Located 126 kilometres (78 mi) from the main capital city of Calapan, Roxas is the smallest municipality of Oriental Mindoro, with a total land area of 8,526 hectares of up-land, lowland, and coastal areas.
Founded by Andres Torrefiel on November 15, 1948, it was formerly known as Paclasan, originally a part of Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, then a barrio of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. It was named after President Manuel A. Roxas, the first town to be named as such.
In 2003, the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SNRH) was inaugurated, resulting in the opening of the Port of Roxas, located in Barangay Dangay. This former sleepy town then became a transit point to Boracay. Several shipping companies such as Starlite and Montenegro Shipping Lines serve this route.
The town is mostly agricultural, with palay, bananas, coconuts, rambutan, lansones, calamansi, and other fruits as primary agricultural crops. Barangays like Cantil, Victoria, Dangay, San Isidro, and Odiong are primarily planted with rice. Barangay Little Tanauan and San Miguel are noted for its fruit orchards and vegetables. Also, some upland barangays like Maraska, San Jose, and San Rafael have developed backyard goat raising.
Transportation and communication
The town can be reached through different modes of transportation. From Calapan, the town can be reached by public utility vans and buses. Roxas is the main port for vessels going to Caticlan, Malay, Aklan, which is approximately a 4-hour RORO ferry ride from the town. From Caticlan, it is just a short boat ride to the island of Boracay. Bus companies such as RORO Bus Transport and Dimple Star Bus Lines also serve the Manila-Roxas route.
Cellular phone signal from Globe and Smart is strong in the municipality. Terrestrial and cable television services are also available through CATSI, Dream Satellite TV, Cignal Digital TV, Tamaraw Vision Network of Calapan, and ROMICOM (a local CATV network). Radio programming is available via 93.3 BRIGADA NEWS FM and the DZRH affiliate 98.9 Hot FM Roxas.
Roxas – Sipag Festival
|The municipality of Roxas serves as the center of trade and commerce in the southern part of Oriental Mindoro because of its bountiful products – palay and fruits like bananas, rambutan, lansones, mangoes, and aquatic harvests, and the different vegetables that abound in its farms. Sipag Festivals is basically a product festival featuring the various produce of the locality. S stands for saging (banana); I for isda (fish); P is for prutas (fruits); PA for palay; and G for gulay (vegetables). The term “sipag” embodies the industriousness and ingenuity of the people for which Roxas is proud of.