Are you craving mangoes right now? Head over to Guimaras on May 11 to 22 to have your fill of one of the country’s most famous fruits. As part of their Manggahan Festival, the island will host a nine-day “all-you-can-eat” event at the Capitol grounds, Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras. This is the event’s 15th time running.
Starting May 11, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., visitors can eat as many mangoes as they want: they can choose between ripe and green mangoes, and can eat them either with sticky rice or bagoong. Last year, the Provincial Agricultural Services Office recorded 4,429 “mango eaters” in a period of nine days.
Aside from the “eat-all-you-can” activity, the Manggahan Festival will also involve job fairs, concerts, film festivals, and even sporting activities. Parades and cultural competitions are the highlights on the festival’s final day.
Aside from the celebration of mangoes, the Manggahan Festival commemorates the anniversary of Guimaras’ proclamation as a full-fledged province separate from Iloilo. A plebiscite conducted on May 22, 1992 ratified its approval.
The Mango Capital of the Philippines
Guimaras is famous for its mangoes, which has earned it the nickname “Mango Capital of the Philippines”. There’s an estimated 50,000 or more mango trees planted in Guimaras, and exporting and importing mangoes is a major industry for the province.
The White House and Buckingham Palace reportedly serve Guimaras’ mangoes as they are of such high quality. As such, the province is very strict when it comes to protecting their prized crop. Guimaras prohibits other fruits — especially mangoes — from being brought into the island. This is to prevent any bugs from infesting the island and decimating its plantations.