We hired Jerry, the previous day’s trike driver, to take us around Guimaras Island for the whole day. The negotiated price was PHP1000 including gas. It was down from what he initially proposed, which was PHP1000 for him plus PHP300 for gas.
We gathered that it was Jerry’s first time to get hired for a tour. He didn’t seem sure how much to charge. Well, we weren’t sure how much to pay either. We just used another blogger’s account as gauge, wherein the blogger paid PHP950 for half a day’s tour. We figured ours was a definite SCORE, as we paid PHP1000 for the whole day. Hehehe! My haggling skill is getting better, don’t you think so?
Here are the places we went to:
Wonder Farm was like any other farm. There were mango trees, pineapples, papayas and other plants used for their jams and other preserved foods.
The mango jam and pineapple atchara were something else, though. The mango jam is made from real Guimaras mangoes, very yellow and very sweet. When you spread it on your bread, it’s not watery but thick and gooey, just like how a real mango jam should be!
Reaching Macopo Falls entails a long and tiring trek. You’d feel relaxed at first because there are beautiful stone steps going down. But as you go farther, you’ll notice that the stone steps are getting uglier until there are no more stone steps to speak of, just soil, grass, and a dangerously steep way.
But once you get there, all’s well again. We didn’t exactly reach the bottom, since the path seemed dangerous. But I believe we reached half of the way. So that’s good, right? Good thing Kuya Jerry helped us carry our bags, too!
We went there for the jam and the baked goodies, but we got more. When we went there, it was a few minutes right before the monks’ prayer time, so we got to join their prayers-wrapped-in-songs, too.
I shopped for calamansi jam, mango barquillos, mango biscocho, buko pandan piyaya, and some religious items. After paying, one of the monks was nice enough to bless the religious items we purchased. What a pleasant surprise! And as our trike sped away, he went out of the store to wave us goodbye. I feel blessed.
This is my most favorite beach in Guimaras EVER! The seascape is breathtaking and the beach itself is quieter. It’s a lot farther than Alibujod but I assure you that the trip is worth it.
There’s an Eco Park beside Villa Igang in Guimaras that not a lot of blogs talk about. I wonder why. It’s very beautiful and there are lots to see, such as a mangrove park and a botanical garden. The PHP100 entrance fee is very much worth it!
Villa Igang Beach Resort
Next to Guisi Beach, this comes next on my list of favorites – Villa Igang Beach Resort. Like Guisi, the seascape is pretty and the atmosphere is quiet and restful.
Pit Stop and the most delicious mango pizza EVER
There’s no Jollibee or McDonald’s or any other fastfood store in Guimaras. They have, instead, Pit Stop, which serves burgers and pizzas. But don’t mind their other items anymore since they’re ho-hum, and go straight to their mango pizza instead, which is the best EVER!
We wouldn’t actually have known about this place had we not asked the super nice staff of Zemkamps Chalet for Jollibee. Since there’s none, this is where the staff told us to go.
The guy who seemed to be the manager of the place recommended the mango pizza, so that’s what we ordered. And boy, was it a good decision. The pizza was sweet because of the mangoes, a bit salty because the cheese and a bit crunchy because of the peanuts. Winner!
Guimaras may not have as much food as Iloilo, but if there’s any food you’ve got to try while here, try the mango pizza at Pit Stop!