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Capiz Province
Official seal of the Province of Capiz
Basic data
Region : Western Visayas
Capital : Roxas City
Population : 761.384
August 1, 2015 census
Population density : 293 inhabitants per km²
Area : 2,594.64  km²
PSGC : 061900000
Governor : Victor A. Tanco
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 - Highly urbanized cities
 - provincial cities 1
 - municipalities 17th
 - Barangays 473
 - electoral districts 2
Location of the province in the Philippines

Coordinates: 11 ° 24 '  N , 122 ° 36'  E

Map of Panay Island / Philippines

Capiz is a Philippine province on Panay Island . The province lies on the Sibuyan Sea and is bordered by the provinces of Aklan and Antique in the west and Iloilo in the south. Capiz has an area of ​​2,594.64 km² and 761,384 inhabitants (as of August 1, 2015) . The capital of the province is Roxas City . Capiz is known for its high production of seafood and local jewelry made from mussels.


Capiz is the second oldest Spanish settlement after Cebu . In the early 16th century, Capitan Diego de Artienda landed here , followed by Miguel López de Legazpi . They founded Panay as the provincial capital. It was later moved to Capiz, in what is now Roxas City. Capiz has been independent since March 10, 1917.

Origin of name

There are some versions of how Capiz got its name. One says the territory was named 'Akean' and 'Kapid' by the son of former Datu Bangkaya in honor of his twin daughters. A second variant is based on the assumption that the Spaniards found a collection of molluscs in this area at the time they founded their settlement, which the locals referred to as 'pios' or 'kapid' and from which the name Capiz emerged.


Hiligaynon is the most widely spoken language. Kinaray-a , Tagalog and English are also understood - depending on the region.

The province has a traditional cultural heritage of spiritual and fairytale legends and myths, which is celebrated annually at the Aswang Festival in Roxas City . Capiz is known in the Philippines for the myth of the Aswang , a vampire-like creature.

The Mundo people live in Tapaz , the last old Indonesian mountain people on Panay .

Special sights in the province are the old Panay Church from 1780, then Asia's largest bell, which was made from silver coins in 1878 and weighs about 10.4 tons; the Suhot Cave in Dumalag , the old graves in the Balisong Cave and the large statue of St. Mary in Pilar . The provincial capital Roxas City is also worth a visit.


60% of the provincial income comes from agriculture and especially from fishing . Important products are rice , sugar cane , fish , mussels and crustaceans .

The commercial center of the province is in Roxas City , where the port for island shipping and trade is located.

Rice , wheat and sugar are the province's agricultural products. The fishing industry has a long history and trading tradition. The port of Roxas City is the center of economic life in the province. Manganese and magnetic sand are the existing mineral resources.


Capiz is divided into 16 independently administered municipalities and one city. These are in turn divided into a total of 473 barangays (districts). The province also has two congress districts . In the northeast of the province lies the 520 km² large Pilar Bay , into which the main arm of the Panay River flows, the Pontevedra River. The Central Panay Mountains rise in the west of the province .




In the Capiz area, these places are worth visiting: Baybay Beach, Moro Towers and Suhot Spring.

The tallest statue of the Virgin Mary in Asia is located in the Agtaline Shrine in the municipality of Pilar . The Lola Ibe , a mummy , is laid out in the shrine .

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