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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
Province of Guimaras
Region: Western Visayas (Region VI)
Capital: Jordan
Founded: May 22, 1992
Population:
2000 census—141,450 (7th smallest)
Density—234 per km² (33rd highest)
Area: 604.7 km² (5th smallest)
Languages: Hiligaynon
Governor: Joaquin Carlos Rahma A. Nava (2004-2007)
Image:Ph_locator_map_guimaras.png

Guimaras is an island province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Among the smallest provinces, its capital is Jordan. The island is located in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros. To the northwest is the province of Iloilo and to the southeast is Negros Occidental. Image File history File links Provincial seal of Guimaras, Philippines. ... Map of the Philippines showing the regions and their provinces (click for larger version). ... Western Visayas, one of the regions of the Philippines, is designated as Region VI. It consists of seven provinces, namely, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Palawan and 17 cities making it the region with the most number of cities. ... May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines. ... A city (lungsod, sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines. ... A municipality (bayan, sometimes munisipalidad, in Filipino) is a local government unit in the Philippines. ... A barangay (Tagalog: baranggay , pronounced as ba-rang-gai, gai as in guy), also known by its former name, the barrio, is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. ... The House of Representatives (Kapulungan ng mga Kinatawan in Filipino) is the lower chamber of the Congress of the Philippines. ... Hiligaynon or Ilonggo is an Austronesian language spoken in Western Visayas in the Philippines. ... Image File history File links Map of the Philippines showing the location of Guimaras. ... Map of the Philippines showing the regions and provinces (click for larger version). ... Western Visayas, one of the regions of the Philippines, is designated as Region VI. It consists of seven provinces, namely, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Palawan and 17 cities making it the region with the most number of cities. ... Map of the Philippines showing the regions and their provinces (click for larger version). ... Panay Gulf is an extension of the Sulu Sea, reaching between the islands of Panay and Negros. ... Panay is an island in the Philippines located in the Visayas. ... Map of the Philippines showing the location of Negros. ... Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... Negros Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ...


The province is located on the islands of Guimaras and Inampulugan. Guimaras is an island of the Philippines. ... Inampulugan is an island of the Philippines. ...


Guimaras was a sub-province of Iloilo until it was made an independent province on May 22, 1992. Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

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People and culture

The people of Guimaras is considered as Ilonggo and their Dialect is Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a as it was once a sub-province of Iloilo. Hiligaynon is the major language spoken although the people can understand and speak Tagalog and English. Hiligaynon or Ilonggo is an Austronesian language spoken in Western Visayas in the Philippines. ... Hiligaynon or Ilonggo is an Austronesian language spoken in Western Visayas in the Philippines. ... Hiraya or Kinaray-a, is the mother language of the Western Visayas and it is spoken mainly in Iloilo, Antique and Capiz. ... Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... Tagálog is one of the major languages of the Republic of the Philippines. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Economy

The province is basically agricultural with palay, coconut, mango, vegetables, livestock, poultry and fishing as major products. Its major industries are tourism, fruit processing, coconut processing, fish farming, handicrafts making, mining, quarrying and lime production.


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. Guimaras mangos are reportedly served at the White House and Buckingham Palace [citation needed]. 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. Species About 35 species, including: Mangifera altissima Mangifera applanata Mangifera caesia Mangifera camptosperma Mangifera casturi Mangifera decandra Mangifera foetida Mangifera gedebe Mangifera griffithii Mangifera indica Mangifera kemanga Mangifera laurina Mangifera longipes Mangifera macrocarpa Mangifera mekongensis Mangifera odorata Mangifera pajang Mangifera pentandra Mangifera persiciformis Mangifera quadrifida Mangifera siamensis Mangifera similis Mangifera... North façade of the White House, seen from Pennsylvania Avenue. ...


Geography

Political

Guimaras is subdivided into 5 municipalities. A municipality (bayan, sometimes munisipalidad, in Filipino) is a local government unit in the Philippines. ...


Municipalities

Buenavista is a BEAUTIFUL TOWN THAT SERVES AS A CHEAPER LINK BETWEEN PANAY AND NEGROS, 4th class municipality in the province of Guimaras, Philippines. ... Nueva Valencia is a 4th class municipality in the province of Guimaras, Philippines. ... San Lorenzo is a 5th class municipality in the province of Guimaras, Philippines. ... Sibunag is a 5th class municipality in the province of Guimaras, Philippines. ...

Physical

Located southwest of Panay, Guimaras is separated physically from Iloilo by a narrow channel, which takes about fifteen minutes to cross by pumpboat from the Ortiz landing on Iloilo to Jordan. There are two other ways to get there, the Parola wharf in Iloilo to the municipality of Buenavista. The Parola wharf is used exclusively when ever the water is rough. There also is a roll on roll off (RORO) ferry that travels around five times a day and is used by the Iloilo bicycle clubs on Sunday to travel to Guimaras. Geologists opine that the island formed one landmass with Panay in the past. Guimaras was formerly known as Himal-us. Panay is an island in the Philippines located in the Visayas. ... Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... Buenavista is a BEAUTIFUL TOWN THAT SERVES AS A CHEAPER LINK BETWEEN PANAY AND NEGROS, 4th class municipality in the province of Guimaras, Philippines. ...


History

Gonzalo Ronquillo de Peñalosa, a Spanish governor-general, established the Spanish settlement in Guimaras for the purpose of the Christianization of the natives of the island. He and his subordinates organized the pueblicitos or villages of Nayup, with San Pedro Apostol as the patron saint, and Igang, with Sta. Ana as the patroness.


Evangelization of Guimaras occurred around the same time the friars were making inroads in Panay. The Augustinians established the visitas of Nayup and Igang dependent on Oton, Iloilo. Gov. Gen. Dasmariñas 20 June 1551 report to the king noted that the friars of Oton made regular visits to the island. Panay is an island in the Philippines located in the Visayas. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... Events Russia, Reforming Synod of the metropolite Macaire, Orthodoxy: introduction of a calendar of the saints and an ecclesiastical law code ( Stoglav ) Major outbreak of the sweating sickness in England. ...


In 1742, the island fell under the jurisdiction of Dumangas - now known as Iloilo, until 1751 when the Augustinian Order was replaced by the Jesuits, after which the Dominican order took over Guimaras. The Jesuits, who had established a school in Iloilo and had missions in Molo and Arevalo, charge of the island. By 1755, it was organized into a regular parish. When the population increased considerably, the island was given its municipal status with a seat of government at Tilad (now known as Buenavista). In 1908, during the American period, the Guimarasnons were given the opportunity to elect their municipal president. // Events January 24 - Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor. ... Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... Events Adam Smith is appointed professor of logic at the University of Glasgow March 25 - For the last time, New Years Day is legally on March 25 in England and Wales. ... The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu), commonly known as the Jesuits, is a Roman Catholic religious order. ... Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare Saint Dominic saw the need for a new type of organization to address the needs of his time, one that would bring the dedication and systematic education of the older monastic orders to bear on the religious problems of the burgeoning population of cities, but with more... 1755 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Douglas MacArthur, a fresh graduate from West Point as a Second Lieutenant at the age of 23, came to Iloilo as the head of the company of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They constructed roads and the Sto. Rosario Wharf, presently named MacArthur's Wharf, which are still in use today. Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 - April 5, 1964), was a famous American general who played a prominent role in the Pacific theater of World War II. He was poised to command the invasion of Japan in November 1945 but was instead instructed to accept their surrender on September 2, 1945. ... The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, or simply USMA (or Army, for NCAA purposes), is a United States Army fort and military academy. ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ... Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... United States Army Corps of Engineers logo The United States Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, is made up of some 34,600 civilian and 650 military men and women. ...


Guimaras first gained its status as a sub-province of Iloilo by virtue of R.A. 4667, which was enacted by Congress on 18 June 1966. It was proclaimed as a regular and full-fledged province on 22 May 1992 after a plebiscite was conducted to ratify the approval of its conversion pursuant to Section 462 of R.A. 7160. Iloilo is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Shortly after Guimaras acquired its provincial status, President Fidel V. Ramos appointed Emily Relucio-Lopez as its first Governor. Fidel Valdez Ramos (born March 18, 1928) was the 12th President of the Philippines. ...


The province of Guimaras was originally composed up of 3 municipalities. In 1995, by virtue of Republic Act No. 7896 and Republic Act No. 7897, the municipalities of Sibunag and San Lorenzo were created in the province of Guimaras. The two new municipalities officially acquired their municipal status after the May 8, 1995 plebiscite held simultaneously with the local election. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sibunag is a 5th class municipality in the province of Guimaras, Philippines. ... San Lorenzo is a 5th class municipality in the province of Guimaras, Philippines. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Mayor Ernesto L. Gedalanga was the first appointed mayor of Sibunag and Mayor Arsenio Zambarrano was also appointed mayor of San Lorenzo. The temporary seat of government of the Municipality of Sibunag is at Brgy. Sabang while the temporary seat of Government of the Municipality of San Lorenzo is at Brgy. M. Chavez.


The island province however encountered an ecological disaster on Aug. 2006, after an oil tanker carrying around two million liters of petroleum sank off the coast. [1] Cleanup is estimated to take at least a full year. Location of Guimaras in the Philippines The Guimaras oil spill is an ongoing environmental and economic disaster that started on 11 August 2006. ...


External links

  • Provincial Government of Guimaras
  • Explore Guimaras!
  • WWF News Bulletin on the Disaster
  • Ligtas Guimaras (Guimaras Oil Spill)
  • Oil Spill near Guimaras Island at NASA Earth Observatory
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Guimaras Oil Spill Petition (231 words)
Last August 11, 2006, Solar I, a tanker chartered by Petron to transport 2 million liters of oil sank somewhere in Guimaras Straight.
Petron is legally and morally liable for the oil spill in Guimaras.
The Guimaras Oil Spill Petition to Petron Corporation was created by and written by Froilan Grate (froilan@greenminds.net).
Guimaras - Definition, explanation (938 words)
Guimaras is an island province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region.
Guimaras was a sub-province of Iloilo until it was made an independent province on May 11, 1992.
Guimaras first gained its status as a sub-province of Iloilo by virtue of R.A. 4667, which was enacted by Congress on 18 June 1966.
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