Capiz: Seafood Capital of the Philippines

Capiz is one of the provinces in the island of Panay, along with Antique, Aklan and Iloilo. Coming from excursion in Iloilo province, I took the opportunity to visit the capital city of Roxas for some seafood and adjacent Panay town for the largest Catholic church bell in Asia. I never thought that this province is rich in heritage and abundant in seafoods that I enjoyed my lunch while gazing at Sibuyan Sea. Also, the provincial museum is worth a visit to learn about its culture and famous sons such as Manuel Acuña Roxas, the fourth president of the Philippines and the first of the independent post-American Third Philippine Republic.

Western Visayas (Hiligaynon: Kabisay-an Nakatundan; Tagalog: Kanlurang Kabisayaan or Kanlurang Visayas) is an administrative region in the Philippines, numerically designated as Region VI. It consists of six provinces (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental) and two highly urbanized cities (Bacolod and Iloilo City). The regional center is Iloilo City. The region is dominated by the native speakers of four Visayan languages: Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Aklanon and Capiznon. It is the second most populous region in the Visayas after Central Visayas.
Capiz, officially the Province of Capiz (Capiznon/Hiligaynon: Kapuoran sang Capiz; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Capiz), is a province in the Philippines located in the central section of Western Visayas region. Its capital is the city of Roxas. It is located at the northeastern portion of Panay Island, bordering Aklan to the north, Antique to the west, and Iloilo to the south. Capiz faces the Sibuyan Sea to the north. My 29th province!
Capiz is known for the Placuna placenta oyster shell that has the same name locally and is used for decoration and making lampshades, trays, window and doors. Likewise, the province is known as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”

A heritage and seafood-rich province with natural scenic spots and heritage churches, in this post, I’ll show some tourist destinations I visited in Capiz, my 29th province so far. I’ll post here in my #project81 the articles related to each province. Presenting my sightseeing itinerary below with Iloilo Airport (ILO) as my sole entry and exit point, as I came a day before from Iloilo province and would go back here for my departure to Manila. Roxas City Integrated Transport Terminal is the main transportation hub of Capiz province, where you can go to major cities and provinces of Panay island.

My Capiz Travel Map basically visiting the City of Roxas and Municipality of Pan-ay. Note that I stayed for a night at Roxas City as I arrived in the evening from a friend’s house in Janiuay, Iloilo. Then the next morning, I roamed around city proper and went to Pan-ay town by riding a tricycle at the back of cathedral.


Roxas City
📍Capiz Provincial Capitol
📍Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral
📍Roxas City Hall
📍Roxas City Plaza
📍Ang Panublion Museum
📍Pres. Manuel A. Roxas Ancestral House
📍La Playa de Roxas People’s Park for seafood dining by the bay

📍Santa Monica Parish – Panay Church, a National Cultural Treasure
📍Pan-ay Bell also know as Dakong Lingganay
📍Paseo de Evangelizacion 1566
📍Pan-ay Municipal Hall
📍Centro Turismo de Panay for buying local products

Capiz comprises 1 city (Roxas) and 16 municipalities including Panay (Pronounced as Pan-ay).
Iloilo International Airport (Hiligaynon: Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Iloilo, Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Iloilo; IATA: ILO, ICAO: RPVI), also known as Iloilo Airport, and as Cabatuan Airport, after the municipality of Cabatuan, Iloilo where it is located, is the airport serving the province of Iloilo in the Philippines, including its capital city, Iloilo City, the regional center of the Western Visayas region.
Roxas City, officially known as the City of Roxas (Capiznon/Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa sang Roxas; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Roxas), is a 3rd class component city and capital of the province of Capiz, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 179,292 people. 
It is originally known as the Municipality of Capiz (from which the province derives its name), the area became a chartered city on May 12, 1951, and was renamed in honor of native Manuel Acuña Roxas, the fourth president of the Philippines and the first of the independent post-American Third Philippine Republic.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Capiz is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. The archdiocese covers the entire province of Capiz on the island of Panay in the Visayas, central Philippines, and has its see in Roxas City.
The Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción, Filipino: Kalakhang Katedral ng Kalinis-linisang Paglilihi) commonly called the Roxas Cathedral (Hiligaynon: Katedral sang Roxas), is a Catholic church in the city of Roxas, Capiz, in central Philippines. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Capiz.
Panubok is the traditional embroidery of Panay Bukidnon women. It is a word in the Kinaray-a language that comes from the archaic word tubok which means “to embroider” while the Kinaray-a manugtubok refers to the “embroiderer.” The panubok motifs represent nature and characters and events from the Sugidanon epic. Tinubkan means embroidered. Many consider the barangay of Tabon in Tapaz, Capiz, as the birthplace of panubok. Lore has it that the Tabon folks of old preferred to stay home and preen themselves rather than work in the fields and eventually conceptualized the panubok. The village became famous for the craft that women from other mountains traveled for days just to have their clothes embroidered by the Tabon women. Eventually, the craft was learned by other communities and became widespread in Central Panay. Binukot (kept maidens) are known to be especially adept at embroidery, as they are not allowed to leave the house during the daytime before they are married, and master the arts of dance, embroidery, and epic chanting.
La Playa de Roxas People’s Park
This public park is situated at Barangay Baybay, Roxas City. It faces the Sibuyan Sea and the scenic coastline of Northern Panay. At the left-end of the Park showcases the colorful dancing fountain. There is a beach that people swim at and the park has grass area and security both. The park also has cheap street food and a children’s playground. At the right-end of the park is the kapis shells-inspired Seafood Court, where the city’s marine products are served fresh at very reasonable prices.

Roxas City as Seafood capital of the Philippines exporting seafood products to various countries such as Taiwan, Japan and the United States. Phillips Seafood Philippines Corporation is the sole seafood production company with processing plant located in Banica, Roxas City. The main aquaculture farms are oyster and milk fish farms that take advantage of natural tidal bays and other low-lying areas near the coast.

Panay, officially the Municipality of Panay (Capiznon/Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Panay; Tagalog: Bayan ng Panay), is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Capiz, Philippines. Pronounced as Pan-ay, it used to be the provincial capital of Capiz. Panay is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east from Roxas City.
Pan-ay is the site of the famous coral-stone Santa Monica Church, home to the largest Catholic Church bell in Asia.
Parish Church of Santa Monica of Pan-ay – Pan-ay, originally called Bamban, was established in 1572. The first church, constructed in 1774 by Fr. Miguel Murguia, was heavily damaged by typhoon in 1875. The present church was constructed in 1884 under the direction of Fr. Jose Beloso who commissioned Don Juan Reina to cast a bell for the church from seventy sacks of coins donated by the townspeople. This bell, the biggest in the Philippines, measures seven feet in diameter, five feet in height, and weighs 10,400 kilograms.
Hence, the municipality is known as Heritage Capital of Capiz.

#CaptureCapiz! 😁🏖️ (n_n)

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