It seems I forgot to mention that Guimaras mangoes are the best, sweetest-tasting on the planet!! But somehow, I wasn’t able to have a photo of them in bundles. Didn’t even bring ’em home for fear that it would destroy my “travel light” philosophy.Anyhoo, another destination in Guimaras is the Trappist Monastery. It’s a sprawling, idyllic compound ably run by the Trappist monks. They have a nice church here and a store oozing with pasalubongs.I bought some rosaries which the priest was only too willing to bless.
Visiting the Trappist store, it’s amazing how Guimaras entrepreneurs have made every conceivable product out of the ubiquitous mangoes. Among these are the mango ketchup, mango piaya, mango jam, chutney, pickles etc.
For this trip, we went to Guimaras from Manila via the Iloilo Airport and exited out of Bacolod. That’s because the island we went to was located somewhere between the two.
Our group had lunch at the original Marina restaurant in Iloilo which was another large compound shaded with trees and outdoor pavilions.
I was supposed to go to Iloilo in September yet via a Cebu Pacific promo but now that I already went to Guimaras, looks like am just gonna have a food trip in this city. Can’t wait to try their specialty La Paz batchoy, molo soup and chicken inasal!
My Bacolod stop was slightly a disappointment since I needed to submit my newspaper story but couldn’t find a single internet cafe near the airport nor a WiFi sign. I dropped by the casino but they wouldn’t allow me to use the computer (talk about being a non-VIP!! harhar) A little walk found me at Aboy’s where I asked for the chicken inasal but I had to wait for 30 minutes yet. Craving for food at ten in the morning, I ended up eating inasal at this mediocre place called Leo’s and then shopped for pasalubong at Merci. What can I say, they really have good airconditioned pasalubong stores in the city.