Guimaras upbeat on reaching 60% of 2017 tourist arrival target after Manggahan

The Manggahan Festival of the island-province of Guimaras was named grand winner of this year’s Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition in Iloilo City. Photo by Clark Villaruel Antiquiera
The Manggahan Festival of the island-province of Guimaras was named grand winner of this year’s Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition in Iloilo City. Photo by Clark Villaruel Antiquiera

The Tourism Office of Guimaras is positive that it will reach sixty percent of its tourist arrival target for 2017 after the celebration of this year’s Manggahan Festival.

Liberty Ferrer, acting provincial tourism officer, said their target is to record 115 thousand tourist arrivals this year.

Dapat makasixty percent na kita by the end of May para mareach naton ang target for 2017,” she added.

This year’s target is higher by 15 percent compared to last year’s tourist arrivals in the island-province.

“In 2016, the number of tourists who visited Guimaras reached 104 thousand,” Ferrer said.

The Manggahan Festival is one of the top tourist drawers in the province.

Ferrer said the celebration of the festival this year is “bigger, greater, and sweeter.”

According to her, spectators can expect improved performances of groups competing for the Cultural Competition on May 22 at the Food Court Area in Jordan.

“They have prepared more because they have to meet the expectations since our last cultural group won first runner-up in the Aliwan Fiesta,” Ferrer said.

There are also new activities in this year’s festival. These include the Regional Agri-Trade and Tourism Fair (May 11-22), the Mango Chandelier Making Contest (May 12) and the first Moturtle Race (May 12).

The first Western Visayas Invitational Cultural Presentation will be introduced this year. Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival, Aklan’s Ati-Atihan Festival and Bacolod City’s MassKara Festival will perform on May 21.

This year, Guimaras is also celebrating its 25th founding anniversary with the theme “The journey that is Guimaras: Sadto. Subong. Kag sa Masanag nga Palaabuton.”IMT