Roxas City is a hall of famer in cleanest and greenest cities in the Philippines. This eco-friendly city is superior in marine life, which made it earn a rightful nickname, the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.” Located just 460 kilometers southeast of Manila, Roxas City is also the chief port of Northern Panay.
Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) awarded Roxas City with its 2nd Red Orchid Award, an award for its being 100 percent tobacco-free. But smokers need not worry here because there are designated areas where you can enjoy your tobacco.
Roxas City also appears in the official list of the 2017 passers in Good Financial Housekeeping for which the Seal of Good Local Governance was given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). There were 139 Local Government Units (LGUs) that were assessed in Region VI, where Roxas City belong, before this recognition was conferred. Roxas City was also given recognition in the 2016 passers in Good Financial Housekeeping.
This city was also awarded having the best police station in the whole region of Western Visayas. The foreign nationals we met say they feel safe living here. So, what really makes Roxas City an ideal place to live aside from these achievements?
Here are 10 reasons why you should live in Roxas City:
(1) Seafood. If you’re a massive seafood lover, this place will be like a paradise to you. Roxas City is home of the most delicious angelwings (locally known as diwal), crabs, scallops, shrimps, milkfish, oysters, and other super delicious seafood. This city’s geographical location makes its seafood more delicious than other locations. But seafood here is not only fresh and yummy, it’s also inexpensive because of its abundant supply. Every restaurant here, from casual to fine dining, serves seafood.
(2) Clean water. Drinking water in Roxas City is one of the cleanest (if not the cleanest) in the Philippines, and there’s enough supply of water in every part of the city. Thanks to Metropolitan Roxas Water District (MRWD) for its excellent facilities and good services.
(3) Clean air. 53 percent of economic activity in Roxas City is farming and fishing. Majority of commuters here use eco-friendly motorcycles to travel from one place to another. This medium-sized city has around 156,000 residents only. Although Roxas City is slowly moving towards commercialization, it is still one of the best places where you can enjoy nature.
(4) Wide beach. Roxas City has the 15th largest natural bay in the world – the Baybay beach. In 2002, this beach was awarded cleanest shoreline in the Philippines. Baybay beach has fine ebony sand and variety of edible shellfish, which local people harvest every morning. An added convenience to Baybay beach are the seafood restaurants along the shoreline. Baybay is also known for its famous Capiz shell which is handcrafted into chandeliers, lamp shades, wind chimes, frames, even windows because they are lightweight and durable.
(5) Sports facilities. Keeping yourself in tip-top shape is easy in Roxas City. Aside from the many fitness gyms where you can enroll at a low price, Roxas City’s sports complex, the Villareal Stadium, is very accessible wherever you are in the city. This sports complex has hosted many national games in the past and continues to be a favorite spot for sporting events. Here people can jog any time of the day as well as play basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, swim in a standard pool, and work out in the stadium’s fitness center.
(6) Tourist destinations. If you’re fond of plants, Hortus Botanicus is one of your musts. Located in Milibili, Roxas City, this garden is home to variety of introduced and endemic plants.
Just nearby is a famous white beach destination, the Olotayan Island, which is still part of Roxas City. This island is surrounded by white sandy coastline and crystal clear water, which makes it a perfect place to relax on a special holiday. Other parts of Roxas City and Capiz also have white sandy beaches.
From the center of Roxas City going inland is 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, built in 1774. The Bell of Panay weighs almost 11 tons (made out of 70 sacks of coins), 5 feet high, and 7 feet in diameter. This old timer is a major tourist attraction in the country.
When it comes to caving, Suhot Cave is the first option you got when you are in Roxas City. This tourist destination is in Dumalag, Capiz, just a few kilometers outside the city. Suhot Cave is the source of cold spring that flows out freely from the cave. This natural wonder has interconnecting caves believed to reach as far as Badiang Cave 6 kilometers away.
Roxas City is the birthplace of the fifth president of the republic of the Philippines, Manuel Roxas. The former president’s home is one of the major landmarks in the city.
Other places to visit are:
- Moro Towers built in 1814 in Sitio Nipa, Roxas City
- Roxas City Museum built in 1910 which has a collection of religious icons, as well as, artifacts and artworks.
- Mantalinga Island, an ideal spot for scuba divers.
- Cadimahan River Tour in LawisBaybay where you’ll get a chance to see Roxas City’s marine life
- Napti Island Panay, a small island with white beach and very abundant in fish and lobsters.
- Buntod Beach Panay, one of the cleanest beach in Capiz.
- Weny’s Butterfly Garden, one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Capiz.
(7) Cost of living. The standard of living in Roxas City is simple. If you are a foreign national, a businessman, or one who is earning a good income, your purchasing power parity (PPP) here is high because the cost of goods and services are lower compared to the neighboring cities. And you can conveniently drive your car (or commute) through light traffic.
(8) Peaceful living. Roxas City doesn’t have the common misdeeds found in big cities. In fact, some foreign nationals here prefer to walk around every street corner without having to worry about anything. Although, you won’t see any significantly tall building no matter where you go, you’ll also won’t feel the pressure of being in a big city or a crowded place.
(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 your destination anywhere in the city.
Having a lot of banks in a medium-sized city, like Roxas City, is an indication that the residents here prioritize economy and good management.
The popular banks in Roxas City are 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 didn’t only move closer to its modernization plan, it also has maintained its being an environment-friendly city through its carefully planned infrastructure.
You’ll still see greenery everywhere you look in the city. In fact, the foreign nationals we met say that, at some point, these new developments make them feel they’re in a good place outside the country. There are also much awaited shopping malls that are soon to rise in Roxas City – CityMall Avenue-Roxas in Roxas Avenue and the 10-hectare SM City Mall in Arnaldo Boulevard which is expected to be a complete shopping mall like SM City Iloilo.
The province of Capiz has also strengthened its tourism program and residents and would-be residents are now more aware of the awesome places to visit in Capiz.
P.S. Did you know that Roxas City has no recorded climate change? People here enjoy the same consistent tropical climate experience since the olden days.