Name of Trip: Panay Island Adventures 2010
Date: June 13 - 16, 2010
Destination: Iloilo City, Capiz, Aklan (Kalibo & Boracay) and Guimaras Island
Travel via: Air (Philippine Airlines & Airphil Express), Land (van, tricycle, multicab), Water (motor boat)
The best & sweetest mangoes in the world found in Guimaras
It was unexpected itinerary to visit Guimaras but our driver convinced us including the group to explore another island decided to be there for a short 2 hour tour. Since our first day in Iloilo, we wondered Guimaras which is a short hop from the city. According to our driver, Guimaras once a part of Iloilo province until it became it separate last 1992. It composed of 5 municipalities: Jordan (the capital), Buenavista, San Lorenzo, Nueva Valencia and Sibunag.
Guimaras Island. Source: Wikipedia
We rode a pump boat from Ortiz port to Jordan, the capital of the province. We paid PHP13 one way fare. Our trip lasted for 15 minutes. We were also advised that bringing mango fruit to this province was strictly prohibited. The main reason is that this province produces the best and sweetest mangoes not only in the Philippines but in the entire world. Their mangoes are export quality.
lined up for tickets
paid PHP13 for our boat fare
heading to our boat
leaving Iloilo city for a while
at middle of two places
full of passengers
excited in Guimaras
far away from Iloilo city
Welcome to the Mango Capital
Welcome to Guimaras
Welcome to Jordan, Guimaras
We were indeed excited since we went here in Guimaras. We want to explore the province but due to limited time, we weren't to explore the beaches which as also tagged one of the best. We went to the capital town of Jordan and we rented a multicab in which the driver agreed to our deal that amount be based on our fare roundtrip. So we paid PHP30 each for our roundtrip which was pretty cool enough.
inside a multicab
ready for a short island adventure
Travel time takes 20 minutes until we reached Jordan. They had Manggahan Festival during weekends and we were lucky that there were many still shops that sells mangoes and other products in their mini fair. We decided to buy those especially mangoes. I bought 3 kilos of mangoes for only PHP60 pesos per kilo. :)
Jordan, Guimaras. Source: Wikipedia
to the agri fair
check some items
me and the mangoes
different products made from mangoes
buy some mango shake
off to the agri fair
According to the locals, the province boasts more than 50,000 mango trees within the island and produces one of the best mangoes in the world. These were exported in the White House in USA and Buckingham Palace in United Kingdom. During our walk, we saw mango trees with different sizes. We also saw mangoes that you can reach since the tree was small. But we were warned not to take this out since it has an ordinance in the province that it was strictly implemented.
our rented multicab
under the mango tree
picture with mangoes
me and Jayne with mango trees at background
Mommy Parel, what are you doing? :)
picture under the tree
to my photoshoot. :)
We also had some photos along our way back to the port enroute to Iloilo, we passed to different structures along Jordan. We immediately asked the driver to stop and take snap photos in which the driver agreed.
The Provincial Capitol
The smallest plaza
back to Guimaras port
Our visit to Guimaras was short and fun. We are hoping to visit to the beach area but due to time constraints, we weren't able to do it. But nevertheless, it will never stop exploring the island and it will be included on our next itinerary when we will visit again to Guimaras.
Salamat Guimaras! :)
Continue to the next blog! :)