Roxas City, the capital of Capiz, is my mother's hometown. As a kid we used to frequent this place to spend our summer vacation. I remember how we used to love to frolick by the "baybay" (which means shore) to dig into the sand to search for some shells which we cook for lunch we get home. The older folks told us that along the shore, you just have to do the salsa and voila! you have lunch. Although today one scarcely finds the shells along the shore (unless you go before the "rakers" get there and start combing the shoreline in search of the shells), the beach has remained to be clear, blue and clean. Some establishments have mushroomed in the area but generally, the capiz shoreline is still a good place to have a picnic with your family.
Other things to do, are:
1. shop for seafood
2. visit pan-ay
3. visit one of the caves
4. go see the mummified woman in casanayan, pilar
Just a mere 15 minutes away from the border of metromanila is a barangay called taa, bulacan. Here my husband's grandmother roots can be traced. And, luckily, we get to gather in this place every New year (when the family holds its traditional annual new year informal reunion), Inang's birthday (the matriarch who happens to be my husband's 96 year old grandma), fiesta, and all saints day celebration. Somehow, you'd think that because of its proximity to a huge metropolis such as Metromanila, its outskirts would benefit from the technology and cultural influence that are attached to it. Yet, to this day, taal has managed to remain a barrio - where friendly folks meet other friendlier folks. Where you can still find delicacies such as rice cakes (puto, bibingka, suman) being served in excellent home-made quality, fried itik (duck), and liempo or chicharon bulaklak sold at a local market. Where you can find people being able to gather vegetables from a neighbor's backyard without running the risk of a lawsuit. Where the family ties are kept close and stories of old are told to the young.