CAPIZ, Simply Captivating
A perfect blend of colorful history and natural beauty marks this beautiful Province. Experience life in this lovely paradise that Borneans called home, yet, they found out Chinese and Islamic traders were already in this God-knows-where long time before them. What enticements are in this place that Spaniards made it their second settlement in the country.
The hospitality of the people is in perfect match with the grandeur of nature’s wonder, unmatched delicious seafoods and indigenous foodstuffs, traditional dances, songs, crafts and several centuries old vestiges worth of history.
Come to Capiz and experience why is it called the “Eco-Cultural Tourism Hub of Central Philippines,” the “Center of Seafood-Trip Tourism in the Country,” and the “Garden Capital of Western Visayas.”
Region: Western Visayas, Region 6
Capital: Roxas City (1st District)
1st District: Panay, Pontevedra, Panitan, Maayon, President Roxas, Pilar
2nd District: Ivisan, Sigma, Mambusao, Sapian, Jamindan, Tapaz, Dumalag, Dumarao, Cuartero, Dao
Dialect: Capiznon and Hiligaynon are the local dialects. Filipino is the national language. English is the business language and spoken widely.
Population: 701,664 (as of 2007 census)
Area: 2,633.2 km²
Weather: Mostly dry from December to May and wet from June to November; coolest from October to February and hottest from March to May. Temperature varies in most places, the high and low average temperatures are 33°C (91°F) and 19°C (66°F)
Time Zone: GMT +8 hours
Currency: Philippine peso (Php), 100 centavos in 1 Peso
Coins: 25c, 50c, Php1, Php5, Php10
Bank notes: Php20, Php50 Php 100, Php200, Php500, Php,1000
Business and Banking Hours: Private and government offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most shopping malls and department stores are open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Banks are open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, with automated teller machines (ATM) that operate for 24 hours.
Credit Cards: International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Mastercard, JCB and American Express Card are accepted in major establishments.
Location: Capiz is located in the Western Visayas region, at the northeastern portion of the Panay Island, bordering Aklan and Antique to the west, and Iloilo to the south. Capiz faces the Sibuyan Sea to the north.