by Leothiny Clavel
The people of Capiz Province predominantly belong to the brown race. Initially, they were a blend of the indigene, the Negrito, the Indonesian and the Malay, but later the Arab, Chinese, Spanish, American and other races modified the blend. Before the Spaniards arrived in Capiz in 1565, the province was called Ilaya because it was the hinterland of what is now the Aklan Province. In short, in precolonial times, Capiz was part of Aklan (and not the other way around, as many believe) and its people were called Ilayanhon or Ilayanon.
By 2000, the people were known in local print by these four names: Capiceños, Capizeños, Capisnon and Capiznon. This made them the only people in the Philippines who can hardly decide what should be their name and its appropriate spelling. Continue reading
February 23 was declared as a Special Holiday in all schools nationwide. This declaration was based on the Proclamation No. 1728 signed by the Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita as ordered by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
According to Sec. Ermita, this special holiday for all private and government schools in all levels is in relation to the observance of the 23rd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution which brings reforms to the political, social and economic status of the Philippines. This serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere.
This years 23rd EDSA Peoples Power Anniversary’s theme is ”Pag-asa ng Bayan: Sakripisyo sa Pagbabago Para sa Kaunlaran”. This commemoration pays honor to the patriotism, courage and humanity of those who participated in the EDSA People Power Revolution to restore democracy in the Philippines.
Sigma, Capiz is home to Dagway Sigmahanon Inc., the resident theater of Sigmahanon Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Inc., (SFCAI) and a recipient of the 2004 Gawad Galing Pook (Trailblazing Program). DSI has performed in various performance venues in Metro Manila, and Western Visayas and has brought pride to Sigmahanons. On the other hand, aside from conducting artistic training’s and workshop whole year round, SFCAI regularly host performance of national and international acclaimed artists and performing groups.