Capiz: The Seafood Capital of the Philippines
A province of utmost natural beauty and exquisite culture, Capiz certainly stands out as a place worthy of attention and wonder. Surrounded by some of the the clearest, richest bodies of water anywhere on the planet, Capiz is truly blessed by the sea and has been called the Seafood Capital of the Philippines.
Capiz is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Roxas City and is located in the northeastern portion of Panay Island, bordering Aklan and Antique to the west, and Iloilo to the south. Capiz faces the Sibuyan Sea to the north. Capiz is known for its mother-of-pearl shells that have the same name and are used for decoration, making lampshades, trays, and window doors.
Capiz is dubbed as the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines," boasting its 80-kilometer coastline and wide expanse of swampy lands easily converted into fishponds. It holds one of the richest fishing grounds and is a major contributor in the aquamarine industry of the Philippines.
Experience the bounty of this province by the sea and be captivated by this peaceful and lovely place at the heart of the Philippine Islands.
Discover the mystic beauty of Capiz. Feel the waves on the wide powdery gray-sand beaches of Bay bay and Olotayan Island where a fascinating sunset and stunning view can be seen. With each step along fine powdery gray sand, one can feel the curious sensation of sand caressing between one's toes. Capiz is just waiting to be experienced.
Most Visited Attractions of the Province
It was here in Capiz where the first president of the Third Republic of the Philippines was born. Located in the city proper, the two-storey hardwood and stone house of President Manuel Acuña Roxas is now a historical shrine.
The Sta. Monica Church in Pa-nay, Capiz houses the biggest bell in Southeast Asia. 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 more fascinating truth. It was cast from 76 sacks of coins believed to have been contributed by the citizens of the town. Its mammoth size holds a staggering record - seven feet in diameter and weighs 10.4 tons.
Spelunking or simply cave exploration in just one of the many caves that can be found in Capiz is a delight to explorers and spelunkers. Getting into this nature-built dungeons, seeing the wonders that were hidden for centuries, creates a grand feeling of fulfillment as one views the grandeur of the chambers as big as the present-day cathedrals. Flaked tools and fossilized bones of Stone Age Man were recovered in some archeological caves.
- Capiz Shells
Considered as the most versatile of sea shells, which are so plentiful in the province, called “pi-os” by Capiceños, but known as capiz throughout the world. Capiz shell products, admired for their beauty and translucent quality, are in such great demand abroad that sometimes local exporters can hardly supply the needs of the market. The deft fingers of the Capiceños turn these shells into flowers and souvenir items of unsurpassed beauty.
- Cutflower Growing
Farms of various ornamental plants and different varieties of heliconia supply a thriving cut-flower business that is carving a niche in Southern Philippines’ provinces.
- Sulod Tribe
Located in Tapaz, Capiz, it is a cultural minority of Indonesian stock that worships spirits, practice secondary burial, and hunt with blowguns. The Sulod love personal ornaments. The necklace worn is not only an ornament and a status symbol but also an anting-anting or amulet.
- Mussel Farms
Ten kilometers north of the town of Sapian, Capiz are the mussel farms that patiently lie like a silent picture of a thousand bamboo stilts arrayed six feet apart. Each bamboo pole stuck through the sea floor six to seven feet deep yields hundreds of fat dark green mussels neatly arranged like dark distended leaves sprouting heavily on top of each other. Get here by means of motorized banca, dugouts, or rafts.
The pride of Roxas City, located around 3 km. from the city proper of Roxas. This clean black sand beach is a favorite excursion/picnic area of the Capiceños.
Ilonggo Cuisine: Steamed Roxas Oysters
A wonderful piece of Capiz
A wonderful piece of Capiz
Here is a list of hotels and inns for your stay in the province:
- San Antonio Beach Resort - Brgy. Baybay Roxas City
- MVW Restaurant and Tourist Inn - Roxas Ave. Roxas City
- Roxas President's Inn - Rizal Cor. Lopez Jaena St.
- Baia Norte Beach Club - Baybay Beach, Roxas City
- Roxas Midtown Hotel - NSF Bldg. Burgos Cor. San Jose Sts.
- Urban Manor Hotel - Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan, Roxas City
Here is a list of some of the restaurants, bars and cafes located in the city:
- 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 - Lawis Baybay Roxas City
- Acc Coffee & Crepes - Osmeña St. Roxas City
- Café 1927 - P.Gomez St. Roxas City
- 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. It will take approximately 4 hours of travel going to Boracay Island by land. There are two airlines operating in Roxas City (RXS): Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific have a daily scheduled flight from Roxas-Manila and Manila-Roxas. 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 (ro-ro) buses that cross through Capiz.
- Capiz is part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, which is a major tourism gateway in Western Visayas. Roll On-Roll Off (Ro-Ro) buses are operating to fetch passengers from Roxas City to Manila (Cubao or Pasay) via Catiklan, Aklan-Mindoro-Batangas-Manila.
- Jeepneys and tricycles are the primary modes of transportation from one municipality to another. There is the "Capiz Cab", the city's new taxi that plies the streets of Capiz.