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...more
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...more
Saturday January 14, 2012Held 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...more
With thousands of parade watchers and parade participants, you know there are going to be many STREET VENDORS selling food of all kinds. Popular vendor s were the ones selling BBQ pork/chicken on a stick (Pic # 1). They were everywhere. There was one enterprising young man selling corn-on-the-cob (Pic # 2). Throughout the parade route there was all...more
Saturday, January 14, 2012It was getting close to lunch time, so a bunch of us went in to NEW PEKING HOUSE. It was a small family run restaurant serving very delicious authentic Chinese food and it was very busy. We ordered our food. Hans and I shared a huge dish of sweet and sour chicken and an order of white rice. It was delicious and plenty of...more
Upon reaching Kalibo Airport, we decided to have brunch at Miggy's Place, a garden restaurant in the compound of Kalibo Airport. Miggy's Place reminds me of Kainan sa Dalampasigan in Nasugbu, Batangas. As a plant lover, I delighted at the sight of greens and flowers in the surroundings. They complemented the native decor very well. I liked the...more
I'm Belgian.My wife is from this place.The owner said it only opened last month. This restaurant is the best we ever tasted so far in our visit in Kalibo.There a lot of europeans and tourist dining with some locals. We ate lunch, the fish dish I ordered was great. The waiters said their burgers were the fast sellers. I'm definitely going back there...more
The speciality at La Nena's is Lechon Manok, which is a whole chicken (often served stuffed with lemongrass) spit roasted over hot coals. I'm not sure what they baste the chickens with, but the result is very tasty. They chop (or rather, hack) the chicken up for you, and it is served with sticky rice. I always get funny looks when I decline the...more
For Filipino food (and some western dishes) in nice surroundings, try Mix and Match restaurant. The service is friendly and prices are reasonable, though last time I was there a number of things on the menu were unavailable. The restaurant is a real pain to find - we always end up going round and round in circles until we stumble upon it. Its best...more
Greenwich Pizza is a fast food style eatery located at the entrance to the Guisano shopping mall. I first tried it simply because I couldn't bear to eat the overly sweet food at Jollibee one more time, but was pleasantly surprised by the place. The prices are very reasonable so my friends and I ordered several dishes to share. The lasagne was...more
Miggy's is located at Kalibo Airport, which is commonly used by visitors to Boracay Island. Having to check in a couple of hours before your flight, you will be left at a bit of a loose end in this small airport, as shopping and amenities are limited.Head for the attractive Miggy's Restaurant, which is a little green oasis in the parking lot. The...more
A cute little Italian restaurant in the centre of Kalibo with atmosphere!!! It features a varied authentic Italian menu and local specialties. The service was very good, the staff pleasant and well informed. The decor depassed anything I had seen in the area, actually up-scale, with very unique massif hardwood tables and chairs and a quaint veranda...more
I remembered before when i visited kalibo, the bars were only open during fridays and some on saturdays. Now a lot of bars are open even during weekdays and one of these bars is Abregana. Abregana is a big restaurant/bar/live music place in Andagao. Owned by the Martelinos, it was also situated in Judge N. Martelino St. in Aklan. When u enter the place, the hotel is at your left and the bar in the middle. The tables and chairs were arranged boracay style. Bean bags on the floor and huts w tables and chairs on the other side. As local as it sounds, they have up to date music and acoustic/live band everyday.
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If you are looking for reliable transportation rentals and tour packages in Boracay and nearby places, try and connect with Ms. Noralie Murphy of Southwest Tours Boracay, Inc. She answers queries promptly and can tailor-fit their company services to your requirements.She helped us organize the bus (they also have smaller vehicles for rent) that...more
Zest Air is a philippines based airline that has it´s main hub in Kalibo and it has connections to many cities around the Philippines aswell as to several asian countries, including China And Korea.If you are heading to Kalibo or any place in that area then you should certainly look at the Zest Air website as they tend to have very competitive...more
Throughout the parade route, there were various little stalls selling everything from jewellery to Festival Hats. The Festival Hats were very popular and were selling very well for 100 pesos. (pics #1 & #2).
I also took a pic (#3) of a local grocery store along the parade route. It was very busy and sold just about everything, including lovely fruits.
We had a British expat with us, and while he enjoyed his American breakfast, he couldn't help but notice how the male officemates of my daughter enjoyed their brunch: Tapsilog and Longsilog. Because he knows very few local words yet, we had to explain to him what the names of the meals meant. Tapsilog is an acronym for "tapa" (cured/marinated...more
Last time I joined the Ati-Atihan, I spent a hectic couple of days partying in the streets with friends. Luckily I had a place to stay, as all hotels were fully booked and toilets were scarce. Many people just stay up all night, or crash out wherever they fall. If you are headed back to Boracay Island, be sure to leave plenty of time to get there,...more
The small town of Kalibo, Aklan, is most famous for it's yearly Ati-Atihan parade. This is a week long traditional festival celebrated on the 3rd week of January in honour of the 'Santa Nino' (holy infant Jesus). Hoards of people dressed in fabulous, flambouyant costumes dance through the streets, faces blackened with soot, and marching musicians...more
During Holyweek people come to Manduyog Hill, located in Banga another town of Aklan, its about 30 minutes jeepney ride from Kalibo. You need to go through the gate of Aklan State University in going here, the hill is inside the campus of the school and from the gate its a 5-10 minutes walk to the foot of the hill. You can just tell the driver to drop you off at this gate or you can ride a tricycle from Banga town proper to get you at the foot of the hill. Here you can take station of the cross to a little higher level, literally because its a trek up to the hill as you finish the station and you get a nice view up there.. Also there are life size representation of each station.
The present Church of Kalibo is of modern construction but retains some of its characteristics.
The Church has a long history:
1581 - The Augustinians establish a mission in Kalibo
1680 - Church was erected in Barrio Laguinbanwa
1804 - Another church and a convento was constructed
1885 - Tragedy struck when a big fire raze the town, including the convento
1886 - Convento reconstructed
1947 - After WWII the Church was reconstructed and remodelled
June 14, 1990 - An earthquake measuring 7.1 hit Panay Island. The church suffered major damage including cracks on its walls
1993 - The church was restored and improved to accommodate the many pilgrims who come to celebrate the Feast of Santo Nino