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Kalibo is the capital-town of the province of Aklan, Philippines.

Understand

Akeanons/Aklanons, as the locals are called, are highly literate. Akeanon/Aklanon is the language spoken which is radically different from the rest of the Ilonggo-speaking provinces in Panay Island. English and Tagalog is also widely understood. Ilonggo and Kinaray-A is also spoken and understood - albeit by a huge minority.

Like the most Filipino cities, Kalibo is home to many street children, who may ask you for money (especially if you look western) with their palms out. Any money you give them may be taken by their parents or spent on drugs or cigarettes. If you really want to help them, buy them a nutritious meal or, better yet, a toothbrush and toothpaste (some corner stores ["sari-saris"] sell them). You can also donate to an aid organization. "Walang pera" is Tagalog for "I have no money."

Get in

By plane

Many airlines fly direct to the Kalibo Airport.

Kalibo Airport in Aklan now allows night landing.

By 2008, there will be a new airport terminal at Kalibo Airport to accommodate arriving passengers in the province brought by international chartered flights from Incheon, South Korea and Shanghai, China.

Air Asia, Philippine Airlines/PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, Tiger Airways singapore, Pacific Pearl regularly flies to Kalibo. Air Asia fly to KL malaysia, Incheon and Busan and Taiwan. Tiger Airways fly to Singapore. Cebu Pacific fly to Hong Kong.

China Eastern will establish airlinks soon.

By Van

Vans or L3s as they are called cost about 175 pesos per person from Caticlan to Kalibo and they take approximately 1.5-2 hours. Look for an air conditioned van

By Jeepney

A Jeepney to Kalibo from Caticlan takes about 1.5 to 2 hours and will cost you about 100 Pesos.

Jeepney-Php 100, FX Taxi- Php 90,Terminal Roxas Ave. Street Kalibo, Aklan Shuttle Bus-Php 100 up,Terminal Airport

By RORO

RORO or, Roll on, Roll off, is a combination of ferry and bus in one ticket.

Get around

Motorized tricycles will take you just about anywhere in Kalibo for a standard rate of 6.50 Pesos (6 Pesos 50 Centavos). Foreigners are commonly asked for much higher rates but the drivers must accept the 6.5 peso rate by law.

See

Kalibo Mangrove (Bakhawan) Ecotourism Park- one of the most successful mangrove reforestation projectsin the country- is one of the places that must not be missed as well as the Piña-weaving industry.

Museo it Akean, the town's museum is a repository of the province's rich cultural heritage.

During the Ati-atihan festival, don't forget to visit the Kalibo Cathedral and witness the Catholic

faithful get a brief respite with the "paeapak" or the massaging of a small Sto. Niño (Christ Child)

statuette onto the devotees.

Do

Learn

The renowned Ati-Atihan Festival is held every 3rd week of January, celebrated with frenetic dancing,

and drinking to the wee hours of the morning.

Kalibo, Aklan is also famous for the woven pineapple silk (piña) that is the darling of Philippine

fabrics and the choice of the elites and the landed. The silk was the fabric used in making the barong

that was worn by the leaders of the APEC countries during its conference in the Philippines in 1996.

Aklan finally became an independent province when President Magsaysay signed into law on 25 Apr 1956, Republic Act 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz.

Work

Foreigners who decide to stay on in Kalibo are usually retirees who are married to locals. Some maintain businesses in Boracay and Kalibo. Work is generally scarce for foreigners, however, those that are entrepreneurial could engage in maintaining small businesses in Boracay and properties in Kalibo.

Buy

Piña Cloth (a must buy), Banana Chips, Coconut Products, Dried Fish, Mangoes, Rambutan, Lansones,

Furniture Products and recycled paper products.

Shopping Malls & Supermarkets

  • Gaisanao Capital Mall. Roxas Avenue. 8am-8pm.
  • City Mall. 19 Martyrs Street. 8am-8pm.

Eat

During the Ati-atihan festivals and the run-up to Aklan Day, Food festivals abound where seafood, and copious amount of pork and beef are grilled and served al fresco at the town's main streets.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Alcohol is cheap like everywhere in the Philippines. During Atiatihan festival, alcohol is very much readily available at supermarkets, convenience stores, corner stores, and literally alongside the road. The coldest beer in Kalibo--sometimes literally frozen--is at Lakapaya, a small restaurant/carinderia two blocks from the city plaza (pilsen for P25). Their P25 arroz caldo (rice soup) is excellent drunk food. For some local brew, tuba, (fermented coconut wine) is popular amongst the locals (usually in far-flung barangays) and might be worth the taste if you are offered one.

Fruit juices are widely available and made fresh owing to the abundance and proximity of fruit-producing provinces including Aklan.

Kalibo has several coffee shops. The cheapest is the Big Bean, located near the rotunda (which lights up like a Christmas tree at night) and next door to Chow King. Its best deals (as of Jan. '11) are the P35 espresso and the P55 espresso/Americano & pancake with egg or bacon. Between the rotunda and the airport is Latte, a swanky, western-friendly coffeehouse and restaurant (espresso for about P65). Be warned that, like most upscale restaurants in Kalibo, the service will be extremely polite but sometimes incompetent and often slow. There's also a smaller Latte in downtown Kalibo with sandwiches and espresso. The comparably-priced Third Cup is located in the city plaza, nearby. One place definitely worth checking out is Euro-Asia Bakery, located down the street from the plaza past the gay-friendly nightclub Mezzanine. It has a variety of breads without sugar added, plus brewed coffee for P40 (plus P10 for milk). They serve a decent but unspectacular American-style breakfast with tea, eggs, ham, and toast for P120.

Sleep

Due to the boomtown character of Kalibo- there is a shortage of places to stay in. Department of Tourism has devised a Homestay Program for tourists where visitors are welcomed into local homes for a fee. Please ask the Philippine Department of Tourism office in your area when planning such.

Budget

  • Ati-Atihan Festival Hostel, XIX Martyrs Street, Kalibo, Aklan (near Kalibo Public Market). 16 bed dorm with common bathroom. php150 per person.
  • Airport Line Inn, Quezon Ave (300-400 m before right turn to the airport). For overnight stays near the airport. Convenient if your flight departs in the morning. Just 10 minutes walk from the airport - however, tricycle drivers in the airport do not hesitate to ask as much as 100 peso for a 2 minutes ride. Bargain hard or just ignore them and walk (till the main road, then approximately same distance along it to the left). Fan room from Php 300 / 12 hours.
  • Glowmoon hotel, s martelino St, +63 36 262-2074. fan single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. a/c rooms with own bathroom and cable tv php500.
  • Shemaja inn, 647 mabini St, +63 36 268-7626. single rooms with shared bathrooms. php500.
  • Gervys restaurant and pension house, pastrana street., +63 36 262-4190. singles and doubles with fan and Shared bathroom. php400.
  • La Esperanza hotel, osmena Ave (at the back of the land bank), +63 36-262-3989. 8 bed fan dorm with common bathroom. php150 per person.
  • Allen christ Ians lodge. fan rooms. php250.

Mid-range

  • Garcia Legaspi Mansion., 159 Roxas Aveune., +63 36 2625588. Double A/C rooms with own bathrooms. TV. Double fan rooms with outside bathroom. php700..
  • Kalibo Hotel (formerly Beachcomber Inn), 476 N Roldan St, +63 36 2684765. Located 3 kilometers from the airport but in center of town. Modern amenities, free Wi-Fi internet, and good service. Php P1,200.
  • Kalibo Queens Hotel. Php 1500.
  • La Esperanza Hotel, +63 36 262-3989, . Osmeña Ave, A large 5 storey hotel with no elevator but an attractive lobby and breakfast room slap in the middle of town. Air-con rooms have cable TV and shower rooms where the switch between faucet and shower needs careful nursing. ₱1200, VISA and MasterCard

Splurge

  • Agzam Spa and Resort, Liberato Rd, +63 36 2624240. Nice bungalows with views over the rice fields, has a pool US$20-40.
  • Sampaguita Garden. about 10-20 minutes away from Kalibo. It is a small sea-side resort which boasts a butterfly park, a mini-fair grounds, a year-round Christmas cottage, a Chinese and a Filipino restaurant, swimming pools and a sprawling Thai-Balinese type mansion by it's owner. At the back of the resort is a beach. Php 2,500 up.

Connect

Local Police Tel. No. 166

Stay safe

Kalibo is relatively safe - although cases of pickpockets and an occasional brawl arises especially during the Ati-atihan festival rush where people from other provinces flood the town. Kalibonhons are naturally peaceful and religious folks.

Stay Healthy

  • Dr Rafael S. Tumbokan Memorial Hospital. Mabini Street. Phone 36-2687062.

Go next

Iloilo

Vans, and buses abound and it takes only about an hour to get to the Caticlan port (jump off point to Boracay in the Northwest. Roads are paved and usually well-managed.

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