Guimaras, The Island of Mangos!!

Mango Fever at the Guimaras Mannahan Festival by By Lzdlizardo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90100357

Discovering the Charms of Guimaras Province

Guimaras province is an island province, nestled in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros in the Philippines, its provincial capital is the municipality of Jordan.

The island province consists mainly of Guimaras Island, but also includes: Inampulugan, Guiwanon (Guiuanon), Panobolon, Natunga, Nadulao Islands, and many surrounding islets.

Best known for its sweet mangoes, Guimaras is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by those who seek a blend of tranquility, adventure, and natural beauty.

The Mango Haven

Guimaras takes pride in being the home of the sweetest mangoes in the world, a title that has earned it international acclaim. The province celebrates the Manggahan Festival annually to honor its most famous produce. During the festivities, visitors can enjoy mango-eating contests, cultural shows, and a glimpse of the locals’ way of life. Enjoy this video about last year’s festival!!!

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Pristine Beaches and Marine Life

The island’s coastline is dotted with pristine beaches that boast of powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. Alubihod Beach is a favorite among tourists for its sheer beauty and accessibility. For those seeking a more secluded experience, Isla Naburot offers an idyllic escape, with its untouched natural charm and a peaceful ambiance.

The surrounding waters of Guimaras are also a haven for marine biodiversity, making it an excellent spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. The Taklong Island National Marine Reserve is particularly notable for its vibrant coral reefs and abundance of aquatic life.

Historical Lighthouses and Nature Parks

Guimaras is also home to several historical lighthouses, like the Guisi Lighthouse. Although only the ruins remain, it is a poignant reminder of the province’s past and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding sea.

For nature enthusiasts, the Trappist Monastery provides a serene atmosphere amidst lush greenery, where monks live a life of prayer and labor, producing various goods that can be purchased as souvenirs.

Adventure and Festivals

Adventure seekers are not left out of the fun in Guimaras. The island has trails for mountain biking and off-road driving, offering a different kind of thrill amidst the picturesque landscape. Every year, the Guimaras Iloilo Mountain Bike Festival attracts cyclists from all over to challenge themselves on its rugged terrain.

The province isn’t just about mangoes and nature, the people of Guimaras also know how to celebrate life with a diverse array of festivals, like the Balsahan Festival, which highlights the importance of water to the community with a river parade.

Conclusion

Whether you are a beach lover, a history buff, or an adventure enthusiast, Guimaras province offers a little something for everyone. With its blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and hospitable locals, Guimaras remains an enchanting destination, promising an experience that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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