(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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.