Roxas City: The Seafood Capital of the Philippines

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The capital of the Province of Capiz was named after the last president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, the first president of the Third Philippine Republic, and the fifth president of the Philippines pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 603.President Manuel A. RoxasOn April 11, 1951, the city charter was signed by President Elpidio Quirino, who succeeded President Manuel Acuña Roxas upon his untimely death in Clark Air Field in Pampanga.

President Manuel A. Roxas Birthplace

President Manuel A. Roxas Birthplace

The province’s proudest son, President Roxas was born to Gerardo Roxas, Sr. and Rosario Acuña in a house in the former town of Capiz, Capiz on January 1, 1892. His presidency was cut short when he succumbed to a heart attack while delivering an impassioned speech in defense of democracy on April 15, 1948.

La Playa De Roxas in Roxas City, CapizAlong the coast of Roxas City is the La Playa De Roxas or more popularly known as Baybay Beach. This is where the Capiznons stroll around, enjoying the finer things in life amidst the beautiful and endless backdrop of Sibuyan Sea. This is also where the best spot in the city to witness sunset.

Baybay Beach  in Roxas City, CapizBecause it is bounded on the north by the expansive Sibuyan Sea and Jintotolo Channel, Roxas City is naturally abundant in marine resources. It is thus called the Seafood Capital of the Philippines. It is for this reason that I excitedly indulged myself into a seafood feast in Baybay Beach. Fresh. Abundant. Outright affordable.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Roxas City, CapizThere other important landmarks in the city; one of of which the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The Cathedral was thrice built and like the other churches in Panay Island, it was also destroyed by the powerful earthquake in 1787.

Panubli-on Museum in Roxas City, CapizAnother interesting destination within the city center is Panubli-on Museum which houses important memorabilia and artifacts, including those of President Manuel A. Roxas. Panubli-on used to be the city’s water reservoir.

Roxas City BandstandBeside the Panay River is the American Colonial-period City Bandstand which has been a mute witness to different social events, political rallies, and battles of the Second World War. Near the bandstand is one of the oldest existing bridged still in use. It was built in 1910.

WWII Veterans Memorial in Roxas City, CapizNear the Capiz State University is the Capiz Provincial Park with the Capiz World War II Veterans Memorial as its centerpiece. The Memorial is solemnly and eternally dedicated by the Capiznons to honor and pay fitting tribute to the freedom fighters of the province.

Baybay Beach  in Roxas City, CapizThere are other interesting places and destinations that can be found outside of the city center like the magnificent islands of Olotayan and Mantalinga. These offer exciting island adventures for the tourists visiting the Seafood Capital of the Philippines.

Like other cities and towns in the Philippines, Roxas City holds an annual festival. For practical and economic reasons, the Sinadya sa Halaran Festival is a collaboration of the provincial and the city governments and it is usually held during the first week of December.

Capiz CapitolThere may be more popular destinations in Panay Island but Roxas City has some things to offer that can draw tourists and travelers. And the two instances that I have visited Roxas City, I still felt that I should go back there time and time again.

Note: This part of LegendHarry‘s July 30-August 8, 2013 Panay Island Backpacking Trip.

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