Mangosteen Festival is a cultural and fruit festival that celebrate mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) in the province of Sulu, Philippines held every September.
According to a social media post from the Sulu provincial government, the Mangosteem Festival was launched in 2015 within the tenure of governor Abdusakur “Toto” A. Tan II. Sources such as news articles on the other hand (Business World and The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper) stated that it began in September 2018.
In 2015, activities included a 150-meter table full of the fruit held in the municipality of Maimbung. Other fruits that the province produces are durian and lanzones. And in 2018, each of the localities of the province erected booths and showcased different products derived from the fruit such as drinks and ice cream.
Activities were conducted in the Provincial Capitol grounds. The festival was hoped to unlock the potential of the fruit in trading, as an income-generating endeavor of farmers, a platform to spread awareness of the health benefits of consumption of the fruit, and as an annual tourist attraction.
How to reach Sulu? Book a flight to Zamboanga Airport, take a ride to the sea port, and take a ferry to Jolo, Sulu.
- Sulu holds first-ever “Mangosteen Festival”. The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper. September 28, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2022
- Sulu holds “Mangosteen” Festival. The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper. September 20, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2022
- Mangosteen island. Business World. September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2022