It’s the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Manggahan Festival in Guimaras, the island province we call home. Manggahan is the annual celebration of the mango. Guimaras Mangoes are the sweetest in the world and known for its sweet-sour taste. Frankly, if any province in the Philippines, claims to have sweeter tasting mangoes, they have been consuming way too many bottles of Red Horse Beer. “Manggahan 2018 Sizzles! Street Dance Competition” is the first in a series of posts that deal with my adventures in this year’s Mango Land celebration.
It’s been over eight years since I first published a photo of the old “Compound Crew” back in my first blog, “The Rooster Crows at 4 am!” There’s been a mountain of changes since that first picture was published.
Always on the lookout for new culinary adventures, tipped off by fellow foreigners on our tiny island province, we checked out a new eatery. “Exciting New Guimaras Café Conchita Shows Promise.”
Beauty contests in the Philippines are as common as cow poop on our local roads. Even before Pia Wurtzbach, a German-Filipino model, won the 2015 Miss Universe title, pageant competitions were extremely popular. “Pretty Pinays Populate Philippines Pageant” documents a recent visit my lovely asawa and I made to a local beauty contest, Miss Talangban 2018. Talangban is located in the municipality of Sibunag, Guimaras.
It’s almost 2:00 pm. The temperature is hovering around 33°C, 92° F, with a “feels like” temperature of 39°C, 102°F. The humidity is a “mild” 54%. “Mild” because the average annual humidity in our island province of Guimaras is around 86%. “Another Summer Day in a Paradise Called the Philippines.”
It was a slow day at the “pee tree.” After waiting for about 30 minutes as my lovely Filipina wife did some shopping at Southern Trading in Guimaras, I only counted one public pisser from the confines of our Ford Ranger. This post is a tribute to the “Philippines Public Pee Warriors.”
It was time for a change. A contingent of expats that reside in Guimaras, the island province we call home, decided to visit a new eatery this past Friday evening. While most of the group, including this author, “The Kano,” have been dropping in at “Oliva’s Kitchen” for the past couple of months, some of us desired a changed.
The Alibhon Public Market (“New Site”) in Jordan, Guimaras will serve as the pilot area for market tourism, which is a new product of the Department of Tourism (DOT-6.) Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and other regional tourism directors are expected to attend the launch. DOT-6 has identified 20 markets all over the region for the market tourism initiative, with Jordan as the first to respond to the invitation of the department.
I’ve lived in the Philippines for over eight years. Aside from 18 months spent in Iloilo, my asawa and I have lived in Guimaras. My wife was born and raised in this island province known for the sweetest mangoes in the world. Occasionally, I’ll witness events that boggle my fat “kano” head. This past Thursday evening, around 8:30 pm, was one such occasion I like to call the “Miracle at The Crossing.”