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Capiz: Locations of Religion and Worship


For a time, the province of Capiz, positioned on the northeastern island of Panay in Western Visayas, had a fame for being a land of Aswangs (shape-shifting evil legendary creatures). This notion may be traced again to a number of historic occasions. One such occasion was the outbreak of dystonia illness that a number of residents within the province. One other was the usage of the parable of Aswang to scare off Japanese troopers throughout the conflict. Lately, nevertheless, the province has chosen to highlight its ample seafood, incomes it the moniker “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.”

Throughout my current go to to Capiz, I used to be lucky to remain for a few nights, permitting for intensive exploration and experiences. Capiz boasts quite a few heritage constructions and surprisingly, a wealth of locations of religion, worship, and contemplation – and no sightings of aswangs for me.

Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral
Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral
Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral

Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral

Within the capital metropolis of Roxas, there’s an exquisite plaza located beside the Panay River. At its coronary heart, together with the Metropolis Corridor, provincial buildings, and the historic 1910-built Capiz Bridge, stands the magnificent Roxas Cathedral, also referred to as the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral. This church and parish of Roxas Metropolis is likely one of the oldest in Panay island. The present church construction, which has undergone restorations and reconstruction, was initially inbuilt 1827.

Whereas Roxas Metropolis Plaza could bustle with exercise, contained in the church gives a solemn and comforting respite.

Ivisan Christ the Redeemer
Ivisan Christ the Redeemer
Ivisan Christ the Redeemer

Ivisan Christ the Redeemer

Alongside the nationwide freeway between Roxas and Kalibo, there stands a 5-story reproduction of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer. Constructed round 2010, this Christ the Redeemer is positioned within the hilly a part of Malocloc Norte, Ivisan, Capiz. It’s laborious to overlook this statue, which appears to observe over passersby on the street, making it a preferred cease amongst motorists.

Sapi-an Meditation Hills
Sapi-an Meditation Hills
Sapi-an Meditation Hills

Sapi-an Meditation Hills

Located at Sitio Bangkal in Sapi-an, Capiz, the Meditation Hills provide a serene ambiance conducive to meditation. This 5-hectare property, owned by the Villanueva household, impressed the development of the Our Girl of Lourdes Grotto atop these breezy hills.

Dumalag St Martin of Tours
Dumalag St Martin of Tours
Dumalag St Martin of Tours

Dumalag St. Martin of Excursions

The St. Martin of Excursions in Dumalag, Capiz, would possibly seem plain from the skin, however its interiors are really spectacular. With a excessive ceiling and well-lit interiors, the church showcases intricate work, carvings, and structure. The church additionally options an intriguing 5-story bell tower. Constructed between 1600 and 1720, this gem of a church gives guests a glimpse into the city’s historical past.

Dinginan Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Dinginan Shrine of the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus

Demonstrating their devotion, Capiz hosts one other monumental sculpture of Jesus Christ. In Dinginan’s mixed-use growth, Pueblo de Panay stands a extremely detailed 132-foot monument of Christ. The Shrine of the Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus was accomplished in 2015 by a crew led by sculptor John A. Alaban from Roxas Metropolis and foreman Jose Clarito.

Sta Monica Parish Church

Panay Sta. Monica Parish Church

One of the crucial notable church buildings in Panay Island is the Sta. Monica Church or Pan-ay Church. Declared a Pure Historic Landmark in 1997 and a Nationwide Cultural Treasure in 2001 by the Nationwide Museum, this church was initially inbuilt 1774 and later rebuilt in 1884 after a storm decimated the earlier construction. The present church, constructed in 1875, options 3-meter thick partitions fabricated from coral blocks, fortifying its basis. It additionally homes the largest bell in Asia, named Dakong Lingganay, which suggests “large bell.”

Sta Monica Parish Church
On the Sta Monica bell tower

It’s stunning to find so many locations in Capiz that showcase the folks’s deep devotion to their religion. Past being the Seafood Capital of the nation, Capiz additionally stands as a pilgrimage vacation spot and a haven for non secular retreats.



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