ROXAS City – Capiztahan 2017, which coincides with the 116th founding anniversary of the civil government of Capiz, officially started on Friday at the Philippines’ “seafood capital.”
According to Governor Tony del Rosario, the festival is an opportunity for the province to showcase its pride — best-tasting seafood.
For the “Foodtrip sa Capiz” lunchtime event, Capisnons served steamed, baked and buttered seafood from coastal towns at the Capiz stadium.
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The festival also highlights the first-ever Capiz International Triathlon “TriAksyon” from April 22 to 23 as the province bids to become a Philippine “sports tourism capital.”
The triathlon will pass through several destinations in Capiz to include Baybay Beach; the historical Panay Church, which houses the largest church bell in Asia; Villareal Stadium, which has an Olympic-sized swimming pool; and Pueblo de Panay, a 500-hectare township development.
Some 311 triathletes from across the country and abroad have so far confirmed to join the sporting event.
Another highlight is the “Sadsad sa Capiz” street dancing competition, which started Friday and will run until the 23rd. Participants in colorful costumes depicting seafood and mythical creatures will entertain spectators.
Del Rosario said the competition will introduce the culture of Capiz and how its people work and produce seafood.
Other activities include the Parade of Lights, nightly fireworks competition, night market (bazaar and street food fest), and the 6th National Invitational Arnis Tournament.
Present during the opening were regional directors of the Tourism and Trade and Industry departments, Philippine National Police, and Office of Civil Defense, among others.
Del Rosario hoped more visitors would come. (PNA/Panay News)