While most of us travel for the fun of it, some go on trips to learn – more specifically about the past.
And if you consider yourself part of the latter group, it might not be too far-fetched for us to assume that you’re constantly on the hunt for places to explore, particularly those that hold historical significance.
If we hit the nail right on the head, then a place we can recommend you visit is Roxas. Although the city, which is the capital of Capiz, is more recognized for its serene beaches and bountiful seafood harvests, you can’t discount the richness of its history and the relics of the past that it was able to preserve.
Did that pique your interest? If it did, it’s only natural we take responsibility. So, we’ll list down the historical gems you need to visit when you find yourself in Roxas after the pandemic or when it’s safe to travel domestically once again.
- President Manuel Roxas’ Ancestral House
Originally, the city of Roxas was named Capiz, however, to honor President Manuel A. Roxas its name was changed to what it is today. And in this city, President Roxas’ ancestral home is found.
Here, you’ll be able to explore the birthplace of the Philippines’ last Commonwealth President. The home was kept exactly as it is – complete with its original furnishings and memorabilia.
- Panubli-on Museum
Not far from President Roxas’ home is the Panubli-on Museum. The structure originally served as a water chamber a century ago but was repurposed in the 90s as a museum to house historical artifacts connected to the city.
- Manuel Roxas Monument
The Manuel Roxas monument was built in the 1950s in honor of the country’s fifth president. It was updated in 2016 with the former stone statue being replaced with a bronze one.
You don’t have to stray far to visit this landmark as it’s just a stroll away from the Panubli-on Museum and the Roxas Ancestral House.
- Capiz Provincial Capitol
Erected in 1901 upon the order of Sulpicio Jugo Vidal, who served as Capiz’s first provincial governor, the Capiz Provincial Capitol is the most prominent building in Roxas City.
- Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral
Considered one of the oldest churches in Panay Island, the Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral dates back to 1698 and is already more than 300 years old.
It was destroyed by a typhoon in 1728 and had to be rebuilt. This is where one of the most prestigious festivals of Roxas City is held annually – the Sinadya sa Halaran every December.
- Roxas City Bridge
Recognized as one of the oldest infrastructures in Capiz, the Roxas Bridge is more than a century old and dates back to the early 1900s.
Besides being witness to the many changes Roxas City has undergone, it also boasts a phenomenal view of the famed Panay River.
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