Friday 24th of May 2013
|Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco issues challenge in jest - "Capture an âaswangâ on cam and win a prize."|
ROXAS CITY, Philippines â What âaswangâ? Thereâs no such a thing here.
Tourism in Capiz has been reeling from its image as one of the areas in Western Visayas where the mythical vampire-like creature is said to have been devouring hapless preys since ages.
Capiz Governor Victor Tanco is waging a battle to change that eerie image.
âNow, weâre trying to erase that,â said Tanco. âWhenever we have visitors, the first thing that I will tell them is that âWeâre not what you think we areâ.â
He even challenged all âaswang believersâ to capture the Philippine ghoul on camera.
âI will give a reward to anybody who can capture on camera and identify the aswang here,â Tanco said in jest to reporters in his residence here.
An aswang is said to have a penchant for eating unborn babies and it could even turn into an animal as it scours mostly rural villages for preys.
Historian William Henry Scott said that Spanish colonists noted that the aswang was the most feared among the mythical creatures of the Philippines, even in the 16th century.
The provinceâs association with aswang was so bad that in the 1980s hotel guests in Capiz would even put garlic under their pillows.
Garlic is believed to scare away the creepy creature.
But things are getting brighter for the province, which is aggressively promoting itself not as the aswang, but as the seafood capital of the Philippines.
âI think weâre shedding that image,â Tanco said.
âWe now belong to the top 20 domestic tourism locations here in the Philippines. Thatâs according to the record of the National Statistics Office and the Department of Tourism,â he said, adding, âThatâs quite an achievement for us.â
âWe are now hosting conventions, we have many festivals, and our main sales pitch is for people to come to Capiz just to eat. We are the seafood capital of the Philippines and many tourists come here because of our seafood,â he said.
Tanco also takes pride in having red tide-free waters in Capiz.
âMost of the seafood going to Manila, every day, are from Capiz,â he said, adding that they are being sold at upscale seafood markets in Metro Manila.
And fresh seafood is just one of Capizâs assets. The province also boasts of tourist attractions like its centuries-old Catholic churches, caves, waterfalls, and its indigenous peoples. (Frances Mangosing/INQUIRER.net)
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- âEarth Dayâ in Capiz every April 22
- Special Events for 2013
- Capiz gears for Bio-Rcon program
- P2.3-B annual investment program okâd
- Capiz receives âprestigiousâ Seal of Good Housekeeping award
- P19-M farm machineries for Capiz farmers
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Budget & Finances
- Capiz Annual Budget 2013
- Capiz Annual Budget 2012
- Balance Sheet (31-Dec-2012)
- Income & Expenses (31-Dec-2012)
- Income & Expenses (31-Dec-2011)
- Debt Service (2013)
- Debt Service (2012)
- Cash Flow - Q4 2012
- Cash Flow - Q3 2012
- Cash Flow - Q2 2012
- Cash Flow - Q1 2012
- Receipts & Exp. - Q4 2012
- Receipts & Exp. - Q3 2012
- Receipts & Exp. - Q2 2012
- Receipts & Exp. - Q1 2012
- Receipts & Exp. 2011
- 20% Utilization - Q4 2012
- 20% Utilization - Q3 2012
- 20% Utilization - Q2 2012
- 20% Utilization - Q1 2012
- PDAF Utilization - Q4 2012
- PDAF Utilization - Q3 2012
- PDAF Utilization - Q2 2012
- PDAF Utilization - Q1 2012
- SEF Utilization - Q4 2012
- SEF Utilization - Q3 2012
- SEF Utilization - Q2 2012
- SEF Utilization - Q1 2012
- LDRRMF Utilization - Q4 2012
- LDRRMF Utilization - Q3 2012
Special Events for 2013
- January 26: Philippine Madrigal Singers Anniversary Concert
- February: Provincial Arts Month Celebration/ Capiz Arts Festival
- March 25-31: Semana Santa Sa Capiz
- April 12-15: CAPIZtahan!
- May: Heritage Month
- May 24-26: Dungog III
- September 16-22: Provincial Tourism Week
- September 18-20: MeTCJAP (City Judges Association of the Philippines Convention)
- October 10-18: Annual Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit
- December 20: Liberation of Capiz
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