Kalibo is the capital of Aklan, located in the north-west of Panay. It is the main transportation hub for the resort island of Boracay.
The municipality is known for the Ati-Atihan festival and for the semi-urban and multi-awarded mangrove forest, theBakhawan Eco-Park. As of May 2010, it had a population of 74,619.
Kalibo is a first class Philippine municipality. The Kalibo Municipal Hall is located inside the Magsaysay Park, which also serves as the venue for cultural activities and events.Aklanon and Hiligaynon are the main dialects of Kalibo.
Kalibo's main industry is agriculture based on rice, coconuts and the Piña cloth and Abaca cloths. Handbags made of buri leaves are also part of the exports.Kalibo also has a meat-processing industry that produces chorizo, tocino and other meat products.
Tourism in Kalibo peaks during the Ati-Atihan Festival, celebrated on the second week of January culminating on the third Sunday.
Main article: Ati-Atihan Festival
The Ati-Atihan is a festival celebrated in Kalibo every second week of January and culminating on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Revelers smear themselves with soot or any blackening substance in order to look like an Ati.
Ati-Atihan is believed to have started in the year 1212 when Borneans led by the ten Datus traversed in several baeangaysand crossed the Sulu Sea to land in Panay; making it the Oldest Festival in the Philippines.
Ati-atihan Festival was included as one of the World's Best Festivals by Fest300, dubbed as the "Grand Daddy of Philippine Festivals" by the Largest Travel Guide Book Publisher in the World - Lonely Planet and recognized as the "Mother of All Philippine Festivals" in the World Costume Festival held in one of the New7Wonders Cities - Vigan City.
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