Saturday, February 21, 2009

Captivating Capiz-Tourist Attractions

CAPIZ - Seafoods capital of the Philippines

Pan-ay Church Bell
Cutflower Growing
Cutflower Growing

Abundant Seafoods
Discover the Capiz mystic. Explore the rolling hills, mountain peaks and ranges. Enjoy daytime excursions at the province's wide beaches and isolated coves. Have a fill of variety of seafoods available all tear round. Visit local gardens, historical sites, old Spanish churches, Southeast Asia's largest bell at Pan-ay Church and the birthplace os Manuel Roxas (first Philippine President),

Experience local festivals like Balintawakan (May), Halaran (October) and Sinadya (December).

Go spelunking. These caves are waiting for you: Pilar, Suhot, Igang and Suhoton.

Make special arrangement to witness the Mundo tribe dance in Tapaz.

Accommodations in cottages, hotels and resorts are available in Roxas City and Sigma.

How to get there

Travel time to Roxas City is 45 minutes by plane and around 16 hours from Manila. From Iloilo City, it is approximately 2 hours by bus or private car.

For more Information on Capiz, write or call:
Department of Tourism Region VI
Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City

Capiz Provincial Tourism Office
City Hall, Roxas City

Tourist Information Center (Iloilo)
Tel.: (033)337-5411
Fax: (033)335-0245

DOT Information Center (Manila)
Tel.: (632)524-1703


Map of Capiz - Click to Enlarge
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Villa Borda Swimming Pool

Pan-ay Old Church

Abundant Seafood Harvest

Huge Bell of Panay

Capiz is one the five provinces of Panay Island, Western Visayas. Located 375 miles southwest of Manila, 136 kilometers northwest of Iloilo City and 86 kilometers east of Kalibo, Aklan, once a part of the early Malay settlement known as Aklan. It is composed of 16 municipalities, 1 chartered city (Roxas City) and 472 barangays. Its capital, Roxas City is the seat of the provincial and city governments and center of trade.

Capiz' topography varies from rolling lands and hills to mountain peaks and ranges. The province has the 3rd type of climate, seasonal changes are not pronounced. It is relatively dry from November to April and wet from May to October.

The economy is basically agricultural with palay, corn, coconut, vegetables and sugarcane as principal crops. The rest of the cultivated areas are devoted to fishponds, livestock and other minor crops. It has mineral and non-metallic deposits like zinc, aluminum, gold, iron, purite and copper.

Culasi, Roxas City is served by 2 shipping lines. Philippine Airlines also services the province through the Roxas City airport.


Capiz is noted for its caves, ancient churches, historical sites and cultural events such as the Mundo dance and Halaran festival. The coastal areas are characterized by wide beaches, isolated coves and white sand.


1. Birthplace of Manuel Roxas, Roxas- Located in the city proper, 2 storey hardwood and stone house of First Philippine President Manuel Roxas, now a historical shrine.

2. Moro Towers, Sitio Nipa, Roxas City- Half-torn stone structures built in 1814 to repel the invading Moros and Portuguese colonizers.


1. Ang Panublion (Roxas City Museum), Roxas City; built in 1910 as a water tank; has memorabilia of illustrious sons and daughters of Roxas City; collections of religious icons, artifacts and artworks.

2. Mundo Dance, Tapaz dance of the mountain tribe known as Mundo, vanishing remnants of pre-Malayan Indonesian immigrants to Panay.


1. Baybay Beach, Roxas City; 3 kilometers from city proper; clean black sand; beach houses.

2. Olutayan Island, a 30-minute pumpboat ride from Banica Terminal, Roxas City; crystal clear waters and multi-colored fishes; beach is carpeted with tiny crushed shells called cascaho.

3. Quipot Cave, Brgy. Burias, Mambusao; a thirty minute ride over rough road, from Mambusao Agricultural and Technical College or around 9 kms. from the town proper; has many chambers some of which are as big as hotel ballroom with plenty of stalactites and stalagmites.

4. Napti Island, Pan-ay; about 3 to 4 hectares big located near Olutayan Island; has white sand, small cave and an abundant shells for necklaces.

5. Buntod Beach, Pan-ay; about a kilometer long; located far from the inhabited section of Pan-ay; one of the cleanest beaches in Capiz; has fine black sand with a beach free of jellyfish all year round; approximately ten minutes by jeepneys, cars and tricycles from the town; accessible by speedboats or pumpboats from any point in Capiz.

6. Pilar Cave, Pilar; one and a half kms. from the poblacion of jeepneys, tricycles and cars over rough roads; one and a half kms. with chambers of varying sizes; different plants and orchids hang from the cliffs.

7. Tucad Reef, Pilar; 10 kms. from Pilar shoreline; submarine islet of seashells and corals topped with thin layers of sand .

8. Suhot Cave, Dumalag; situated in Dumalag, Capiz; 300 meters away from the provincial road; has a series of interconnected caverns of different sizes.

9. Igang Maayon; Tapulang, Maayon; a limestone cave; around 7 kms. away from the poblacion; 15 minutes ride by car or jeepney.

10. The Coves Of Ivisan (Bgy. Basiao & Bgy. Baliring); White sand beach coves located 10 kms or 30 minutes by jeepney, car or tricycle over rough roads from the town proper.

11. Suhoton Caves, Jamindan; has multi-layered chambers in its vast interior.

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