Roxas City is the provincial capital of Capiz, which is a two to three-hour bus ride from Iloilo City. Known for its abundant marine life and having one of the richest fishing grounds in the Philippines, it is no wonder that Roxas City is popularly dubbed as the capital seafood of the Philippines.
So after almost three hours of occasional winding roads, occasional gut shaking road bumps and occasional sleep in yoga-esque positions, we finally arrived at the seafood capital around 7pm. I had to check myself first if my brain and intestines swapped places before leaving the bus. At least the bus was big, relatively new, fully air-conditioned and not overcrowded which dampened the overall discomfort enough not to turn me into a zombie.
To be honest, Roxas City has lots to offer than our photos here, unfortunately we only got to stay like less than 24 hours because we were part of the amazing race Philippines, seriously because of time constraint. For sure, we’ll be coming back again and will take more photos of the beautiful places and the amazing seafood Roxas city has to offer.
Anyway, this blog post is divided into three parts:
- Baybay Seafood.
- Roxas City in HDR
- Roxas City in B & W
When we arrived in Roxas from Iloilo City, I called up my good old friend Jorge; an hour or so later, Jorge and his girlfriend Caressa came by to pick us up from Sky Garden Hotel near Gaisano Grand Marketplace Roxas to have a dinner at Baybay beach. Baybay beach has an eclectic array of seafood restaurants that serve fresh catch of different fishes, oysters and crustaceans. Yeah, we had the best seafood dinner that night.
From top to bottom:
- Squid Barbecue
- Buttered Scallops
- Spicy Prawns
- Talaba or Pacific Oysters
- Sugbang Hito or Grilled Catfish
- Shrimp Kinilaw – (taken by the next day when we had lunch with Jorge and Andrew at RML Manokan)
Anyway, if you’re crazy about prawns and crabs then Roxas City is one of the best place to indulge in crustaceans. Not only it has more than a lifetime supply of crustacean, it is also cheaper which ironically can shorten your life in half if you eat too much of it. Just make sure you eat moderately if your mad about crabs because crab fat or popular called “tambok” in our native tongue can skyrocket your cholesterol to dangerous levels.
Aside from the delectable crabs and mouth-watering prawns, Roxas is also abundant with fresh water fishes such as Bangus (milkfish) and Tilapia (chichlid fish). You’ll be seeing thousands of hectares or acres of fishponds just outside the city. In fact, fish ponds in Roxas are more common than coconut trees which we usually see along coastal cities in the Philippines.
p.s. Roxas City is also the place where I first saw and tasted chicken oil as a condiment for your Inasal (barbecue) and rice. That first time was way back 1998 and now chicken oil is part of the Mang Inasal main condiments alongside soy sauce and vinegar. I honestly love chicken oil all over my rice, but it should be done like twice in a month if you don’t want future heart problems.
Roxas City in HDR and HPF:
These shots were taken just before we left for Kalibo, Aklan (except for the first two photos which was taken the night when we arrived in the city). If only we were able to stay a bit longer then we would have been able to get more and better shots. This will do for now…
Roxas City has two Gaisano malls for your much basic needs. Gaisano Grand Roxas City is located along Amaldo boulevard and the smaller one Gaisano Grand Marketplace Roxas is somewhere near the Lipunan Market. They also have a small airport within the city which is cool if you’re traveling from Manila.
Their main transportation is tricycle which is a motorcycle with a side car that can carry two passengers. Unfortunately, we Filipinos has the tendency to overload any passenger vehicles to maximize profit so expect these tricycles carrying as many as 9-12 people going outside Roxas City. We’re the ultimate test when it comes to pushing vehicles to their limit.
Sky Garden Hotel was just a few meters away from Gaisano Grand Marketplace Roxas and Lipunan Market. If you want to buy good seafood products, its just beside the corner. If you want to buy groceries, you can walk to Gaisano. The hotel is conveniently located within a bustling area and if you’re worried about the tricycle noise, the windows are well buffered by thick curtains enough to dull sharp decibels to a minimum; unless you got mutant ears, noise is not much of an issue.
Roxas City in B & W:
Even though we didn’t have much enough time to explore more of the beauty of Roxas City, we were able to meet two of my best buddies in college years back in Iloilo: Jorge and Andrew, also Jorge’s girlfriend Caressa and their beloved pet cat Meier. We also visited my auntie Zenaida, my cousin Rose and her son Botchok at Tanza, Pan-ay before going to the majestic Spanish era Panay Church (which I did not inlude here but will be posting in the next blog). It was great seeing old friends and close relatives again because I only get to see them like once a year.
Despite our very short stay, we had a great time (especially Leia when she was munching those giant prawns with gusto) and we’re planning to visit Roxas City again soon and hopefully by that time, its not gonna be like an amazing race scenario. hehe