Aklan, the Home of Boracay Island

Malay, Aklan by Nico Honasan

Aklan Province, located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, is a place of rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural beauty. Known primarily for Boracay Island, with its pristine white-sand beaches and vibrant nightlife, Aklan has much more to offer beyond its famed tourist hotspot.

by Tourism Philippines

Aklan’s provincial capital the municipality of Kalibo, serves as the province’s hub. It is not just the gateway to Boracay, but also a center of trade, education, and culture, reflective of a province that, while internationally recognized for its picturesque landscapes, remains deeply rooted in its traditions and identity.

Motorboating off Boracay Island by Darwin Frivaldo

A Sailboat on a Clear water by Nigel Foote

History and Culture
Aklan has a storied past, with archaeological evidence suggesting a long history of trading activities with neighboring countries such as China and Vietnam. The province is also the historical site of the first Malay settlements and the Ati-Atihan Festival, a colorful event held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus). This festival is famous for its street dancing, vibrant costumes, and rhythmic drumbeats, echoing Aklan’s mixture of indigenous and Spanish influences.

Geography
Geographically, Aklan is bordered by the Sibuyan Sea to the north, the province of Antique to the west, and Capiz to the south. It boasts a varied landscape, from the verdant valleys and hills of the mainland to the spectacular beaches and coves dotting its coastline. The province also features rivers, such as the Aklan River, which is the longest river in the area and provides livelihoods for many through fishing and agriculture.

Economy
The economy of Aklan is diverse. While tourism, particularly in Boracay, is a major economic driver, the province also thrives on agriculture, fishing, and weaving. Aklan is known for its piña cloth, a textile made from the fibers of pineapple leaves, often used for the traditional Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana dresses.

Points of Interest
Aside from Boracay, Aklan offers visitors a chance to explore less frequented, but equally fascinating, attractions such as:

  • The Jawili Falls, with its seven basins tiered like natural swimming pools, provide a refreshing retreat away from crowded areas.
  • The Bakhawan Eco-Park, a successful mangrove reforestation project that stands as a testament to Aklan’s commitment to environmental conservation.
  • The Museo it Akean, located in Kalibo, which houses artifacts and exhibits that delve into the history, art, and culture of the province.

Whether you are searching for an idyllic beach escape, an immersion in a unique cultural heritage, or a journey through natural wonders, Aklan Province invites you to experience the warmth of its people and the richness of its soil, making it a quintessential piece of the Filipino archipelago’s mosaic.

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