ROXAS CITY | Baybay Beach At Night
A Seafood Haven And Beautiful Night On Full Moon
Being that Roxas City, Capiz is the city of my birth. I know this place by heart, like the back of my hand. My fondest memories, shared with friends and family, and being that the 11 km Baybay Beach is very close to the city, citizens of Roxas City are never deprived of enjoying a quick fix beach outing.
Nothing much change in this beach since I was a kid who would always beg his mom for a weekend outing in here. Resorts come and go, the break waters just breakdown in their own, replaced by new and better one, new parks for leisurely lounging and free accommodation. After all, this is a free beach, people are not required to lodged in any of the resorts around, you just go to the beach, have a picnic for free, while others require a table of a small cottage, everyone is free to choose which.
This night, I was lucky. With some few friends, we enjoyed dinner by the beach, with the smell of the salty Sea Breeeze coming in, eating oysters and crabs over buckets of beer, I literally feasted, I say only myself because my friends eat sea food on a regular basis. This is one of the things that I've been missing since I left. More so, tonight was full moon, one of those times when the Moon is close to the horizon and it look like a big ball of red blaze. Very romantic.
One of the many additions in here are the Sea Food restaurants, I remember enjoying these restaurants, eating lots of Talaba (Oysters) while dusting my feet on the grey sands, nowadays the restaurants are elevated but if you want to enjoy a stroll in the beach, just go down the ramp, the breeze is much enjoyable in an open space.
Roxas City is known for being the Sea Food Capital of the Philippines, and it is for good deal of a reason. Few people who doesn't know or never had experienced Roxas City may disagree about the tagline. They can't be blamed really, but Roxas City is really rich in the harvest of Sea Food. Fishing industry in here is thriving, hundreds of tons of Sea Food are harvested everyday, the only reason why most people doesn't feel it is because 80% of the harvest for the most part are being exported, leaving just enough for the locals to consume.
Try to observe the Topography of Roxas City, and you'll understand that this place is like a waterworld. Take a shot of the City's aerial view and the common landscape you'll see above are fish ponds on wide open spaces, and the sea that looks like its about to encroach. I always thought that the whole city is sinking, and it probably is.
There are a lot of fish ponds around, with estuary river systems loping around the city bringing its own abundance, with Giant Crabs of Alimango, Giant Milkfishes, and yes Giant Prawns we locally call "Lokun." Fish ponds are the bread and butter of the local Millionaires from here, including the family of former Senator Mar Roxas, as it is, Roxas City was named after his family and their great patriarch President Manuel Roxas.
I would't be surprise if I someday visit other neighboring countries, and find their serving of Tempura or Crabs to be exported from Roxas City, Philippines. Aside from fresh seafood, the place is also known for dried goods, dried Dangit, Squids, even big fishes are only some of the best known products sold here. The quality of the dried good is astonishing as well, no other places can compare to the produce of Roxas City, the people here had mastered this craft for decades.
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