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Here Comes The Fisherman With Fresh Fish
That's not the name of the store; I was referring to the local fisherman selling his fresh catch at the beach. You don't have to go far to the wet market. Most importantly, you're sure you're buying the freshest fish because the fisherman just caught them that dawn...You can even request the fisherman to clean and grill the fish for you ;))
What to buy: You can buy fresh tanigue, bisugo, eel, squid, baby octopus, etc. I witnessed how fast the fisherman's catch was sold out. Because more buyers came to ask for fish, he had to make a second trip back to the sea to catch some more.
What to pay: Fish and seafoods are very cheap in Guimaras, much cheaper than in Manila and other provinces. For example, one big tanigue was bought by a lady for only P150! Please don't haggle anymore with the fisherman. Let him earn for his family.
Address: Raymen's Beach, Alubihod, Guimaras
Directions: Just go to the beach early morning. You'll find a fisherman on the beach of your resort with his catch laid out in his banca. I suggest you go there as early as sunrise if you want to choose the best catch.
Some of the Trappist Monastic Products
Trappist Gift Shop is a small air-conditioned store where monks sell gift/"pasalubong" items like souvenir t-shirts, native bags, decors and delicacies processed from fruit harvests of the monks' own orchard. Revenue of the gift shop help sustain the Trappist Monastery's activities.
What to buy: Fruits harvested from their orchard are processed into dried chips, juices, jellies, jams, cookies, bars, breads and piayas. I personally recommend that you buy plenty of mango bars and dried mango chips. I regret that I didn't buy more packs, as I decided to buy a little of everything. Their dried mango chips have bigger slices and better taste than those made in Cebu, and their mango bars are really yummy. My grandson could finish one pack of mango bars in one sitting, no exaggeration.
What to pay: Dried mangoes: P70/pack
Mango Bars: P75/pack
Address: Trappist Monastery, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
The Guimaras Showroom is an air-conditioned store that showcases the products of Guimaras. Souvenir items are sold aside from the Guimaras products.
What to buy: souvenir t-shirts, baskets, shellcraft, delicacies, etc.
What to pay: I didn't buy anything because we wanted to move on to the Trappist Monastery, but I looked at the price tags, and they are reasonable. Perhaps more pricey than the market, but not too expensive.
Address: San Miguel, Guimaras
Directions: Corner stall at the same building as Guimaras Tourism Office, near the Provincial Capitol
Guimaras Mango Fruit Vendor
In case you have no time to go to the market...At the Jordan Wharf, you'll find a fruit stand beside the eateries/canteens. It is the only fruit stand I saw at the Wharf. You can buy fresh Guimaras mangoes upon arrival at the Wharf, or just before leaving Guimaras for Iloilo City. Their cost is lower than the cost of mangoes in your resort.
What to buy: Fresh Guimaras mangoes can be bought per piece or per kilo or per dozen.
What to pay: When we went there, the price per kilo was P80/kilo for medium-sized mangoes and P85/kilo for large mangoes, compared to P95/kilo (smaller size) at Raymen's Beach resort. The cost at the fruit stand can still be lowered if you buy more than 1 kilo.
Address: Jordan Wharf, Guimaras
Directions: Look for the fruit stand near the terminal for jeeps/multicabs. It is beside the canteens.
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