Guimaras Travel Guide and Itinerary

Guimaras Travel Guide and Itinerary –  The province is basically agricultural with mangoes, palay, coconuts, livestock, poultry and fishing as major products. Its major industries are tourism, fruit processing, coconut processing, fish farming, handicrafts making, mining, quarrying and lime production.

Guimaras is well known for its agricultural crops, particularly the mangoes, where some +50,000 of these trees are planted. The island province is famous for producing one of the sweetest mangoes in the world, thus earning the nickname “Mango Capital of the Philippines” from local and foreign tourists. Guimaras mangoes are reportedly served at the White House and Buckingham Palace. Guimaras’ largest event of the year is the Manggahan Festival (the Mango Festival). The variety of mangoes produced are also best for making dried mangoes, jam and other special delicacies.

Guimaras locally [ɡimaˈɾas], officially the Province of Guimaras (Hiligaynon: Kapuoran sang Guimaras; Kinaray-a: Kapuoran kang Guimaras; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Guimaras) is an island province in the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Jordan. The province is situated in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros. To the northwest is the province of Iloilo and to the southeast is Negros Occidental. The whole island is part of the Metro Iloilo-Guimaras, one of the twelve metropolitan areas of the Philippines.

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1. Taklong Island Beach – Guimaras, Philippines:
Taklong Island is the main island of the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, off the southern end of the island of Guimaras, in the West Visayas of the Philippines. A marine biological station run by the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) of nearby Iloilo Province is found in this island. The one-storey Station established in 1977 and renovated twice (in 1987 and in 2008) sits on a 1.64 hectares parcel of land donated to UP in 1964, with Carlos P. Romulo as then University President.

When proclaimed as a national marine reserve in Feb. 8, 1990 by then President Corazon C. Aquino, there was only one family residing in the island, the family of Vicente Basco, the only recognized tenured migrant when Taklong Island became part of the national marine reserve. Mr. Basco was employed by UPV as caretaker of its Station in Taklong Island since the 1970s until his retirement.

2. Roca Encantada Guimaras, Philippines:
Said to be Literally a house built in 1910 upon a rock amidst a clear blue sea, Roca Encantada is a heritage house that used to be the vacation home of the Lopez family in honor of the late Dona Presentacion Hofilena Lopez. The interior may be prohibited from being entered, yet visitors can freely go around this house and even take photos from its terrace that is overlooking the awesome beach surrounding that makes this truly enchanting place so rich in history!

Upon arriving in Jordan port, proceed to the Tourism Center just a few meters from the drop-off point. From there, you can ask for assistance about budget accommodations and how to get around. Guimaras’ pride are is its mangoes which are known to be among the sweetest. Mangoes are grown in such massive numbers that they are made into dried mangoes, jam and surprisingly, mango ketchup.

Guimaras Travel Guide and Itinerary

Guimaras Travel Guide and Itinerary

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