By: Maricyn A. De los Santos
Photos by: Ricky D. Alejo
EXPERIENCE the best of Guimaras as the province celebrates Manggahan Festival 2017!
Manggahan Festival pays homage to Guimaras Mangoes, the sweetest in the world and known for its sweet-sour taste and thick weevil-free pulp. The high-value crop has been a source of livelihood not only for mango growers but also for those who are in the food processing sector and even small-time vendors who sell fresh mangoes and processed food. But Guimaras has more to offer other than its mangoes.
Guimaras is a peaceful island that is blessed with natural resources, particularly pristine beaches, lush mountains, and various species of flora and fauna. Over the years, the Guimaras provincial government and stakeholders worked together to preserve these natural resources while at the same time, maximizing the opportunities it offer to improve the lives of Guimarasnons through sustainable community-based tourism.
Domestic and foreign tourists can enjoy different destinations and activities depending on their preference. The Provincial Tourism Office grouped destinations in the island into tourism circuits: agri-eco adventure, bike, experiential/community-based rural tourism, educational and research, historical, island-hopping, and sightseeing.
These circuits are located in the province’s five towns of Buenavista, Jordan, Sibunag, Nueva Valencia and San Lorenzo.
The Provincial Government, in partnership with national agencies like Departments of Tourism, Public Works and Highways, Trade and Industry, among others has stepped up the construction of tourism infrastructures and support projects and programs.
This year, the province targets to achieve its target 115,000 tourist arrivals, which is 15 percent higher than last year’s 104,000 tourist arrivals.