Riding the Pump Boat on the Iloilo Strait Back to Mango Land

pump boat outside Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo

My asawa and I were riding the pump boat on the Iloilo Strait back to Mango Land, Guimaras, the island province in Western Visayas of the Philippines that we retired to over five years ago. After a shopping spree in Iloilo City, we hired a pump boat at Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo to haul our new Samsung washer, Samsung DVD Home Entertainment System, and Magic Sing Karaoke back to “The Farm” where we currently reside.

 A look at the Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo City


Ortiz Dock in Iloilo City


The steps that lead down to the pump boats, as shown above, can sometimes be difficult for an old geezer like myself to navigate. Thankfully, there’s usually a crew member on the boat that helps passengers like me get on board.


pump boats at Ortiz in Iloilo


More views of the Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo City.


pump boat outside Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo


leaving Ortiz Dock in Iloilo City


Threatening skies scowled at us in the horizon as we neared the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras.


storm clouds were brewing over the iloilo strait


Thankfully the rain held off until Neil, in the blue shirt, another of our regular porters at the wharf, and Joseph loaded the multicab we rented for a cost of 250 pesos,  plus a 50 peso tip, a total of almost seven US Dollars.

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our porter Neil is helping out at Jordan Wharf in Guimaras


My asawa is seen in the next picture instructing Neil and Joseph on how she wanted the vehicle loaded. She supervises a crew of five people at our home, myself included in that number, and at times, I think she would have made a good drill sergeant.  She expects things done in a certain way and if  you don’t follow her exact orders, she will let you know.


Our driver had to pull up at one of the many “gas stations” found on our island province. Of course, that’s not real Coke in the glass bottles but gasoline which some sari sari stores along the main highway sell to augment their income. If you have a sari sari store in the Philippines you have to be resourceful and offer something your competition, usually a neighbor, doesn’t sell.


stopping for gas in Guimaras


The gas station gets restocked after our multicab is gassed up. Currently on our island province of Guimaras diesel is going for 51.40 pesos a liter and unleaded gas is selling for 56.30 at the mainstream outlets such as SeaOil.  With gasoline prices for regular fuel averaging approximately $3.47 a gallon and $3.85 for diesel (source: U.S. Energy Information Adminstration) , gas prices in the Philippines are higher, at about 4.87 US Dollars a gallon for the regular brand (if I did my math correctly.)


the gas station in Guimaras is restocked


And I close with a picture of the “Smallest Plaza” located outside of the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. I’ve been trying for five years to get a shot of this sign from a multicab and finally was able to take one that wasn’t blurry. The elevated, circular plaza with a statue of a young Jose Rizal at the center is reportedly the smallest plaza in the Philippines.


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smallest plaza in Guimaras


Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

2 thoughts on “Riding the Pump Boat on the Iloilo Strait Back to Mango Land

  1. Dave,
    Its best just to let the asawa handle everything. I learned my lesson on trying to help. I can’t imagine trying to lift that heavy washer up and down those steep steps.

    1. Well, Papa Duck, my “hands off” policy regarding any household chores has recently changed as I have actually been throwing a load of laundry or two into the new washer. I’ve managed to convince Melinda that we do not have to always wash the clothes by hand before putting them into the wash machine. After all, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of buying a fully automated washer in the first place?

      Another porter, a young kid, hauled the washer down the steps this time, by himself. Let me tell you, that thing isn’t light by any means. It was all I could do to scoot it across our kitchen floor to the covered porch area.

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