I went inside, and my childhood memories that capitols are fantasy halls like in that ballroom where Cinderella danced was challenged hehe. Most capitols do still have those very wide spaces for a lobby. But not in the Capiz Provincial Capitol. Practicality in an ever-growing province has won over fantastic wide spaces of nothingness. Here, you can’t even tell if there is a lobby anymore. They have converted just about every available space into offices, stairs here and there, ATMs, bulletin boards, attendance paraphernalia and just about everything that your modern office may need. But not haphazardly, mind you! Most offices are glass-walled so you can see who is working, snoozing, chatting or playing solitaire on the PC hahaha! This is a government institution yes, but it looked clean to me everywhere! Even if there were so many folks transacting business everywhere – because I came at a busy time and day. Hmm, like the city hall, this capitol is also now 3 floors instead of the usual 2!
Now I was able to get some ‘connect’… listen to this… the province of capiz was enacted as such in 1901, they labored to be able to put up a capitol building and it materialized in 1911 where together with that, they also put up the monument to Jose Rizal in its front yard. See the beauty of roaming around?! I did not have to read a history book to learn some things of our past. This plaza must have been such a wonderful place in 1911 and the years that followed!
Alright, I asked some capitol personnel where I could find the ancestral house of late President Roxas. They pointed me in towards where the capitol faces. Its somewhere in the area where I got off my trike ride! So I started walking back there, but saw many things else along the way!