|City of Roxas
Dakbanwa sang Roxas
Lungsod ng Roxas
Roxas City Plaza at night
|Nickname(s): Seafood Capital of the Philippines|
Map of Capiz showing the location of Roxas City
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|Legislative district||1st district of Capiz|
|Cityhood||May 12, 1951|
|• Mayor||Angel Alan B. Celino (Liberal Party)|
|• Vice Mayor||Ronnie T. Dadivas (Liberal Party)|
|• Total||95.07 km2 (36.71 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|Income class||2nd class city|
Roxas, officially the City of Roxas or Roxas City, is a medium-sized city in the province of Capiz, Philippines. It is considered as one of Panay Island's center of education, trade, economic activity and logistics. Once known as the Municipality of Capiz, the origin of the present name of the province, was renamed into Roxas City in honor of native Manuel Roxas, the First President of the Philippine Third Republic, after it became a chartered city on May 12, 1951.
The abundance of marine life makes Roxas City the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines." It has received Cleanest and Greenest Component City in Western Visayas Award in the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (GPK) Cleanliness and Environmental contest. The Department of Health (DOH) awarded the city with the Red Orchid Award for being "100 percent tobacco-free." It has also gained the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Seal of Good Housekeeping and won the Best Police Station in the region by the Philippine National Police.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Barangays
- 3 History
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Business Districts
- 7 Infrastructure
- 8 Plazas and Public Parks
- 9 Hospitals and Medical Centers
- 10 Malls and Shopping Centers
- 11 Department Stores
- 12 Business Centers
- 13 Banks
- 14 Education
- 15 Festivals
- 16 Hotels, Inns, Resorts and Lodging Houses
- 17 Media
- 18 Notable people
- 19 Sister cities
- 20 See also
- 21 References
- 22 External links
Roxas City is situated just east of the north-central coast of Panay Island with geographic coordinates of 11°35' N, 122°45' E. Its boundaries are: the Sibuyan Sea to the north, the municipality of Panitan to the south, the municipality of Ivisan to the west, and the municipality of Panay to the East. It is located 250 nautical miles (460 km) southeast of Manila and 135 kilometres (84 mi) northeast of Iloilo City(Regional Capital). Travel time to Manila is 45 minutes by air and 18 hours by sea.
The City of Roxas is politically subdivided into 47 barangays of which 31 are urban and 16 are rural. It is classified as a second Class Component City belonging to the first political district of the Province of Capiz along with the Municipality of Ma-ayon, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, Pontevedra, and President Roxas.
- Barangay 1
- Barangay 2
- Barangay 3
- Barangay 4
- Barangay 5
- Barangay 6
- Barangay 7
- Barangay 8
- Barangay 9
- Barangay 10
- Barangay 11
- Inzo Arnaldo Village (Cadimahan)
- Punta Cogon
- Punta Tabuc
- San Jose
Spanish colonial period
In 1569, Captain Diego de Artieda who was sent by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi from Cebu, landed on the town of Panay and proclaimed it as the capital. Later the capital was moved to its present site upon realising that the town of Capiz was near the sea with better docking facilities. The Spaniards saw the long coastal cover and envisioned a trading and shipping center. Ports were constructed in Libas and later in Culasi.
A river meanders across the town, dividing it in two. Tributaries from the mountains flowed into the head of Panay River through settlements formed along its shores, irrigating and fertilizing the land. It provides water to fishponds during high tide.
In 1590, the navy of Acapulco, Mexico made Capiz Port its naval yard where ships sought shelter when the sea was rough. Capiz grew into a bustling port and houses of stone were built. The social and political status enjoyed by the native chieftains of Capiz often resulted in mixed marriages with the Spaniards. The mestizo descendants became the base of the principalia or influential citizens. Their privileged positions allowed them to build houses around the favored square of the poblacion - around the church and the government complex.
Their children became the beneficiaries of the Augustinian mission in 1593.
In 1746, Capiz was made the seat of the politico-military government, although it was ecclesiastically controlled by the Bishopric of Cebu. In the latter part of 1795, under Gobernadorcillo Miguel Bautista, the old road to Baybay Beach was built as an extension of San Roque Street.
The town of Capiz was frequently attacked by Muslims that in 1814, stone forts at Baybay Beach (Baluarte) were built through the initiative of Gobernadorcillo Jose Consolacion.
In 1870, the ground was broken for the foundation of the Cathedral of Capiz under the guidance of Reverend Apolonio Alvarez. It was built by sturdy hands, sweat and blood of Capizeños who were victims of forced labor.
In 1876, the diocese of Jaro in Iloilo was erected and Capiz came under its jurisdiction. In 1877, the cathedral was finally finished. Prior to its construction, a chapel was built in Burgos Street beside the municipal building.
In August 1899, the Spanish colonial government represented by Governor Juan Herrero formally surrendered to General Ananias Diokno in Baybay Beach.
American colonial period
Economic debacle hit the town of Capiz in 1914 when the Ayala Distillery grounded to a halt. What could have been an ambitious forerunner of nationalized industrialization became the victim of the Internal Revenue Law under American control.
In 1917, Division Superintendent of Schools F.E. Hemingway founded Capiz Trade School for intermediate pupils and offered woodworking as the only vocational course. The next division superintendent opened Capiz High School.
In 1926, Division Superintendent Arthur Wittman authorized teaching of complete secondary curriculum in the Capiz Trade School. In the same year, Culasi Port was built to accommodate inter-island ships.
Philippine Republic period
On February 15, 1951 the diocese of Capiz became a separate ecclesiastical jurisdiction from Jaro. Its first bishop was Msgr. Manuel Yap. In the same year, former Vice Mayor Libertad Conlu became the first female mayor of Capiz.
Capiz became a chartered city on May 12, 1951 through House Bill 1528 sponsored by Ramon Acuña Arnaldo, the representative of the First District of Capiz. It was approved by President Elpidio Quirino on April 11, 1951 as Republic Act 603. Consequently, the town was named Roxas City after her greatest son, President Manuel Acuña Roxas, the last president of the Commonwealth and the first president of the Philippine Republic.
The first appointed mayor was Lorenzo Acuña Arnaldo followed by Ramon Berjamin Blanco, Jose Dorado and Juliano Alovera Alba. In 1959, Lorenzo Acuña Arnaldo again became the head of the city as the first elected mayor. The next mayor was Teodoro Roxas Arcenas who was succeeded by Juliano Alovera Alba who was also the representative of the First District of Capiz at the House of Congress when Martial Law was declared.
Hon. Antonio A. Del Rosario, who is now the Congressman of the 1st District of Capiz, was elected to three terms as mayor of Roxas City, serving from 1998 to 2007.
Hon. Vicente B. Bermejo, who is the former governor of the province of Capiz, was elected mayor and served for three years, from 2007 to 2010.
The incumbent mayor of Roxas City is Hon. Angel Alan B. Celino, who also served as Vice Mayor of the city from 2004 to 2007.
|Population census of Roxas City|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
The city gets its power from the Capiz Electric Cooperative (CAPELCO). The Metro Roxas Water District (MRWD) supplies drinking water to the populace, MRWD claims they have the cleanest and safest potable water in the region. Supplementing the water supplied by Metro Roxas Water District (MRWD) are wells with hand pumps and artesian wells which are constructed through the Barangay Water Program (BWP) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The city's urban area now expanded to the southern part primarily on the site of the 400 hectare master-planned city within a city, Pueblo de Panay, which aims to build a new business district between Lawaan and Sibaguan highways. It is now occupied by several restaurants and hotels, 39 meter Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine (the tallest in the Philippines), Sition Uno by Pueblo Residences (Roxas City's first ever condominium), and the 37,500 square meter Robinsons Place Roxas. Neighboring PdP in Barangay Sibaguan is the site Camella Capiz of Vista Land. SM Prime Holdings purchased a 102,309 square meter area in Baybay as the site of their upcoming super mall in the city. Nearby the decade-old Gaisano Grand Roxas is the location of the first of the many CityMalls of DoubleDragon Properties and SM Prime Holdings. Roxas City is experiencing a "real estate boom" due to rapid conversions of fishponds into subdivisions and commercial areas.
The National Port of Culasi and Roxas Airport serve as the main gateway to the city from the capital city of Manila. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Tigerair Philippines has a daily flight to/from the capital city, Manila. The M/V Love-1 of Moreta Shipping Lines provides shipping going to Manila North Harbor and The Super Shuttle RoRo and 2GO Travel links Culasi to Batangas.
Roxas City has an agri-based economy. Farming and fishing are the major economic activities which claim 37.05% of the city’s total land area. Although agricultural, the city is now moving towards commercialization and industrialization as it is the center of trade and commerce not only in the province of Capiz but also in the northern part of Panay Island.
Aquaculture (seafood production)
Roxas City as Seafood capital of the Philippines supplies export seafood products to various countries such as Taiwan, Japan and the United States.
Phillips Seafood Philippines Corporation is the sole seafood production company in Roxas City. Their seafood processing plant is located in Banica, Roxas City.
Business process outsourcing
The city has currently one non-voice outsourcing company - PETRA Academy. PETRA Academy serves Korean nationals for an online English tutorial. The company is located in 3/F JC TIU Building, Corner Burgos Street and Inzo Arnaldo, Roxas City.
Pueblo de Panay township has allotted 7 hectares for Pueblo de Panay Technopark. The PEZA-approved technopark will house international and national BPO companies soon.
Pueblo de Panay
Pueblo de Panay is owned and developed by Pueblo de Panay, Inc. and master-planned by Blue Chip Builders, Inc. - both under the SHJPHI Group of Companies. SHJPHI (Sacred Heart of Jesus Prime Holdings Inc.) is a real estate and development company that has thus far provided more than 8,000 lots and/or housing units to the people of Roxas City and Capiz. Its projects include Twin Hearts Village, St. Francis Park, Mission Hills, Villa de San Lorenzo Ruiz, Happy Homes, Vista del Rio, Rio Grande, Costa Verde, Verdant Meadows, Centro Villas, Villa Peraz, Community Mortgage Program (CMP) Projects with the National Housing Authority, and Gawad Kalinga Projects with the Couples for Christ.
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.
Roxas City is served mostly by passenger jeepneys, metered taxis and motorized tricycle within the city limits.
The Capiz Cabs (metered taxis) of Roxas City are made of SUV type and can carry seven maximum passengers and serve to any point of Panay Island. Most of them are designed in colorful packaging and can be seen all the time in Roxas Airport.
The Pueblo de Panay Libot Vehicles are new additions to the transportation system primarily within Pueblo de Panay. These vehicles are customized Isuzu NHR with cab and bigger than the usual passenger jeepneys.
Roxas City has two Transport Terminals located at the city's perimeter areas, these are:
Roxas City Integrated Terminal located at the Pueblo de Panay in Lawaan is the transport hub serving passengers to/from the provinces of Aklan and Iloilo and roll on-roll off (RORO) buses plying Roxas-Manila(Cubao). The Php 50 million newly erected integrated terminal was done thru PPP by the LGU and Pueblo de Panay Inc.
Roxas City Eastern Terminal located in Banica, Roxas City is the transport hub serving passengers to/from the province of Iloilo. A proposed integrated terminal within Health Centrum Complex is under negotiation.
From 1907 to the 1980s, Panay Railways operated a railroad from Roxas City to the port area of Muelle Loney along the Iloilo River in Iloilo City. A revival of Panay Railways has been approved by the Regional Development Council - Region VI and is currently under feasibility study.
Roxas Airport (RXS)
Roxas Airport (RXS) is an airport serving the general area of Roxas City, the capital of the province of Capiz, in the Philippines. The airport is classified as a Class 1 principal airport, by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.
Recently, the national government has approved the Php 215 million budget for the expansion of the Roxas Airport including installation of night landing facilities.
Port of Culasi
The Port of Culasi, is the port serving the entire area of Roxas City and the gateway port of Northern Panay. The port is the trading and shipping center during the Spanish Colonialism. Currently, it has routes from Roxas City to Romblon, Masbate, Sibuyan, Dumaguit, Cadiz, Estancia, Carles, Batangas and Manila. The Philippine Coast Guard-Roxas and the 1st Search and Rescue Hub of the PCG and a mini-hospital are also located here. In 1926, Culasi Port was built to serve as trans-shipment point for inter-island vessel that carries vital products for the people living in Capiz, and its neighboring provinces such as Aklan and Northern Iloilo as well.
Currently, 2 RORO vessels are operating the port namely: 2GO Travel and Supper Shuttle RORO both are bound to Batangas.
Domestic Seaports and Fishing (marine) Port Facilities
The Port of Libas or Libas Fishing Port, provides anchorage to fishing vessel; and serves as center for trade of marine products in the province.
The Port of Banica, serves as a trading route from Roxas City to different parts of Masbate Island. This wharf is said to be the site where Captain Diego de Artieda who was sent by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi from Cebu landed in 1569.
Available communication services in Roxas City are: telephone services including domestic and international direct dial, facsimile; mobile communications, internet, telegraph and telex stations, post offices and other messengerial and courier services.
There are three (3) telephone service providers in Roxas City providing landline connections to almost all of the municipalities. These are: Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, INNOVE (Globe Telecom) and Bayan Telecommunications.
El Circulo Convention Center, the Mediterranean inspired convention center is the latest infrastructure of Pueblo de Panay. The convention center hosts wedding and other important events. Pueblo de Panay proposes to add resorts and hotels near the convention center by 2017. Currently, it houses the University of the Philippines Visayas - Roxas Extension Master of Management and holds classes every Saturday.
Gerry Roxas Foundation Resource Center at the Roxas City Center, serves as host of several symposium, meetings and convention for government sectors.
CAP Auditorium, owned by College Assurance Plan also hosts major events such as national,regional and local conventions and serves as a venue for cultural presentations and educational events.
Other big venues in Roxas City that can accommodate International and National gatherings are the Capis Mansion Ballroom at Banica, the Main Hall at La Hacienda Hotel and MVW Restaurant and Hotel.
Sports Venues and Stadium
Villareal Stadium - is the biggest stadium in Western Visayas. Built in 1962, the 20,000 seating capacity stadium has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, fully air-conditioned 6,000 capacity gym (Capiz Gymnasium), rubberized oval and paved tennis, volleyball, football and basketball courts. The 10-hectare sports complex has become the official venue of various events aside from sports such as the 2nd Annual One Visayas Festival in 2010. It has also become a major forerunner in promoting sports tourism in the province of Capiz. The sports complex had hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1963, Philippine University Games (Unigames) in 2011 and numerous WVRAA and WVPRISAA events.
Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center - the civic center has 5,000 seating capacity and a host for Regional and Local basketball sports events like WVRAA, WVPRISAA and Inter-collegiate basketball leagues in the city. The civic center usually serves as the venue for Mutya sa Sinadya sang Halaran beauty pageant.
Capiz Gymnasium - this gym has 6,000 seating capacity and has been a host of several sports events such as Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), WVRAA, WVPRISAA, Unigames, etc. The gymnasium serves also a venue for various National, Regional and Local events.
New Road Networks
The Roxas City Government, thru the Capiz Provincial Government identified Roxas City Circumferential Road as one of their priority projects. Roxas City Circumferential Road would serve as a by-pass road for traffic of goods and passengers going to and from Culasi Port and Panay town and the adjoining north eastern towns of Capiz, without passing thru the central business area of Roxas City. The Roxas City Circumferential Road is one of four road projects being proposed by DPWH VI under the Panay Roads Investment Development (PRIDE) to be funded under the Japan Bank of International Cooperation.
Roxas City Circumferential Road is divided into two sections:
Section I starts at the Culasi Port and passing at the side of Cadimahan River, crosses the said river at Station 10+857 wherein two bridges will be constructed. Section II starts at the junction of the Ivisan-Roxas National Road and eventually joins the national highway going to Panay and Pontevedra towns.
Pueblo de Panay Road Network - a four lane to six lane high impact roads connecting the national highway in Lawaan to the highways in Brgys. Dinginan and Sibaguan.
The Health Centrum Complex Road Network - newly access roads developed by the Health Centrum Inc. to connect direct access from the main highway of Banica to the complex recently. The roads are also connected to the bridge that connects Tiza and Banica.
Roxas City has two Overpass:
- CAPSU Overpass - located in Fuentes Drive, this flyover is built from the main campus to the Annex Building of Capiz State University - Roxas City
- FCU Overpass - located in Roxas Avenue, this flyover serves Filamer Christian University and neighboring establishments including Hercor College - Lawaan Campus.
Plazas and Public Parks
Capiz Provincial Park
- This landmark is located within the perimeter of Brgy. Tiza, Roxas City fronting the Capiz National High School. It has lushful greeneries and houses several pocket gardens. The park has three monuments that represent the historical and cultural diversities of Roxas City. A turtle-shape outdoor theater nests at the Western part of the park. Another platform is situated at the Southern area, which can accommodate numerous public events. This park perfectly resembles a simple yet picturesque nook for local and foreign tourists.
Roxas City Plaza/Halaran Plaza
Located at the heart of the city, this park has two divisions. The first division lies near the Panay River banks. It houses a famous landmark (Roxas City Bandstand), where it is the exact location were signing of MOA, chartering Municipality of Capiz into City of Roxas. At the right-end of the first division, stands the life-size chess plaza.
The second division of Roxas City Plaza faces the right side of Roxas City Hall. It has several pine trees, but after the ravaging Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, several trees were uprooted and only few are currently existing. Travelers can visit Manuel A. Roxas Monument in this park. The monument faces with Jose Rizal Monument at the far-end of the Capitol. Few steps from M.A.Roxas monument is the only water-tank turned into Museum in the Philippines. The Panublion Museum serves as the "Story Teller" of Roxas City's History.
La Playa de Roxas People's Park
This landmark is situated at Brgy. Baybay, Roxas City. It faces the Sibuyan Sea and the scenic coastline of Northern Panay. At the left-end of the Park showcases the colorful dancing fountain. The park has cheap street food and a children's playground. At the right-end of the park is the kapis shells-inspired Seafood Court, where the City's marine products are served at a very reasonable price.
Hospitals and Medical Centers
Roxas City is gearing up for medical-hub in Northern Panay as several hospitals and health institutions are upgrading. Currently, the city has one government-owned hospital with two sites and four private hospitals. Through the aid of public empowerment, City of Roxas took off its landfall in the Hall of Famer for Red Orchid (Smoke Free City) in the Philippines. With the partnership of Private and Government sectors, several health propaganda were established to strengthen the health care delivery system. Today, several business tycoons are eyeing to put up world-class health facilities in the City. Among these are The Medical City Group and Manny V. Pangilinan.
- Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, The hospital is one of the living legacies of the American Baptist Mission in Capiz. Dr. Frederick Meyer, a former administrator of the hospital, also wrote the early history of Capiz. This 100-bed capacity tertiary hospital was founded in 1908.
- Saint Anthony College Hospital of Roxas City, The 135-bed capacity was founded in June 1956 by Mr. and Mrs. Pio Bernas who, having realized the need for more health care facilities in Roxas City and in Capiz, initiated the project with the help of Dr. Gaudencio Ortañez.
- Roxas Memorial Provincial (General) Hospital, The 150-bed capacity public hospital is moving to Mission Hills, Lanot, Roxas City. The new 300-bed capacity hospital is currently under-construction while the OPD is already completed.
- Capiz Doctors' Hospital Capiz Doctor's Hospital is moving in Water Village, Lawaan, Roxas City. The management has recently conducted ground breaking ceremony and is planning to have a 100-bed capacity hospital.
- The Health Centrum The vital component of the 30 hectares The Health Centrum Medical Tourism Park. It is the first ever medical tourism facility in the Western Visayas region. Currently, the Health Centrum Hospital is a 39-bed capacity tertiary hospital and is open for expansion in the future.
Malls and Shopping Centers
- Carol Square Plaza
- City Square Trade Roxas
- Gaisano Grand Roxas
- Gaisano Grand Marketplace
- Robinsons Place Roxas
- Unitop Shopping Mall
- CityMall Arnaldo-Roxas - First Citymall in the Philippines
- SM City Roxas - Planned 2016
- Crescent Mall - The Health Centrum Complex
- CityMall Avenue-Roxas (soon) - Second Citymall branch in the city
- Unitop Main - Roxas Avenue
- RBC Supermart
- Capiz Government and Business Center
- Elemar Business Center
- Gaisano Arcade
- Grandville Entertainment Bloc
- Punta Dulog - Pueblo
- Roxas Business Park
- Roxas City Business Center
- S4J Arcade
- Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center
The nature of banking and finances in Roxas City is consistently above the fair line. More than thirty banks are currently operating to serve personal and entrepreneurial savings. The presence of Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in the city serves as a major indicator that the economic activities in Roxas City is unstoppable. Furthermore, through PPP, several financial assistance from banks are utilized for infrastructure developments in Roxas City. Today, several banks (Universal, Thrift, and Rural categories) are awaiting for approval from BSP to establish their branches across the city.
- Asia United Bank
- Banco de Oro 1
- Banco de Oro 2 (CityMall-Arnaldo Blvd. Branch)
- Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
- Bank of Commerce
- Bank of Philippine Islands 1
- Bank of Philippine Islands 2
- Business and Consumer's Bank
- Capiz Settlers Cooperative Bank Inc.
- Card Bank Inc.
- China Banking Corporation
- CitySavings Bank
- Development Bank of the Philippines
- East West Universal Bank
- East West Rural Bank
- Farm Bank Incorporated
- First Consolidated Bank
- Iloilo City Development Bank
- Land Bank of the Philippines
- Maybank Philippines Inc.
- Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company 1
- Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company 2
- One Network Bank Inc.
- Opportunity Kauswagan (OK) Bank Inc.
- Philippine National Bank 1
- Philippine National Bank 2 (formerly Allied Bank)
- Philippine Resources Savings Bank
- Philippine Savings Bank
- Philtrust Bank
- Philippine Veterans Bank
- Queen City Development Bank
- Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation
- RBG Imperial Bank
- Robinsons Bank
- Rural Bank of Pilar (Capiz)
- Security Bank
- United Coconut Planters Bank
- Valiant Bank
- Banco de Oro 3 (Pueblo de Panay Branch)
- Bank of Makati
- China Bank Savings - CityMall-Avenue Branch 4Q 2015
- Philippine Bank of Communications
Roxas City is considered as the center of Education in Northern Panay. The city hosts 3 universities and various colleges.
The city has one national (extension) university, one state university and one private university.
- University of the Philippines Visayas - Roxas Extension (UPV-R) - Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan, Roxas City
- Capiz State University - Roxas City (main)
- Capiz State University - Dayao
- Filamer Christian University - Roxas Avenue, Roxas City
- AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC) - ROXAS
- Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion (CPC) - Main Campus
- Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion (CPC) - Annex Campus
- Capiz Institute of Electronics
- College of St. John-Roxas, De La Salle Supervised
- Dean Alberto Villarruz College (formerly STI College-Roxas (VILL-NET INC.))
- Hercor College - Main Campus
- Hercor College - Riverside Campus
- Mayhekz Culinary Arts and Restaurant Services Institute (MCARSI)
- Lifegoal International Institute
- PACE Computer College
- Sancta Maria, Mater et Regina, Seminarium
- St. Anthony College of Nursing
- Western Trade Institute of Technology
Sinadya Sa Halaran
The Sinadya sa Halaran Festival is celebrated the first week of December in commemoration of the founding of the city followed by the Diwal Festival signifying the city's importance as the country's "Seafood Capital" along with the Aswang Festival that symbolizes the heritage of myth and folklore in the province.
There used to be two separate festivals, the Halaran ("Offering") and the Sinadya ("Celebration"), the former is celebrated by the Province of Capiz and the latter by the City of Roxas. The Sinadya was formerly held at the same time as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which was celebrated by the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral. The Halaran was usually held by the last week of October each year (A prelude to All Souls Day and All Saints Day festivals). However, because of the costs of holding two separate festivals year, the two festivals were merged, with both the Province of Capiz and the City of Roxas contributing to the expenses.
The Roxas City Seafood Festival is held to commemorate and promote the resurgence of the Angel Wing or diwal, 
The Capiztahan is celebrated every second week of April combined joint forces from City of Roxas, Province of Capiz and One Capiz.
Short-lived festival dealing with supernatural characters and Capiz folklore. It was discontinued due to the protests from religious groups.
Hotels, Inns, Resorts and Lodging Houses
- Casa Purita Hotel
- Cler Grand Hotel
- Halaran Plaza Hotel
- Hotel Capizeno
- Hotel Vita
- Kapis Mansion Hotel
- La Hacienda Hotel
- Lawaan Garden Hotel
- Nesta's Hilltop Hotel
- Novotel Hotel
- Roxas Midtown Hotel
- Sky Garden Hotel
- Urban Manor Hotel
- Veronica Hotel
- Beehive Inn
- JZ Traveller's Inn
- Kangaroo's Inn - Cagay
- Kangaroo's Inn - Tiza
- MVW Tourist Inn and Restaurant
- Plaza Central Inn
- Premier Drive Inn
- Roxas President's Inn
- View Deck Inn
- Baia Norte Beach Club
- Capiz Bay Resort
- Gerry Roxas Foundation Research Center
- Espacio Verde Resort
- San Antonio Resort
- Talon Adventure Park
- Villa Patria Cottages
Lodging houses and apartelles
- Bay view Lodge
- Capiz Lodge
- Julieta's Apartelle
- New City Lodge
- Ocean Side Family Suites
- R.A.A. Lodge
- Riverside Apartelle
- Roxas City Boulevard Lodge
- Roxas City Pension House
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.
- IBC 13 Channel 2 (Inactive)
- GMA-7 Channel 5
- ABS-CBN 2 Channel 21
- GMA News TV 11 Channel 27 Relay
- SMNI Channel 39 *
- Global News Network Channel 43 * (Inactive)
- CCTN Capiz Channel 47 (Inactive)
- TV5 Channel 33 (Relay)
- Aksyon TV Channel 31 (Planned)
Local government media bureau
- Capiz Provincial Press Bureau (print and broadcast)
- Roxas City Press Bureau (print and broadcast)
- Philippine Information Agency (PIA, print)
Cable television stations
- Wesfardell Cable Communications
- Filvision Alto Cable TV
- RMN DYVR 657 kHz (formerly at 1377 kHz)
- Bombo Radyo DYOW 900 kHz
- DYRO 945 kHz Allied Broadcasting Company (Defunct)
- IBC DYJJ 1296 kHz
- RGMA Super Radyo DYBB 1503 kHz (Defunct)
- 96.9 Campus Radio Roxas (Now Barangay FM) (Defunct)
- 103.7 Star FM Roxas
- DYCN 88.9 CAP Rhythm (Defunct)
- DYVR 93.9 Channel VR / VRFM 939 (iFM) (Inactive)
- DYKP 97.3 (formerly 89.7) KPFM (Moved to Boracay)
- Love Radio 105.7 FM
- DYYR 107.3 Brigada News FM (soon to air)
- Capiz Radio (Online radio based in Capiz)
- Panay News
- Sun Star
- The Daily Guardian
- The News Today
- Visayan Daily Star
- The Capiz Times
- The Capiz Chronicle
- Capiz News
- Manuel Acuña Roxas (1892–1948), first President of the independent Republic of the Philippines
- Gerardo Roxas (1924–1982), Philippine Senator and son of President Manuel Roxas
- Manuel Roxas II (born 1957), Philippine Senator, grandson of President Manuel Roxas and currently the Department of Interior and Local Government (Philippines) secretary
- Daisy Avellana (1917–2013), actress and theater director
- Barbie Almalbis (born 1977), singer, former frontman of Hungry Young Poets and Barbie's Cradle.
- Maria Margarita Moran Roxas - Floirendo (born 1953) - 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 (born 1965) - Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1987, Miss Universe 1987 finalist
- Sharmaine Arnaiz (born 1974), actress
- Paolo Bediones (born 1974), commercial model, television host, journalist, newscaster, and radio announcer
- Ariel Alati-it (born 1973), commercial model, professional golfer and philanthropist
Roxas City has the following sister cities:
- Quezon City, Metro Manila
- San Bernardino, California, U.S.A.
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- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine census information
- Sen. Jose Altavas
- Roxas City Government Official Website