ILOILO CITY, May 11 — The election fever has not ended yet but for the people of Guimaras, it's time to set it aside and focus on the staging of its 23rd Manggahan Festival and celebration of the province’s 24th founding anniversary.
This event, like other festivals in the region, contributed in making Western Visayas known as it showcases what each province has to offer, tourism regional director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas said.
“Guimaras is known not only in the Philippines but also in America and Australia as the source of the sweetest mangoes. With the Manggahan Festival, people are not just satisfied of buying their mangoes in the mainland but they cross to Guimaras to see for themselves the best mango plantations as well as the displays and so many supplies of mangoes being sold and exhibited in the festival area,” she added.
The provincial festival kicked off Wednesday with the holding of the 2nd Gov. Gumarin Motocross Challenge, gathering of mango growers and financiers, photo contest and the opening of the agricultural trade and tourism fair, among others.
On Thursday, a street dancing competition to be participated in by various Manggahan Festival tribes will highlight the event’s opening salvo.
The much-awaited mango "eat-all-you-can" will start on Saturday until May 22.
Catalbas said that the festival has a wider impact after the provincial government decided to hold a "Manggahan sa Kabanwahanan" as a prelude to the provincial event.
The "Manggahan sa Kabanwahanan," which is being staged at the municipal level, showcases the best of what each of the five towns of the province could offer.
“The locals need not spend much to appreciate the provincial event because they are near the activities,” Catalbas said.
The DOT she said has been supportive of the festival in terms of printing of promotional materials, inclusion in their tourism booth abroad and provision of financial support. (PNA)