It was the 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration of the sweetest mangoes in the world. The annual festival, held in the island province of Guimaras, came to a close last Tuesday, May 22nd. My lovely asawa and I moved to Guimaras almost nine years ago. We’ve attended the Manggahan Jubilee since 2010.
“The City Mall Parola Expat Experience.” A retired fart like me has plenty of time to go shopping with his asawa. I enjoy checking out new places. Parola is located at Fort San Pedro Drive in Iloilo City. Guimaras, the island province we call home, is an approximately 12-15 pump boat ride away from Ortiz Wharf, minutes from Parola.
My sister-in-law is visiting us. She’s been working as a domestic helper in Kuwait for the past six years. We decided to have a karaoke night to welcome our returning Overseas Foreign Worker, OFW.
I seriously doubt that many of my readers were collecting cow poop in the Philippines on Valentine’s Day. I wonder how many people all across America were doing the same. Perhaps some couples were celebrating Cupid’s Day by waiting in line for an hour (or more) at their neighborhood Olive Garden or Outback restaurant, stomachs growling, perhaps wishing they were alongside Captain Tom picking up poop. Then again, maybe not.
Buluangan Foundation Day Queen contestants save Mother Earth by wearing fashionable gowns all made of recyclable materials. Captain Tom and his crew were able to witness this amazing event during a recent fiesta in Guimaras, the island province we call home.
Captain Tom and his amazing mohawk took time off from his thriving graphic design business, Line of Sight, to visit a Guimaras fiesta in Buluangan, the Philippines. Tom has been visiting his fiancée, the lovely Lenlen, seen seated in between my beautiful asawa on the left and a family friend on the right.
We kicked off the Chinese New Year with a celebration at the Mango Terrace in Guimaras. The Mango Terrace Pension Hotel, the former Shirven Hotel, is under new ownership and management. The establishment featured an all-you-can-eat buffet at 400 pesos a head, 8.50 U.S. Dollars, this past Monday evening to ring in the Year of the Monkey.