Taste the Native Dishes
For visitors who love food, try to indulge in Aklan's special native dishes like the Hinubarang Manok (chicken) and the Chicken Binakol. You may find these dishes in local restaurants. But if you are staying in a friend or relative's house, they are much willing to prepare the dish for you and see how everything is uniquely done.
Hinubarang Manok is a native chicken cooked mainly with coconut milk and grated banana stalk, locally called ubod. Chicken Binakol is cooked with coconut juice but this one is uniquely cooked inside a bamboo tube.
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You should try to make your way to the Ati-Atihan festival one day.
This is one of those things to do before you die cause this is one of the biggest festivals in Asia and really a lot of fun to take part in.
The dates vary from year to year, but it´s generally held in january.
The festival started as a religious festival, but these days it is in reality more of a street party and kinda like a Philippine carneval.
I have been to a few big festivals around the world, including carneval in Rio and i can assure you that this is one of the best festivals in the world you can take part in.
Saturday January 14, 2012
Held annually in January in Kalibo ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL is a feast to honor Santo Nino, Infant Jesus. Ati-Atihan means "To be like Aetas", who were the primary settlers in the islands.
The Festival consists of tribal dance, music and the wearing of costumes and weapons, as participants parade along the streets of Kalibo. Many blacken their faces in honor of the Aetas. Bands of drummers (pic # 4) keep the pace of the parade. The drumming is so loud, it seems to vibrate right through you.
An amazing thing about the parade is that you could walk freely among the participants and pose for pictures with them. I've never seen anything like it. Also, a band from Vancouver B.C. participated in the Festival parade.
We had the opportunity to attend this exciting and colorful festival, as a bus which was ready for us at the Ferry docks, was organized for our group by our wonderful local hosts and VT Members.
Thanks to all who worked so hard on this outing. Very much appreciated.
Not far from Kalibo is the small town of Lezo. Lezo is famous for two things, Ampow, which is a local version of Rice Crispy Squares, and the Lezo Pottery. You can see rows upon rows of beautiful pottery and watch it being made. Buying it directly from the pottery is ridiculously cheap.
While in Lezo take a stroll over to the church, a beautiful old building that is only steps from the Pottery.
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