ROXAS CITY, CAPIZ â€“Â Aside from its countryside ambience, laidback lifestyle of its people, abundant seafood products, centuries-old churches, what are the other tourist come-ons of Capiz?
Unknown to many and, perhaps to a lot of Capiznons, Capiz boasts of a number ofÂ caves, theÂ most prominent of which and accessible are the Suhot Caves in Dumalag, the Suhoton Cave in Jamindan, the Balisong Cave and several other caves in Pilar, the Quipot Cave in Mambusao, among others.
Indeed, aside from being the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines andÂ the "Garden Center of Panay,"Â Capiz is also famous for its "enchanting and alluring" caves, natural wonders that will surely captivate tourists thus, giving more flesh to Capizâ€™s catchword "Captivating Capiz."
Edward Basilonia, chief of the Capiz Provincial Press Bureau, believes that potentials ofÂ caves, being the natural wonder of Capiz, must be maximized for tourists and natives to appreciate.
According to him, less-visited places like Capiz should work in promoting their tourism potentials based on their natural wealth.
Earlier, former city tourism officer Rodolfo "Bong" Maestro related what he had learned in one of the tourism summits he had attended.
The summit participants, according to Maestro,Â noted thatÂ that since about 60 percent of Panay visitors usually proceed to Boracay Islan in Malay, Aklan because of its sugary and white sand, the best that Capiz can do is to channel itsÂ efforts towards promoting itsÂ caves and focus on its agro-seafood tourism project.
Maestro lamented, however, that classification and inventory of caves have yet to be done as doing so would reportedly costs millions of pesos.
Source: SSH '10 Publicity and Promotions Committee