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I’m Adored as a Rock Star by Pretty Pinays at Manggahan 2015

Regular readers of Philippines Plus know that I excel at doing as little as possible. I’ve perfected my slothfulness to a fine art after almost six years of living in the Philippines.  But retirement in this archipelago comes with a price: notoriety. Thus, many of my stalwart subscribers, especially those that have visited or who reside in the PH, will not be surprised by the title of this post: “I’m Adored as a Rock Star by Pretty Pinays at Manggahan 2015.” 

“Relish the ambiance of rural life in Mango Country during its Manggahan Festival” is the tagline of this year’s annual mango mash. And honestly, it doesn’t get much more “rural” than Guimaras, located in Western Visayas between the islands of Panay and Negros. Long-time supporters from my first blog,  “The Rooster Crows at 4am!,” however, could be surprised to learn that the “muddy, cow-poop laden subdivision road” we used to live on has been graded.

The road has not been paved but has remarkably been covered with a few inches of dirt to fill in some of the road’s potholes but rest assured, plenty of cow manure still litters the landscape.

my adoring fans

And speaking of cow manure and B.S. in general, how can a 63-year-old crusty expat from Central Illinois  claim to be revered as a “rock star” by cute Filipinas still in high school.

Ahhh, if you doubt this braggadocios claim, O True Believer, you have evidently never visited the Philippines. I have written in times past of the attention I have received since my retirement here. You expats out there know what I’m talking about.

While I have never been whistled at by scores of adoring Filipinas like Tom Ramberg over in GenSan, I have been chased by pretty pinays as I rode in the back of jeepneys and tricycles on our island province.

So when a bevy of beauties passed by me during the start of the OFFICIAL Manggahan Festival this past Monday morning, I took their photo, seen above, and waved at them.

The ladies on board erupted in an simultaneous explosion of delighted squeals and giggles and behaved as if Elvis himself had beckoned to them.

Now I would be the biggest of liars if I did not admit I was flattered by this reaction. I am in my twilight years and would never had gotten a reaction like that back in the States. Hell, I would have probably been arrested as a pedophile if I had even waved at a young girl in her teens.

So as my lovely asawa stayed at home cooking pork and jack fruit in our dirty kitchen, I snapped the following photographs from the Street Dance Competition which only started an hour late.

street dancers from Manggahan

 

more street dancers at this year's festival

 

more street dancers at this year's mango festival

 

the mango mash in Guimaraas

 

plenty of street dancers at the mango fest

 

Manggahan in Guimaras 2015

As this group of pretty pinays passed by, I remarked to a Filipino standing nearby, who looked to be part of the dancers’ entourage, that this group of ladies was prettier than the group that had just passed by. He relayed this information to the young ladies and I was rewarded with a ton of smiles and a bunch of “Thank you, sir’s!” I’m not as dumb as I look.

Manggahan 2015

 

street dancers at the mango festival

I close with my one of my favorite group of street performers, the chicken dancers. More adventures from Manggahan 2015 are coming up, some with a surprise or two. Stayed tuned for more details.

chicken dancers from manggahan

the chicken dancers

10 Comments

  • roger

    looks like a real fun festival. now with all that rock star status next it will be pictures with them so they can put you on a advertisement poster. what better way to promote the festival for tourism.

    • It is a lot of fun, Roger. My asawa and I will be there tonight to listen to one of the live bands. I will be up past my bedtime as the band is scheduled to start at 9 pm, but I know we will be lucky if they start playing by 10.

      I’ve had numerous requests to have my picture taken in the almost six years I’ve been here but at least it’s not for a “Wanted” poster. 😉 Only in the Philippines.

  • Papaduck

    Nice looking ladies. Wish we could have made it for the festival, but just too close to us back from the States. We really enjoyed it last year, especially the concerts and talent contest.

    • Sorry you couldn’t make it over this year, Papa Duck. Melinda and I will be there tonight. Hope to see you guys once the house is finished. We’ll have the new guest room with air con and your own private CR and shower all ready and Lolo will be outside in his own nipa hut. 🙂

  • Derek

    Hi Dave looks a great festival a few cold beers and lots of entertainment what more could you want, we are still busy
    Here renovating our bungalow probably be finished in 2 weeks time more work than expected, I know what you
    Mean about rock star treatment I was in China town sat on one of the those Chinese Rick shaw bikes a group of
    Pretty girls asked if they could take my picture lol I’m no oil painting it’s more fun in the Philippines.
    Derek in sunny pasig

    • Glad to hear the renovation is coming to a close, Derek. I thought our house would be completed sooner but there’s plenty of work that still needs to be done.

      My asawa and I stayed in China town one evening years ago so I could be close to Immigration which I went to the next day. I didn’t get the rock star treatment that you received. 😎

  • Bill S.

    Have never been there at the time any kind of festival was going on, look forward to attending them though, just have to get there first though.

    The colors with your new camera seem so vivid and bright, or maybe its just the costumes, but they sure look good weather it be camera , costumes or both.

    • There’s nothing like a festival in the Philippines, Bill S, though I must admit I only had 2 1/2 beers last night. We went last night to hear a band that was scheduled to start at 9:00 pm but didn’t begin until 10:45 pm. But I’m fairly used to “Filipino Time” by now.

      Very happy to hear the report on the new camera. It does have more megapixels than the old one so that might have something to do with the picture quality, plus it was good weather.

  • Art

    I did notice this while I was in Manila. Unfortunately for me I was just a rare sighting for the pretty pinays. As most never expected to see a Mexican in Manila. Also,I had a tiger pinay by my side who was protective and would poke eyes out if she sensed any thing,hahahaha… Hopefully next year We can make it down your way Dave and experience the festival first hand..

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