It was around 6:30 pm on a Tuesday. My wife had taken our Aurora blue Ford Ranger to nearby San Miguel, Jordan in Guimaras. Guimaras is the island province in the Philippines we moved to nine years ago. I was parked on our couch watching television when our 20-year-old niece Shaina walked in with her phone: “Tita Daday wants to talk to you, Uncle Dave.” (“Tita (Auntie) Daday” is my wife’s nickname. In the Philippines, if you don’t have a nickname, you might not be 100% Filipino.)
Always on the lookout for new culinary adventures, tipped off by fellow foreigners on our tiny island province, we checked out a new eatery. “Exciting New Guimaras Café Conchita Shows Promise.”
It was time for a change. A contingent of expats that reside in Guimaras, the island province we call home, decided to visit a new eatery this past Friday evening. While most of the group, including this author, “The Kano,” have been dropping in at “Oliva’s Kitchen” for the past couple of months, some of us desired a changed.
The Alibhon Public Market (“New Site”) in Jordan, Guimaras will serve as the pilot area for market tourism, which is a new product of the Department of Tourism (DOT-6.) Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and other regional tourism directors are expected to attend the launch. DOT-6 has identified 20 markets all over the region for the market tourism initiative, with Jordan as the first to respond to the invitation of the department.
“Devastating Fire Guts Guimaras Old Site.” The Chavez Building, a commercial building located at the Old Site, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras, was devastated by fire on December 4, 2017. The structure housed 40-50 retail outlets selling ready-to-wear goods (RTWs), along with pharmacies, pawnshops and a bakery.
My asawa and I had just returned from another trip to Cebu City with our little niece and nephew from Guimaras in tow. We only had a couple of days before we would attend what I like to call “The Neon Blue Jesus Wedding.” My spouse and I were approached a couple of months ago by some distant relatives and asked to be sponsors for the big event.
A Good Man in Guimaras is laid to rest. Our worker, Melchor Tacaisan, 42, was laid to rest this past Sunday afternoon, at St. Michael the ArchAngel’s Church in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras. Melchor is survived by his wife and five children, ranging in age from two months to a daughter in her first year of high school.
Six people dead: pump boat from Iloilo to Guimaras capsizes!
Along with my Filipina spouse, I’ve lived in the Philippines over five years now. One of the things that I’ve learned to adjust to (aside from guys peeing in public on the streets) is the lack of mail delivery service that we had back in the States. Disparage the USPS all you want. If you have never lived overseas, you have nothing to compare it to. And guess what? Mail service in the Philippines makes the United States Postal Service look better than all the girls at closing time (with apologies to Mickey Gilley.) Now a new PhilPost office opens in mango land, Guimaras, but should I send my mail from the States there?