The Bakhawan Eco Park in Kalibo

Bakhawan Eco Park Bachaw Sur Kalibo Aklan Mangrove Trees Ecopark Reserve Ecosystem Footbridge Tour Guide Visit Preserve Vegetation History Construction Forest Barangay Fee Location Distance Size The Bakhawan Eco Park is located in Bachaw Sur, Kalibo in Aklan Province. The term ‘bakhawan’ means mangrove, and the Bakhawan Park is hoem to literally thousands of mangrove trees. The mangroves provide shelter and make it a hospitable shelter for various marine life. The 170 hectare preserve was built in the 1990’s to address the frequent flooding in the town and aims to protect and maintain the rich ecosystem of the community of Kalibo. An 800-meter boardwalk takes visitors deep into the mangrove park. There is a small colorful boat tied at the end of the footbridge, as if waiting for travelers who want to further explore nature’s beauty. Be sure to reach the end of the path of the lush forest mangrove to get the fascinating view of the sea. The serenity that this place brings is more than enough to stay in this town. The Bakhawan ecopark can be reached in Continue reading

The Lagatik River Cruise in New Washington

Lagatik River Cruise New Washington Aklan Boat Ride Pinamukan Andagao Bay Island Barangay Tinagong Dagat Capispisan Bakhawan Mangrove Price Schedule Tour Voyage Batan Tabon Ipil Magpagong Cabugao Info The Lagatik River Cruise lets visitors enjoy a sumptuous lunch of the town’s best seafood and fresh tropical fruits for only P500 per person while cruising the serene river fringed by lush mangroves. The Lagatik River is located just south of New Washington and connects the port of New Washington to the Sibuyan Sea. The river tour proceeds to the Pinamuk-an River, or the Andagao Bay. This is also south of Pinamuk-an, an island barangay across the town of New Washington and then on to Tinagong Dagat (if it is high tide). There will be stop-over in Capis-pisan Bakhawan islet where a rest house was constructed by the College of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of the Aklan State University. Continue reading

The Jawili Falls in Tangalan

Jawili Falls Tangalan Aklan Location Waterfalls Basin Kalibo Facilities Shower Room Cottage Restaurant Size Length Water Swimming Bathing Hiking Trail Distance Tour Guide City History Pictures Cascade The Jawili Falls is located in Tangalan, on the western side of Aklan Province. Jawili Falls is known for its seven basins ascending seven pools created by a series of waterfalls. Cleanliness of this falls is maintained by the locals and supported by the municipality of Tangalan. The crystal-clear waters of Jawili Falls in Tangalan town never fail to entice passersby to take a quick dip, even those who come there with no plans to swim. Foreign and local tourists who take side tours around Kalibo often drop by here to scale the seven towering cascades. There are public facilities such as shower rooms, cottages and even a small restaurant in the area. Unlike other falls in other parts of the Philippines, visitors do not need to hike to get there because the first basin is accessible from the main road. The entrance fee is only P10. Jawili Waterfalls is located 10-15 minutes away from the Tangalan City. Continue reading

Aklan Freedom Shrine in Kalibo

Aklan Freedom Shrine Kalibo Town Center Landmark History Monument Aklanon Revolutionaries Katipunan Spanish Occupation Resistance General Francisco Castillo Statue Horse Martyrs Movement Spaniards War The Aklan Freedom Shrine is a landmark located at the town center of Kalibo, the capital of Aklan Province. The Aklan Freedom Shrine features a monument to the heroism of Aklanon revolutionaries who joined the Katipunan during the Spanish occupation. The statue of General Francisco del Castillo riding his horse sits atop the monument. The 19 Steps monument contains the mortal remains of the 19 Martyrs of Aklan and the effigy of their leader Francisco Del Castillo. Historical accounts showed that the first Katipunan movement outside Luzon was organized in Aklan and fought the Spaniards during the 1896 Revolution. As narrated by historians, many Katipuneros were captured after General Francisco del Castillo’s death. On March 23, 1897, they were executed. Continue reading

Tigayon Hill in Kalibo

Tigayon Hill Kalibo Aklan Province River Location Mountain Limestone Formation Island Altar Rock Formation Sanctuary Freedom Fighters Spain History Artifacts Beads Cave Burial Site Balete Tree Tour The Tigayon Hill is located three kilometers from Kalibo, in Aklan Province. Located near the Aklan River, the Tigayon hill is a solitary mountain of limestone formation amidst stretches of flatlands. One of the side is a shallow cave with an arched entrance. Inside the Tigayon Cave is an altar-like rock and two bench-like rock formations on its side. Tigayon Hill was once a secret sanctuary for the province’s freedom fighters against Spain. National Museum researchers have unearthed valuable artifacts during full-blown excavations at the two caves in the Tigayon Hill. They found more or less 15 kilos of items including earthenware and rare carnelian and glass beads. One of the two caves was a burial site during the pre-Hispanic era and it was determined the cave was a pit of artifacts, many of which were Chinese. Continue reading

Agtawagon Hill in Balete

Agtawagon Hill Morales Balete Aklan Philippine Revolution 64Th Infantry Regiment Location World War History Jesus Jismundo Agtawagon Hill is located in Balete, Aklan Province. It is located at the southeastern part of Morales, about seven kilometers away from the heart of the town. During the Philippine Revolution, the Agtawagon Hill was the last line of defense of the Filipino patriots during the Spanish-Filipino conflict. During the World War II, the hill of Agtawagon did served as the headquarters of the remnants of the 64th Infantry Regiment under the command of Maj. Jesus Jismundo. The same hill had served as the military campsite of the Filipino soldiers and guerrillas during that conflict. Foxholes had been built on the summit of the hill seeing the approaching enemies. Continue reading

The Aklanon Culture

AklanonAklanon refer to the majority population of the province of Aklan in the island of Panay in central Philippines. The areas of highest densities are in the municipalities of Kalibo (46,598), Ibajay (33,929), and Banga (27,342) (NSO 1990). The estimated national population is 411,123 (NSO 1980). Aklanon is the local dialect of Aklan. It has a unique semi-vowel in their tongue the “ea ” which has a distinct pronunciation but pronounced as “la” in other Filipino dialects. The term ‘Aklanon’ is a Spanish word for the people of what is now Aklan Province in Panay; the people had thought the Spaniards were asking the name of the local river, which was actually “Akean.” The entire island was supposedly purchased from the local Aetas (the Ati group still live there) Continue reading

Panay Island

Panay IslandPanay is an island in the Philippines located in the western part of the Visayas. Politically, it is divided into five provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo, all in the Western Visayas Region. It is located southeast of the island of Mindoro and northwest of Negros, separated by the Guimaras Strait. Between Negros and Panay Island lie the island-province of Guimaras. To the north is the Sibuyan Sea and the islands of Romblon; to the southwest is the Sulu Sea and the Panay Gulf. The island has many rivers including Akean, Banica, Iloilo, and Panay. Panay is surrounded by various bodies of water and is characterized by relatively Continue reading

Crocodile Island in Boracay

Crocodile Island Scuba DivingCrocodile Island is a small uninhabited island that resembles the head of a crocodile. It is regarded as one of the best dive sites of Boracay. The island is located near Boracay Island and is about fifteen minutes away from White Beach. Currents can be fierce except at slack tide, which makes for a beautiful collection of corals. It is a gently sloping wall with several canyons and caves containing a wide diversity of fish. Snorkeling at Crocodile Island in Boracay has been popular with tourists since the island became well known during the 1980s. As soon as the beauty of the island became known, people began exploring it. It was only natural that the underwater scenery became the object of much exploration. Early on, snorkeling would become a hit, and remains to this day. Continue reading

Crystal Cove Island in Aklan

Crystal Cove Resort BoracayCrystal Cove Island Resort is a Day tour Activity, just 10 – 20 minutes away from the main land of Boracay. It is an ALL-IN-ONE stop island hopping destination catering to both local and international tourist. It is a private island consisting of 2.5 hectare in area. Having its own private white beach and two coves where one can snorkel and swim on good weather condition.

The name Crystal Cove is derived from the crystalline water that surrounds the isle, as reflected on the walls of its two coves. Continue reading