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Fri. Jun 18th, 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown across the Philippines, there have been some positive developments. There are no more loud fiestas with music blaring in the wee hours of the morning, for instance.

Guimaras’ Biggest Party Canceled

Another tradition, however, is falling by the wayside in Guimaras, the island province we call home. The cancellation of the Annual Manggahan Festival due to the COVID-19 crisis is another victim of the virus. While I’ve attended ten mango fests in the past, I won’t miss this one too much.

Most of my prior salutes to the sweetest mangoes in the world involved adult beverages. Moreover, I no longer consume any alcoholic drinks. While some of my best Manggahan festivities involved hanging out with Captain Tom and San Miguel Pale Pilsen, this year’s party would have been a lot quieter and saner.

The Tom Cat and The Kano

Manning the Manggahan 2013 Information Booth with Captain Tom

Of course, you can still celebrate and have a good time without a bottle of beer in your hand. Consequently, without this year’s Manggahan Festival, I won’t have to figure out how to celebrate it without a Tanduay-infused mango shake. Therefore, mark down one more positive result of the COVID-19 challenge. 

Expat Gatherings on Hold

Most importantly, another upbeat benefit of the coronavirus is the absence of expat gatherings. As a result, an anti-social American expat in the Philippines sees this as a plus. It’s not that I don’t mind trading B.S. with other foreigners on our island province; it just will be nice to have a break.

In addition, we saved enough money by not going to Olivia’s Kitchen, the usual expat hangout, to pay for our hotel rooms in Boracay last month.

I’m spending more time having actual conversations with my beautiful Filipina wife of over 20 years. While my ever-loving asawa might not view this as a benefit, I certainly do.

So there you have it. This American Expat’s positive COVID-19 benefits.

While the COVID-19 crisis might be a challenge, it can be conquered. As the great Red Green used to say, “Remember I’m pullin’ for ya–we’re all in this together.”

By 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 21 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 Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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