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Manggahan 2018 Sizzles! Street Dance Competition

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.

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Pretty Pinays Populate Philippines Pageant

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.

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Another Summer Day in a Paradise Called the Philippines

lots of people on the beach at boracay

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.”

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Celian Seafoods Resto, Guimaras: New Expat Hangout

 

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.

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Guimaras Town is Pilot Area for Market Tourism

Market day in Guimaras

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.

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Mind-Boggling Miracle at The Crossing

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.”

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