Guimaras [ɡimaˈɾas] is an island province in the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Among the smallest provinces, its capital is Jordan. The island is located in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros. To the northwest is the province of Iloilo and to the southeast is Negros Occidental. The island is part of the Metro Iloilo-Guimaras, one of the twelve metropolitan areas of the Philippines.
The Manggahan Festival of Guimaras is an identity festival commemorating the anniversary of the province as being an independent province. It is held every 22nd day of May which depicts the cultural heritage of the province and also to emphasize the promotion of Guimaras as the “Mango Country of Western Visayas”. It is a week long celebration that showcases the products of the province, its cuisine and services.
The Manggahan Festival brings out the creativity of the people of Guimaras. Aside from their mangoes that they consider as the best tasting in the world, which they showcase during the festivities, there were also hand made and indigenous products that fill the exhibit area in the plaza. The festival is highlighted by street dancing, a technology fair, cultural presentations, painting and drawing contest, selection of mango bulilit queen, a marathon race and many more. Aside from that there was also the much awaited Search for Miss Guimaras and Miss Manggahan.
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