Capiz: More than just the seafood capital of the Philippines (GMA News Online)


(This was published in GMA News Online last May 22, 2012)
Capiz has been in the shadow of its more famous neighbors such as Bacolod and Boracay for quite some time now, but it is gradually gaining popularity as an alternative destination for those who want to explore the Visayas region.
Despite the misconception that Capiz is home to aswangs (mythical creatures), its actual claim to fame is its abundance of seafood—from fresh shellfish to dried fish and even the rare diwal or angel wing clam.
Capiz has been the usual destination for my summer sojourn, as my mother’s hometown is located there. But first-time visitors need not worry since there are a lot of activities to do in this place.
Explore the city center

You’ll discover more about a place when you go around its downtown area. In Roxas City, you’ll find a monument of Manuel Acuña Roxas who is the fifth President of the Republic of the Philippines—and the pride of Capiz. Just walking distance from the monument is the Museum, which has a nice dome-like structure but is currently under renovation. Across the street is the city’s old church, which was originally built in 1877 and reconstructed in 1951, and then a few steps away is the Capiz Provincial Capitol.
See the biggest church bell in Asia

Not many people know that you can find the region’s biggest church bell in Capiz. The town of Pan-ay, which is about a 30-minute drive from Roxas City, is home to the Church of Pan-ay that houses the massive bell. It is said to have been cast from 70 sacks of coins, which is five feet high, measures seven feet in diameter, and weighs around 10,400 kilograms.

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