Capiz is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. It is known for its mother-of-pearl shells that have the same name and are used for decoration, making lampshades, trays, window doors, etc.
Capiz is subdivided into 16 municipalities and 1 city – Roxas City. One of it is the municipality of Pilar. It is a 4th class municipality in the Province of Capiz. Another municipalities are: Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag,Dumarao, Ivisan, Jamindan, Maayon, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pontevedra, President Roxas, Sapian, Sigma and Tapaz.
When indio natives managed to escape colonial tyranny from the Spaniards,the coastal town sprang out from an Austronesian settlement in the early 16th century . This settlement was known as Sibala, named after the river that ran through the coastal village. It later flourished into a bigger and prosperous town and was renamed after its designated patron saint La Nuestra Señora del Pilar ( Our Lady of the Pilar). Several friars and missionaries were assigned to preach in the town since then until it later received its permanent parish priest.
The town celebrates its annual feast along with the coming of the sacred Santisima Trinidad (The Holy Trinity), an early 18th century wooden figurine from Mexico found by local fishermen in the shores of the town during the British invasion of the Philippines in 1762. It was said to be brought over to the Pacific by a Galleon trading ship from the port of Acapulco, Mexico which was destroyed by British warships during its route in Luzon and was washed off to the coast of Pilar. And It is now still visible at the altar of the town’s church, the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity. During it’s town feast,after mass there had been a famous resistance celebrated called a Battle of Balisong that came during the Philippine Revolution in the 19th century as an attempt to overthrow Spanish officials in the municipality led by local revolutionaries Juan Arce and Dalmacio Patricio. Followed by Sinaot festival which cooperated and competed by the different barangays in the said town.
Pilar is almost 56 kilometers away from Roxas City. It takes 45 minutes-1 hour to travel, through van or L300. It has several places to visit where in you can relax, celebrate, and enjoy a certain occassion with your family or love one’s. The beaches, composing organized and beautiful cottages, added with the beautiful view surrounded in it. There you will feel very comfortable with the minihotels and its atmosphere. Agtalin or Shrine is also one of the place visited by our fellows coming from different municipalities, where in they attended mass, doing some religious activities that serves as their sacrifice which they believe that it is the best way to serve God.
Today, an iconic fifty-foot image of the Blessed Virgin Mary on top of the Agtalin Hill located in the town of Brgy. Dulangan Pilar, Capiz Province, Philippines, built by an affluent Chinese-Filipino merchant in honor of the town’s patron saint, which is also said to have conducted miraculous powers to its devotees several times.Such statue is not yet considered as Shrine by the local Catholic Church though thousands of devotees visit this place every Saturday. Many of the devotees have experienced healing of their incurable diseases.
The Miraculous Medal Statue of
the Blessed Mother is located on
top of the hill, standing above a Church.
Spelunking or simply cave exploration in just one of the many caves that can be found in Pilar Capiz is a delight to explorers and spelunkers. Getting into these nature-built dungeons, seeing the wonders that were hidden for centuries, creates a grand feeling of fulfillment as one views the grandeur of the chambers as big as the present-day cathedrals. Flaked tools and fossilized bones of Stone Age Man were recovered in some archeological caves.
One and a half km. from the poblacion by jeepney, tricyle, and car over rough roads. About two years ago, townspeople discovered earthen pots with intricately incised designs. The caves must have been burial sites of pre-Spanish Filipinos. The Balisong Cave where the Capiz revolucionarios routed Spanish soldiers is also found hereabouts. The side of the mountain where the caves are is a spectacular sight. It is grayish-black rock rising 200 ft. to the sky. Plants, orchids among them, hang from the cliffs, blooming in the summer and filling the air with exotic frangrances.
A fishing village wherein patis and ginamos are made; vast fields of sugar cane, rice, and corn on the 3 km. road from the highway to this place. It has a beautiful 3 km. stretch of fine gray sand beach fringed with palm trees that neatly line the village as a haven for those who seek refuge from the city hassles. Casanayan is a barrio gifted with a bizarre phenomenon – a woman’s dead body that refuses to decay. Maria Basanes died at the age of 47 from a heart attack way back in 1829. When her body was exhumed ten years after her death, it was found intact and well-preserved, which was surprising because her embalming was supposedly good for only 3 days. Now, the dead body, brownish-black and light and hard as wood, stands inside a small hand-me-down. Her forehead has a portion where its skin was peeled off surreptitiously by men who believed it could be a lucky charm in fishing.
It is 10 km. from the Pilar shoreline; this is a submarine islet of seashells and corals topped with thin layers of sand. When the tide is low the whole island emerges, and with it, shells and corals of different colors – green, red, blue, pink, clear water. From this marine garden, the mountains of Masbate can be seen. Tucad Reef is accessible by a pumpboat or on foot during low tides.
Situated in Dumalag, Capiz and only 300 meters away from the provincial road. It is actually a series of interconnected caverns of different sizes. At the cave’s arched entrance is a pool of clear, ice-cold water fed by a rock spring from within the cave. Further on, however, is a crack in the rocks where sulfurous water comes out. Suhot is believed to have a connecting tunnel to the Badiang Cave in Dumarao since both caves are found in the same mountain only 6 km. apart from each other, although Badiang is on a higher elevation. On the other hand, entrance to Badiang is hidden by dense jungle. In pre-war days, phosphate was said to have been extracted from the cave but it was a short-lived effort.
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Being a college student is not just learning lessons, learning new things, and understanding in it. But it is a very serious thing that we might struggle with one’s self, with errors and pre-occupations. It is an eternal struggle but have a smile on the lips and keep the tears in the heart. The path of being a student isn’t always easy, there are obstacles along the way that we might stumble and fall.
Thank God, because i was given chances to enter the “school” that they said. For me, it serves as a second home, and with the teachers as a second parents. And now, another step to walk through, “my college life”. It is more challenging compare to my secondary days. In this matter, financial aspects is a big concern. So as a student, we must spend our time worthy during school days to pursue our needs and satisfaction.
My college life is not that good as what i had expected. There are problems that i always encountered,and usually problems that comes automatically in our lives. My life has been slightly complicated as i entered my college. I’d become more mature and learned to be independent. I had to manage my daily needs alone,just to take and experience this college. So,i decided to separate with my family because it takes miles from our town going to school until i reached third year college. Unfortunately, i did not continue for the last one year to be graduated. I stopped schooling. I skip and wasted a whole year. Although i don’t want it, its still does. I had to accept that my parents cannot afford my schooling anymore. I did nothing. That time, my hopes are losses. Then i realized, its not over…There are many chances to take over it.