Tons of Guimaras mangoes ready for eat-all-you-can fest

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(CNN Philippines, May 4) — Tourists are in for a treat in Guimaras with the province's Manggahan Festival.

Its "Mango Eat-All-You-Can" is offering around 10.4 tons of mangoes this month, the Guimaras Mango Growers and Producers Development Cooperative (GMGPDC) said.

The 12-day festival's event will allow participants to consume as many mangoes in 30 minutes for ₱110. Mango is Guimaras's trademark fruit.

Participants can have their fill of ripe or green mangoes with bagoong (shrimp paste) at the provincial capitol grounds in the municipality of Jordan.

Guimaras is among the country's leading mango exporters, and is know as a source of sweet mango.

The Mango Eat-All-You-Can is part of a of events for the Manggahan festival on May 11 to 22.

The festival will coincide with Guimaras' 25th founding anniversary celebration, and will feature a triathlon, pageant, cultural presentation, and live performers.

GMGPDC president Rosario Griesser said the cooperative is allotting more than 114 tons of fresh mangoes for the festival.

"This year, we prepared 100 tons of fresh mangoes for the agri trade fair alone as we are expecting a huge crowd celebrating us in the island," Griesser said.

Griesser assured the public of sweet mangoes during the festival.

"Our mangoes undergo hot water treatment. Matured mangoes submerge in the water, while mangoes less than 120 days float," she said.