Our party, a van full of bloggers and two tour guides from the Capiz Provincial Tourism arrived in Pontevedra, our first stop for the day during our Capiz familiarization tour.
Pontevedra, which, at first, I confused with another municipality in Negros Occidental, is actually just the next town to Roxas City, the bustling capital and thus, is one of the more populated municipalities of the province. Because of its distance, many workers in the capital city usually base here because of the cheaper rent.
But Pontevedra is not just known for that. It is, popularly known as the mud crab capital of the province where these crustaceans from different parts, and usually, along the river that cuts through are brought, sold and traded. I was told that on market day, several sellers line the streets for several hundred meters near the market and along the road beside the river.
This place has always been a popular trading post because of the ease with which goods and people are continuously delivered and brought to and from the town center because of the river. Because of the place teeming with people come market day that they look like ants converging at their nest. And this was even the theme of their festival dance that the town presented during the Sinadya sa Halaran Festival every December.
Thanx to the Capiz Provincial Tourism for making this possible.