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Capiz Province
Provincia sang Capiz
Lalawigan ng Capiz
Province of Capiz
Flag of Capiz Province
Official seal of Capiz Province
Anthem: O, Capiz
Map of the Philippines with Capiz highlighted
Map of the Philippines with Capiz highlighted
Coordinates: 11°23′N 122°38′E / 11.383°N 122.633°E / 11.383; 122.633Coordinates: 11°23′N 122°38′E / 11.383°N 122.633°E / 11.383; 122.633
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas (Region VI)
Founded March 10, 1917
Capital Roxas City
 • Governor Victor A. Tanco (LP)
 • Vice Governor Nonoy Contreras (LP)
 • Total 2,594.64 km2 (1,001.80 sq mi)
Area rank 55th out of 80
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 719,685
 • Rank 36th out of 80
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
 • Density rank 21st out of 80
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 1
 • Municipalities 16
 • Barangays 473
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Capiz
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 5800 - 5816
Dialing code 36
ISO 3166 code PH-CAP
Spoken languages Capiznon, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Tagalog, English

Capiz is a 1st class province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Roxas City and is located at the northeastern portion of Panay Island, bordering Aklan and Antique to the west, and Iloilo to the south. Capiz faces the Sibuyan Sea to the north. Capiz is known for the Placuna placenta oyster shell that has the same name locally and is used for decoration and making lampshades, trays, window doors. Likewise, the province is known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines.[3] and was among the top 15 most frequently visited places in the Philippines.[4]


Capiz is located on a small island formed by the Panay and Banica rivers. The Panay river used to be famous for the great number of crocodiles thriving there. The soil is poor in the northern part of the island and is most productive only in the southern part. Capiz is bounded by the Mindoro sea, the Panay, Loctugan and Ivisan rivers.

Political map of Capiz


Capiz is subdivided into 16 municipalities and 1 city.



City/Municipality Population¹ Area (km²) Pop. density (per km²) Income Class Total LGU Income² Legislative District
Cuartero 25,456 106.58 238.84 4th Class 51,807,633.93 2nd
Dao 31,911 88.64 360.01 4th Class 55,683,919.00 2nd
Dumalag 29,298 109.18 268.35 4th Class 50,917,716.00 2nd
Dumarao 43,986 232.56 189.14 2nd Class 74,850,717.00 2nd
Ivisan 26,763 54.20 493.78 4th Class 49,159,265.99 2nd
Jamindan 35,002 412.03 84.95 2nd Class 80,770,406.34 2nd
Maayon 36,340 142.32 255.34 3rd Class 62,389,825.36 1st
Mambusao 37,672 136.91 275.16 3rd Class 65,968,896.77 2nd
Panay 43,449 116.37 373.37 3rd Class 67,534,183.43 1st
Panitan 37,895 89.88 421.62 3rd Class 64,940,309.02 1st
Pilar 41,572 77.99 533.04 3rd Class 60,668,474.00 1st
Pontevedra 43,525 130.90 332.51 3rd Class 69,917,580.42 1st
President Roxas 28,561 77.88 366.73 4th Class 55,225,986.41 1st
Roxas City 156,197 95.07 1,642.97 2nd Class; Component City 595,033,140.04 1st
Sapian 24,779 105.24 235.45 4th Class 46,958,377.00 2nd
Sigma 29,138 101.71 286.48 4th Class 57,250,740.00 2nd
Tapaz 48,051 517.18 92.91 1st Class 197,622,649.18 2nd
Province of Capiz 719,595 2,594.64 277.34 1st Class; Province

¹2010 Census ²Local Governance Performance Management System


When the Spaniards led by Miguel López de Legazpi came to Panay from Cebu in 1569, they found people with tattoos, and so they called the island Isla de los Pintados.[5] How the island itself came to be called Panay is uncertain. The Aeta called it Aninipay, after a plant that abounded in the island. Legend has it that López de Legazpi and his men, in search of food, exclaimed upon the island, pan hay en esta isla!. They established their first settlement on the island at the mouth of the Banica River and called it Pan-ay. This was the second Spanish settlement in the Philippines, following San Miguel, Cebu.

Later in 1569, Captain Diego de Artieda, who was sent by Legazpi, landed in the Town of Panay and proclaimed it as the capital of the province. Later, the Spainards moved the capital to its present site upon discovering the town of Capiz (not the province, and now Roxas City) which was near the sea and provided docking facilities.

On April 15, 1901, the civic government of Capiz was created by virtue of Act 115.[6]

In 1942, the region was occupied by Japanese troops. In 1945, the region was liberated by the joint Filipino and American troops with Capiznon guerrillas.

Capiz and Aklan were united under one province until April 25, 1956, when President Ramon Magsaysay signed into law Republic Act 1414 separating the two entities.


Population census of Capiz
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 584,091 —    
1995 624,469 +1.26%
2000 654,156 +1.00%
2007 701,664 +0.97%
2010 719,685 +0.93%
Source: National Statistics Office[2]

Historians and ethnologists narrowed down to three types of people known to have inhabited Capiz: Aeta, popularly known as Negritos; Indonesian descendants of the Mundo tribe in central Panay; and the Malays.


With its 80-kilometer coastline and wide expanse of swampy lands easily converted into fishponds, Capiz is dubbed as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”. It holds one of the richest fishing grounds and is a major contributor in the aquamarine industry of the Philippines.

Four big telecommunication companies offer telegraph, telex and telephone services. There are more than 60 banking institutions and 116 intermediaries operating in the province.

Farming and fishing are the primary sources of income for the people. The combined natural bounty of land and sea sustain a vibrant food industry. Primary agricultural raw products are rice, corn, coconut, sugarcane, banana and cut flower. Apart from a surplus of agricultural products, Capiz is also a major supplier of prawn and milk fish. Other agro-industrial harvests include blue marlin, squid, oysters, shrimp, seaweed, and angel wings. Rich fish ponds attract investors to venture into prawn culture, prawn feed manufacture, seaweed farming and the distribution and processing of other marine products. A robust workforce of 445,246 operates with a literacy rate of 90.5%. The agricultural sector ensures the province as one of the wealthiest in the Western Visayas Region although progress is impeded by corruption.

Its relatively unexplored caves are said to have high deposits of mineral resources such as limestone, gold and metal.

The New Capiz (Pueblo de Panay)[edit]

A New Capiz is rising[7] has been envisioned by Pueblo de Panay Inc. as a center for economic and social progress. Pueblo de Panay is owned and developed by Pueblo de Panay, Inc. and master-planned by Blue Chip Builders, Inc. The 400-hectare Pueblo de Panay was started to develop since 2011 and one of the biggest townships in the Philippines. As of 2014, it is the site of various residential, commercial, educational, and government establishments. The proponents envision Pueblo de Panay as an eco-tourism business district which would have various investors as locators while promoting ecotourism activities in Roxas City and the rest of the province of Capiz.


Capiz is known for the brilliant Capiz shell produced here, it is used in making windows, lanterns, decorations, vases, etc. The Capiz shell has a luster similar to mother of pearl shells.


Main article: O, Capiz

The province has an official hymn, "O, Capiz", written in Capiznon by Charmaine Ocbeña Guartero and adopted on June 23, 2006.

Folk Dances[edit]

Capiz is one of the places in the Philippines that contributed a lot in Philippine folk dancing. The province alone has 19 Visayan folk dances such as "Tinolabong", "Gayong-gayong", "Timawa", Dagit-dagit", "Beneracion", "Tatay Meroy Cariñosa", "Pukol", "Habanera Capiceña", "Cabatingan", "Saad", "Pitik Mingaw", "Kuratsa Capiceña", and "Palomita Coquitana" to name a few.

Notable people[edit]



  • Daisy Avellana, actress and theater director.[8]
  • Barbie Almalbis, Singer, former frontman of Hungry Young Poets and Barbie's Cradle.
  • Maria Margarita Moran Roxas - Floirendo - Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1973, Miss Universe 1973 winner. A granddaughter of former Philippine President Manuel Roxas, she has also been known as Margie Morán Róxas and later as Margie Morán Róxas De Floirendo or simply Margie Morán. She is so far the last Philippine representative to the Miss Universe Pageant to bring home the crown.
  • Geraldine Villarruz Asis - Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1987, Miss Universe 1987 finalist.
  • Sharmaine Arnaiz was born Sharmila Velasco Pribhdas-Shahani to an Indian father and a mother from Legaspi St., Roxas City. She has a younger sister who is also an actress named Bunny Paras and their mother is the sister of the mother of Patrick Garcia and Cheska Garcia.
  • Paolo Bediones is a Filipino commercial model, television host, journalist, newscaster, and radio announcer.

Social Sciences[edit]


An asterisk marks the relay station direct feed from Manila or other areas from the networks except ABS-CBN, GMA Network and CCTN for inclusion of local commercial during the break and local production of the said networks.

Television networks[edit]

Local government media bureau[edit]

  • Capiz Provincial Press Bureau (print and broadcast)
  • Roxas City Press Bureau (print and broadcast)
  • Philippine Information Agency (PIA, print)

Cable television stations[edit]

  • Wesfardell Cable Communications
  • Filvision Alto Cable TV


AM Station[edit]

FM Station[edit]



  • Panay News
  • Sun Star
  • The Daily Guardian
  • The News Today
  • Visayan Daily Star


List of schools[edit]

  • AMA Computer Learning Center - ROXAS (Fuentes Drive, Roxas City)
  • Banate Elementary School
  • Capiz Institute of Electronics
  • Cabugcabug National High School - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Class
  • Cabugcabug National High School - President, Roxas, Capiz (formerly Cabugcabug Barangay High School)
  • Capiz National High School (the original Capiz High School)
  • Capiz National High School Capiz National High School
  • Capiz State University (formerly Capiz Institute of Technology)
  • Capiz State University (formerly Panay State Polytechnic College)
  • Capiz State University (PSPC-Agri-Science)-Poblacion, Mambusao
  • Capiz State University (PSPC)-Burias, Mambusao
  • Capiz State University-Dayao, Roxas City
  • Capiz State University-Dumarao
  • Capiz State University-Pilar
  • Capiz State University-Pontevedra
  • Capiz State University-Sapian
  • Capiz State University-Sigma
  • Capiz State University-Tapaz
  • Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion (CPC) Main & Annex
  • College of St. John-Roxas
  • Commissioner Luis Asis National High School
  • Concepcion Castro Garcia National High School, Dumalag, Capiz
  • Cong. Ramon A. Arnaldo High School (formerly City Of Roxas High School)
  • Cuartero National High School
  • Culasi National High School
  • David Moises Memorial High School-Balit, Mambusao
  • Dean Alberto Villarruz College
  • Don Antonio Belo Memorial School
  • Don Felix Balgos National High School
  • Don Maximo Dais Memorial School
  • Dumalag Central National High School
  • Dumalag Vocational-Technical School
  • Duran Element University
  • Elizalde Academy Inc., President Roxas, Capiz
  • Filamer Christian University
  • Feliciano Consing Memorial School
  • Hercor College
  • Hipona Elementary School(Hipona, Pontevedra, Capiz)
  • Hipona National High School
  • Ivisan National High School
  • Jagnaya National High School
  • Lantangan Elementary School
  • Life Goal International Institute
  • Malonoy National High School
  • Mambusao East National High School-Atiplo, Mambusao
  • Mambusao National High School-Tumalalud, Mambusao
  • Manapao Elementary School
  • Milibili National High School
  • Our Lady of Fatima Academy
  • Our Lady of Grace Academy (OLGA), Lonoy, Roxas City
  • Our Lady of Snows Institute, Dumarao, Capiz
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Academy (OLMHRA), Tapaz, Capiz
  • PACE Computer College
  • Panitan National High School
  • Parish School of Saint Isidor (PSSI), Pontevedra, Capiz
  • Pontevedra Christian School (Formerly PBC-CLC Pontevedra Baptist Church Child Learning Center)
  • Pontevedra Elementary School
  • Pontevedra national High School
  • President Manuel A. Roxas Memorial School – North, South, and SpED
  • President Roxas East Elementary School, President Roxas, Capiz
  • President Roxas West Elementary School, President Roxas, Capiz
  • Professor Viterbo Memorial School
  • Ramon A. Benjamin Sr. National High School
  • Roxas City School for Philippine Craftsmen (RCSPC)
  • Saint Catherine Academy-Mambusao
  • Saint Mary's Academy of Capiz (SMAC)
  • St Vincent College of Business and Accountancy
  • Sancta Maria Mater et Regina Seminarium
  • Sigma Elementary School (SES)
  • St. Anthony College of Nursing
  • St. Joseph Diocesan School (SJDS), President Roxas, Capiz
  • St. Martin Academy, Dumalag, Capiz
  • St. Pius X Seminary
  • Step By Step Christian Academy
  • Vicente Andaya Sr. National High School


  • Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (formerly Roxas Memorial General Hospital)
  • Capiz Emmanuel Hospital
  • St. Anthony College Hospital
  • Health Centrum
  • Capiz Doctors Hospital
  • Mambusao General Hospital
  • Sen. Gerry Roxas District Hospital (Dao District Hospital)
  • Bailan District Hospital
  • Maayon Clinic


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  2. ^ a b "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities" (PDF). 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
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  4. ^ "More tourists visiting Capiz". Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Capiz now 109 years old". Philippine Information Agency. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "A new Capiz is rising". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Cadiz, Gibbs (2013-05-13). "National Artist for Theater Daisy Avellana dies; 96". Del Norte Triplicate. 
  9. ^ "A". Women of History. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  10. ^ TV5 (A.K.A ABC 5 over NTC retrieved via 04-03-2014
  11. ^ TV5 soon to be broadcast in Roxas City via TV5 claims lead over GMA7 in viewer ratings for key provincial cities retrieved via 11-23-2012
  12. ^ TV5 claims leadership over GMA in six key cities retrieved via 1127-2012
  13. ^ TV5 overtakes GMA-7 in six key cities in the Philippines, based on Nielsen data retrieved via 11-27-2012
  14. ^ Aksyon TV (A.K.A GV Bctg System over NTC website) retrieved via 04-03-2014

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