Guimaras – Home of the World’s Sweetest Mango
The beautiful island province of Guimaras is one of the most stunning areas in the Philippines, and a must-see for any traveler. The Philippines is valued for its biodiversity and vivid agriculture, and Guimaras is a perfect example of everything this tropical republic has to offer. Guimaras is well known for its agricultural crops, and exports a variety of delightful foods and goods that include coconuts, livestock, poultry and fish. However, Guimaras is most famous for its mangoes.
The Philippines offers one of the most diverse and delightful culinary experiences in Southeast Asia, and any true “foodie” traveler won’t want to miss a visit to Guimaras. This island boasts that it is home of the sweetest, best mangoes in the world. This golden, fleshy and juicy fruit can be found all over the world, but Guimaras claims they have cultivated the best variety based on its natural sweetness. Mangoes from Guimaras have been served at the White House and at Buckingham Palace, and have drawn the attention of top restaurants all over the world, from Australia to the Americas. On Guimaras, you can sample a famous fruit that is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records.
Guimaras is home to more than 50,000 mango trees. On the island you can find fresh mangoes as well as dried mangoes, mango juice, mango teas, mango ice cream, and even mango jam. This island might just be any mango-lover’s paradise.
Each year, the biggest event that you shouldn’t miss in Guimaras is the The Manggahan Festival, or “Mango Festival.” This festival actually commemorates the island’s recognition as an independent province, but it’s also a haven for all things mango. The festival is held on the 22nd of May each year, and is recognized as a major holiday. The festival also brings out the vibrant creativity of the native people of Guimas, and in addition to eating mangoes they enjoy showcasing traditional indigenous crafts, costumes and dance, which help to celebrate their love of the island and their heritage. At the festival you’ll find cultural presentations, parades, painting and drawing contests, a marathon race and even a contest to determine who will be Miss Manggahan.
Can’t make the mango festival? You can still get a taste of this famous golden fruit. In the town of Nueva Valencia, you can stop by the Alibhon market and purchase a handful of the world’s best mangoes for a very inexpensive price.