|All roads lead to...|
Quick Stop-over 1: World famous Guimaras Mangoes
Manong Jalandoni [driver] brought us to this mango stand. It was a haven for mango lovers as there were different sizes, shapes (?!) but the same
Umuulan ng Mengga, maygas!
Quick Stop-over 2: Pitstop's Mango Pizza
I could only imagine the different products made out of these babies - mango jam, mango syrup,
|Pitstop Resto. Photo taken by Osang|
Quick Stop-over 3: De Za Buko Station
A perfect partner for a sumptuous afternoon snack was an equally fresh and delicious drink - Coconut water or locally known as Buco Juice.
|Fresh na fresh buko meat. *Yum!|
|And here I thought only humans eat coconut meat.|
|Osang on her PG Mode|
The Guisi Point Lighthouse is an 18th-century lighthouse built during the Spanish-colonial era, located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Built to guide ships passing through the strait during the hispanic era, the original lighthouse still stands proud on top of a mount looking over a scenic view of the Guimaras Strait..
|The 2nd [old] lighthouse.|
Though now rusty and almost broken down, the old lighthouse's stance is a reminder of our past with the crumbs of what seemed like old offices still present around the erected superstructure. Based on the research I made, it's one of the oldest lighthouse in the Philippines, next to the one in Aparri, Cagayan.
..where old meets new.
Since both the old towers are no longer operational, a modern white lighthouse [which looks like a space rocket] accepts the challenge of guiding sailors across the strait at night time. It's amazing that both the past and present co-exists; which goes to show that you can move forward without forgetting your past.
When we got to the lighthouses, the place felt both surreal and eerie. I could only imagine how massive and grand the lighthouse must have been back when it was still operational. It made me think of what it was like to run the place. People must have been very busy at night making sure no ship encounters damage along their course. But now, it resembled a ghost town. The only inhabitants were vines, wild shrubs and critters enjoying the shelter of a once grand assembly. What's left were slabs of broken walls which bear witness of its once so celebrated past.
I've read that it was already prohibited to climb the top of the lighthouse, what with all the rust and unsteady steps. But we were still curious as to how it would look like up top. Fortunately, Manong Caretaker was there to approve of our daring feat. We gathered up some
|Translation: Climbing up is prohibited because it's DANGEROUS.|
Another Translation: Goodluck sa tetanus.
|The view of Guisi Beach on top of the old lighthouse.|
|Mandatory Group Picture|
..to be continued.
Getting around Guimaras from Jordan Port.
After signing off the registration form on the Tourism Booth, there are a lot of pedicab drivers at the port area you can negotiate with on how much their rates are when going around Guimaras or to a specific destination. Travel time depends on which destinations you have in mind or which spot the driver [slash] tour guide offers.
Guimaras Series: of sweet mangoes and memoriesA Sandbar Island Beach Resort, Concepcion, Iloilo Sidetrip
Check out the video we made just to stop that damn Nicki Minaj from ringing in our heads. Talk about LSS.