Simple and peaceful. Thats how the provincial government describes
what life in Capiz is all about on its website. For travelers looking
for a place to relax and unwind, this province in the Western Visayas
region is a must-go destination.
Covering an area of 2,594.64 square kilometers, Capiz is subdivided
into 16 municipalities and a city Roxas. The province continues to be
one of the major travel destinations
in southern Philippines, thanks to its natural charm highlighted by a
labyrinth of rolling hills, pristine beaches, unspoiled beaches, and
Capiz is also a magnet for seafood lovers. Dubbed as the Seafood
Capital of the Philippines, the province provides guests with a wide
selection of dishes made from its rich marine resources. Delectable
delicacies are available everywhere from a simple restaurant to posh
hotels and resorts.
With all these amazing attractions in the province, it is no wonder,
then, that Capiz is among the recommended tourist stops in most Philippine travel guides. The following is a sampling of the scenic spots to visit in the province.
Get amazed by a gigantic statue of the Virgin Mary at the Agtalin
Shrine. Located in the municipality of Pilar, the religious icon is
considered the tallest in the country at 80 feet tall. The International
Marian Research Institute listed the Agtalin Shrine as a premier
pilgrimage site. It is believed that some faithful with incurable
diseases were healed by praying at the shrine.
Baybay Beach is Capizs version of elegant Boracay beaches. This
gray-sand beach is a favorite weekend getaway of local residents and
tourists alike in the province. Aside for being a popular swimming site,
Baybay Beach is also a haven for food lovers. Various stalls selling
unbelievably cheap grilled fish, squids, prawns, and other marine
produce can be found near the beach.
Another must-see attraction in Capiz is Pilar Cave. This natural wonder
is believed to be a burial site of local folks before the Spaniards
conquered the Philippines in 1521. Ancient pots and other artifacts have
been discovered in the cave. Capiz has four more popular caves such as
the Suhoton Caves in Jamindan, Quipot Cave in Mambusao, Igang Cave in
Maayon, and Suhot Cave in Dumalag.
Tucad Reef is a submarine islet of seashells and corals topped with
layers of sand. Located some ten kilometers away from Pilar, this
natural marvel can be reached through a pump boat ride or by walking
during low tide. From its shallow and clear water, visitors can see a
patchwork of shells and corals in various colors such as blue, green,
red, and pink.
Capiz is known for the myth of aswang, a Filipino term for
ghouls, monsters, and witches. Held days before the Halloween, the
controversial but culturally important event seeks to change the
publics negative notion towards the province as an aswang haven. Trade exhibits, cultural shows, and symposiums are staged during the festival.
A great way to conclude your Capiz vacation is to shop for various
products such as lampshades, candle holders, necklaces, and wind chimes,
made from Capiz shells. Already captivated by Capiz? Get your
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preferred accommodations and vacation packages, pack your bags, and head
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