Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Manggahan Festival in Guimaras : Beyond Sweetness

April is Manggahan Festival in the scenic island-province of Guimaras, 15 minutes away by motor boat from Iloilo City. The annual festival calls the world's attention to the most popular produce of the province - export-quality sweet mangoes. Beyond the sweet mangoes, the Manggahan Festival also showcases the best of the fiestas of the province's municipalities and barangays, most of these beautifully blending agro-fisheries productivity, tourism and ecology -good reasons why the peaceful island-province has reaped a number of citations for tourism development. Moreover, the Manggahan Festival is an annual reminder that tourists, foreign and domestic, need not go far to find the ideal place for relaxation and fun. Guimaras is just nearby, offering not only its sweet mangoes but also its fine beaches, inland resorts, nature camps, coves and caves, diving areas, shrines/monastery, heritage/historical sites, and its sweet, smiling people.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Baguio City : Cool In Many Ways

The summer capital of the Philippines, with temperature that can go down to 8^C, Baguio City is not only cool temperature-wise but also in many other aspects of happy living. People are cool along the Session Road, where Kidlat Tahimik's Vocas is located, as well as other must-drink in bars and must-eat-in restaurants like the Flying Gecko, Volante, Jack's, etc. One shouldn't miss the cool must-see sites like the Mines View Park, the Burnham Park, the City of Baguio Botanical Garden, The Mansion, the Philippine Military Academy, Camp John Hay, and many more.