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Apart from its world-class mangoes, pristine beaches and diverse resources,the province of Guimaras has a rich history that is worth sharing.
R. Morales Maza, in his book “The Augustinians in Panay” (1987), wrote that Spaniards who were defeated in Mactan Island fled to Guimaras in 1521. “Spanish survivors flee from Mactan Island after their defeat and cruise closed to the southern coasts of Negros and Panay. Thus, giving the name Guimaraes to the small island lying very near to Panay, in order to immortalize in this part of the world ‘the first capital of his (referring to Antonio Pigafetta) country and the birth place of Portuguese nationality,” Maza wrote.
In 1572, the island was home to highly skilled carpenters who are masters in building all kinds of ships. At that time, Miguel Loarca was the encomiendero of the entire island, which was later inherited by his daughter Doña Lucia de Loarca. This is according to the book “The Oton Diggings” by Jose B. Tiongco, 1969.
In 1609, Mindanao chiefs who attacked the town of Arevalo (formerly in Oton) came to the island to rest. Thus, Guimaras was under the jurisdiction of Otonin 1731.
In 1742, it was placed under the jurisdiction of Dumangas when the Augustinian order ceded it to the Jesuits. However, Guimaras was taken over by the Dominicans in 1768 and made the island a parish of Iloilo.
Guimaras was so beautiful that Americans fell in love with the place. According to Felix B. Regalado and Quintin B. Franco in their book “History of Panay” (1973), a zoology professor from the University of Michigan and his companions stayed in Salag Daku (now Barangay Zaldivar) to regain their health and gathered valuable materials in 1887. This man was Dean C. Worcester, who later became a member of the Philippine Commission.
Have a taste of the GuimarasManggahan Festival 2016
Guimaras province, home to the sweetest mangoes in the world, will celebrate the 23rdManggahan Festival from May 11 to 22, 2016 with the theme “Forward we go. Together we grow. PadayonGuimaras.”
This is the perfect time for a vacation because not only can one hop to the province’s every beach and nearby island, visitors will also experience the Guimarason culture and hospitality better through variiuos month-longactivities.
The highlight is the Agri Trade and Tourism Fair which will feature the food, crafts and other products made by Guimarasnons. Included here is its centrepiece –Guimarascarabaomangoes and by-products – which are exported around the world and qualified as pest-free. The trade fair will open on May 11. Provincial Governor Samuel Gumarin, M.D., provincial officials and other dignitaries are expected to attend.
On the same day, the Manggahan Photo Contest 2016 Exhibit will be opened and the Pintraysekel, PintaBasurahansaManggahan, Employees' Day will be held.
Another highlight is theMango Eat All You Can on May 14, a chance for some to discover why Guimaras mangoes are world-class.
Those who want to participate in the Mango Eat All You Canactivityfor free are invited to post their best GuimarasManggahan Experience Photo on Facebook, tag and mention the GuimarasManggahanFestival Facebook page from March 7 to May 2. Ten winners will receive a free pass each to the Mango Eat All You Canand get a Manggahan Festival 2016 souvenir item.
Sports have a place in the festivities, for after all, Guimaras is a haven for adventure. So, on May 14when others are feasting on mangoes, sports enthusiasts will be treated to the 5th Mango Man Triathlon (starting from the Alubihod Cove and finishing at the Provincial Capitol).
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