Aklan is situated in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is divided into 327 Barangays grouped into 17 Municipalities of which Kalibo is considered the Capital Town.
The province has become famous for the immaculate exquisiteness that nature has imparted to it and its people, a remarkable place in the Philippines that has made a clear-cut mark in the world map when it comes to luring in tourists. Aklan province’s claim to fame is Boracay, an island that can be found approximately one kilometer away from the north-western tip of the province. Boracay Island is among the best beaches well known globally for its sugar fine white sand, sapphire waters, amazing coral reefs, and exceptional sea shells. Besides the beaches, Boracay upholds its legendary status for its fun and exciting nightlife.
Aklan is all that and more. KASAFI or Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-atihan Foundation, Inc. proudly emphasizes that this humble coastal province is where the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival, declared as “The Mother of all Philippine Festivals,” originated. This celebration lets people from around the globe succumb to the call of the festivities and adhere the rhythmic dancing of the local crowd as the sound of drums beckons. It is held in commemoration of the peace agreement between the Maraynons that came over from Borneo and early Negrito settlers, therefore participants willingly blacken themselves with soot and put on colorful tribal costumes. Later, Ati-atihan was celebrated during the feast of the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño. When in Aklan, people can become engrossed in the province’s man-made attractions as it is considered a land of skilled weavers and craftspeople. Piña; fiber made from the leaves of a pineapple plant was a textile unique to the Philippines and is deemed as “The Queen of Philippine Fabrics.” Consequently, Aklan has become the prime producer of piña cloth in the country. Nowadays, international designers use pineapple fabric for their collection as well.
The Aklan Provincial Government boasts that beyond sand, sound and fiber, the province has an active economy, finding its richness of agriculture and marine resources as income-generating means. Aklan is packed with entrepreneurial residents who served as channels from which have various industries have spawned. This has in turn given the government inspiration to be in quest of innovative and ground-breaking avenues for its development even as thriving to enhance the traditional.