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Located in the northwest of Panay Island, KALIBO is the capital of the Province of Aklan.
Tourist activity peaks in the heart of Kalibo every January, as the yearly celebration of the world-famous Santo Nino Ati-Atihan Festival, takes Place here. Hans and I and several VT Members, had the opportunity to witness this exciting festival, as a bus was arranged for us, to take us there. It was an amazing experience.
Public transportation around Kalibo is by tricycle and jeepneys. Kalibo's main industry is agriculture with the primary products being rice and coconuts.


Saturday January 14, 2012
Held annually in January in Kalibo ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL is a feast to honor Santo Nino, Infant Jesus. Ati-Atihan means "To be like Aetas", who were the primary settlers in the islands.
The Festival consists of tribal dance, music and the wearing of costumes and weapons, as participants parade along the streets of Kalibo. Many blacken their faces in honor of the Aetas. Bands of drummers (pic # 4) keep the pace of the parade. The drumming is so loud, it seems to vibrate right through you.
An amazing thing about the parade is that you could walk freely among the participants and pose for pictures with them. I've never seen anything like it. Also, a band from Vancouver B.C. participated in the Festival parade.
We had the opportunity to attend this exciting and colorful festival, as a bus which was ready for us at the Ferry docks, was organized for our group by our wonderful local hosts and VT Members.
Thanks to all who worked so hard on this outing. Very much appreciated.

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  • Last visit to Kalibo: Jan 2012
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