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

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

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

The Museo it Akean in Kalibo

Museo it Akean KaliboThe Museo it Akean, established in 1980, is a major cultural aspect of the Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes Memorial Foundation, Inc. (AGMRMFI) in partnership with the municipality of Kalibo. It housed in the historic 1882 Eskuelahan it Hari (King’s School) building named in honor of King Philip of Spain which evokes the old glory and legacy of the past.

It is the oldest remaining building in Kalibo, situated at the very heart of the town and stands near the two other historic buildings; the Cathedral Parish of Saint John the Baptist and the old Tribunal, now the Captain Gil M. Mijares building which houses the Kalibo Police Station, the Municipal Library, and Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) and the Pastrana Park. Continue reading

How to Get to Kalibo

KaliboAir travel to Kalibo from Manila is about 45 minutes on a daily schedule with four airline companies flying: the Phillippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Airphil Expres. These airlines increase their flights daily during the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival in January. Airphil Express is also flying daily to Cebu with code share to Philippine Airlines and soon will fly to Clark starting March 29, 2012. AirAsia Philippines has started flight from Clark to Kalibo since March 15, 2012 and SeaAir has resumed its flights to Clark on May 4, 2012. Cebu Pacific just started their three times weekly flight to Hong Kong, and direct flights to Davao, Mandarin Airlines, TransAsia Airways, China Southern, China Airlines have weekly flights to and from Taipei, Taiwan and Philippine Airlines and Shanghai Airlines have chartered flights to and from Shanghai, China; Continue reading

Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo

Photo courtesy of http://aklanforum.blogspot.com/

Photo courtesy of http://aklanforum.blogspot.com/

The Ati-Atihan Festival is held annually in the town of Kalibo, Aklan (near Boracay). The festival celebrates the honor of Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday. The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. During this festival, people cover their bodies or faces with soot to look like the Atis or Aetas, or the native indigenous islanders. Continue reading

Diosdado Macapagal Airport to Boracay

Diosdado Macapagal International Airport

The terminal of the Clark International Airport in Pampanga

How can you get to Boracay from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport? Although there are many outbound flights from DMIA (commonly known as Clark International Airport), there are only two flight routes from Clark International Airport that can get you there:  1). Clark Airport to Caticlan Airport, and Clark Airport to Kalibo Airport. Continue reading

AirAsia Airlines Kalibo to Clark Flight Schedule

AirAsia Airlines Airplane

An AirAsia Airbus aircraft at the Kalibo International Airport

AirAsia Airlines has daily flights departing from the Kalibo International Airport in Aklan (Malay Island) to Clark International Airport (Diosdado Macapagal Airport) in Pampanga (Luzon Island) in the Philippines. Their daily flight schedule is as follows:

Air Asia Kalibo (KLO) to Clark (CRK):

Day Flight # Departure Time Arrival Time
Monday PQ7006 4:15pm 5:25pm
Tuesday PQ7002 8:35am 9:45am
Wednesday PQ7006 4:15pm 5:25pm
Thursday PQ7002 8:35am 9:45am
Friday PQ7006 4:15pm 5:25pm
Saturday PQ7002 8:35am 9:45am
Sunday PQ7006 4:15pm 5:25pm

Flights and times are subject to change anytime. For reservations, seating availability, latest airfare price quotes, in flight dining menu, most current flight routes, latest schedules, and more information, you can visit the official AirAsia web site by clicking HERE.

Airphil Express Clark to Kalibo Route

Airphil Express Airlines Airphil Express (formerly Air Philippines), has flights departing from Clark Airport in Pampanga (Diosdado Macapagal Airport) directly to Kalibo.  This is another low cost alternative to Cebu Pacific Airlines service to Boracay.The airline flies only four days out of the week.

Their current weekly flight schedule is as follows: Continue reading