JANUARY 22 - 25 2020
Roxas City is situated east of the north-central coast of Panay Island. It is located 250 nautical miles southeast of Manila and 135 kilometers northeast of Iloilo City (the Regional Capital of Western Visayas). Travel time from Manila is 45 minutes by air and 18 hours by sea. Land travel to Roxas from Manila is also made possible via RoRo ferry from Batangas Port to Culasi Port. The Roxas Domestic Airport and the Culasi Port serve as the main gateways to the city from Manila. Languages spoken in Roxas City are Hiligaynon, Capiznon, Filipino and English.
Roxas City is a third-class city and is the capital of the Province of Capiz with a population of roughly 200,000. It is considered a major center for education, trade and economic activity in Panay Island. Although farming and fishing are the major economic activities, the city is moving towards commercialization and industrialization. With the city’s infrastructural development and a business district currently expanding on the site of the new 400 hectare Pueblo de Panay, Roxas is slowly progressing into a highly urbanized city.
The Visayas Islands, the central group of six large and several hundred small islands, together with Luzon and Mindanao, comprise the whole of the Philippine archipelago. Southward from Manila, geographically known as Western Visayas, is Panay Island with four provinces: Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Antique. East of Panay Island is Negros Island, divided between Negros Occidental (Western Visayas) and Negros Oriental (Central Visayas). Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor make up the rest of Central Visayas. Eastward are the island provinces of Leyte and Samar comprising Eastern Visayas.
Unlike in Luzon and Mindanao, where the main population centers of the provinces are normally accessible by land, Visayas is fragmented by the irregular configuration of the archipelago with mountains lying close to the sea and narrow and uninterrupted coastal plains, making inter-island travel and establishing close physical contact with other Visayan islanders difficult.