIS MODEL BOAT MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS|
We thought then, how come the shoreline isn’t as long as those we see in pictures? Two kids, playing on a boat, using its outriggers as a jumping board, confirmed our suspicions, we were at the wrong beach indeed.
|EARLY MORNING AT SELLONA BEACH|
At first, we were stricken, having travelled long hours just to reach this place, but eventually, we came to like Sellona Beach; in fact, preferring it over its more famous brethren, Gumasa, which we visited the next day.
|SELLONA BEACH ON A CLOUDY DAY|
Located right before Gumasa, Sellona also has a host of resorts along its shore but not as many and grand as those in Gumasa. It is definitely much cheaper to stay here (and much more inexpensive to commute in from the bus terminal). The only downside is if you want to go to Gumasa Beach, you have to ride a single motorcycle (habal-habal) or walk for about 15 minutes.
|THE SOUTHERN END OF THE BEACH|
The beach itself is not that bad. The sand isn’t as fine, but it is creamy enough. The shoreline isn’t as long, stretching for about a kilometer, but who needs long shorelines anyways. What I really like about this place is its lack of tourists. During our stay, we were the only people on the beach besides local kids playing along the sand; their personal playground.
|SELLONA BEACH AT GLAN|
Sellona Beach’s waters are warm, calm and very inviting, although we wished it has better clarity. Indeed we picked the wrong beach, a mistake we would gladly make again the next time we visit Glan.
Address: Brgy. Glan Padidu, Glan, Sarangani
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates Map: 5.797026, 125.175530