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Guimaras (Philippines)

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Photo: Elmer Nev Valenzuela
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.

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

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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 …