Aklan

Aklan

Brief Description

Aklan is the oldest province in the Philippines, organized in 1213 by settlers from Borneo, as the Minuro it Akean to include what is now Capiz. It became an independent province when President Magsaysay signed into law on April 25, 1956, Republic Act 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz. Aklan was inaugurated as an independent province on November 8, 1956.

Geography

Aklan encompasses the northwestern portion of Panay Island and nearby Boracay Island, both situated within the Visayas island group and having an estimated land area of 181, 789 hectares. Cadastrally located between 12°N, 11°19' S and between 121°50' W, 122°35' E, the province is bordered by the Sulu Sea on the northwest, the Sibuyan Sea on the northeast and the east, by the province of Antique on the west, and by the province of Capiz on the south. The northernmost limit of Aklan is Lapuz-Lapuz point on Boracay Island (Malay), while the southernmost limit is that point in the municipality of Libacao where the borders of Aklan, Antique, Capiz meet. The easternmost part of the province is the eastern shoreline of Mambuquiao Bay in the municipality of Batan; the westernmost location is Pucio Point (Buruanga).

Political Subdivision

The province is composed of 17 municipalities, the largest in land area being Libacao, and the smallest, Lezo. Each municipality maintains a municipal government whose seat is the poblacion. It has 327 barangays.

Climate

According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geographical and Astronomical Service Administration, the province of Aklan is characterized by two areas of somewhat different climates. The coldest month is experienced in January measuring 26° rises steadily to an average of 29° in May, and then declines gradually to the January level. The best time to visit is on the months of October to May.

Population

The total number of the population of Aklan as of the year 2000 is 451,314.

Language / Dialect

The Aklanons primarily speak Akeanon. The people also speak English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano.

Major Industries

Most Akeanons derive livelihood from rice, corn, coconut, abaca, and pottery making. Fishponds and offshore fishing employ many persons in the province. What thrive in Aklan are small-scale industries like piña cloth weaving, abaca and bamboo handicraft.

Pottery making and pop rice (ampaw) making are local industries that have augmented the people's livelihood in this province. Residents living near the banks of the river make clay pots and jar the old-fashioned way, as others engage in pop rice making. Popularly known as "ampaw" in the local dialect, it is processed from cooked rice, dried, deep fried with oil and sugar, and then molded into the same sizes and dried slowly.

  • ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL

    Kalibo, Aklan

    January 3- January 16

  • BINANOG FESTIVAL

    Lambunao, Iloilo

    January 10- January 16

  • SINULOG (KABANKALAN) FESTIVAL

    Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

    January 10- January 16

  • MAKATO STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL

    Poblacion Makato, Aklan

    January 15

  • PASUNGAY FESTIVAL

    San Joaquin, Iloilo

    January 15

  • KINARADTO FESTIVAL

    Buenavista, Guimaras

    January 15

  • BATAN ATI-ATI MALAKARA FESTIVAL

    Poblacion Batan, Aklan

    January 15

  • FIRE WORKS DISPLAY and CONTEST

    Arevalo, Iloilo City

    January 15

  • SADSAD SA KALYE

    Janiuay, Iloilo

    January 19

  • PANDOT SA BACOLOD

    Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

    January 20

  • BINULIGAY FESTIVAL

    Jamindan, Capiz

    January 20

  • ALTAVAS STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL

    Poblacion Altavas, Aklan

    January 21- January 22

  • DINAGYANG FESTIVAL

    Iloilo City

    January 20- January 22

  • IBAJAY ATI-ATI MUNICIPAL AND DEVOTIONAL FIESTA

    Ibajay, Aklan

    January 24- January 25

  • DINAGSA ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL

    Cadiz City, Negros Occidental

    January 24- January 30

  • SANA-AW FESTIVAL

    Jordan, Guimaras

    January 28

  • HINIRUGYAW FESTIVAL

    Calinog, Iloilo

    January 30- February 6

  • BORACAY INT'L FUN BOARD CUP

    Bulabog Beach, Boracay, Malay, Aklan

    January 31- February 5

  • SALAKAYAN FESTIVAL

    Miag-ao, Iloilo

    February 1- February 6

  • SUROY SA SURIGAO

    Jaro, Iloilo City

    February 2

  • KALI-KALIHAN HARVEST FESTIVAL

    Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental

    February 6

  • BULANG-BULANG FESTIVAL

    San Enrique, Negros Occidental

    February 9

  • PABALHAS SA TABLAS

    Candoni, Negros Occidental

    February 11

  • BABAYLAN FESTIVAL (RITUALS)

    Bago City, Negros Occidental

    February 19

  • ILOILO PARAW REGATTA

    Iloilo City

    February 19- February 20

  • BALSAHAN FESTIVAL

    Sibunag, Guimaras

    February 20

  • ASINAN FESTIVAL

    San Lorenzo, Guimaras

    February 20

  • HIL-O - HIL-O FESTIVAL

    Maayon, Capiz

    February 26- February 28

  • MANIAMBUS FESTIVAL

    Negros Occidental

    February 27

  • SAMBAYAN FESTIVAL

    Tobias Fornier, Antique

    February 28- March 31

  • FEAST OF OUR LADY OF CANDLES / CANDELARIA FIESTA

    Jaro, Iloilo

    February 2

  • PACTO DE SANGRE OR BLOOD COMPACT OF NEW WASHINGTON, AKLAN

    New Washington, Aklan

    March 3

  • COUNCIL OF BALABAGO REENACTMENT

    Culasi, Antique

    March 4- March 5

  • BANTAYAN FESTIVAL

    Guimbal, Iloilo

    March 9-15

  • PINTADOS DE PASI FESTIVAL

    Passi City, Iloilo

    March 11-18

  • 19 MARTYRS OF AKLAN

    Kalibo, Aklan

    March 23

  • CUARESMA

    San Jose, Antique

    March 28 - April 4

  • KISI-KISI FESTIVAL

    Negros Occidental

    March 27- March 31

  • PAGTALTAL SA GUIMARAS

    Jordan, Guimaras

    April 5-6

  • LIVE STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT SAN CARLOS CITY

    San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

    April 5-6

  • PAGTALTAL IN BAROTAC VIEJO

    Barotac Viejo, Iloilo

    April 5-6

  • PAGHUKOM

    Calinog, Iloilo

    April 5-6

  • KAPIYA DISPLAY AND PASYON SINGING CONTEST

    Santa Barbara, Iloilo

    April 5-6

  • HUDAS-HUDAS

    San Jose, Antique

    April 4

  • BANANA FESTIVAL

    La Castellana, Negros Occidental

    April 1- April 5

  • PANA-AD SA NEGROS

    Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

    April 9-15

  • MANGGAHAN SA GUIMARAS

    Guimaras

    April 15-22

  • TAMPISAW FESTIVAL (EARTH DAY CELEBRATION)

    Concepcion, Iloilo

    April 16- April 18

  • HINUGYAW SA HINIGARAN FESTIVAL

    Hinigaran, Negros Occidental

    April 22- April 23

  • KAROSAHAN FESTIVAL

    Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

    April 24

  • AKLAN DAY CELEBRATION

    Aklan

    April 25

  • PANAGAT "FISH" TIVAL

    Estancia, Iloilo

    April 25

  • PASALAMAT FESTIVAL

    La Carlota City, Negros Occidental

    April 25

  • BINIRAYAN FESTIVAL

    San Jose and Hamtic, Antique

    April 27-29

  • CARABAO-CARROZA FESTIVAL

    Pavia, Iloilo

    May 3

  • MUDPACK FESTIVAL

    Murcia, Negros Occidental

    June 21-22

  • SAN CARLOS CHARTER ANNIVERSARY

    San Carlos, Negros Occidental

    July 1

  • UDYAKAN SA KABANKALAN/CHARTER ANNIVERSARY

    Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

    August 2

  • PADAGYAW FESTIVAL

    Dumarao, Capiz

    August 1-5

  • KALUBIHAN FESTIVAL

    Jordan, Guimaras

    August 14-20

  • NATIONAL HEROES DAY

    San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

    August 29

  • KAYABA: GUIMARAS – ILOILO CROSS CHANNEL SWIM

    Iloilo City

    August 30

  • PAGPASIDUNGOG FESTIVAL

    Panit-an, Capiz

    August 6-10

  • FEAST OF OUR LADY OF SNOWS

    Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental

    August 5

  • ILOILO CITY CHARTER DAY

    Iloilo City

    August 25

  • HANDURAW FESTIVAL

    Leon, Iloilo

    September 1

  • HINIRUGYAW FESTIVAL

    Cabatuan, Iloilo

    September 1- September 10

  • TAMBOBO FESTIVAL

    Ajuy, Iloilo

    September 8-10

  • MINULUAN FESTIVAL

    Talisay City, Negros Occidental

    September 8-10

  • BUYLOGANAY FESTIVAL

    Ivisan, Capiz

    September 6-10

  • PATABANG FESTIVAL

    Tapaz, Capiz

    September 21-30

  • ANIHAN FESTIVAL

    Dueñas, Iloilo

    September 25- September 30

  • TINU-OM FESTIVAL

    Cabatuan, Iloilo

    September 1-5 (1st week)

  • TUMANDOK FESTIVAL

    Robinson's, Iloilo City

    September (3rd week)

  • ILOILO CITY TOURISM MONTH

    Iloilo City

    September (Whole month)

  • NEGROS OCC. PROVINCIAL TOURISM WEEK

    Negros Occidental

    September 20-26

  • KABANKALAN CITY TOURISM WEEK

    Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

    September (Fourth Week )

  • PASALAMAT FESTIVAL

    Dao, Capiz

    September 20 – 22

  • CAPIZ PROVINCIAL TOURISM WEEK

    Roxas City, Capiz

    September (Last week)

  • PISTA NG GUBAT

    Pandan, Antique

    October 1

  • ASWANG FESTIVAL

    Roxas City

    October 29- October 30

  • HINUGYAW SA ANILAO

    Anilao, Iloilo

    October 31

  • BANAAG FESTIVAL

    Anilao, Iloilo

    November 1

  • SAN CARLOS CITY FIESTA

    San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

    November 4

  • NEGROS DAY

    Negros Occidental

    November 5

  • PINTAFLORES FESTIVAL (HONORING ST. CHARLES BORROMEO)

    San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

    November 5

  • EL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE / KANSILAY FESTIVAL

    Bago City, Negros Occidental

    November 5

  • TAW-ANAY GUGMA

    Dumalag, Capiz

    November 11

  • KAHILWAYAN FESTIVAL/CRY OF STA. BARBARA

    Sta. Barbara, Iloilo

    November 17

  • URUKAY FESTIVAL

    Anini-y, Antique

    November 18- November 19

  • INILUSAN

    Mambusao, Capiz

    November 20- November 25

  • LITTLE AND GIANT CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE PLAZA

    San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

    December 1- December 31

  • BELEN MAKING CONTEST

    Plaza, Bago City, Negros Occidental

    December 1- December 31

  • KALAMAY FESTIVAL

    San Enrique, Iloilo

    December 2

  • SINADYA SA HALARA FESTIVAL (THANKSGIVING)

    Roxas City, Capiz

    December 3- December 8

  • PARAYAN FESTIVAL

    Pototan, Iloilo

    December 12

  • PANTATAN FESTIVAL

    Zarraga, Iloilo

    December 15- December 19

  • CHRISTMAS LIGHTING

    Santa Barbara, Iloilo

    December 16

  • IWAG CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL

    Pototan, Iloilo

    December 16-31

  • PALUPOK BAYONG FESTIVAL

    Bgy. Cabugao Norte, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo

    December 18

  • TULTUGAN FESTIVAL

    Maasin, Iloilo

    December 21-27

  • KANYON-KANYON FESTIVAL (PATUNOG-TUNOG KANYON SA NEW YEAR)

    Bgy. Cabugao Norte, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo

    December 25- December 31

  • PASIDUNGOG

    San Miguel, Iloilo

    December 25-31

  • KALIUGYON FESTIVAL

    Libacao, Aklan

    December 28- January 1

  • NIÑOS INOSENTES DAY OR YAWA-YAWA FESTIVAL

    Ibajay, Aklan

    December 28

  • TULTUGAN FESTIVAL (DRUM and BAMBOO)

    Maasin, Iloilo

    December 29