Waking up thinking of more summer adventure and seeking to satisfy some serious mango-craving need of this puppy.
Puppy Mood: Feeling hyped
This will be a two part blog featuring Guimaras Island adventures with @frainwolf (https://www.instagram.com/frainwolf/) part one will be our island exploration and part two will be our island hop adventures.
In this simple island province is located in Panay gulf. It may be the smallest province but it has more to offer than a lot of people could imagine.
Guimaras is known around the world for its export quality golden mangoes that are deemed the sweetest in the world. Earning the nickname “Mango Capital of the Philippines” from local and foreign tourists, they feature their produce in the yearly “Manggahan Festival” – a month long festivities of mangoes and all possible ways of consuming mangoes. It is usually held on the month of May where the peak of harvest. Every Mango tree you see is just covered with the fruits or the flowers. It is as if the trees are showing off their beauty for the world to see.
Other than the fruits, they boast beautiful white sand beaches and island tours that would surely quench the soul of any adventurer out there. Are you into the white sand beach but doesn’t want the stress of partying and crowded beaches of Boracay? Then you should really consider Guimaras.
|Jeep to Libertad Market:
Ø From Ceres North Terminal: Mandalagan/Bata-Libertad
Ø From Ceres South Terminal:
The bus terminal is located in front of Savemore- Libertad.
PhP 7-8.00 per head.
|Pulupandan Jeep||Trip will take you 30-45mins. Tell the conductor that you will get off in the pier bound for Guimaras.||Php 35.00 per head|
|Pulupandan – Paos Pier (Guimaras)||45mins to an hour of sea travel.
1st trip starts at 7am, then 11am and 5pm.
I would advise you to be there as early because if the boat is fully booked already, you don’t have any choice but to wait for the next trip.
|Php 100 per head|
Puppy Seal of Approval:
Exploring the island is a challenge in Guimaras. Their major mode of transportation are the “Habal-Habal”, tricycles and the occasional jeepneys. We resorted riding on the roof of a jeepney because it is so full already and the next one might take too long to arrive. So just take your time and explore the island. Talk to the locals. You will be surprised what stories and other stops they could share with you.
Bucketlist: Have a roof top Jeep ride… CHECKED!!!
- Dagsaan, Buenavista Eco park
We climbed all the way up to the highest peak of the island in Dagsaan, Buenavista Eco park. You can see Ilo-Ilo from there. This 30 hectares Eco park is still in the process of being developed. Soon there will be more attraction to be added. One of the amenities they are aiming to have is the zip line so you can see the beautiful greenery and cliff side of the place from many feet above.
- JBLFMU Ecological Park
This compound is actually a training facility for the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University students. Inside, they have Butterfly Sanctuary, cliff diving area, and the Villa Igang. My personal favorite is their mangrove sanctuary inside. Walking on the bamboo bridges inside the sanctuary makes me feel I just entered a magic forest.
- Trappist Monastery
We usually drop by to do Visita Iglesia. One of our pitstop is the Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery. It is being run by Trappist order and is the only Trappist monastery in the Philippines. Founded in 1972 until the present, there are 35 monks living in the monastery. They are known for their beautiful church and their locally-made products like jams, biscocho and many more.
- Guimaras Windmill
The island’s electricity is mainly powered by these giant. Sustainable energy at its best!
to be continued! WOOF!