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Aklan

Posted by on Apr 27th, 2009
File Under: Aklan, Featured

Home of the Philippines’ oldest, grandest and most riotous festival, and the country’s most famous beach, Aklan rewards the traveler some of the most myriad and world-class experiences that the Philippines can offer.

Historically, Aklan (formerly known as Minuro it Akean) is considered as the country’s oldest province and was believed to have been established around 1212-1213 by datus or chieftains fleeing from the island of Borneo. The arrival of these Bornean chieftains and the subsequent trade of land versus a gold hat and jewelry with the aborigines called the Ati, spurred the beginning of the now world-famous Kalibo Ati-atihan – the mother of all Philippine festivals.


How to get to Aklan

Posted by on Apr 27th, 2009
File Under: Aklan

Photo by Oase Kalibo Airport is the premiere aviation gateway to Aklan and caters to the bigger aircraft which the Godofredo Ramos Airport in Caticlan cannot accept. The local government is busy constructing an extension to the current structure to be able to fully realize its goal of having an airport of an international standard […]


Festival: Kalibo Ati-Atihan

Posted by on Apr 26th, 2009
File Under: Aklan, Bohol, Featured, Festival, Luzon, Photos

Celebrated every third weekend of January (Ati-atihan peaks on the last three days but people start dancing on the streets as soon as the New Year’s Day hangover is finished), one can hear the echoes of the drums in the distance the moment one steps on the tarmac of the Kalibo Airport. The entire town center erupts in frenzied, non-choreographed dancing and shouting “Hala Bira! Puwera Pasma!” to the beats of snare drums, bass drums, trumpets, xylophones and a cacophony of other instruments seemingly playing from all the corners of this sleepy little boomtown of Kalibo.