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The ‘sweetest’ reputation for Guimaras mangoes is now protected.

Following awarding of the certificate of geographical indication (GI) registration by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), Guimaras is currently the exclusive producer of the sweetest mangoes.

The Guimaras provincial government and the Guimaras Mango Growers and Producers Development Cooperative were presented with the certificate at the National Geographical Indications Forum, which took place in Makati City from May 22 to 23.

Francisco E. Gentoral, a Provincial Economic Development (PED) Officer, said in an interview on Thursday that it took the province about two years to obtain the registration because they had to document everything from production to the processes for treating hot water and determining how many days to harvest to maintain sweetness.

Geographically speaking, it originates in Guimaras. It implies that the province may investigate the authenticity of other regions’ claims to produce Guimaras mangoes, he said.

He claimed that the patent demonstrated the product’s value by highlighting the mango’s sweetness, the processes it underwent, and the high standards it had to uphold.

The Guimaras mango is described as a “typical carabao variety mango which is shaped like an ellipsoid, with a rounded crown and an oblong end” in the certificate of GI registration issued by Bureau of Trademarks Director Jesus Antonio Z. Roz.

When unripe, it is green, but as it ripens, it turns from yellow-orange to yellow.

The flesh is meaty, smooth, firm, juicy, and non-fibrous, and the total amount of skin imperfections identified shall not exceed 10% of the total fruit surface, according to the certificate.

“The Guimaras mango is also known as the sweetest mango’ due to its sweetness, which can reach up to 16 degrees Brix. Additionally, it has’marabo’ texture, a Guimarasnon term for a special combination of crunchiness, sweetness, and sourness,” it was stated.

The province’s terrain, which ranges from flat to steeply sloping, is responsible for the quality and characteristics of Guimaras mango, and the height of the island is ideal for producing carabao mangoes, it was stated.

To identify the goods, including boxes, Gentoral said they will now be working on a QR code that will be affixed to the product.

“The province has an ordinance for that, which we need to revise and be executed well,” the speaker continued.

According to a press release from the Guimaras information office on Thursday, Geographical Indication is an initiative of IPOPHL to encourage the effective use of intellectual property rights, particularly GI, as a strategic business tool to further enhance the competitive advantage of the nation’s indigenous and distinctive products.

Senior Agriculturist and Provincial Mango Focal Person Joegin Galvez, Felipe Gamarcha of the Guimaras Mango Growers and Producers Development Cooperative, and former PEDO Elena V. Quezon joined Gentoral in getting the certificate.

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