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Sparkling Shells of Capiz


Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | May 03, 2013
Sparkling Shells of Capiz

When you hear "Capiz", two things come into mind: the place and the shell. But, most of us would probably think the shell.

Capiz is pronounced as "kapis".

As a Province

Capiz is a province of the Philippines in the Western Visayas region. It faces the Sibuyan Sea to the north. Roxas City is the capital of Capiz, it is located at the northeastern portion of the Panay island.

Known as the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines", it boasts of its 80-kilometer coastline. It has a wide stretch of swampy lands, converted into fishponds. Farming and fishing are the primary sources of income of the people.

As a Product

Capiz is known for its Capiz shell products.

These shells are used in making decorations, vases, lamps, lanterns, trays, accessories, ornaments, even doors, windows and more. The shell is similar to the mother-of-pearl shells.

Capiz shells are very important part in the Capiznon culture. It is a versatile and elegant decorating raw material. Most importantly, it is the major source of many locals that produces develops designs for ornamental decorations may it be indoors or outdoors.

Name any product, to your surprise can be made with Capiz shells. The list goes on for our creative Capiznons. They can make it as: lanterns, lamp shades, window pane, chandeliers, curtains, picture panels and frames, decorative balls, plates, decorative bowls, candle holders, tiles, flower vase, door hanging chime, soap dish, pendant, globe light, necklace decor, beads, bird cage, floor lamp holders, faux chandelier, gift boxes, collection item rack, indoor decoration and outdoor decoration ornaments. And, many many many more!

Proudly! Capiz shell products are recognized in the world market. Using them as decors and embellishments can turn a simple spot into a cozy, stylish and elegant place.

How Capiz Got Its Name

There are different versions, two of these are:

  1. 'Akean' and 'Kapid', meaning "twins", which Balingangan (Datu Bangkaya's eldest son) names his territories in honor of his twin daughters.
  2. When the Spaniards established a settlement, they found an abundance of a mollusk called 'pios' or 'kapid', the old native name which has also come to known as Capiz.

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