My friends and I thought of booking the cheapest flight out of Manila for a weekend. This turned out to be Roxas City, Capiz for a roundtrip cost of P2,500, and we booked it without knowing anything about the place. But after some research, we found out that Roxas City (the birthplace of the fifth president of the Philippines, Manuel Roxas) is also known as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.” Goodbye diet, helloooo food baby!
Where to Eat
Baybay Beach has a strip of restaurants on the shore where you can enjoy the freshest seafood and a cool breeze. If your stomach can handle seafood well, try the Angel’s Wings (or Diwal in Filipino). Don’t worry; it’s baked in butter and garlic like an oyster. And as much as we wanted to try all the restaurants along Baybay Beach, we didn’t have time. Try Alma’s Seafood Restaurant and Coco Veranda if you ever visit the area.
Alma’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant, Lawis Baybay, Roxas City, Capiz, 0908 872 3138, www.facebook.com/AlmasGrillRestaurant
Coco Veranda, Lawis Baybay, Roxas City, Capiz, (036) 621 6185 or (036) 666 0308, www.facebook.com/COCO-Veranda-Capiz-144024312312218/
Where to Stay
The location of San Antonio Beach Resort is perfect. It’s a few kilometers away from the busy city, but just across Baybay Beach. Clean room and nice bathroom (very important), check! Clean pool, check! Very accommodating concierge (they helped us arrange our transportation for our island hopping trip), double check! Walking distance to delicious food, triple check!
San Antonio Beach Resort, Baybay Beach, Roxas City, Capiz, (036) 621 6638 or 0908 883 8736, thesanantonioresort.com
What to Do
Aside from turning into a fish, go island hopping in Gigantes Islands.
When we arrived, our plan was to go around the city, visit museums and eat all the seafood we see. Until we saw a sign saying “nearest jump off point to Gigantes Islands.” We’ve never heard of it, so we decided to see if it was worth the trip (and it was!). We immediately looked for a van to rent, reserved a boat and the rest is history.
A long time ago, locals found jars that contained unusually large bones. They believed that giants once inhabited the islands, hence the name Gigantes. We rented a van that took us to Estancia, which is the jump-off point to the islands. Pack a truck load of sunblock, girls! You’re going to need every bit of it.
First stop: Tangke Saltwater Lagoon
Named “tangke” because it looks like a water tank inside.
Second stop: Cabugao Gamay Island (Small Pomelo Island)
The most photogenic island we visited. Clear water, white sand and palm trees. Can I call this home?
Third stop: Antonia Island
This is where it gets extremely hot, girls! Your only shade is the boat, so put on your sunblock like there’s no tomorrow.
We were already happy expanding our bellies an inch at a time, so island hopping to untouched islands was the icing on the cake. It really makes you appreciate Mother Nature and wonder what the other 7000+ islands of the Philippines look like. So, take a chance on Roxas City and let the fish do the talking.