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.
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.
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.”