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Pan-ay Church Belfry: Asia's Biggest Bell

Pan-ay is a home of the biggest bell in Asia. The church bell can be found hanging at the top of Sta. Monica Church. Its booming sound could be heard kilometers away.

by Jhaypee Guia on June 29, 2012
Pan-ay Church Belfry: Asia

Pan-ay is a home of the biggest bell in Asia. The church bell can be found hanging at the top of  Sta. Monica Church. Its booming sound could be heard kilometers away. The church’s five-storey belfry shelters a huge antique bell surrounded by 8 smaller bells. Shrouded with many enchanting tales, the huge bell holds a more fascinating truth. It was cast from 76 sacks of coins believed to have been contributed by the citizens of the town in 1878. Its mammoth size holds a staggering record - seven feet in diameter and a weight of 10.4 tons.

The inscription on the bell reads "I am the voice of God which will echo and praise from the beginning until the end of this town of Pan-ay, so that the faithful of Jesus Christ will come to this house of God."

Where to Stay

  • BAIA NORTE BEACH CLUB (D.O.T ACCREDITED) - Baybay Beach, Roxas City
  • ROXAS MIDTOWN HOTEL (D.O.T ACCREDITED) - NSF Bldg. Burgos Cor. San Jose Sts.
  • HOTEL VERONICA - Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan, Roxas City
  • NESTA’S HILLTOP HOTEL - Provincial Park, Roxas City, Capiz

Where to Dine

  • Jo’s Inato Kamayan Sa Ilog Restaurant - Washington St. Roxas City
  • Coco Veranda Bar & Restaurant - Lawis Baybay, Roxas City
  • Pizza Junction - Rizal St, Roxas City
  • Cake Eatcetera - Legaspi St. Roxas City
  • Arashi Bar & Restaurant - Baybay Roxas City
  • Acc Coffee & Crepes - Osmeña St. Roxas City
  • Café 1927 - P.Gomez St.Roxas City

How to get there

Travel time to Roxas City is 45 minutes by plane and around 16 hours by ship from Manila. From Iloilo City, it is approximately 2 hours by bus or private car. There are two airlines operating in Roxas City (RXS); Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific have a daily flight schedule from Manila to Roxas and vice versa. There is one passenger ship operating in Culasi Port, Roxas City, Capiz: Moreta Shipping Lines’ M/V Love 1 which embarks for Capiz twice a week. There are also ferry boats that travel from Romblon and Masbate and also Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) buses that treks through Capiz.

Capiz is part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, which is a major tourism gateway in Western Visayas. Roll-On Roll-Off (RORO) buses are operating to fetch passengers from Roxas City to Manila (Cubao or Pasay) via Caticlan, Aklan-Mindoro-Batangas-Manila.

Jeepneys and tricycles are the primary mode of transportation from one municipality to another. There is the "Capiz Cab", the city's new taxi that plies the streets of Capiz.


Capiz Cabs are the first receipt-issuing, metered taxis in the Philippines apart from those operating out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. As of now, there are 5 Capiz cabs that operate in the province.

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