Roxas City is a Hall of Famer in the cleanest and greenest cities in the Philippines. This eco-friendly city has the best marine life. And it’s known in the country for its nickname, the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.” Located just 460 kilometers southeast of Manila, Roxas City is the chief port of Northern Panay.
In the past, the Department of Health (DOH) awarded Roxas City with its 2nd Red Orchid Award. It’s a reward for being 100% tobacco-free. But smokers need not worry here because you will find assigned places where you can enjoy your tobacco.
Roxas City also appears on the official list of the 2016 and 2017 passers in Good Financial Housekeeping. The giver of the Seal of Good Local Governance was the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) where there were 139 Local Government Units (LGUs) assessed in Region VI.
According to another record, this city once received an award as the best police station in the entire region of Western Visayas. Indeed, the foreign nationals we met say they feel safe living here.
But what really makes this city an ideal place to live aside from these accomplishments?
Here are 10 reasons why you should live in Roxas City:
If you are a massive seafood lover, this can be the best place to live in the Philippines. Roxas City is home to the most delicious angel wing clam (known as Diwal in local terms). It is the prized shellfish of Roxas City. Other rich kinds of seafood are crabs, scallops, shrimp, milkfish, and oysters. But the seafood here is not only fresh and yummy, but it is also low-priced because of the abundance in supply.
2. Clean Air and Water
Drinking water in Roxas City is one of the cleanest in the country. You’ll notice that right away when you open the faucet to get water. Here, there is enough supply of water in every part of the city.
53% of the economic activity in Roxas City is farming and fishing. Most commuters here use eco-friendly motorcycles to travel from one place to another. This medium-sized city has over 179,000 residents only and is one of the best places where you can enjoy nature.
3. Stable Supply of Electricity
The supply of electricity is stable throughout the year. We get our power from the Capiz Electric Cooperative (CAPELCO). Our location is not part of the typhoon belt in the Philippines, and typhoons rarely hit us during the wet season.
And like in bigger cities, we also enjoy the fastest internet speed in the Philippines for residential and business use anywhere in the city. Here, we have internet connections provided by Converge ICT, PLDT, and Globe Telecom.
4. One of the Safest Places to Live
Roxas City is in the top 10 livable cities in the Philippines. Some foreign nationals even consider it the safest place to live in the country. This city has only two major highways, the Iloilo East Coast – Capiz Road and the Roxas – Ivisan Bypass Road, and it doesn’t have interconnecting cities.
Here, tourists prefer to walk around every street corner without worrying about anything. Although you won’t see any tall buildings, no matter where you go, the daytime will give you a relaxed ambiance not found in bigger cities or crowded places.
5. Wide Beach
Roxas City has the 15th largest natural bay in the world: Baybay beach. In 2002, this beach was the cleanest shoreline in the Philippines.
Baybay beach has fine ebony sand and a variety of edible shellfish, which local people harvest every morning. An added convenience to Baybay beach is the seafood restaurants along the shoreline. Baybay also has the famous Capiz shell, which people handcraft into chandeliers, lampshades, wind chimes, frames, and even windows because they are lightweight and durable.
6. Sports Facilities
Keeping yourself in tip-top shape is easy within the city. Aside from the many fitness gyms where you can enroll for a small monthly fee, our major sports complex, the Villareal Stadium, is very accessible wherever you are in the city.
This sports arena has hosted many events in the past and continues to be a favorite spot for athletes. Here you can jog, swim, work out in a gym, and play basketball, volleyball, football (soccer), and tennis on a game court.
7. Tourist Destinations
If you’re fond of plants, Hortus Botanicus is one of your musts. This garden is in Milibili, Roxas City. And it’s home to a variety of introduced and endemic plants.
And just nearby is the city’s famous white beach destination: Olotayan Island. This part of Roxas City has a white sandy beach and crystal blue water, but you have to travel by sea to get there. It’s a perfect place to relax during a holiday. Other parts of Roxas City and Capiz also have white sandy beaches.
If you travel from the city going inland, visit Sta. Monica Church and the famous Bell of Panay – the biggest bell in the Philippines and Asia. Sta. Monica is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, established in 1774. The Bell of Panay weighs 11 tons (made of 70 sacks of coins), is 5 feet high, and is 7 feet in diameter. This old-timer is a major tourist spot in the country.
If you are fond of caving, Suhot Cave is your first choice when in Roxas City. This tourist destination is in Dumalag, Capiz, several kilometers outside the city. Suhot Cave is the source of cold spring that flows out of the cave. This natural wonder has interconnected caves that can reach several kilometers away.
Roxas City is the birthplace of the fifth president of the Republic of the Philippines, Manuel Acuña Roxas. The former president’s home is one of the major landmarks in the city.
Other nearby places to visit are:
- Moro Towers built in 1814 in Sitio Nipa, Roxas City
- Roxas City Museum, built in 1910, has a collection of religious icons, artifacts, and artworks.
- Mantalinga Island, an ideal spot for scuba divers.
- Cadimahan River Tour in Lawis Baybay, where you’ll see Roxas City’s marine life
- Napti Island Panay, a small island with a white beach and very abundant in fish and lobsters.
- Buntod Beach Panay, one of the cleanest beaches in Capiz.
- Weny’s Butterfly Garden, one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Capiz.
8. Cost of Living in the Philippines
If the cost of living in the Philippines is less than the level of prices in other countries, the cost of living in Roxas City is much lower than in other bigger cities in the country. If you are a foreign national, a business owner, or earning a good income, your purchasing power parity (PPP) here is high. And you will have everything you need. Plus, you can drive your car through light traffic and reach your destination in no time.
9. Accessibility to Public and Private Institutions
Roxas City has at least 6 shopping malls, 31 banks, around 97 public and private schools, and universities, 5 hospitals, 9 television networks, 2 cable television stations, 4 radio stations, and 7 local and regional newspapers. It will only take a few minutes to reach any destination in Roxas City.
Having many banks in a medium-sized city like Roxas is a sign that the residents’ priorities here are economy and good management.
Our popular banks include Allied Bank, Banco De Oro, Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Chinabank, Development Bank of the Philippines, EastWest Bank, Land Bank of the Philippines, Maybank, Metrobank, Philippine National Bank, Philippine Savings Bank, Philippine Veterans Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, and Security Bank.
10. Current and Future Developments
If you’ve been in Roxas City for quite some time, you’ll notice that its current major developments are shopping malls. With the successful rise of Robinsons Place Roxas in 2014 and CityMall Arnaldo-Roxas in 2015, Roxas City moved closer to its modernization plan. It has also maintained being an environment-friendly city through its well-planned infrastructure.
On April 8, 2022, the 10-hectare SM City Roxas in Arnaldo Blvd. finally opened to serve the public. It is a complete shopping mall similar to SM Iloilo but with a larger land area. It’s the biggest on Panay Island. Now that it is here, not only the whole of Roxas City will cheer, but the entire province of Capiz. And there will be a good reason not to travel for hours to shop in other cities but to go straight to SM Mall Roxas.
You will still see natural scenery almost everywhere you look. In fact, the foreign nationals we met say that, at some point, these recent developments make them feel they are in a good place outside the country.
The province of Capiz has already strengthened its tourism program, and residents and would-be residents are now more aware of the places to visit in Capiz.
P.S. Did you know that Roxas City has no recorded climate change? People here still enjoy the same actual tropical climate since the olden days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Roxas City Capiz?
Roxas, Capiz is in Western Visayas Region VI, belonging to Panay island, the sixth largest island in the Philippines. Located 460 kilometers southeast of Manila, the city of Roxas is most abundant in marine life and also the second center of education, trade, economic activities, and logistics on the entire Panay island. It is the capital of the province of Capiz, where you get to see the longest river on the island, the Panay River, which stretches 168 kilometers long of waters sourced from the slopes of Mount Igabon-Mount Angas Mountain Range.
What region is Roxas Capiz?
Roxas, Capiz, is in Region VI, belonging to Western Visayas, an administrative region in the Philippines. This city is the capital of the province of Capiz, where the native language is Capiznon, a member of the 30 Bisayan languages in the Visayas region. Bisayan language is a subgroup of the Austronesian languages spoken in the Philippines.
Where to stay in Roxas Capiz?
If you are here in Roxas, Capiz, to visit a friend, or maybe you are a tourist traveling to see the unique spots in the area, your best place to stay is within Roxas City. If you prefer to stay in the city proper, we recommend staying in Pueblo de Panay, where you get to enjoy the scenery and urban living. This 670-hectare township has popular hotels like Hotel Veronica, Urban Manor, and Islands Hotel. Within Pueblo de Panay is Robinsons Place Roxas, a famous two-level full-service shopping mall in Roxas City. However, if you prefer to stay near the beach, we recommend San Antonio Resort, a self-contained commercial establishment, which can give you the best view of the Baybay beach.
Where to eat in Roxas Capiz?
In our view, the best restaurants in Roxas City right now are in Pueblo de Panay, where you get a taste of Filipino and modern flavors and enjoy quiet scenery. The restaurants in this township offer local and international cuisines. One restaurant named Café Terraza sits on top of a hill, which can give you a clear view of Roxas City at any time of the day. However, if you prefer to dine beside the sea and have your favorite seafood served Filipino-style, go to the seafood restaurants along Baybay beach. It is a favorite spot by locals at night.
What to do in Roxas City Capiz?
If you are in Roxas City for the first time, you may wonder how you would spend your day in this seemingly uncomplicated city. The days here feel longer, knowing how relaxed the atmosphere is, even during rush hour. But you can do a lot of things while in Roxas City. You can go inland and visit tourist spots like the Bell of Panay and Suhot Cave. The Bell of Panay is just around 15 minutes away from the city proper. Suhot Cave is a cold spring destination in Dumalag, Capiz. If you long for a white sandy beach destination, go to Olotayan Island, a location just around 2 hours away. You can spend the rest of the day in shopping malls and dining at restaurants.