The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has ended its regional competition program for 2016 with its 105th leg series in the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, Capiz.
It was the third time that the PSL has conducted a tilt in the area—the first during the aftermath of Yolanda in 2013. The PSL during that time aimed to uplift the spirit of young swimmers in the area so they can continue with their sport despite the tragedy.
The event titled Langoy Capiz 2016 that was hosted by the Capiz Turbo Sharks Swim Team headed by Jose “Pepe” Borres was held in partnership with the Provincial Government of Capiz under Governor Antonio del Rosario. The tournament, aiming to promote the sports tourism program of the province, became a success through the input of business and sports consultant Carmen Andrade and Peping Diaz.
It registered heavy attendance from Western Visayas Region. Capiz finished first runner-up followed by Iloilo City while Kalibo, Aklan emerged as champion.
Alec Dela Cruz, 18, of De La Salle University-College of St. John in Roxas will be the first Capizena to compete in the prestigious 29th Summer World University Games to be held in Taipei, Taiwan in 2017. She made the cut during the PSL qualifying competitions.
The Summer World University Games is the second largest sports competition in the world next to the Olympics participated in by college students from 180 countries around the world with ages 17 to 28.
Located 375 miles Southwest of Manila, Capiz is a perfect sports tourism venue. It is one of the finest provinces of Panay Island in the Western Visayas.
Capiz is picturesque with chain of hills and mountain ranges. The province is relatively dry from November to April and wet from May to October. Weather is perfect in Capiz during December.
The principal crops of the province are palay, corn, coconut, vegetables and sugarcane. The rest of its agricultural areas are devoted to fishponds, livestock and other minor crops. Dried fish and Capiz shells are also abundant. Capiz also has zinc, aluminum gold, iron, pyrite and copper deposits.
The aforementioned information came from Borres, which is also the PSL regional director for Region 6, and an accredited tourist guide under the Capiz Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs office.
The Islands Hotel owned by Jose Nery and Cristina Santos Ong was our generous host during our stay in the province. A staff led by Alexander Pulumbarit is managing the hotel efficiently. The seafood like shrimp, scallops, oyster and fish prepared by chef Dodoy were also excellent.
There are plenty of places to visit among them the historical house of former President Manuel Roxas, the old church in Panay with Asia’s biggest bell, the Provincial Capitol, City Hall, the Panay River, the Ivisan Beach, the night market, the Palinar Greenbelt Ecopark, the Sacred Heart Shrine, the Café Terraza and the Christmas Village.
Indeed, Capizeños are wonderful and hospitable people.