Nov 2, 2012

Guimaras (part 1): Mango Capital of the Philippines.

Note: Writing this post while waiting for our transfers in Palawan.. :)


I am part of the crazy few who think a day trip to Guimaras is possible.  Yes, a day trip from neighboring Iloilo perhaps but what T and I did was a Guimaras day trip from Manila!





Pre-Departure 

Since our Guimaras trip isn't the usual relaxing vacation T and I usually take, we went shopping the day before we left. Well, the original idea was to buy essentials but I think we went overboard.

I got a new NorthFace backpack (I've always wanted to get one) and passport wallet (to keep our papers in order), a couple of Ripcurl tops and board shorts (have to update my wardrobe because I usually wear dresses and coverups on beach trips), a waterproof watch (to track time because we only had a day to explore), ceramic utensils (fine, I don't know why I got this), quick dry headband, raincoats, whistles, and everything else we THOUGHT would be useful for our daytrip.





Talk about panic buying! I got even more excited when I saw that Jamba Juice (my favorite!) has a "Gimme 5 for Guimaras" advocacy.






How To Get There

Plane
From Manila, we took a flight to Iloilo via Cebu Pacific. The flight is around an hour.




Taxi
Then from the airport, we took a 30-min taxi ride to Ortiz Port. The port is more like a market than a port so I got confused where to go. I just followed the crowd to what I assumed was the ticket booth. I was right. I successfully got me and T tickets to Guimaras.




Boat Ride
Then I went to look for our boat whose name appeared on the tickets.




Boats leave every 5 minutes. I didn't want us to be left behind. So I diverted my full attention in finding our boat among the ones parked at the port. Since I wasn't talking, T asked me half-jokingly, "Do you know where you're going?". I just smiled. I think I made him nervous for a second there :)




The boat ride from Iloilo to Guimaras is around 10-15 minutes. Almost all trips are full with people going to and from Iloilo and Guimaras for food and supplies.




The water at the port is dark and murky. I expected the water in Guimaras to be similar because of an oil spill that happened a while back.




But as we were nearing the island of Guimaras, the water cleared up and turned green! Happiness.




Guimaras is the mango capital of the Philippines, where the best and sweetest mangoes are grown and exported to other countries. That's why at the port, there's a sign that says it's prohibited to bring in mangoes to protect their crop.




Welcome to Guimaras!
Despite being an off-the-beaten-path destination, Guimaras surprisingly has an organized tourist system. Upon disembarking our boat, we were led to the Tourist Desk. The prices are also uniform so I didn't have to go through the hassle of haggling with the tourist guides.












There are 2 kinds of vehicles available for the tours: tricycle (1-2 people) or a multi-cab (3 or more people). Since T and I wanted to be comfortable and we wanted to get to our destinations faster, we rented a multi-cab.




On the way to town, we passed The Smallest Plaza, which is, well, really small.





The Pitstop

For lunch, T and I stopped at one of the well-known restaurants in Guimaras -- The PitStop.






Everything was mango, mango, mango!




We got the famous Mango Pizza. I wasn't fast enough to take a photo before T got to eat half of it. We could've finished one each but I didn't want to be too full during our boat ride.




We also got Mango Adobo. Really good!




We even got Mango Shakes!




No wonder The Pitstop won awards.






to be continued...




Guimaras
Trip Date: 8 July 2012

Part 1 - Mango Capital of the Philippines
Part 2 - The Island Tour






10 comments:

  1. A day trip to Guimaras sounds crazy!!! I go on day trips too sometimes for work. My most recent trips were to Cebu and Davao and those were really bugbog. But it sounds like fun tho. I've never been to Guimaras so I'm excited to read your next post!

    Patty
    http://mrspcuyugan.blogspot.com

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  2. I was in Iloilo a couple weeks ago and a day trip to Guimaras was an option. Unfortunately, we ditched the plan and ended up beach bumming in Boracay hehe

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  3. Guimas is our nearest get away but i never knew of pitstop... Got to check this out... Thanks.

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  4. Wow, it really was a day trip!
    At first I thought you stayed overnight at least haha. Adventure kung adventure ;)

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  5. BTW, I love Northface stuff too! Backpacks especially. Ang saya gumawala nang parang wala kang iniintinding bitbitin noh? :)

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  6. BTW, I love Northface stuff too! Backpacks especially. Ang saya gumawala nang parang wala kang iniintinding bitbitin noh? :)

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  7. Looking forward to more of your Guimaras post. It's great how you were able to go there as a day trip only. :D

    I'm also curious about the Mango Pizza and Mango Adobo. Hope I can go there someday to check out the food and sights.

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  8. Love Guimaras! It's so nice and clean and free from loads of tourists (for now, anyway.) =)

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  9. I find this trip exciting and fun.

    Must be here soon. Mango pizza? adobo with mango? - must try this too.

    Happy weekend.

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  10. Di ako fan ng matamis na ulam, but I would like to try that mango adobo.

    Oh, and... the "smallest plaza" sure is a clever name.

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