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Mangoes boost Guimaras economy and tourism

Guimaras mangoes are touted as the sweetest in the world, thus the demand for it in local and international markets is high and it has become a centerpiece of the province of Guimaras’ tourism.
These mangoes are served in Buckingham Palace and the White House.  This sweet and succulent fruit was also featured in Magnolia Ice Cream’s Best of the Philippines through their Mangoes and Cream and Mangga’t Kasoy ice cream flavors.
Guimaras mangoes’ seeds and pulp were also confirmed to be weevil free by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service- United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS-USDA) and Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).


THE CARABAO MANGO OF GUIMARAS Guimaras is famous for the carabao mango variety. Considered to be one of the best, it has a tender taste and slight aroma.
The fruit is elongated and oblong-shaped, with thin and yellow pulp and weighs about 270 to 440 grams. The flesh is yellow in color, very tender and melting with a delicate aromatic flavor …

The San Lorenzo Wind Farm and a brighter future for renewable energy

The Province of Guimaras is home to the first wind farm in the Visayas  -- the San Lorenzo Wind Farm which is seen to reduce the region’s greenhouse gas emissions and serve as a tourist attraction at the same time.
The 54 MW San Lorenzo Wind Farm generates 54 megawatts of power and provides such to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) which then distributes it to many power utilities in Western Visayas, Negros and Cebu.
This Department of Energy-supported wind farm has 27 wind turbines that stand approximately 123 meters tall. Each wind turbine generator (WTG) produces 2 megawatts of power, thus resulting to a total generation capacity of 54 megawatts.


HOW IT WORKS "All the power from the WTG is brought to the sub-station. Each turbine produces electricity at 690 volts. Electricity then passes through a transformer which steps it up to 22,800 volts and later, to 69,000 volts. All electricity produced is transmitted through the 69KV overhead transmission line to Zal…

Guimaras: then and now

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, Mindana…

Nine lovely gems of Guimaras

The island province of Guimaras has five municipalities, namely Jordan, Buenavista, San Lorenzo, Sibunag ang Nueva Valencia and each has places and activities that tourists would likely adore.
Now, there are nine lovely ladies who came from these municipalities and who vowed to promote these must-see sites through social media. They are the candidates of the 2016 Mutya ng Guimaras.
During the pageant’s launching and 23rd Guimaras Manggahan Festival opening at SM City Iloilo, these lovely ladies were asked what are the places that tourists should visit in their towns. (Thank you Iloilo blogger Greg Antoine Flores of Café Ilonggo for raising the question). Here are their answers:

Joyce Gayorgor and Dana Mae Diana who are from Buenavista, said that their town is home to Navalas Church, the oldest church in Western Visayas.
Diana added that her town’s name Buenavista means "beautiful view", the words uttered by American Gen. Douglas McArthur when he saw the island.
Meanwhile, Ruth Em…

Family dining at Brewery Gastropub

To eat and drink at Brewery Gastropub is like travelling to different places in the world but still make you feel at home.
Perhaps it is the combination of many things, the following reasons why people who have been to Brewery Gastropub, come back again and again.

It is home to more than 100 imported beers, nine handcrafted fresh beers in draft and almost 40 kinds of single malts and popular liquors from around the world. And the list is growing.
Eating and drinking follow a certain style to make the experience more pleasurable. So, at Brewery Gastropub, they know how to pair your drinks with their gourmet food and can offer suggestions.

This is also where families can bond while delighting in every bite of the gourmet dishes that owners Gus Banusing and chef Pauline Gorriceta-Banusing have created.
Recommendations At Brewery Gastropub, there is a wide array of appetizers, salads, soups and main dishes that cater to every family member’s taste. But, here are some recommended house specialti…

Ayanna Restaurant: combine travel with good food

You can combine travel and good food.
In just 30 minutes, you can travel from Iloilo City to the municipality of Oton and towards a hidden gem at Brgy. Buray – Sheridan Boutique Resort.
Tucked inside this Balinese inspired resort is Ayanna Restaurant which has cooked up something new for Ilonggos and other guests to enjoy before or after your swim or kayak adventure.


Resident manager Gene Quilao revealed that they recreated their dishes in order to “appeal to a wider audience and encourage them to drive down to Oton and partake a truly mesmerizing Ayanna dining experience.”
In a press release, Sheridan Boutique Resort revealed that “dishes to look forward to include farm to table salads such as the Classic Caesar, hot off the grill Gen San Tuna Belly and sweet endings like the divine Guimaras Mango Cobbler.”

“Long standing favourites are still in the menu so Ayanna patrons can heave a sigh of relief that best sellers such as Ayanna Chicken Cocido, Honey Pork Belly, Ayanna Back Ribs and sa…

More Ilonggos embrace cycling

More and more Ilonggos are embracing cycling as an alternative way of reaching their destination because of its positive impact to health and the environment.
The benefits of biking include lesser fossil fuel use, less air pollution, less traffic and a healthier body because of increased physical activity.

According to Lybe Batay, a bike rider and bike maker, he noted an increase in the demand for bikes. More people even have their bikes customized to fit their needs and lifestyle.

Batay has been customizing bikes for four years now. His bike, the low-rider, was considered as one of the unique bikes seen during the 3rd Iloilo Bike Festival held at the Iloilo Business Park last March 19, 2016.

Alternative Mode of Transport "The cycling community in Iloilo is vastly growing and our infrastructures for cycling are currently being provided through Senator Franklin Drilon," Councilor Jay Trenas told this writer.
"I started biking when I was a kid but really used it as an alternati…