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Gathered from previous travels of Living Asia Channel correspondents and fellow explorers, with cooperation of local tour guides, is a collection of information on various Asian countries and its provinces to make traveling easier for the common tourist.

CAPIZ

Time Zone +8:00 hours from UTC/GMT

The province of Capiz is found on the island of Panay in the Philippines. Named after the capis (mollusc) shells abundantly found all over its coast, it is blessed with the bounty of the sea  and hosts  adventures, escapes and dining experiences for those who come to visit.

HOW TO GET THERE

BY AIR

 

Via Roxas City Airport - The Roxas Airport, is a class 1 airport and is the primary access to the province. The travel time will take about 45 mins with two direct flights to and from Manila daily.

BY LAND

 

Take a RoRo Bus - Coming from Manila, you can ride a Roll on - Roll Off Bus + Ferry. From the Manila terminal secure a seat on the bus headed for Panay/ Roxas/ Iloilo. You’ll be hoping from Batangas port - Mindoro Island -Island of Panay and finally get of at Roxas City. It is always a good idea to tell your driver of your stop in case the ride will continue on to Iloilo city which south from Roxas. The ride can take at least 16 hours.

 

BY SEA

 

Take a commuter vessel - If you’re really not in any hurry and can spare at least two days traveling by sea, then take a ship to Capiz via Iloilo City. The ride can last for at least 24 hours and the level of comfort during the trip will largely depend on what you're willing to shell out. The fee could range anywhere between PHP 500 for a tourist pass to  PHP 3000 for your own suite.

GETTING AROUND

Hire a taxi/van

 

Getting round the roxas city and beyond you can rent a taxi or a van for the whole day. They charge anywhere between PHP 2500 -PHP 4,000 per day and will be with you throughout the day taking you to different destinations in Capiz. There are public van’s you flag down as well although these are usually already filled at the terminals, but will pass through most of the major roads in Capiz.

 

Jeepney

 

Public jeepneys are all over the province but and usually pass only through more populated routes like Roxas city. But if you want to get around the capital city, this would be the cheapest way.

The Capiz Cabs (Tricycles)

 

Rent out a private motorized tricycle (Motorbike with auto rickshaw) and it can take you through the main destinations around the province. It’s the most common way to get around and some of these are even fitted with meters and issue receipts, thus earning the title “Capiz Cabs.” It’s certainly cheaper than hiring a taxi but it may take you longer to travel. If you want to feel the fresh breeze on your face and have the option to stop at any point you’d like, this may prove to be a thrilling experience. Be warned if you are sensitive to noise as the open mufflers on this vehicle may take some getting use to. Rental can range from PHP 300 for 4 hours to PHP 1000 for the whole day depending on distance and your itinerary. Often you will need to test your negotiating skills with their drivers.

WEATHER

For a more colorful and exciting visit, time it during one of Capiz’s festivals. The Sinadya sa Halaran Festival, held every December 8 and the days leading up to it, showcases the festival dances of each municipality. The Diwal Festival, meanwhile, is usually held every second week of July.

WHAT TO DO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the Roxas City Museum is named in honor of it’s native son Manuel Roxas, the fifth man to be President of the Philippines. A repurposed water tank now curiously contains some of the most important  historic artifacts and memorabilia of Roxas City.

Ivisan township or the “virgin beach” a half-hour trip from Roxas City. Here you'll come across Basiao Beach, a strip of billowy white sand.

Visit the People's Park and the shores of Baybay Beach along the northern coast of the Roxas city. It’s a baywalk over-looking the dark sands of the beach carrying moderate waves.

Island of Mantalinga, a small island of the coast of Roxas.

Learn and explore the Palina Greenbelt Eco-Park along the Palina River, about 5 kilometers from the city proper. the Eco Park consists of bamboo huts and floating rafts upon a diversity-rich patch of the riverbank.

At the Espacio Verde Resort’s river deck guests can try their hand at fishing like the locals do, with a bamboo pole. Also enjoy the pleasure of taking a boat ride along the river.

Learn at the Capiz State University where its mngroves act as a  nursery for mangrove plants and a hatchery for crabs. They’ll teach you how to catch them as well.

Explore the Cadimahan River Tour is a  two or three hour excursion on a pleasure raft, or Cabaña. Soak in the sites, enjoy local music and get a relaxing massage.

Learn the Gicrafts Shell Museum and Gallery in Pilar has an open workshop crafters show how they assemble the shells in constructing home décor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to know the locals at the Ivisan Bagsakan Center and Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center  if you fancy yourself a chef and prefer to cook your own meal with the best ingredients than this is the place to be

Get to know the Capiz Sugar Central in Capiz that shows how alive the sugar industry still is since it was established in the 1920’s.

Explore or Swim at Suhot Cave and Suhot Spring Resort in Dumalag where through the cave flows a stream of natural spring water with a touch of sulfur.

Visit St. Martin Bishop of Tours Parish Church is a fine-looking limestone edifice located in the municipality of Dumalag

Visit Santa Monica Parish Church or simply Panay Church which has been declared a National Historical Landmark in the municipality of Panay. Note its coral stone walls and it’s centerpiece is known as the Dakung Lingganay” – which means the Big Bell, as it is the largest Catholic Church bell in Asia.

Climb the hill towards the Agtalin Shrine with the largest Marian statue in Asia, a pilgrimage point, located in Pilar.

Visit Camp Peralta in the  municipality of Jamindan.  The third largest military camp in the Philippines.

Explore Kalikasan Nature Park inside Camp Peralta, a new eco-tourism zone taking up most of the camp's 33,300 hectares where you can trek its many trails, camp and visit the Kalikasan Waterfall.

OTHER NOTABLE SITES

 

 

 

 

The Capiz Government and Business Center

The Health Centrum the largest hospital in Capiz

Villareal Stadium for a big sports and leisure with an an open track.

The Grand Gazebo an events venue and resort set atop a hill fitted with banquet halls, lodging and a pool.

Pueblo de Panay Resort and Convention Center

Hotel Veronica

San Antonio Resort. At San Antonio, a polished modern hotel and event facility. Sprawled across four hectares, lounge along its lagoon ideal for having breakfast before your big day.

Lolet's Eco-Park in the municipality of Dao

Maribert Inland Resort at the municipality of Pontevedra with its enormous resort-class pool

Villa Consorcia, a resort with a peaceful garden setting

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Meditation Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL CUSTOMS AND CULTURE

The people of Capiz are known for their art and contributions to dance. They were once largely known for their superstitions, with old folktales of spirits and malevolent woodland monsters, although in the last two decades this image has slowly been replaced by a progressive thinking populous due in large part to its rapid development.

WHAT TO EAT

People's Park in at night turns into a clusters of eateries and sample the best sea food platters at reasonable prices.

RML Manokan Haus Bar and Grill along People’s Park, they specialize in chicken inasal – grilled chicken popular in the visayas.

Bitoy's Balay Barbekyuhan in Roxas City is known for serving up pork barbecue. Also on the menu Bitoy's grilled oysters and squid. If you crave an entree, order the seafood caldereta.

Espacio Verde Resort buffet of seafood, from crab cakes to stuffed squid,  oysters anchovies, sea grapes, prawns,  scallops and the list goes on.

 

 

WHAT TO BRING HOME

Capiz Shell Handicraft at Kapiz Atbp. Shell Craft in Roxas City and  Gicrafts Shell Museum and Gallery in Pilar among other places offers décor for export Many of the decorations can be lit from within giving of the mother-of-pearl translucence.

Steel cooking pots a small cottage industry that may prove to useful should you be bringing home local delicacies.

Frozen Seafood and Dried Goods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS / CELEBRATIONS

Sinadya sa Halaran (December 1-8)

• Commemoration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception

  in Roxas City   and means "Joy in Sharing and Thanksgiving".

• Festivities include fireworks, grand parades, fluvial

  processions, fair and food exhibition and street dancing.

Pangahaw Festival in Jamin (Mid January)

• A thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest by the Indigenous

  Peoples of Jamindan.

Guyum-Guyuman Festival - (Mid of May)

• A celebration of"Caguyuman" the old name of Pontevedra,

  meaning anthill. Once the center of trade, people came here by

  the hundred like ants marching for trading. The relation of

  sugar to the history of Capiz is not lost here.

Talahong Festival - Sapian (2nd Friday and Saturday of May)

Celebrating the wealth of the sea the Talaba and tahong is celebrated by the fisherfolk who live along the coast. Since Sapian is abundant with seafood. Tahong (clams) and Talaba (Oyster) served fresh and by the baskets.Say-Am

Description/ Purpose/ Program:

• Street Dancing /Float parade

• Trade Fairs (Each representing a town in Apayao)

• Sports Fests

• Ms. Apayao Pageant

• Cultural Presentations

 

 

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