Roxas, Capiz | Wikipedia audio article

Roxas, Capiz | Wikipedia audio article


Roxas, officially the City of Roxas, is a
3rd class city and capital of the province of Capiz, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population
of 167,003 people.Originally known as the Municipality of Capiz (from which the province
derives its name), the area became a chartered city on May 12, 1951, and was renamed in honor
of native Manuel Acuña Roxas, the fourth President of the Philippines and the first
of the independent post-American Third Philippine Republic. After Iloilo City, it is the second center
of education, trade, economic activities and logistics on the island of Panay. 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.==Geography==
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 116 kilometres (72 mi) north
of Iloilo City, 86 kilometres (53 mi) from Kalibo, 213 kilometres (132 mi) from San Jose
de Buenavista and 250 nautical miles (460 km) southeast of Manila. Travel time from/to Iloilo City takes 2 hours
by land, while travel time from/to Manila is 50 minutes by air and 18 hours by sea.===Barangays===
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 legislative district of the Province of Capiz along with the Municipality
of Ma-ayon, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, Pontevedra, and President Roxas.===Climate=====History=====Spanish colonial period===
In 1569, Captain Diego de Artieda, who was sent by Miguel López de Legazpi from Cebu,
landed on the shores of the town of Panay and proclaimed it as the area’s capital. Later, the capital was moved to its present
site upon realising that the town of Capiz was nearer to the sea and possessed better
ground for docking facities. The Spaniards saw the long coastal cover and
envisioned a trading and shipping center. Ports were subsequently built in Libas and
Culasi. The Panay River divided the original settlement
in two, and had tributaries from the mountains that flowed through communities that sprang
up along its shores. The river irrigated and fertilized the land,
and during high tide provided water to fishponds that exist to this day. In 1590, the Spanish navy coming from Acapulco,
Viceroyalty of Mexico made the port of Capiz 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
indigenous rulers of Capiz often resulted in mixed marriages with colonial Spaniards. Their mestizo descendants became the base
of the town’s set of Principalía, the colony’s noble or patrician class. Their privileged status enabled them to build
houses near the población, the downtown area whose focal points was the plaza, the local
chapel along Burgos Street, 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 was frequently attacked by Muslims
that in 1814, stone forts at Baybay Beach (Baluarte) were built through the initiative
of Gobernadorcillo José Consolación. In 1870, ground was broken for the construction
of Capiz Cathedral under the guidance of Reverend Apolonio Alvarez. It was built by sturdy hands, sweat and blood
of Capizeños, who were pressed into its building by the polo y servicios (forced labour) system. In 1876, the Diocese of Jaro in Iloilo was
erected, and Capiz came under its jurisdiction. In 1877, the cathedral was finally finished. During the Philippine Revolution, the Spanish
colonial government capitulated in August 1899, when Governor Juan Herrero formally
surrendered to General Ananias Diokno along Baybay Beach.===American colonial period===
After 300 years under Spanish rule, the Philippine Islands came under the sovereignty of the
United States of America. By the early 1900s, Protestant missionaries
arrived in the Islands, which the various denominations subsequently agreed to divide
into mission territories. Western Visayas went to the American Baptists;
Baptist institutions such as Filamer Christian University, Central Philippine University,
Capiz Emmanuel Hospital were later established. In August 1904, Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Robbins
were entrusted with care of three little children. This situation of neglected homeless children
touched their hearts which led to the establishment of Capiz Home School, with the first building
being a gift from the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. The Capiz Home School was later renamed Filamer
Christian University, “Filamer” being a portmanteau of “Filipino” and “American”. In 1914, an economic debacle hit the town
of Capiz when the Ayala Distillery abruptly stopped operations. 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. The institution 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.===Third Philippine Republic===
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, Vice Mayor Libertad Conlu
became the city’s first female Mayor. Capiz became a chartered city on May 12, 1951
through House Bill 1528, sponsored by Ramón Acuña Arnaldo, the Representative of the
First District of Capiz. It was approved by President Elpidio Quirino,
Roxas’ successor, on April 11, 1951 as Republic Act 603. Consequently, the town was renamed Roxas City
after the late Manuel Roxas, the final President of the Commonwealth and the first President
of the Third Republic. The city’s first appointed Mayor was Lorenzo
Acuña Arnaldo, followed by Ramón Berjamin Blanco, José Dorado, and Juliano Alovera
Alba. In 1959, Arnaldo became the city’s first elected
head. He was succeeded by Teodoro Roxas Arcenas,
who himself was succeeded by Juliano Alovera Alba. Alba was also the Representative of the First
District of Capiz when President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law nationwide on
September 21, 1972. Antonio A. del Rosario, the incumbent Representative
of the First District of Capiz, was elected to three terms as Mayor, serving from 1998
to 2007. Vicente B. Bermejo, the former governor of
the Province of Capiz, was elected Mayor and served from 2007 to 2010. Roxas City’s current mayor is Angel Alan B.
Celino, who previously served as Vice Mayor from 2004 to 2007.===Historical Account of Pedro G. Gallardo,
O.S.A.===
Capiz is located on a small island formed by the Panay and Banica rivers. The Panay Rivers was famous, it is said by
the great number of caimanes (alligators). The soil is poor in the northern part of the
island and is most productive only in the southern part. It is bounded by the Mindoro sea, the Panay
River, Loctugan, the Mindoro Sea and Ibisan. It enjoys balmy atmosphere and offers very
picturesque views, especially from the open sea. This town was accepted in 1693 as a visita
of the town of Panay. Fr. Agustin Estrada was named prior that same
year. In 1707, it was declared an independent parish
under the advocation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The private council of 1716 created this town
which was originally named El Puerto de Capiz, a vicariate under Fr. Pedro Vivaldi (?) as prior-vicar. In 1728, the convent was relieved from paying
any rent to San Agustin Monastery. And likewise, in 1732. This suggests that the convent was rather
poor or that the priors were building the parochial edifices. By this time, Loctugan and Ibisan were assigned
to it as visitas. In the middle of the 18th century, Capiz was
declared the capital city of the province of the same name which later became “the
most famous sea port and the biggest ministry the Augustinians had in that province.” Capiz (or Capis) was renowned all over for
its shells, the capis used for window panes on houses and convents all throughout the
Philippines. Tradition holds that this is the place where
the Visayas dialect is spoken with “more propriety and musicality” and where “women
dress with more neatness, and elegance” The Capizeños showed special loyalty to Spain
during the British invasion, by sending money and ammunition to Manila and jailing the alcalde
mayor, Señor Quintanilla, who was caught “conducting secret negotiation to have the
province handed over peacefully to the British.” In 1732, Capiz had 2,327 souls. In 1760 Capiz had 3,971 of which 16 were Spaniards. In 1896, its population increased to 17,683. In 1990, it reached 103,171. Capiz was a progressive city in 1891, its
exports through the sea port, reached 1,800,000 pesos and imports were valued at 900,000 pesos. It was a joy to watch, in the old times, the
many boats converging, often at the same time, at the port to load rice.” The primitive church was built before 1698,
the year in which the typhoon of January 4 destroyed it together with the convent. According to a document, the priest found
it difficult “to rebuild them because the people were not used to work.” Fortunately, Fr. Domingo Horbegoso, minister of Capiz, started
building the church in 1728, the year in which the convent was relieved from paying any rent
to San Agustin Monastery. The construction seemed to have continued,
at least until 1732 . Capiz was founded in 1693 under the advocation
of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.==Demographics==
In the 2015 census, the population of Roxas, Capiz, was 167,003 people, with a density
of 1,800 inhabitants per square kilometre or 4,700 inhabitants per square mile. Languages spoken in Roxas City are Capiznon
and Hiligaynon (Ilonggo).==Economy==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 500 hectares (1,200 acres) 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, 40 metres (130 ft) high Sacred Heart of Jesus (Roxas, Capiz) shrine (the
tallest in the Philippines), Sitio Uno by Pueblo Residences (Roxas City’s first condominium),
and the 37,500 m2 (404,000 sq ft) Robinsons Place Roxas. The Pueblo de Panay Technopark will house
international and national BPO companies.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 and Cebu Pacific 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.===Agriculture===
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. Rice and melons are the major crops grown
in this region. Many locals have papaya and jackfruit trees.===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. The main aquaculture farms are oyster and
milk fish farms that take advantage of natural tidal bays
and other low-lying areas near the coast. Their seafood processing plant is located
in Banica, Roxas City.===Banking===
Close to forty banks are currently operating in Roxas City to serve personal and entrepreneurial
savings. Furthermore, through PPP, several financial
assistance from banks are utilized for infrastructure developments in Roxas City. Many of these banks have armed guards.==Infrastructure=====Public Transport===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 Trucks
and are bigger than the usual passenger jeepneys.===Transport Terminals===
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.===Railroad===
From 1907 to 1989, 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===Roxas Airport (RXS) is an airport serving
the general area of Roxas City, the entire province of Capiz, and Northern Iloilo in
the Philippines. The airport is classified as a Class 1 principal
airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. In 2013, the national government has approved
the Php 215 million budget for the expansion of the Roxas Airport including installation
of night landing facilities.Roxas Airport has three (3) daily flight bound to Manila,
two (2) flights by Cebu Pacific and one (1) flight by Philippine Airlines. The airport also has a direct link to Mactan–Cebu
International Airport in Cebu courtesy of a daily flight by Cebgo, a subsidiary of Cebu
Pacific.===Port of Culasi===
The Port of Culasi is the port serving the entire area of Roxas City and the gateway
port of Northern Panay. This 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 by the construction
firm Pedro Siochi and Company 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.===Communication===
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. Cellular telephone facilities are also provided
by three (3) cellular companies namely Smart Communications, Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular.===Convention Facilities===
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 College of Management – Master of Management Program Roxas Extension
and holds classes every Saturday. Gerry Roxas Foundation Resource Center at
the Roxas City Center, serves as host of several symposia, 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 Intercollegiate 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 northeastern 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 by the Japan Bank of International Cooperation. Although most of the construction on the road
projects is done by hand. Many of the road projects are politically
motivated and cause undo stress and burden on the locals who live alongside the major
roads. Some locals have lost there property to the
government in road projects with little to no compensation. 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 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.==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 public park 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. There is a beach that people swim at and the
park has grass area and security both. The park also 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 fresh at very reasonable
prices.==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. Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, founded by 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 Capitol Hills, Lanot, Roxas City. The new 300-bed capacity hospital is currently
under-construction while the OPD is already completed. Capiz Doctors’ Hospital is in Water Village,
Lawaan, Roxas City. The facility is a 100-bed capacity hospital. The Health Centrum Hospital and Wellness Center
is the first ever medical tourism facility in the Western Visayas region. Currently, the Health Centrum Hospital is
a 60-bed capacity tertiary hospital and is open for expansion in the future.==Education==
Roxas City is considered as the center of Education in Northern Panay. The city hosts 3 universities and various
colleges.===Universities===
The city has one national (program extension) university, one state university and one private
university. Capiz State University – Roxas City (main)
Capiz State University – Dayao Campus Filamer Christian University – Roxas Avenue,
Roxas City University of the Philippines Visayas College
of Management – Master of Management Program Roxas Extension – Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan,
Roxas City===Colleges=====Festivals=====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.===Diwal Festival===
The Roxas City Seafood Festival is held to commemorate and promote the resurgence of
the Angel Wing or diwal, which neared extinction in Capiz until protected and cultivated in
Roxas City.===Capiztahan Festival===
The Capiztahan is celebrated every second week of April combined joint forces from City
of Roxas, Province of Capiz and One Capiz.===Aswang Festival===
Short-lived festival dealing with supernatural characters and Capiz folklore. It was discontinued due to the protests from
religious groups.==Notable people=====Politics===
Pedro Gil, was a physician, journalist, and legislator. He was elected representative for the south
district of Manila on the Democratra party ticket. He became Minority Floor Leader in the House
of Representatives of the Philippines. Manuel 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 former Department of the Interior and Local Government
secretary Gerardo Roxas Jr. (1960-1993), grandson of
President Manuel Roxas and former Congressman===Business===
Edgar Sia, is the chairman of DoubleDragon Properties and the founder of Mang Inasal
fast food restaurant chain===Beauty Pageants===
Geraldine Villarruz Asis (born 1965) – Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1987, Miss Universe 1987
finalist===Entertainment===
Gina Alajar, actress and director Daisy Avellana (1917–2013), actress and
theater director Sharmaine Arnaiz (born 1974), actress
Paolo Bediones (born 1974), commercial model, television host, journalist, newscaster, and
radio announcer===Music===
Emil Mijares, was a jazz vibraphonist and pianist, and was a musical director on Filipino
television, as well as a composer, arranger, bandleader and producer. Barbie Almalbis (born 1977), singer, former
frontman of Hungry Young Poets and Barbie’s Cradle. Mikoy Morales, is an actor, singer & model. He joined the Protégé: The Battle For The
Big Artista Break. Jovita Fuentes, Dubbed the First Lady of Philippine
Music. The first female recipient of the National
Artist Award.===Social Sciences===
Josepha Abiertas (1894–1929), feminist and lawyer who was born and raised in Capiz==Sister cities==
Roxas City has the following sister cities:===Local===
Quezon City, Metro Manila===International===
San Bernardino, California, U.S.A. Guam, U.S.A.
Balıkesir, Turkey==See also==
List of renamed cities and municipalities in the Philippines==References====External links==
Philippine Standard Geographic Code Philippine census information
Sen. Jose Altavas Roxas City Government Official Website

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