That's not the name of the store; I was referring to the local fisherman selling his fresh catch at the beach. You don't have to go far to the wet market. Most importantly, you're sure you're buying the freshest fish because the fisherman just caught them that dawn...You can even request the fisherman to clean and grill the fish for you ;))
What to buy: You can buy fresh tanigue, bisugo, eel, squid, baby octopus, etc. I witnessed how fast the fisherman's catch was sold out. Because more buyers came to ask for fish, he had to make a second trip back to the sea to catch some more.
What to pay: Fish and seafoods are very cheap in Guimaras, much cheaper than in Manila and other provinces. For example, one big tanigue was bought by a lady for only P150! Please don't haggle anymore with the fisherman. Let him earn for his family.
Trappist Gift Shop is a small air-conditioned store where monks sell gift/"pasalubong" items like souvenir t-shirts, native bags, decors and delicacies processed from fruit harvests of the monks' own orchard. Revenue of the gift shop help sustain the Trappist Monastery's activities.
What to buy: Fruits harvested from their orchard are processed into dried chips, juices, jellies, jams, cookies, bars, breads and piayas. I personally recommend that you buy plenty of mango bars and dried mango chips. I regret that I didn't buy more packs, as I decided to buy a little of everything. Their dried mango chips have bigger slices and better taste than those made in Cebu, and their mango bars are really yummy. My grandson could finish one pack of mango bars in one sitting, no exaggeration.
What to pay: Dried mangoes: P70/pack
Mango Bars: P75/pack
The Guimaras Showroom is an air-conditioned store that showcases the products of Guimaras. Souvenir items are sold aside from the Guimaras products.
What to buy: souvenir t-shirts, baskets, shellcraft, delicacies, etc.
What to pay: I didn't buy anything because we wanted to move on to the Trappist Monastery, but I looked at the price tags, and they are reasonable. Perhaps more pricey than the market, but not too expensive.
In case you have no time to go to the market...At the Jordan Wharf, you'll find a fruit stand beside the eateries/canteens. It is the only fruit stand I saw at the Wharf. You can buy fresh Guimaras mangoes upon arrival at the Wharf, or just before leaving Guimaras for Iloilo City. Their cost is lower than the cost of mangoes in your resort.
What to buy: Fresh Guimaras mangoes can be bought per piece or per kilo or per dozen.
What to pay: When we went there, the price per kilo was P80/kilo for medium-sized mangoes and P85/kilo for large mangoes, compared to P95/kilo (smaller size) at Raymen's Beach resort. The cost at the fruit stand can still be lowered if you buy more than 1 kilo.
They sell mango puree, mango juice, mango jam, mango tart, mango pastillas, mango piaya... any sweets with mango in it. They also sell coffee, tea, guava jam, and cashews. Even the mango fruit.
The store also sells craft made by locals and religious items.
What to pay: goods' prices range from PHP 10-200.
We went to Guimaras the last weekend of January and it was hardly the mango season, but we were pleasantly surprised to find mangoes at Jordan Public Market. Unfortunately, off-season cost of mangoes per kilo goes as high as P80/kilo, about 3 pieces only. But nonetheless, its not everyday that you get to go to Guimaras ...
Despite it's off-season availability, it's unbelievable to find them very, very sweet, that i actually burn my tongue, the same sensation you get when one eats too much pineapple.
Haggle for the price, and don't hesitate to ask for some 'taste test'.
Request for good packing to avoid getting your mangoes mulled during transfers. Also get them green for them to stay fresh longer. Buying them green will make them golden ripe in 4-5 days. Keep packed mangoes away from the sun and keep in cool, dark place.
Mango season starts in hot summer, around April onwards. Prices nationwide drop fantastically during that time.
The shop is located inside the monastery...all the products they are selling are done by the monks (they are also the one running the shop, functioning as a cashier and salesman)...the shop offers affordbale prices...
What to buy: wide variety of choices...from sweets made of mangoes (like dried mangoes, jam, tart, jelly, juice and a lot more...to arts and crafts (like bags, wallet, displays and other items made of native materials)...and of course, they are also into selling of religious items...
What to pay: prices are affordable..dried mango cost only P35 per pack or 3packs for P100..i bought a beautiful native bag worth P180..this normally cost P300 to P350 at the mall..you can also buy religious products for keeps or for gifts as low as P10