THE 25th Manggahan Festival officially kicked off at the Provincial Capitol Canopy, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras on Apr. 2, 2018.
Governor Samuel Gumarin and Congressman Ma. Lucille Nava, with Vice-Governor John Edward Gando and SangguniangPanlalawigan officials led the kick-off program and the Grand Caravan to the province’s five towns of Nueva Valencia, Sibunag, San Lorenzo, Buenavista, and Jordan.
Town officials led by Mayors Ruben Corpuz of Jordan, Eugene Reyes of Buenavista, NinfaGajo of San Lorenzo, LubenVilches of Sibunag, and Emmanuel Galila of Nueva Valencia welcomed the participants of the caravan to their towns.
With this year’s theme “Bugana: Celebrating the Silver Glory of Manggahan Festival”, the Manggahan Festival highlights how the Guimaras Mangoes helped shape the popularity of the island-province.
“The sweetness of Guimaras mangoes has earned its name global merit and integrity for more than two decades now. This branding ushered in an era of opportunities for development and paved the way for the island-province to rise and thrive in the thick of socio-economic challenges,” said Gumarin.
To promote the festival to the Ilonggo community, the province held the “PatilawsaManggahan” on the same day at the Robinsons Place Iloilo. The public can see a glimpse of Guimaras in the exhibit that will run until Apr. 8, 2018.
The celebration of Manggahan Festival 2018 is from May 11-22, 2018. The festival will culminate on May 22, the province’s 25th Foundation Day Anniversary.
As early as April, Guimarasnons in the five towns can experience the festival in the ManggahansaKabanwahanan set on Apr 7-8, Sibunag; Apr. 14-15, San Lorenzo; Apr. 21-25, Nueva Valencia; Apr.27-29, Buenavista, and May 5-6, Jordan.
On May 7-9, mango growers and stakeholders in the country will gather in the island for the Mango Congress.
JaypeeKeinEntredicho, provincial information officer, said the province lined up fun-filled activities to give the public an unforgettable Manggahan experience.
Some of these are the following: MutyangGuimaras and Mr. Guimaras; Sectoral Events such as Agri-Eco Day, Social Welfare Day, Economic Development Day, Tourism Day, Integrated Women’s Association Day, People’s Economic Day, Sports Day, among others; Moturtle Race, a campaign strategy of the Provincial Government to promote road safety; Pintraysekel, an initiative of the Provincial Government of Guimaras for local artists to display their artworks of the island’s tourist destinations onto one of the most famous and most convenient modes of transportation in Guimaras: tricycles; Mango Eat All You Can, Mangoman Triathlon, Tour de Guimaras, Rescuelympics, Motocross Challenge, Dog Festival, Invitational Cultural Presentation, Streetdance Battle, Bike Festival, TalentatdongGuimarasnon Finals, Battle of the Bands, Cultural Competition, Fireworks Display, among others.
Why Visit Guimaras?
Aside from Manggahan, the public can enjoy various tourist destinations in the island, including the pristine beaches, challenging bike and marathon trails, pilgrim and community-based tourism sites, among others.
“Guimaras is a rising venue for camping and backpacking today. The island has various locations for the backpackers at heart and for those who wish to travel with open plans and free itineraries. As Guimaras is gifted with diverse land and water features, backpackers can have access to the stunning mountain views and awesome waterfalls scattered around the island province,” said Entredicho.
The island also prides itself of DOT-Accredited Resorts and Establishments, which cater to the various activities sought by tourists.
For those who are up for adventures and a short trek, Nature’s Trail Camp and Resort, Villa Igang Beach Resort, and Valle Verde Mountain Resort sure won’t disappointment as they have attractions of their own. For those who wish to bask in a little bit of history, Guisi Clearwater Resort is just a few minutes away from the historic Guisi Lighthouse which is one of the oldest lighthouses built in the island during the Spanish Colonial Era.
On the other hand, for those who love resorts with aesthetics and architecture, Neptune Pittman’s Garden Resort & Spa and Jannah-Glycel Beach House offer a pleasing view and a unique landscaping.
For those who love to take moments away from the busy city life, Raymen Beach Resort, Magic Island Resort, La Puerta el Paraiso, and Costa Aguada Island Resort will take minds away from stress and whisk hearts for the perfect getaway.
“Whatever your trip may be for the summer, Guimaras has your back. Let the island province transport you to stress-free, fun-filled, and relaxing vacation days,” he said.
In the Buenavista, tourists can visit the famed Roca Encantada, a famous landmark and summer house of the Lopezes in Guimaras.
It was built in 1910 in honor of Doña PresentacionHofileña Lopez, and was declared by the National Heritage Institute as a heritage house.
Apart from its grandiose architecture, Roca Encantada also offers a picturesque view of the Iloilo Strait, a shadow of Negros Occidental, and a sight of Las Islas de SietePecados.
Nearby it is the Navalas Church, the oldest Roman Catholic church and the only heritage church in Guimaras. It is made out of sillar or coral rocks which are shaped into squares and brought into the church grounds by the townspeople in the 1880s when the church was built.
These sillars are given in exchange for clothes made of piña fiber which are then worn by the locals when they attend mass. The original watchtower, which is still in front of the church, used to give early warnings for impending pirate attacks then.Navalas Church transports you to way back in time and it allows for you to imagine what life used to be during the Spanish colonization.
But of course, the important part of one’s visit to the island is the Guimarasnons’ hospitality.(Guimaras PIO)