Capiz is dubbed as "the center of seafood trip tourism" and it hosted the remarkable Dungog: IP Festival 2009 which attracted international and domestic tourists and gathered positive impact to the province. Capiz was awarded by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) as The Best Tourism Event in the Philippines by hosting Dungog Festival during the 11th ATOP National Convention last October 3-6, 2010.
ife in Capiz, PhilippinesÂ is simple and peaceful. It is an ideal refuge for those who wish to escape the fast-paced life in modern cities. It owes much of its charms to a mixture of its rich history and natural beauty untrammeled by modernity and this is the reason Capiz is truly amazing.
The Province of Capiz is known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines.
Discover the Capiz mystic. Explore the rolling hills, mountain peaks and ranges. Enjoy daytime excursions at the provinceâ€™s wide beaches and isolated coves. Have a fill of a variety of seafoods available all year round. Visit local gardens, historical sites, old Spanish churches, Southeast Asiaâ€™s largest bell at Pan-ay Church, and the birthplace of Manuel A. Roxas, first Philippine President.
Experience local festivals like Balintawakan and Sinadya sa Halaran. Go spelunking. A lot of caves are waiting to be explored. Or you can make special arrangements to witness the Mundo tribe dance in Tapaz.
Accommodations in cottages, hotels, and resorts are available in Roxas City and other municipalities outside the city.
Experience Capiz and get to know the province at the heart of Philippines.
Capiz Provincial Tourism Office
If there is one office at the Capiz provincial capitol that has been keeping itself so busy since last year, itâ€™s no other than the Capiz Provincial Tourism Office.
With no less than the indefatigable and restless Al Tesoro at the helm, with his equally hardworking staff, the tourism office has been in the forefront in all practically tourism and culture-related activities of the province. In fact, there appears to be no let up in the holding of such activities since the assumption of Governor Victor Tanco into the post. To his credit, Tanco as well as his department heads has been very much supportive of all the tourism-related endeavors mounted by Tesoro and his staff. Slowly and surely, CapiceÃ±os, it seems, are seeing the beauty and importance of their cultural heritage, particularly in helping "sell" the Capiz province not only to foreign but also to domestic tourists.
It also helps that the National Commission for Culture and the Arts has very supportive of all the local tourism office undertakings. Itsâ€™ good that Sir Tesoro is maximizing his "connection" with the NCCA for the welfare and advantage of culture and the arts sector in captivating Capiz.
Where to Stay in Capiz
HOTELS / INNS IN ROXAS CITY
SAN ANTONIO BEACH RESORT (D.O.T ACCREDITED) Brgy. Baybay Roxas City Tel. No. 6216-638 Contact person; Antonio Ortiz Contact Number: 092090447274 Website:www.thesanantonioresort.com
ROXAS PRESIDENTâ€™S INN (D.O.T ACCREDITED) Rizal Cor. Lopez Jaena St. Tel. No. 6212-208 Contact Person: Edna Agustin Contact Number: 09228228591
BAIA NORTE BEACH CLUB (D.O.T ACCREDITED) Baybay Beach, Roxas City Tel. No. 6212-165 Contact Person: Josie Altavas Contact Number: 09209099905
ROXAS MIDTOWN HOTEL (D.O.T ACCREDITED) NSF Bldg. Burgos Cor. San Jose Sts. Roxas City Tel. no. 6215-135/6215-225 Contact Person: Rey Fuentes Contact Number: 09189284529 No. Of Rooms: 20
HOTEL VERONICA Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan, Roxas City Contact person:Â Joane Olivares Tel. No.:Â 6210-919; 621-7443
URBAN MANOR HOTEL Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan, Roxas City Tel. No.: (036) 522-4018/6217-758
KAPIS MANSIONS Banica Road, Roxas City Tel. No.: (036) 6321-7718/ 621-2159 Email:
NESTAâ€™S HILLTOP HOTEL Provincial Park, Roxas City, Capiz Tel. No. 6211-185; 6214-766; 522-6860 Contact Person: Grace Aguirre Contact Number: 09173120038
CLER GRAND HOTEL Km. 1, Brgy. Lawaan, Roxas City Telefax: (036) 6215-013 Mobile No. 0917-725033 Owner:Â Mr. Romulo Capunong
Panay, Pontevedra, Panitan, Maayon, President Roxas, Pilar
Ivisan, Sigma, Mambusao, Sapian, Jamindan, Tapaz, Dumalag, Dumarao, Cuartero, Dao
Dialect: Capisnon and Hiligaynon are the local dialects.Â Pilipino is the national language. English is the business language and spoken widely.
Area: 2,633.2 square kilometers
Weather: Mostly dry from December to May and wet from June to November, coolest from October to February and hottest from March to May.Â Temperature varies in most places, the high and low average temperature are 33 degree celcius (91 degrees farenheit) and 19 degree celcius (66 degrees farenheit)
Time Zone: GMT +8 hours
Currency: Philippine peso (Php) 100 centavos in 1 Peso
Coins: 25c, 50c, Php1, Php5, Php10
Bank notes: Php20, Php50, Php100, Php200, Php500, Php 1000
Business and Banking Hours: Private and government offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Most shopping malls and department stores are open from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm.
Banks are open from 8:00am to 3:00pm.Â Mondays to Fridays, with automated teller machines (ATM) that operate for 24 hours.
Credit Cards: International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Cluyb, Mastercard, JCB and American Express Card are accepted in major establishments.
Location: Capiz is located in the Western Visayas region, at the northeastern portion of the Panay Island, bordering Aklan and Antique to the west, and Iloilo to the south.Â Capiz faces the Sibuyan Sea to the north.
How to get there: Travel time to Roxas City, the main gateway to the Province of Capiz, is 45 minutes by plane (2 flights daily) around 16 hours by boat, and 14 hours by Ro-Ro (Roll-on-Roll-off) bussess from Manila.Â It is approximately 2 hours drive by bus from Iloilo City and 4 hours from Catiklan, Malay, Aklan.
Getting around: Busses, jeepneys, public utility vans (PUVâ€™s) ply the main streets and smaller roads between the different towns in Capiz.Â The province has a well-developed system of road networks connecting to highways.Â It is easy to get around the different towns as well as to nearby provinces in the Panay Island.
Places to Visit in Capiz
iscover the mystic beauty of enchanting Capiz. Catch a wave on the wide powdery gray-sand beaches of Baybay and Olotayan Island where a fascinating sunset and stunning view to die for can be seen. As your feet squeak with each step as you walk across the fine powdery gray sand, enjoy the sand caressing between your toes. This is the ultimate place to go barefoot and enjoy the casual laid back life style. It is very relaxing and therapeutic. There are different places to be visited when you are in Capiz and Roxas City.
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Birthplace of Manuel Roxas
Located in the city proper; a two-storey hardwood stone house of the First President of the Third Philippine Republic President Manuel Roxas, now a historical shrine.
Moro Towers, Sitio Nipa
Half-torn stone structures built in 1814 in order to repel invading Moros and Portuguese colonizers.
Capiz National High SchoolÂ
One of the pioneering educational institutions in the province, Capiz National High School (Capiz High School) was established and completely organized in 1914. Its imposing structure and location (top of a hill) is always a welcome sight. Its 48-step stairway is popular spot for picture taking.
Roxas City Bridge
The old imposing Roxas City Bridge (formerly Capiz Bridge) remained strong and firm after it was built in 1910 overlooking the Panay River. The bridge is a silent witness of various changes that ushered in progress and development in the City. Like the old bridge, equally alluring is the huge stretch of Panay River that transverse the very heart of the City. Passing the major edifice of the City, Roxas City River has been compared and dubbed as the "Venice of the Visayas".
Ang Panubli-On (Roxas City Museum)Â originally built in 1910 as a water tank; it now stands as a museum. It has memorabilia of illustrious sons and daughters of Roxas City; collections of religious icons, artifacts and artworks.
3 kilometers from the city proper, this clean black sand beach has beach houses, motorboats for boating and fishing. Also a good place for water sports like skim boarding and water skiing or for simply basking in the sun, swimming in the cool water and taking a walk along the shore feeling the waves lap at your feet.
30 minute pump boat ride from Banica wharf, Roxas City. This 53 hectares island is blessed with colorful fishes and coral reefs.Â Its crystal-clear water and abundant marine life is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. The islandâ€™s beach is carpeted with tiny crushed shells called cascaho. With its serene and "out of the city hassle", this quiet little island is for couples and businessmen who wants to take a break from it all.
A kilometer away from the shoreline of Baybay Beach, Roxas City, it has been identified by the Department of Tourism as an ideal spot for scuba divers and a perfect rotunda for sailboat (dilayag) and kayaking contest. Recently named "Good Luck Island" by DOT consultants, the place is believed by local fisher folks as source of luck when names of their fish boats are written on the sides of the island before it goes fishing for the first time.
Our Lady Of The Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
The Roxas City Metropolitan Cathedral built in 1877; reconstructed in 1954 is one of the oldest in Panay Island.Â The church is a silent witness to the events that has unfolded in the city over the past centuries. Its imposing view is being complemented by its location which is beside the city plaza fronting the Panay River and the old (now Roxas City Bridge).Â Fiesta lights add glitter to the church.
Cadimahan River Tour
(Libotong River Tour) - Located at LawisBaybay, Roxas City approximately 10 minutes ride away from the center of the city thru the public vehicles: tricycle, taxi, multicab. There you can experience the refreshing and enriching ride thru river while observing different ways of fishing, amidst green mangroves and associated wildlife, and interacting with fisher folks as they tell their stories.
Located at Brgy. Milibili, Roxas City, which is around 3.12 kms. from the city proper and 950 m away from the national road; its location is ideal for seminars, hands-on trainings program, retreats or simply for somewhere to unwind: A collection of both introduced and endemic plants that are properly labeled and arranged according to families.
Culajao Mangrove Eco-Park
Experience a breath-taking view of the 4.69 hectare mangrove reservation zone; a reforestation project of the Roxas City Government in partnership with Katunggan Sa Culajao Salbaron Association (KACUSA), Inc. and PEW Fellows Program in Marine Conservation to address the dwindling mangrove forest in the City of Roxas.
It is composed of fish cages squarely arranged though bamboo poles floating above the water and piled above the fish nets in the brackish waters of the Cityâ€™s estuaries. The fish pen is solely for the breeding of lapu-lapu, a distinct fish locally known in the area.
People's Park (La Playa de Roxas)
Found at the end of Arnaldo Boulevard, roughly a three- minute tricycle ride from Roxas City Airport and a stone's throw away from Roxas City Seafood Plaza is a Seashore-manmade Park. With a cool breeze blowing "round the clock" and the sound of the ocean waves splashing against the parkâ€™s break water (when the tide rolls in), this place is ideal for family picnics at daytime and a romantic date at night. Take a guitar and just jam with your friends as it gives you a "Caribbean feel" with its mixture of "cobble-stone-feel" footpath, palm trees and the scent of the sea or just lounge and relax to a sun setting over the Visayan sea.
Municipality of Panay
Tadiao Bridge, Brgy. Linateran
"The site of first historical battle against Spaniards" Pan-ay was the center of the first act of revolt against the Spaniards in the Province of Capiz. This was headed by General Esteban D. Contreras, where the first battle happened on May 3, 1897, at Sitio Tadiao, Barangay Linateran, near a junction road going to Barrio Agojo. The insurrections or the Agraviados were under the command of Col. Pascual Barza.
About three to four hectares big located at the Sibuyan Sea, fronting Brgy. Agojo, Panay, this inhabited island has white colored beach that is actually due to accumulated skeletal coral remains.Â Plenty of live coral reefs are abundant near its shore.Â Fishing enthusiasts and gourmets alike have wonderful time here for the plentiful fish and lobsters.Â There is also a small cave, about 100 meters long and winds several feet below the surface across the island commands a breathtaking view of Roxas City and Panay.
About a kilometer long and is located far from the inhabited section of Pan-ay; one of the cleanest beaches in Capiz; has fine black sand with a beach free of jellyfish all year round and its water is cool and clear. It is approximately 10 minutes by jeepneys, cars and tricycles from the town. It is also accessible by speedboats or pump boats from any points of Capiz.
70 hectares of mangroves found in the Barangays of Pawa, Buntod, Jamul-awon and Lat-asan, Panay, Capiz.Â Experience passing through the Cathedral walls of the coastline.
Santa Monica Parish Church
This awe-inspiring church monument reveals the Spanish grandeur in Pan-ay town; a small fortress;Â it is about 250 ft long and 80 ft wide with 9-ft thick walls of coral blocks. The floor is colored marble which shine in subdue tone in misty light. The central altar is an elaborated sculpture retablo of silver and hardwood in florid Baroque style. The lateral altars have intricately carved tiers of niches for images of saints. Sta. Monica is the patron saint. The church's five-story belfry shelters a huge antique bell and surrounded by 8 smaller bells. Shrouded with many enchanting tales, the huge bell holds more fascinating truth. It was cast from 70 sacks of coins believed to have been contributed by the citizens of the town. It is seven feet in diameter, five feet high and weighs 10.4 tons. In fact, it is estimated to be the largest in Southeast Asia.
Weny's Butterfly Garden
An integrated farm where one can find a variety of herbs, vegetables and ornamental plants grown organically.Â You can also go fishing in the ponds for tilapia, bulan-bulan, puyo, gurami and other endemic freshwater fishes.Â Another interesting sight is the butterfly farm where one can find various local species of butterfly in different colors and you can observe how it is bred in captivity.
Municipality of Tapaz
Binanog Dance of Panay Bukidnon/Panayanon/Sulodnon of Tapaz,
This is the dance of the mountain tribe, the vanishing remnants of pre-Malayan Indonesian immigrants to Panay. The dance retains to this day the original choreography arranged around ancient Indonesian fertility rites.
Located in Brgy. Artuz, Tapaz, Capiz is composed of a main waterfalls which has a water drop off of about 81 ft., countless mini falls whose water drop offs are between less than a foot to as high as 7 ft., the total length of which is at least 3.5 kms and could go as far as 8 kms; and a viewing area on the highest point of Brgy. Artuz where one could see the rolling hills and mountains of Tapaz and neighboring towns as far as Calinog, Iloilo in the south and Libacao, Aklan in the north, which could rival the famous chocolate hills of Bohol.
Municipality of Sigma
Dagway Sigmahanon, Inc. (DSI)
The resident theatre of Sigmahanon Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Inc. (SFCAI), of Sigma, Capiz. The group is making waves in the pioneering work of promoting Capiznon culture and arts as an instrument of development.Â Social and economic issues, cultural directions, the problems of education, governance, health and other concerns are addressed through the arts especially through theatre.
Municipality of Mambusao
Paraiso Del Rio
Located at Brgy.Tumalalod, Mambuaso offers a totally contrasting experience: an adventure and thrill in a serene exotic woodland; a truly back to nature experience. Enjoy a river safari in bamboo raft as the boatmen skillfully navigate in river dam teeming with a variety of freshwater fish, and the surrounding wilderness is home to unique flora and fauna.
Located at Brgy.Burias, Mambusao, 30-minute ride; about 3 km. from Capiz State University, Mambusao campus or around 9 kms from the town proper. Wild birds, deer and wild ducks abound the place. Near the cave is a stream. The cave consists of many chambers each at a different level. Certain sections of the cave seem like dead ends except for small openings measuring 2 to 3 feet through which only one person can crawl. These holes lead to the main chamber which is as big as a hotel ballroom which is why it is dubbed as the "Kipot Hilton".
Municipality of Pilar
Approximately one and a half km from the poblacion by jeepneys, tricycles and cars over rough roads: About two years ago,At the Balisong Cave where the Capiz Revolucionarios routed the Spanish soldiers, townspeople discovered earthen pots carved with intricate designs. The cave must have been burial sites of pre-Spanish Filipinos.Â This is where the greatest Capiznon hero, Juan Arce of Sigma, Capiz died. At the side of the cave is a spectacular sight of a mountain. A grayish black rock rising up to 200 ft. to the sky: Plants, orchids among them hang from the cliffs, blooming in the summer and filling the air with exotic fragrance.
It is 10 kms. along Pilar shoreline.Â This is a submarine islet of seashells and corals topped with thin layers of sand. When the tide is low the whole island emerges and with it, shells and corals of different colors â€“ green, red, blue, pink, clear water. From this marine garden, the mountains of Masbate can be seen. Tucat Reef is accessible by a pumpboat or on foot during low tides.
A fishing village where patis and ginamos are made; one finds vast fields of sugarcane, rice and corn on the 3 km road from the highway to this place.Â It has a beautiful 3 km stretch of fine gray sand beach fringed with palm trees that neatly line the village as haven for those who seek refuge from the city hassles. Casanayan is a barrio gifted with a bizarre phenomenon â€“ a woman's dead body that refuses to decay. Maria Basanes died at the age of 47 due to a heart attack in 1829. When her body was exhumed ten years after her death, it was found intact and well â€“ preserved which was surprising because her embalming was supposedly good for only 3 days. Now, the dead body is brownish â€“ black, light and hard as wood, stand inside a small hand-me-down coffin. Her forehead has a portion where the skin was peeled off superstitiously by men who believed it could be a lucky charm in fishing.
One of Capiz's highest waterfalls plunges over the brink into a shaded pool.Â The waters cascade through three waterfalls among beautiful woodland settings along the way is another gigantic falls, where water magnificently flow from the top of the mountain along gorges and stands of unspoiled timbers.Â Its rustling sound can be clearly heard along the road which is more than 200 meters away.Â It is located in Brgy. Tabun-acan, Pilar.
Considered as the tallest religious icon in the country, Agtalin Shrine is an 80 ft. statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary atop a mountain.Â Thousands of devotees attend Mass here every first Saturday of the month.
Municipality of President Roxas
Capiz Sugar Central â€“ President Roxas, Capiz
Municipality of Dumalag
Suhot Cave And Spring
Situated in Dumalag, Capiz and only 300 meters from the provincial road, It is actually a series of interconnected caverns of different sizes. At the cave's arched entrance is a pool of clear, ice cold water fed by a rock spring from within the cave. Further on, however, is a crack in the rocks where sulfurous water comes out. Suhot is believed to have a connecting tunnel to the Badiang Cave, Dumarao Since both caves are found in the same mountain only 6 km apart from each other but Badiang is on a higher elevation. On the other hand, entrance to Badiang is hidden by dense jungle. In pre-war days, phosphate was said to have been extracted from the cave but it was a short-live effort.
Located at Brgy. San Miguel, Dumalag, Capiz. Fanciful formations of stalactites and stalagmites make this a fascinating underground world. Its side walls are solid strontium and the ceilings are arched with prismatic crystals that flash and twinkle. On its floor are terraced miniature dams of cool water. The scenic hills and peaceful valleys on the surface are part of the place's attraction.
St. Martin of Tours Parish Church
It is 200 feet long and 50 feet wide. The walls are 3 feet thick and made of yellow sandstone. It has two doors at its side and one main doorway in front. There are six windows at each side with columns between them reaching to the roof. These are also small buttresses at the sides. The faÃ§ade is decorated with small columns. At the front left side of the church is the five-story belfry housing 5 bells of different sizes, all made in 1881.The church's interior is shaped like a cross. The church was finished in 1872 when Fr. Andel Abasolo was parish priest of the town.
Municipality of Ivisan
The Coves of Ivisan
The coves are 10 km. or 30 minutes by jeepney, car or tricycle over rough roads from the town proper. These two barangays have the only white sand beach coves in the whole Capiz. In Basiao are the following coves: Marangcalan, Dinogmaan, Patyo and Basiao.
Municipality of Jamindan
Located in Jamindan; it has several multi-layered chambers in its vast interior. Inside one chamber is an altar-like formation surrounded by stalagmites that seem like giant images in silent repose. Some chambers are as big as hotel ballrooms or cathedrals.
Its aquamarine deep waters rest alongside the steep sloping rocks somewhat like a wall of 70ï‚° inclination.Â The drop-off waters are only a few feet that intertwine the rocky banks of the river.Â The deep waters have been preserved due to no occurrence of silts.Â Enjoy the river's cooling sensation at the mountainous outskirts of Brgy. San Jose, Jamindan, Capiz.
The second largest military camp in the country with an area of more than 33,000 hectares.
Municipality of Sapian
Ten kilometers north of the town's commercial hub out in the sea, this mussel farm patiently lies like a silent picture of a thousand bamboo stilts arrayed 6 feet apart into the briny water. However, each bamboo pole stuck through the sea floor 6 to 7 feet deep yields hundreds of fat dark green mussel neatly arranged like dark distended leaves sprouting heavily on top of each other. One gets to this sea farm by means of pump boats, dugouts or rafts from Sitio Angkin.
Our Lady Of Lourdes Grotto Meditation Hills
Constructed in February 2005 in Sitio Bangkal, Brgy. Maninang, Sapian, Capiz is nestled on top of the hill owned by the Villanueva Family resting among the giant boulders, rocks & stones ( as if place & arranged one over the other by an unexplainable force) as this area keep appearing on his dreams. There are resting places, sheltered umbrellas & shades made of indigenous materials available in the premises with bamboo and wooden benches scattered along the way. From the foot of the hill, you will cross a creek and upon reaching the cave itself, you will find a romantic view of the highway, the rolling hills & the mountain ranges.Â The surrounding area of the Grotto is indeed conducive to meditation and praying. The deafening silence allows you to hear only the blowing of the wind, the singing of the birds and the rushing sound of cascading waterfalls. Surrounded with big trees and greenery, it is accessible thru all means of transportation.
Municipality of Maayon
A limestone cave found in Tapulang, Maayon , around 7 kms. from the poblacion or a 15-minute ride by car or jeepney. It has several entrances at difference levels which lead to a central chamber and fan out again to different passages. Big star like structures connect upper portions to the central chamber, which is well-lighted and well-ventilated. A gradually sloping passage, 7 feet wide and 7 foot high, takes to the lower chamber, which unlike the upper and central chamber is dark. The floor is covered with guano which the townspeople use as fertilizer. The cave has stalactites and stalagmites.
Municipality of Dao
Enjoy a host of beauty of nature and man's creativeness at its theme park, located in the midst of a farm. Each of its themed sections offers fantastic experience for the family and groups. Amenities include swimming pools, boating, pavilion, flower garden, aviary, fishpond, playground, and many more.