What can MAKATO offer?
Festivals and Events
MAKATO Sr. Sto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival – Historically, the Ati-atihan Festival of Makato started prior to the coming of the Spaniards sow the seeds of Christianity into this land. For the duration of the celebration, a huge count of Catholic devotees from everywhere in the country and the world is beckoned to come and join in the uplifting festivity and spiritual avidity of gratefulness to Sto. Niño. The image of the Holy Child Jesus is brought out of the church and is carried around the town. The image is escorted by street dancers who perform to the beat of drums and other instruments. The dancers are dressed in eye-catching costumes of striking colors. It is celebrated every 3rd Friday of January and throughout that day, there are several masses carried out that people can attend. The church also conducts baptisms during the celebration.
Spots and Attractions
AKLAN SPORTS COMPLEX – This is a 6.5 hectare sports complex equipped with an Olympic standard swimming pool, rubberized track and field oval and other athletic facilities.
The town of Makato has several areas which, when fully developed, would lure in visitors, both local and foreign. These are the “Salimuno falls” at Barangay Libang which is roughly 7 kilometers away from the town center and is can be easily reached when traveling by land. Even during dry season, crystal clear water cascades incessantly that dipping into it is irresistable. Tourists will surely enjoy its refreshing effect. The other prospected spot is the Baybay beach. It is situated about 8 kilometers from the Poblacion via Barangay Albasan of Numancia and is accessible only by land transportation. Upon completion of the Hagachac-Alibagon Bridge, travel time would be reduced to just around ten minutes at minimum.
In Makato stands one of the Aklan State University (ASU) campuses which originally served as an extension high school, and was hence named the ASU Annex. As of 2006, the campus is home to the Teacher Education Center (TEC), and occupies 10 hectares in Barangay Castillo.
Products and Produce
When it comes to copra production, Makato ranks first with 2,770 metric tons produced per year.