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Manggahan Festival 2012: It’s more fun eating mangoes at Guimaras!

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manggahan festival guimarasIt’s going mangoes in the beautiful island of Guimaras in this year’s Manggahan Festival. A colorful array of Agri-Cultural activities marked the annual celebration of Guimarasnons’ simple way of life. Now a premiere toursim event of the province, the Manggahan Festival captured national attention with national leaders gracing the events and witnessing the showcase of Guimaras’ potential as a major tourism destination in the Visayas.

The Manggahan festival kicked off its celebrations, not in the province, but in Iloilo City with its 4-day event called Manggahan sa Robinson’s. The event trumpets the incoming climax of the festival with Mutya ng Guimaras Fashion Show and several fairs held at the activity area.

With the Manggahan Festival, the leaders of the island foresee a more progressive Guimaras paving the way to sustainable Agri-Cultural Tourism.

April 22 is the highlight of the almost monthlong festival with its Eat All You Can Mangoes at the Capitol Grounds, the Cultural Tribes Competiton at Museo de Guimaras open field, and Fireworks display in the evening.

Here are the snapshots of last Sunday’s festivities. Eating Mangoes is More Fun in Guimaras!

Want to have a taste of the world famous Guimaras Mangoes? A shop-til-you-drop bazaar is erected at the capitol grounds not only to display and sell the sweet mangoes but also the products derived from the fruit. You can buy jams, manggo barquillos, dried mangoes, and shakes.

Guimarasnons’ creativity are also displayed at the bazaar where you can buy personal accessories and house decors made of local indigenous materials such as pandan leaves or banig.

Eating is definitely in the heart of the festival. We savored the warm afternoon eating at the huge makeshift food court located at the Museo Guimaras grounds.

The Cultural CBRT (Community-Based Rural Tourism) Competition is one of the hallmarks of the Manggahan Festival. Hubons or contingents across the island competed in front of Museo Guimaras to showcase, not only their talents, but the rich cultural tradition of the province. The hubons depicted the importance of protecting the marine biodiversity of the province, its recovery from the oil spill, the tourism potential of Guimaras and much more.

mutya ng manggahan

Mutya ng Manggahan 2012, Ms. May Ann Salve T. Thornton (right) with her runner-up gracing the event.

Jejomar Binay

VP Jejomar Binay exchange jokes with Senator Koko Pimentel.

Here’s the photos of the Hubons’ performances:

Hubon Banigan of Brgy. Sapal, San Lorenzo

tribu banigan

banigan guimaras

Hubon Tangaban of Brgy. Sebario, San Lorenzo

tribu tangaban

tangaban guimaras

Hubon Saranggola of Brgy. Tastasn, Buenavista

saranggola manggahan

saranggola hubon

Hubon Binagtong of Cabalagnan, Nueva Valencia

manggahan binagtong

binagtong guimaras

Hubon Sinulog of Brgy. Oracon, Sibunag

hubon sinulog

sinulog manggahan

Hubon Layagan of Brgy. Hoskyn, Jordan

hubon layagan

Hubon Sibiran of Brgy. Dolores, Nueva Valencia

sibiran manggahan

hubon sibiran

sibiran guimaras

Non-Competing Contingent: Indigenous People’s Community of Brgy. Lanipe, Nueva Valencia

ati

ati tribe

close-up ati

Definitely, life’s sweeter here because of our world-class Guimaras Mangoes. More than a agricultural produce, mangoes are now part of Guimarasnon’s way of life.  

To all our guests and visitors in this year’s Manggahan Festival, thank you for sharing your time with our beautiful province and see you all again in Manggahan 2013! 

***More photos at Iloilo I LOVE! Facebook Page. 

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