Guimaras (Philippines)

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A visit to Iloilo City in the Western Visayas region in the Philippines is not complete without visiting the nearby Guimaras Island. Get lost in its sparkly white sand beaches and jaw-dropping waterfalls. Most importantly, take a bite of the world-famous Guimaras mango—one of the sweetest mangoes in the world.

The Guimaras mango, which is best enjoyed fresh—some prefer its dried variety—is grown in mango plantations that cover a vast area of almost 8,000 hectares. So imagine a sprawling, verdant landscape more than your eyes can see.

The island’s most popular destinations include the Trappist Monastery, where monks of the Cistercian Order live and are known for their strict rule of silence; the mysterious Guisi Lighthouse, which is considered the second oldest lighthouse in the Philippines, and the Alubijod Beach, the central hub for all other island hopping destinations from Guimaras.

Weird Facts and Laws about Guimaras 


The Trappist Monastery is the…

New Clark City, the Philippines’ First Smart, Disaster-Resilient City

The New Clark City, also called Clark Green City, is one of the flagship projects of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, which aims to decongest Metro Manila, the nation’s largest urban center.

The 9,540-hectare development, located in the Clark Special Economic Zone in Capas and Bamban, Tarlac, is envisioned to be the country’s first smart, sustainable, and disaster-resilient metropolis—where nature, business, education, and technology coexist.

The first phase of the development, spearheaded by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)—the same group behind the progressive development of the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig—is expected to be completed in 2022.

BCDA describes the ambitious project as “mixed-use real estate developments for housing, a business continuity center, which will house national government agencies, an agro-industrial park, and an international food market.

“The city [will] also have wide pedestrian …

The Philippines’ K12 Program Is Now in Thailand!

Bangkok, Thailand--The Philippines’ K12 program offers 12 years of basic educational curriculum from Prep to Senior High School in four different tracks, which are based on your kid’s interest.

You can choose either the academic, technical vocational and livelihood, sports, art and design track for your kid.

The best part is that you can now avail these courses at the same package cost in the Philippines from ISO-certified Saint Roberts International Academy* through the Bellarmine Global Education in Thailand.

Our regular class schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; we can also work on a flexible schedule or conduct online-based classes—whatever suits you!

To grab this exciting opportunity, or if you have further inquiries, contact GeorServices Co Ltd

*Saint Roberts International Academy is accredited by the Philippines’ Department of Education.

How to Strike a Balance Between Work and Personal Life

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” — Thomas Kinkade

Those words from the late American painter Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) perfectly describes our cover-story subject in this summer issue of Fil-Am Who’s Who: veteran psychiatric nurse Darlene Dilangalen-Borromeo.

Originally from Lagao, General Santos City, Darlene specializes in mental health and gerontology while raising her family, together with her husband, Jesus “Bong” Borromeo. With more than 30 years of professional experience, she takes pride in what she does. “Whatever project I do or whatever I’m involved in, it’s still about my being a nurse. I’m a nurse first before I became a wife before I became a mother. But all of these come together to define who I am,” Darlene shares more on pages 10-12.

Unlike Darlene, if you find it difficult to achieve a balance between your working …

Promoting the Philippines

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

Filipinos around the world are exceedingly proud of the Philippines, warts and all. That’s why when it comes to promoting the country by way of an international television (TV) commercial, everyone seems to have a say in it. Take for instance the most recent falling out between the Department of Tourism (DOT) and a global marketing-advertising agency whose latest collaboration had gone awry because of plagiarism allegations. Plagiarized or not, save for the surprising twist in the end, the TV commercial in question showed nothing really new. Like any other tourism promotional video, it banked on sweeping crane shots of some of the country’s finest tourist destinations and top tourist activities—unfortunately, it didn’t touch upon the other quirkiness of the Philippines such as its food, its numerous languages, or, even, its music and popular entertainment.

Although he never spoke Tagalog or Bisaya at home or school growing up in New Jersey, physica…

Achieving Diversity Step by Step

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

“Diversity is all about us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” – Jacqueline Woodson 

In the city that never sleeps, people in various cultures embrace diversity, inclusion, and equality, which makes everyone feel welcome without trying to change their true selves. Building a world that gives importance to diversity doesn’t happen overnight though. It takes a paradigm shift that may take place at a snail’s pace in order to claim its well-deserved triumphant ending.

That’s why stories of diversity and inclusion in the workplace or in the media—small or huge—merit our attention, especially when you’re among the ethnic minority groups, Fil-Ams included.

Take for instance the recent groundbreaking news that took Broadway by storm: Approaching its 30th year on the Great White Way, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has cast Fil-Am actress Ali Ewoldt, the first person of color to play the coveted role …

About Lifelong Learning

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

In the fairly recent white papers released by the Department of Education and Science in Dublin and the Commission of the European Communities, lifelong learning, a concept introduced in Denmark in the early '70s, pertains to the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.” These studies also state that lifelong learning, which could be in the form of e-learning in front of your computer or continuing education at a traditional school, “not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.”

I couldn't agree more. I myself advocate for lifelong learning for both personal and professional development. In this fast moving world, things change in a blink of an eye! In class at New York University (NYU), I've learned that years before the rise of the Internet and social media, m…