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Country
Philippines
State
Province of Aklan
City
Kalibo Town
Type of Location
Beach
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Aklan is said to be the oldest province in the Philippines, organized in 1213 by settlers from Borneo as the Minuro it Akean to include what is now the province of Capiz. It was inaugurated as an independent province on November 8, 1956.

Aklan encompasses the northwestern portion of Panay Island and nearby Boracay Island, both situated within the Visayas island group. Cadastrally located between 12 degrees N, 11 degrees and 19 minutes S and between 121 degrees and 50 minutes W, 122 degrees and 35 minutes E, the province is bordered by the Sulu Sea on the northwest, the Sibuyan Sea on the northeast and the east, by the Province of Antique on the west, and by the province of Capiz on the south.

How to Get There...

Kalibo is 45 minutes from Manila and 30 minutes from Cebu by air. Philippine Airlines has 3 daily flights from Manila on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Saturdays with special flights from Cebu to accommodate the overflow of guests, while Air Philippines YS-11 service aircraft fly twice daily from Manila. Alternative flights by Aerolift or Pacific Air through Caticlan in the town of Malay are also available. Kalibo is about 15 hours from Manila and about 18 hours from Cebu by sea.
   

 

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Places to Visit

Historical Tourist Attractions

Freedom Shrine Dedicated to the 19 martyrs of Aklan who started the revolt against Spain.
Kalantiaw Shrine, Batan. Once the seat of government of Rajah Bendahara Kalantiaw promulgator of the famous Code of Kalantiaw.

Ingus-Ingus Hill, Buruanga. In Spanish time, it served as a lookout for approaching Moro pirates that used to maraud coastal villages. Underneath the hill is a cave, which according to folktales, was used as an ambuscade of English pirates, buccaneers, and other plunderers of Spanish galleons carrying precious cargoes.

Agtawagon Hill, Balete. Served as a camp and the last line of defense of Filipino soldiers and guerillas during World War II.

Cultural Tourist Attractions

Museo It Akean, Kalibo. A repository of antiques dug up in Aklan, which trace the province's rich cultural and historical past; also houses famous works of arts.

Natural Tourist Attractions

Manduyog Hill And Aklan State College Of Agriculture (ASCA), Banga. Named after Datu Manduyog, successor of lawgiver Kalantiaw III. It is 500 feet high with life-size stations of the cross winding up the hillside and a chapel at the summit overlooking the countryside. Down the hill is the ASCA, an agricultural institution spread on 69 hectares. Tropical fruit trees such as rambutan, mangosteen and lanzones abound in the school campus as well as pastureland and sprawling ricefields.
Ob-Ob Hill, Bgy. Songcolan, Batan. Stands 200 meters high like a lighthouse facing the Sibuyan Sea. At its foot of the rocky hill is a fine beach.

Tinagong Dagat, Batan. "Hidden Sea", approx. 8 kms. long and 4 kms. wide, between Altavas and Batan, partly hidden from Batan Bay by two islands, fringed with mangroves, thick undergrowth and rocky beach.

Tigayon Hill, Kalibo. A solitary mountain of solid rock amidst stretches of flatlands. One of the sides is a shallow cave with an arched entrance. Inside is an altar-like rock and two bench-like rock formations on its side.

Ignito Cave, Bgy. Tigum, Buruanga. Locally known as Elephant Cave due to its appearance. This and other nearby caves are managed by the San Lorenzo Ruiz Farm Eco-Tourism Cooperative. Beautiful limestone formation of stalagmites, stalactites and other crystalline structures abound. It has a "skylight" in one of its chambers that lets in a soft glow of light at noontime.

Liloan Citrus Farm, Bgy. Liloan, Malinao. A place where various fruits abound interspersed with colorful anthuriums and heliconias. TIGIS FALLS, Buruanga. Secluded in an area good for summer hideaway for its cool surroundings.

Basang and Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs, Bgy. Laserna, Nabas. These alternative summer destinations offer the beauty of fresh water gushing from nature-hewn rocks and exhilarating adventure down from Gibon river in a kayak.

Boracay Island, Malay. Paradise Island of the Philippines. It is world-famous for its fine and lovely palm fringed sugar-fine white sand beaches, azure waters, coral reefs and rare shells. Its area is 1083 hectares consisting of three barangays namely Balabag, Manok-Manok and Yapak.

Agnaga Falls, Malay. A scenic view awaits visitors as they swim in its clear waters. It is a perfect hideaway especially during summer as its cool water beats the heat.

TigwatiI-an Island (Crystal Cove), Sitio Tabon, Caticlan, Malay. Shells of varying sizes and kind lie on its predominantly white sand beach. Caves with interesting crystalline, formations abounds the island.

Jawili Falls, Tangalan. Has seven basins tiered about 20 feet apart. The highest basin is about a 100 feet high, oval-shaped, around 240 sq. ft. in area and 12 feet deep with clear water almost like a small lake. The other basins are of similar shapes from 130 sq. ft to 240 sq. ft in area and 8-10 feet deep except the sixth basin, which has a swimming area of around 540 square feet.

Tulingon Cave, Nabas. Believed to be one of the longest caves in the Philippines. Stretches 20 kilometers from Bgy. Libertad, Nabas Aklan to Bgy. Patria, Pandan, Antique with enormous guano deposits. Iley of lush vegetation

Campo Verde, Border of Tangalan and Ibajay. Straddling the border of Tangalan and Ibajay, 28 kms. west of Kalibo, its 3,700 feet altitude makes it a perfect retreat in the hot summer months. Green pines, mahogany, acacia, ipil-ipil and butterfly trees draw visitors deeper into the woods - a hiker's paradise.

Nabaoy Reforestation, If Tangalan boasts of its Campo Verde, Malay itself has its own to be proud of. Greenery abound in the area, sparkling clean air - a natural nature's refuge one can call little Baguio, plus a clear river winding through it.

Religious Tourist Attractions

Fatima Hill, Kalibo. Stations of the cross on the hillside culminate in a chapel made of marble atop of the hill.

Pink Sisters Convent, New Washington. Everything here is pink, from the convent's facade to corridors and to the nun's attires.

Feasts and Festivals: Aklan Province Islands Philippines

Kalibo Ati-Atihan - (every 3rd weekend of January), Kalibo, Aklan. A celebration in honor of the Sto. Niño. Marked by a frenzied merriment on the streets. Revelers in colorful costumes and bodies painted black and their faces made up grotesquely, dance uninhibitedly to drumbeats.

The Boracay Int'l Fun Board Cup - (January 29 - February 4), Bulabog Beach, Boracay, Malay, Aklan. The country's biggest windsurfing event drawing participants from all over Asia.

Buling-Bulingan - (every 30th of April), Banga Aklan. A celebration highlighting the ascension of Datu Manduyog as leader of the Confederation of Madya-as and the establishment of his seat of government in the 13th century in what is now known as Banga.

Right Time to Visit

March - May

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