As part of my birth month celebration, I traveled to Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo. After visiting this wonder, I decided to go to Roxas City in Capiz (I didn’t know that the largest church bell is here). I’ve been wanting to visit this province as this was my great grandmother’s hometown. I’ve seen Capiz being featured on TV and I’ve read several blogs about it and they are all right, Capiz is captivating!
Best Capiz Tourist Spot – How to Get There
When you get to Capiz, you can ask tricycle drivers to bring you to Panay Church – they should know that you want to see the biggest bell in Asia as this is one of the best tourist spots in the province.
From Baybay or People’s Park in Roxas City, I’ve rented a tricycle (this is the city’s primary mode of transportation). I was asked to pay P200 as he’ll take me to Panay Church and bring me back to the city. Well, after that tour, I can say that P200 is cheap as it was too far from Roxas City. That took me roughly 30-minute tricycle ride (one way).
Quick Facts about Panay Church (largest church bell is in its belfry)
- Originally known as Bamban (1572), also known as Santa Monica Parish Church
- Originally built in 1774 by Miguel Murguia but was severely damaged by a typhoon in 1875
- Built on the same site in 1884 (same church up to this date)
- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines declared the church as a National Historic Landmark (1997)
- The bell of the church was made from seventy sacks of coins donated by townspeople
- It measures 7 ft in diameter, 5 ft in height, and weighs 10,400 kilograms (see pictures below)
- It will take you 160 stair steps to reach the top of the belfry
I took some pictures when I got there. I met Randy, the bell caretaker and here’s his picture 🙂
He took pictures of me (using my Samsung S7 Edge phone) so I can have solo shots. And here are his shots. Thanks, Randy!
He shared some history glimpse that I’ve outlined above. I am impressed with Capiz history, which is part of the Philippines’ history that shaped our culture. It was a very nice experience!
You see, I just made this post very simple and short 🙂
If you have any question, leave it as a comment below.