GUIMARAS MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL | 2020 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Guimaras is well-known as one of the best summer destinations in the country due to its pristine beaches. But more than that, the place has thousands of things to offer. There are still unexplored resources, and natural beauties far from anyone could imagine. With the rich historical heritage of Guimaras, one would surely feel amazed at how the place evolved into what it is today. Starting from the Spaniards, Americans down to the Japanese, they all felt that something is unique and amazing with the place. It was only after World War II that the place has been free from colonizers and they began to gather the left pieces together and build a better and stronger society. With the hand-in-hand efforts of the locals, the island once again achieved its glorious beauty making it as one of the top tourist destinations in the entire country. Additionally, the place is also the HOME of the sweetest MANGOES in the world.
In celebrating the Manggahan festival, the five municipalities (Buenavista, Jordan, Nueva Valencia, San Lorenzo, and Sibunag) prepare and organize for the entire festivity. It is a month-long (month of May) celebration that aims to showcase the richness of the culture of the entire Guimaras. Additionally, it is also a form of giving back and a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest of Mangga (mangoes). Tracing back its history, it was only being celebrated before like a week celebration, but as the years go by, it has become a month-long celebration.
So what are the special events that can be enjoyed at the Manggahan festival? Well, there is a lot of entertaining activates which you may enjoy depending on your field of interest. But whatever it may be, the Manggahan festival has got it ready for you. One highlight of the event is the cultural show prepared by different Barangays. It is in the form of a drama, and the performing groups will dance gracefully along with majestic singing, wearing, of course, their personalized costumes. You might want to enjoy this show and feast your eyes as you watch how the people of Guimaras come up with world-class presentations. Another delightful activity which you may find in this celebration is the “Mango All You Can,” You will have to register for only one hundred pesos, and you get to enter the place filled with different mango food and delicacies. You will be given the total time of thirty minutes to go around and eat everything that you would like to eat. Sounds convenient right? Not only you will get to taste the delicious food prepared by the locals, but you will also get to know different recipes!
If you have your kids with you, you better bring them to the public place where they could play and interact with the official mascot of the Manggahan Festival, Mango Man! Isn’t that a whole family recreational activity? You get to enjoy the adult-related festivities while making sure that your kids are also enjoying the company of the official mascot along with the other kids.
If you are ready to awaken the artist in you, feel free to visit the exhibit fair located in the plaza. There are available handmade and indigenous products that you can choose from and buy. And of course, you can also shop for different types of Mangoes in this fair. Other activities on Manggahan Festival include an exhibit in the museum, fireworks display, Mr.Guimaras, and Mutya ng Guimaras. Visit Guimaras and fall in love with the place and of the culture!
Manggahan Festival Schedule of Activities
The 2020 Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
HOW TO GET TO GUIMARAS ISLAND
Planning to visit the Manggahan Festival? Here’s how.
The nearest airport in Guimaras Island is the Iloilo International Airport. Several RORO boats traveling from Manila to Mindanao and vice-versa are passing through Iloilo City.
In Iloilo City, seaports servicing Guimaras Island can be found in Ortiz Street and Parola for pump boats. From Iloilo City, travel time will take at around 15 to 20 minutes.
From Guimaras Island, there are regular boat trips from San Lorenzo, with five pump boats to Pulupandan, Negros Occidental and vice-versa. There are also pump boats traveling to and from Pulupandan and Valladolid, Negros Occidental.
TOURIST SPOTS | GUIMARAS BEYOND MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL
Guimaras Island is loaded with beautiful attractions waiting for its guests. I have outlined a comprehensive guide for people who would want to experience the Manggahan Festival as well as those who would want to explore other destinations on the island.
For more read the following:
WHERE TO STAY DURING MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL
Guimaras Island has many resorts that can cater to any guest visiting the Island province. I have listed a long list of Guimaras Resorts and their contact details.
Must Read: LIST OF RESORTS IN GUIMARAS ISLAND
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS | GUIMARAS BEYOND MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL
Iloilo City is just a few minutes away from Guimaras Island. The place is loaded with attractions ranging from historical, religious, gastronomic and much more.
Listed below are useful guides that can help you plan your trip.
- Iloilo Travel Guide
- Camina Balay na Bato
- Miagao Church
- Our Lady of Candles national Shrine
- Dinagyang Festival Schedule of Activities
- Iloilo Dinagyang Festival and Things to Do
- La Paz Batchoy| Netong’s, Ted’s, Deco’s
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Another place that you might consider when visiting Guimaras Island for the Manggahan Festival is the City of Smile, Bacolod City in the Province of Negros Occidental.
Listed below are several travel guides which you can consider when planning a trip:
- Bacolod City Travel Guide
- 3-Day itinerary in Bacolod City
- List of Restaurants in Bacolod City
- Negros Occidental Travel Guide
- Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, Murcia, Don Salvador Benedicto + Panaad sa Negros Festival
- Lakawon, Carbin Reef, Suyac island
- Bacolod, Sipalay, Cauayan
- List of Hotels in Bacolod City
- FESTIVALS IN THE PHILIPPINES
- DUMAGUETE CITY TRAVEL GUIDE + TOURIST ATTRACTIONS