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Watch out for Guimaras’ biggest celebration, Manggahan Festival! Edit

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What makes the mangoes of Guimaras the best in the world? The island province’s soil is rich with nutrients and minerals that allow the sweetest and juiciest variety of the tropical fruit to thrive. Heftier than the ordinary mango, its luscious scent often fills the air since it can be found anywhere—from souvenir stores to makeshift roadside stalls.

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One of the event photos of the 25th Manggahan Festival. Photo from Nonoynet.com.

Held every May, the Manggahan Festival is a month-long celebration that also serves as the locals’ way of giving back for a bountiful harvest. 

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You can never have enough Guimaras mangoes! Photo from Iloilo Today.

To kick off the festivities, activities such as a street dance competition and a mango eat-all-you-can will be held on May 11. Everyone is encouraged to join the latter. For only 110 pesos, participants get to feast on the luscious fruit as much as they want. Guests can also have a souvenir photo taken with the festival’s mascot, Mango Man!

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Performers for the street dance competition. Photo by Sanny Abella Vito.
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The winner of the Mango Eat All-You-Can would have to come back for the grand finals. Photo from Yuneoh.com.
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One of the mascots from Manggahan Festival 2015 tries to balance on bamboo stilts. Photo from Philippines Plus.

Other highlights include the 1st Rakrakan sa Manggahan Battle of the Bands and the crowd favorite Cultural Show, wherein different groups from the 5 municipalities don colorful costumes and perform dances that put the province’s rich culture and its main product on the spotlight. 

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Performers for the cultural show strike a pose. Photo by Baltic Muse.
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Grandiose costumes are a common sight during the Cultural Show. Photo from Iloilo Today.

This year’s celebration is themed “Bugana: Celebrating the Silver Glory of Mangahan Festival.” Are you excited to be part of the grand celebration? Check out these accommodations! Guimaras is just a 15-minute boat ride away from the Iloilo City proper.

How to get to Guimaras

From Manila, Cebu, or Davao, the fastest way to get get to Iloilo City is by plane. Book a flight through Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, or Air Asia. Travel time is 30 minutes to an hour. From Iloilo International Airport, the city proper is about 30 minutes away by tricycle. From the city port, you can take a 15-minute pump boat to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras.

Schedule of Events

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Photo from The Happy Trip.
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Photo from The Happy Trip.
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Photo from The Happy Trip.

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