By: Kathy Villalon
Photos by: Glen Jumayao
SOON, there is a way of telling if a product came from the province of Guimaras.
“The province of Guimaras is in the process of getting a Geographic Locator for our mangoes and other products,” said Elena Quezon, provincial economic development officer of Guimaras, during the Patilaw sa Manggahan in Robinsons Place Iloilo last April 1, 2017.
She said the collective seal that they are acquiring from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will show to buyers that a product is Guimaras-made and has passed quality control standards.
Quezon also revealed that they will join international exhibitions to further promote the island province’s produce, processed food and crafts.
Guimaras produces export-quality carabao mangoes, touted as the sweetest in the world. Carabao mangoes have different varieties including Talaban, Fresco, Guimaras Super (Galila), GES73, 77 84, 85 and Tanaleon. Galila is known as the “sweetest mango in the world” because it has a Total Soluble Solid (TSS) of 22 Brix.
Guimaras mangoes are served in Buckingham Palace and the White House. This sweet and succulent fruit was also featured in Magnolia Ice Cream’s Best of the Philippines through their Mangoes and Cream and Mangga’t Kasoy ice cream flavors.
The province is also known for its cashew nuts and kalamansi. All these products were on display during Patilaw sa Manggahan, a week-long exhibit of Guimaras’ products and destinations as well as give everyone a taste of what’s in store for them in the coming Manggahan Festival 2017 from May 11 to 22.
The period also marks the 25th Founding Anniversary of Guimaras as a province (before, it was a sub-province of Iloilo).
“From a pulo (island) or himal-us, Guimaras has come out of its shell. This is the legacy of our former governor, Catalino Nava whom God sent to do something good for Guimaras,” said Provincial Board Member Josefina dela Cruz.
Another Board Member Cyril Beltran also attributed Guimaras’ success to “the people with the sweetest smiles and whose attitude nurtured our sweetest mangoes, Rep. Lucille Nava who is a champion in developing people, Governor Samuel Guimarin whose governance can be felt up to the grassroots level, and Vice Governor John Edward Gando whose talents are being used for the good of Guimaras.”