Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Traveller’s Sweet Escape (The Mango Capital Of The Philippines)

          Guimaras is popularly known as the place where you can taste the sweetest mangoes in the World, where even other countries order in advance just to have a bite of the pride mangoes of the Philippines and that there is even a law to protect the mangoes of Guimaras by prohibiting the importation of mangoes from other places inside Guimaras. However, Guimaras has a lot of diverse activities to offer besides its popular mouth-watering mangoes. It has its popular tourist sites waiting to be discovered like the Guisi Old Lighthouse and Beach, Trappist Monastery (The only Monk Monastery in the Philippines), Macopo Falls, Sadsad Falls, Mango Plantation Farms, Mountain Adventure Park (Horseback Riding, Camping, Firing Range, Paintballs and Slide & Rapelling), Alubihod Beach, Lawi “Pawikan” Sanctuary, Ave Maria Island and my favorite of them all, the Tatlong Pulo Island where I had the tastiest fresh catch 1 and ½ Kilos of Crabs for only 170 Philippine Pesos… Besides also being known as having a lot of varieties of Seafoods, I also love their native mango delicacies like the Piaya for only 30 Philippine Pesos and Dried Mangoes for only 70 Philippine Pesos. There are also popular and money-saving Seafood restaurants here like the Sa Payaw Grill and Lisa’s Talabahan.

          In order to arrive at Guimaras, its gateway is Iloilo City which is similar to Metro Manila for being an urbanized and commercialized area. From Iloilo City’s Ortiz Port, you will take a 15 minute boat ride for only 13 Philippine pesos per person to Jordan Wharf of Guimaras. From there you can take the tricycle, multi-cab or jeepney going around the small promising Province of Guimaras.

          In all of my vacations within and outside the country, I have met the most hospitable group of people here in Guimaras, all of my needs and wants were all accommodated perfectly. Even if you’re tired, their kindness, smile and laughter will truly brighten up the rest of your day. And they will really literally make you feel that you’re at home and you’re the owner of the place. It’s like you’ve known them forever because they really make you feel that you are very close to them. This group of people I’m referring to are the people managing the Hotel place where I stayed at Guimaras and it is called ZEMKAMPS CHALET, its structure is similar to that of the appealing cabins in the mountains and It’s located in the central business district of Guimaras which is San Miguel…

          I was given a chance to talk to the owner of ZEMKAMPS CHALET, Engr. Eugene Palmes, He is based in Qatar and only visits the Philippines once a year for only a month. It is a big privilege for me to have a little chat with Sir Eugene, He shared to me his insights in creating a great hotel and resort, as well as his future plans for ZEMKAMPS CHALET, as I’m listening to his thoughts and advices, I was so amazed and inspired in how he brilliantly handled his beautiful life and wonderful family. I’ve learned a lot from him in our short conversation and I prayed to our Almighty right away that hopefully with God’s grace he would give me the same blessing as he has given to Sir Eugene… I also would like to say Thank you to Joanne, Raul and Teresa for a marvelous job for surpassing my expectations…

          The alluring Island of Guimaras is very prone to the destructions caused by the Human Race like Oil Spill and Garbage. Please, I am calling help to the Natives as well as the Local Government of Guimaras to let us create programs wherein we can be knowledgeable in protecting and conserving the radiance and beauty of Guimaras’s Nature for these Scenic spots can bring us fortunes because these are our own treasures given by our God and we may use it for our daily living. If we protect our captivating land then we will invite tourists from all over the world to get a glimpse of our astonishing culture and ravishing natural beauties… Help promote Philippine Tourism to increase more Jobs for our fellow Filipinos…

- Happy Loner Traveller

*** This Article has been adapted by PEARSON INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING COMPANY and I will be fully acknowledged.


  1. where this place? intarak hija kinsi amigo...

  2. All of the places that I'm writing about here in my blogsite amigo are all found in the Philippine Archipelago... it's my advocacy to promote my beloved country... you should visit and see my country amigo... :-)

  3. cool! that's exactly what i really want to do.explore. enjoy! once again------u r cool :D

  4. Thank you Moo! Love our country and we will all be cool! haha! :-)


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