The festive Capiztahan 2017 officially started Friday at the “Seafood Capital” of the Philippines, Roxas City.

The festival coincides with the 116th foundation anniversary of the civil government of Capiz.

The event officially opened with the hoisting of the Philippine flag, provincial banner and 17 banners of the province’s 16 municipalities and one component city in the Provincial Park here.

The festival is an opportunity for their province to showcase their pride: best-tasting seafood, said Capiz Governor Antonio del Rosario.

For the “Foodtrip sa Capiz” lunchtime event, Capizeños served steamed, baked and buttered seafood from their coastal towns at the Capiz stadium.

The agro-industrial trade fair also gathered 33 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs to showcase their local products like crafts, dried fish and fresh seafood, among others.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the first ever Capiz International Triathlon dubbed “TriAksyon,” from April 22-23.

The “Triaksyon” is the province’s bid to become the sports tourism capital of the country.

The triathlon will pass through several destinations in Capiz to include Baybay Beach; historical Panay church that houses the largest Catholic Church in Asia; Villareal stadium , which contains the largest Olympics swimming pool in the region; and the Pueblo de Panay, a rising 500-hectare multi-zoned township development in this city.

To date, 311 triathletes from the different parts of the country and abroad are confirmed to join the event.

Another highlight of the festival will be the “Sadsad sa Capiz” street dancing competition which started Friday and will run until April 23. Participants in colorful costumes depicting seafood and mythical creatures will also entertain spectators during the street dancing.

Del Rosario said that the dance competition would introduce before tourists the culture of Capiz and how its people work and produce seafood.

Other activities lined up for the festivity include the Parade of lights, nightly fireworks competition, night market (Bazaar and street food fest) and 6th National Invitational Arnis tournament, among others.

Regional directors of the different government agencies like the departments of tourism (DOT) and of trade and industry (DTI), Philippine National Police (PNP), Office of Civil Defense (OCD) were present during the opening of the event.

Del Rosario expressed hope that more visitors would come to the province and become part of the meaningful festival. (PNA) CBF
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