A SERIES of activities that will serve as prelude to the highlights of the 25th Manggahan Festival which kicks off today, April 2, 2018, according to Guimaras’ provincial tourism office.
A grand caravan passing through the five towns of the province today served as “pamukaw” that announced the start of the festival season, said Guimaras tourism officer Liberty Ferrer.
In the afternoon, the “Patilaw sa Manggahan” will come to Robinson’s Place in Iloilo City to give Ilonggos a taste of the festival. Activities have been prepared to entice shoppers, including the agri-trade fair that features Guimaras products especially its mangoes; a fashion show of the “Mutya ng Manggahan”; street dance elimination round; mango eat-all-you-can; and mango chandelier-making.
The “Manggahan sa Kabanwahanan”, a showcase of the various cultures of the towns of Guimaras, will happen on April 7-8 in Sibunag; April 14-15 in San Lorenzo; April 21-22, Nueva Valencia; April 28-29, Buenavista; and May 5-6, Jordan.
Close to 1,000 participants will gather in the province for the National Mango Congress on May 7-9.
The highlight of the festival will be on May 21-22 when the towns face one another in a cultural competition.
The highlight will also mark the founding anniversary of the province, which used to be a sub-province of Iloilo.
This year’s festival is themed “Bugana: Celebrating the Silver Glory of Manggahan Festival”. (PGL/PNA)