Jetty ports for Guimaras outrigger ferries are located at Calle Ortiz and Parola in Iloilo. The terminal at Calle Ortiz serve passengers and cargo outrigger boats bound for the town of Jordan, the capital of Guimaras; while the terminal in Parola serve ferries bound for the town of Buenavista.
Guimaras, one of the smallest provinces in the Philippines, was a sub-province of Iloilo until it was made an independent province on May 22, 1992.
Located southwest of Panay, Guimaras is separated from Iloilo by the Iloilo Strait, a narrow channel which takes about fifteen minutes to cross by pumpboat from the Ortiz landing in Iloilo to Jordan, Guimaras. The Parola wharf is used exclusively whenever the water is rough. There also is a roll on/roll off (RORO) ferry that travels around five times a day. Geologists have concluded that the island formed one landmass with Panay. Guimaras was formerly known as Himal-us.(1)
Guimaras is well known for its agricultural crops, particularly mangoes, where some 50,000 of these trees are planted. The Guimaras Island is famous for producing the sweetest mangoes in the world, after Pakistan. Guimaras mangoes are reportedly served at the White House and Buckingham Palace. Guimaras’ largest event of the year is The Manggahan Festival (the Mango Festival). The variety of mangoes produced are also best for making dried mangoes, jam and other delicacies.
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