Things to do in Capiz (TripTipping.com)

(This feature was published in Triptipping.com last May 1, 2013)

Touted as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines,” the province of Capiz has an 80-kilometer coastline and quite a number of fishponds that are abundant with marine life. It is located in the Western Visayas region of the country, particularly in the Panay Island, which is composed of four provinces.

Breakfast

Enjoy an overnight stay in San Antonio Resort where guests have complimentary buffet breakfast. Familiarize your taste buds with local dishes like dried fish and other seafood specialties.

Baybay Beach, Roxas City, Capiz

Morning activity

Go swimming in the pools at the San Antonio Resort or go boating in their fishpond. If you prefer the beach, walk across the street and stroll along the shore of Baybay Beach. Let your feet wander in its fine gray sands or take a dip into the water. Or you may rent a boat and go to the nearby Olotayan Island where you can go snorkeling.

Lunch

The Baybay Beach is lined with various open-air restaurants where you can enjoy both the fresh seafood and cool breeze at the same time. The meals are affordable and delicious. Try RML Manokan Haus and order some buttered shrimps, squid adobo, kinilaw (ceviche) and other native dishes.

Bay-bay, Roxas City; (036) 621-0322

Afternoon activity

Explore the Talon Adventure Park where you can lounge at Ayagao Beach and have a picnic in one of the cottages for rent. Or feel the excitement of riding the park’s zipline and other outdoor activities.

For those who want to know more about the history and culture of the place, ride a jeep to the town of Pan-ay where you can see the Sta. Monica Church, a national historical landmark that houses the biggest church bell in Asia, which weighs 10,400 kilograms.

Barangay Talon, Capiz

Dinner

Ted’s La Paz Batchoy

Gaisano Mall offers a variety of restaurants including fast-food favorites like Jollibee, Chowking, Goldilocks and more. A must-try while there is Ted’s La Paz Batchoy where you can chow down on some hot noodle soup with pork innards, crunchy pork rinds, egg and spring onions. It makes for a very hearty meal.

Gaisano Mall, Roxas Boulevard, Roxas City, Capiz

Evening activity

Enjoy the cool atmosphere in one of the restaurants/bars along the Baybay Beach and grab a beer or two to cap off your stay in this peaceful province.

 

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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