Faith tourism and leisure blend beautifully in the provinces of Capiz and Guimaras. The provinces’ wealth of historical landmarks and walkable attractions offer an educational and leisurely tour of the province’s historically significant destinations, with something new to be discovered at every corner. Wander around Capiz and Guimaras in these destinations at your own pace and preference. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine in Capiz. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine in Capiz. A towering 132-foot statue of Jesus Christ inside the Pueblo de Panay development quietly watches over Roxas City’s green plains and hills. This imposing statue on a hilltop shrine is believed to be the tallest of its kind in the country, making it an ideal pilgrimage site for those looking for a different kind of religious destination that combines thrill and tranquility.

Aerial view of Meditation Hills in Capiz. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Meditation Hills in Capiz. This hilltop grotto doesn’t only offer a peaceful reprieve for meditation and worship – it also has an interesting back story. Located on private land owned by the Villanueva family, the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto was constructed after the visions of the area kept appearing in Atty. Jose O. Villanueva’s dreams. Inspired by the persistence of these dreams, he built the grotto in 2005. There are also several resting areas scattered along the way.

Roca Encantada in Guimaras. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Roca Encantada in Guimaras. Roca Encantada or “Enchanted Rock” is known for the 1910 heritage mansion built by the Lopez Clan in honor of Dona Presentacion Hofilena Lopez. It overlooks the beachfront that opens out to the Iloilo Strait and the Siete Pecados Islands visible in the distance.

Tatlong Pulo Beach Resort in Guimaras. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Tatlong Pulo Beach Resort in Guimaras. This white sand beach in Jordan, Guimaras was named after the three prominent karst islets that face the beach (“Tatlong Pulo” translates to “Three Islands”). It is also a popular island-hopping destination for those looking for more laid back beaches that are stripped of distractions and more grounded in the sheer rawness of the outdoors.

Trappist Monastery, Guimaras. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Trappist Monastery in Guimaras. Founded in 1972, Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery is the only Trappist monastery in the Philippines. They are known for their Trappist Monastic Products, which includes fruit jams like pineapple and mango jams made by the monks and sold in their shop and other local stores. The monastery is also available for retreats.

San Lorenzo Wind Farm. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

San Lorenzo Wind Farm. This 54-megawatt project by the Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corporation (TAREC) doesn’t just provide sustainable energy – it also makes a scenic backdrop for leisurely walks and bike rides. It features 27 wind turbine generators spanning the four barangays of San Lorenzo, namely, Cabano, M. Chavez, Cabungahan, and Suclaran.

Discover more destinations to see, experience, and savor in Capiz and Guimaras. Visit these links to map out your next journey across the Philippines. 

  1. Capture Capiz: Rich Cultural Heritage and Gastronomic Haven Rolled Into One
  2. Underrated Destinations in Western Visayas: A Discovery List
  3. Bring Home Memories and a Piece of the Philippines With You

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All these tourist destinations have health and safety protocols in place to protect locals and visitors alike. Everyone is expected to comply by wearing face masks, regularly washing their hands, and practicing physical distancing.

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