What can MALINAO offer?
Festivals and Events
MALINAO Ati-Atihan Festival – One of the esteemed elders of the town, who also was significant in the founding of the parish of Malinao in 1796, Capitan Simon Enriquez commanded the mission of saving Fr. Fernando Legaspi, parish priest of Malinao, as the latter was captured by lurking pirates, the Moros. The highly respected priest was on his way to attend the feast of Sto. Niño in the town of Ibajay. Father Legaspi was only released in exchange of gold and he considered the incident a miracle and particularly attributed it to the Sto. Niño of Ibajay. In gratitude, he later instigated an act of devotion to the Holy Child by means of fasting and other penitential rites that is still being followed through this festival by the people of Malinao today. This festival is celebrated every 3rd Friday of January.
EL LEVANTAMIENTO DELOS OCHENTA Y DOS DE LILOAN – This is a celebration held on April 30 of each year to commemorate the heroes who fought during World War II. During this event, a floral offering is being made to the monument of the heroes.
PASCUA SA MALINAO FESTIVAL – The town of Malinao has its own way of celebrating Christmas festivities. Various activities are lined up from December 16th to 30th adding color to the occasion. Among the activities are the Daigon Contest, Paroe Parade and Contest and the Kahayag it Banwa which is the lighting of Christmas Decors.
Spots and Attractions
CANDIDO IBAN MONUMENT – This historic town is the hometown of Candido Iban, a famous local Katipunero hero born in Barangay Lilo-an. Iban is one of the 19 Martyrs of Aklan who were executed by the Spanish authorities.
FATIMA HILL – Located 9 kms. southwest of Kalibo, it is noted for its Stations of the Cross along the hillside, culminating in a Chapel on top, beautifully made using marble. Fatima Hills is accessible by several means of transportation such as jeepney, tricycle, private car or bus.
MANOMONG FALLS – Hike upstream to Manomong Falls which is a hidden gem of Brgy. Tigpalas.
Products and Produce
Malinao is known for producing Winnowing Baskets locally termed “Nigo.” These baskets have been used for centuries for drying grains (usually rice) in the sun and wind sifting and seperating the grain from the dried chaff.