This is a travel guide that will help you plan a quick visit to Roxas City and Panay, Capiz. It provides basic information on the things to do, must-see tourist spots and attractions, where to stay, transportation, how to get there, suggested itinerary, estimated budget and contact details that will guide you through your trip. Enjoy Capiz' interesting sights and culture and experience the warm of the Capiznons! Truly, Captivating Capiz!
THINGS TO DO
Savor Roxas City's Fresh Seafoods at Baybay Beach
Baybay beach is where you could dine and eat fresh seafoods from the restaurants by the beach. I was overwhelmed by the wide array of fresh seafoods in front of me. There were Diwal (Angel’s wing), Talaba (Oysters), Scallops, Tahong, Blue Marlin and many others. The beach is very rugged and has fine gray sand. While, the People's Park provides a very nice view of the beach and the nearby island of Mantalinga. It would be best to visit it during sunset as you could just watch the sun simply disappear in the horizon while the sky turns into multitude of colors. To read more, click here.
Visit Panay Church and Hug the Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Asia
Considered as one of the oldest towns in the Philippines, the town of Panay takes pride as the first capital of the province of Capiz, during the early Spanish regime. It is also well-known for its 16th century church, the Sta. Monica Parish. It has a 5-storey belfry which houses a gigantic bell that is considered as the "Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Asia". Locally called as "dakung lingganay" (big bell), this colossal bell whose sound can be heard within 8 kilometer radius measures at 5 feet in height, 7 feet in diameter and weighs 10,400 kilograms. To read more, click here.
Stroll around Roxas City and visit the Cathedral, Provincial Capitol Building and Plaza
I was able to tour Roxas City a bit more after visiting the Church of Panay. I asked the driver to bring me to the city center to see how the things are going there and to check some interesting sites that the city offers. He parked his tricycle in front of the cathedral and pointed to me the things that might interest me. I requested him to just wait for me there as I roam around. To read more, click here.
08:00 AM - ETD (Manila - Roxas City)
09:00 AM - ETA in Roxas City
09:30 AM - Depart for Baybay Beach and People's Park
09:45 AM - Arrive at Baybay Beach
10:00 AM - Explore the Baybay Beach and People's Park
11:00 PM - Lunch
12:00 NN - Depart for Pan-ay to visit Sta. Monica Church
12:30 PM - Arrive in Pan-ay, take photos
01:00 PM - Explore the Church, Museum and Bell tower
02:30 PM - Depart for Roxas City
03:00 PM - Visit the Cathedral, Provincial Capitol and Park
04:00 PM - Depart for your next destination (on my part, it was Kalibo)
Note: This is my suggested itinerary for a quick visit to Roxas City and Panay, Capiz. If you have more time, you may also visit the Birthplace of Manuel Roxas, Moro Towers, Olutayan Island, Quipot Cave, Napti Island, Buntod Beach, Pilar Cave, Tucad Reef , Suhot Cave, Mantalinga Island and many other natural, historical and man-made attractions in Capiz.
These are just a few of the many things to do, see and experience in the province of Capiz. For more destinations and attractions, you may visit the following links:
I had a tricycle tour around Roxas City and Panay Church. The driver charged me 150 pesos for the whole tour, which is quite cheap compared to what others were asking. The tour includes transportation to and from Panay, back to Roxas City and to Van Terminal bound for Kalibo. Total tour spent is about 4 hours. Unfortunately, the driver doesn't have a contact number during that time, I won't be able to give you his contact information.
HOW TO GET THERE
How to get to Baybay Beach
From Roxas City airport, take a tricycle to Baybay Beach. It is around 5 minutes away and fare is just 10 pesos. Note: Do not take a tricycle inside the airport, it's very expensive. You could just walk a few meters outside the airport and take a tricycle that passes by.
How to get to Sta. Monica Church (Panay, Capiz)
Located just 8 kilometers southeast of Roxas City, Pan-ay is a 15-20 minute ride via a tricycle or a jeepney. Tricycle rental to Pan-ay and back to Roxas City is around 150 pesos.
WHERE TO EAT
*These are my expenses during the trip.
For more travel information, please contact:
Capiz Provincial Capitol Roxas City, Capiz 5800 Philippines
Telephone Nos.: (036) 621-0042 local 102 / 207
Roxas City Tourism Office
Telephone No.: (036) 6210-500
This is part of my quick visit to Roxas City and Panay, Capiz that happened last February 8, 2012. Capiz is the 50th province on my list and this visit happend on day 1 of my "5-day Panay Island adventure". Join me as I enjoy fresh seafood, the city of Roxas and the biggest catholic church bell in Asia.
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