Roxas

Banica Dried Fish Market (Photo: Lester Ledesma)

Where to stay

  • Hotel Veronica, Immaculate Heart of Mary Ave, Pueblo de Panay; +63 36 621 0919; hotelveronica.com.ph. Provides easy access to landmarks such as the Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue and Roxas City Bridge.
  • Lawa-an Garden Inn, Kilometer 2, Brgy. Lawa-an; +63 36 621 6255; www.lawaangardenhotel.com.ph. A pleasant hotel with ten spacious rooms and unlimited WiFi.
  • San Antonio Resort, Baybay Beach; +63 36 621 6638; www.thesanantonioresort.com. A spacious resort with five onsite restaurants and bars, and expansive landscaped gardens.
  • Urban Manor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Ave; +63 36 522 4018; urbanmanorhotel.yolasite.com. A pleasant retreat located in a quiet neighborhood in the city’s south.
  • Villa Consorcia Resort and Restaurant, Brgy. Malagit, Pontevedra; +63 36 634 0661; www.villaconsorcia.com. A sprawling, laid-back resort set amidst lush vegetation.

Where to eat

  • Alma’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant, Baybay; +63 908 872 3138; facebook.com/AlmasGrillRestaurant. Go for the fresh oysters,  grilled scallops, marlin and catfish, all sold dampa-style.
  • Anot’s Grill, Baybay; +63 36 620 0114. If you’re looking for the best bulalo (beef shank soup) in town, this is the place to be. The restaurant also serves up delicious mutya ng Capiz – the local version of seafood chowder.
  • Cafe Terraza, Lawaan, Immaculate Heart Of Mary Ave; +63 36 522 1332. A hilltop dining destination in Pueblo de Panay, where you can sample delectable seafood dishes like adobadabong pantat (stewed catfish) while enjoying 360-degree views of the city.
  • Cafe 1927, P. Gomez St; +63 36 522 1426. Specialises in Ilonggo and American dishes, including lechon kawali (crispy fried pork belly) and an especially tasty rendition of baby back ribs.
  • Coco Veranda Bar, Baybay; + 63 918 930 9087; cocoveranda.weebly.com. Enjoy dishes like seafood kare-kare (stewed seafood) right by the beach.
  • Domina Food Hub, McKinley St; +63 36 620 3372. Take your pick from affordably-priced Mexican, Japanese and Filipino cuisine. There are burritos and tacos from Ocho Bistro, and sushi and sashimi at Engimono Ramen and Katsu Bar, just to name a few.
  • Espacio Verde Resort Restaurant, Brgy. Dayao; +63 36 522 8383; facebook.com/EVR.espacio.verde.resort. While everything is worth a try, we’d especially recommend the traditional inubaran nga manok (chicken cooked with banana tree pith).
  • Java Kainan, San Roque St corner Legaspi St. Enjoy a tipple or two while listening to DJs spin uptempo tracks.
  • Marc’s Beach Restaurant, Baybay; +63 36 621 1103. Serves up Filipino fare and fresh seafood.
  • Nesta’s Food Center, Magallanes St; +63 36 621 0399. A budget-friendly place with an old-school diner vibe. Order the leche flan and pancit palabok (savory Filipino rice dish with toppings).
  • Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan, 5800 Roxas City; +63 36 522 1332; www.pueblodepanay.com Located on a hill, this township affords visitors with great views of Roxas City and Sibuyan Sea. There are many cafés and restaurants in the vicinity, serving up everything from pastries to seafood.
  • Raffy’s Bistro, Unit 4 Halaran Plaza Building, Abalo St corner Rizal St; +63 36 621 3976. Try the restaurant’s delectable Jack Daniel’s Ribs, laced with the eponymous whiskey. Pastas, flatbread pizzas, grilled meats and more are also available.
  • RML Manukan Hauz, Lopez Jaena St. Serves up delicious inasal-style chicken and grilled fish.
  • Spanggo Café & Pasalubong Center, Rizal St., Roxas City, Capiz; +63 36 522 8848. Take home delicious souvenirs in the form of homemade pies, in flavors like apple, pineapple and peach mango.

What to do

  • Agtalin Shrine, Brgy. Dulangan, Pilar. This 85ft-tall statue of the Virgin Mary, considered to be the tallest in the country, will impress devotees.
  • Banica Dried Fish Market. Roxas City is dubbed the seafood capital of the Philippines, so a visit to this market is in order. Stock up on dilis (anchovies), dried pusit (squid) and more.
  • Baybay Beach. This scenic beach with grey sand is popular with locals and visitors alike, and is lined with with resorts and restaurants.
  • Halaran Festival. During the first weekend in October, this festival, which celebrates the handover of Panay to the Malays, brings the town to life.
  • Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral, Arzobispo St; +63 36 621 0617. A Spanish-era church with a unique octagonal belfry.
  • Kapiz Atbp., Banica; +63 36 621 0482; facebook.com/KapisAtbp. Purchase export-quality products made from capiz seashells (windowpane oysters) as souvenirs.
  • Olotayan Island, olotayan-island.weebly.com. The only island barangay in Roxas City boasts powdery white sands and clear waters.
  • Panubli-on Museum, Legazpi St; angpanublionmuseum.weebly.com. A repository of artifacts of the indigenous group Panay-Bukidnon, all housed in a converted water tank that used to serve the city for decades.
  • Philippine Shun Tian Temple, Mansion Rd. Head to the only Taoist temple in Capiz for a spot of meditation and introspection.
  • River tours. Go on a relaxing river tour, such as the Cadimahan River Tour (+63 910 203 3229) in Lawis Baybay and the Palina Greenbelt Ecopark River Tour (+63 923 828 8091) in Brgy Cagay. Rent a balsa (a floating cottage made of nipa and bamboo) that can be pulled by a boat along the river while you enjoy a massage or foot spa.
  • Santa Monica Parish Church, Roxas City-Panay Rd. Also known as Panay Church, this historical site is where you’ll find relics and the largest bell in the Philippines (weighing in at over 10 tonnes!).
  • Talon Adventure Park, Brgy. Talon; +63 36 643 1915; www.talonadventure.wordpress.com. Ride the zipline, hop on an ATV or conquer the ropes course at this adventure park.
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