TRACING MY BISAYAN ROOTS SERIES [2 of 3]
I have traveled all around the country, and this is the first time I explored our hometown city of Capiz. I’ll share with you my personal discoveries in the Seafood Capital of the Philippines…
1. Historic and Progressive Town of Roxas City
The Roxas City Plaza is alive with its new fountain, which is the most photographed landmark of the city. The Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral stands with the City Hall on its right and the Provincial Capitol on its left (shown below).
The Provincial Capitol of Capiz.
On January 1, 1892, Manuel Acuna Roxas was born in this house in the historic town of Capiz. He was the last President of the Commonwealth and the First President of the Republic of the Philippines.
The Heroes of Capiz were the first Filipinos to stage a revolt against the Spaniards.
Villareal Stadium, a modern stadium with a running oval and Olympic-sized swimming pool.
2. Panay Bell – The Largest Bell in Asia and 3rd Largest in the World
Pan-ay Church in the Heritage town of Pan-ay Town in Capiz, which houses the Panay Bell.
The Panay Bell weighs 10.4 tons.
It was created from 70 sacks of gold coins. (You can still see the gold underneath the bell.)
There’s a total of 9 bells, with the oldest bell created in 1822. The biggest bell was created in 1878.
Its echoing sound can be heard 8 kms away.
“I am God’s voice which I shall echo and praise from one end to the other of the town of Panay so that the faithful followers of Christ may come to this house of God to receive the heavenly graces.”
3. The Biggest Mother of the Holy Rosary in Pilar, Capiz
Young entrepreneurs greet you with P5 flower offerings to our Mother of the Holy Rosary.
One of the biggest Mother Mary statues I’ve seen in the Philippines. It stands on top of the unfinished church. People say that this was created by the Chinese owner as a promise to Mother Mary for healing his son. (Can someone validate this please?)
4. Suhotan Springs in Dumalag, Capiz
Cold springs flowing out of the Suhot Cave in Dumalag.
Very commercialized already with a lot of vendors and huts around the cave.
OAP Tip: I don’t recommend going all the way here just to swim in Suhotan springs.
5. Virgin Beach in Ivisan, Capiz
The virgin beach turned out to be a fishing village…
…with the smell of yummy dried fish that sells for P300 per kilo.
OAP Tip: It is not worth it to go to the Virgin Beach in Ivisan.
6. Baybay Beach and Seafood Grill
Baybay is the black sand beach in Roxas City. This is where we celebrated my Lola’s 100th birthday.
You can see fishermen pulling their wide net and check out their catch for the day.
OAP Tip: The best place to eat in Roxas City is in any of the seafood grill houses in Baybay!
This is the best seafood meal we’ve ever had — Fresh Seafood Grilled the Right Way.
There are two types of squid: the pakpakan (which is the big squid) and the smaller squid (which is yummier between the two).
I never liked Hito because of its greasiness but I love the Capiz Hito, which is called Pantat. We always order and eat this when available. Perfect match for San Miguel beer. 🙂
7. Pasayan and Crab for Breakfast!
I always have steamed shrimps (or what is called Pasayan) for breakfast with garlic rice and egg. I guess this can be called Shrimp-silog…
…and this would be Crab-silog! (Thanks to Nene Ignacio for the yummy breakfast!)
8. Ice Candy – Our favorite dessert in Roxas City
Ice candy is fashionably back in Roxas City. It reminds me of our childhood days.
This is one of the main businesses of Shane. My favorite flavors are Mango, Avocado and Melon.
They sell, on average, 1,500 ice candies a day for P5 each (retail price).
The Fighting Cocks business is big in Capiz. Just a bit of trivia: It is called a Cock if the rooster is 2+ years old; it is called a Stag if it is 8-10 months old; and it is at the Bull stage if it is 10-14 months old.
My cuz Boy, holding a fighting cock from the sweater ($5,000) bloodline.
My cuz-in-law Nesting Ignacio, holding a fighting cock from the yellow-legged hatch bloodline. They sell the cocks for P7,000. If you are interested, call Nene Ignacio +63 920 924 2549 or Nesting Ignacio +63 910 833 1119.
10. Olotayan Island
A white pebble beach sand island 30 minutes away from Capiz. One of the undiscovered and underdeveloped islands in the area. I’ll be back in December to feature Olotayan. Have you been to Olotayan?
Live an Awesome Life,
Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2009.
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