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Map of Aklan showing the location of Kalibo
Kalibo is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°42′22″N 122°21′52″E / 11.70611°N 122.36444°E / 11.70611; 122.36444Coordinates: 11°42′22″N 122°21′52″E / 11.70611°N 122.36444°E / 11.70611; 122.36444
Country  Philippines
Region Western Visayas Region (Region VI)
Province Aklan
District Lone District
Barangays 16
 - Mayor Raymar A. Rebaldo (Tibyog Akean)
 - Total 50.75 km2 (19.6 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Total 69,700
 - Density 1,373.4/km2 (3,557.1/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code
Income class 1st class; urban

Kalibo is the capital of the province of Aklan, in the northwest of Panay Island, Philippines.It is a First Class Municipality in the Western Visayas Region practically located at the center of all coastal municipalities of Aklan province. The native Kalibonhon population of about 80,000 explodes to more than 200,000 during daytime being a commercial and educational haven that caters not only to the people of Aklan but also to transients coming from other nearby provinces, cities and countries. As a major tourism gateway, the influx of tourists to Boracay Island catalyzes rapid economic expansion and municipal landscape development. Tourism activity peaks in the heart of Kalibo every January as the yearly celebration of the world-famous Sto- Niño Ati-Atihan Festival - normally held during the 3rd Sunday of January, the Mother of Philippine Festivals attracts devotees, revelers, and tourists from different parts of the world to experience the utmost solemnity and unparalleled camaraderie and spontaneity - unique twin characteristics of the Ati-Atihan that truly make it the fiesta of all fiestas.

The term Kalibo comes from the Aklanon word "sangka libo", ("one thousand"), the number of native (Ati aka aeta) people who attended the first Catholic Mass there. After this very first Mass, a celebration was held that was continued annually as the Ati-atihan festival.

From the time of the Spanish colonial administration until the institution of Pilipino as the national language in 1946, Kalibo was spelled as "Calivo".

The municipality has already reached the requirements to be a city but certain issues prevent the municipality from reaching cityhood.



The Kalibo International Airport Control Tower.
The Kalibo International Airport Terminal Building.
Tricycle of Kalibo.

Air travel to Kalibo from Manila is about 45 minutes on a daily schedule with four airline companies serving flights, the Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and PAL Express. These airlines increase their flights daily during the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival in January. Mandarin Airlines and TransAsia Airways have weekly flights to and from Taipei, Taiwan and Philippine Airlines and Shanghai Airlines have chartered flights to and from Shanghai, China.

Kalibo International Airport is about ten minutes from the main plaza.

Kalibo does not have any port or wharf but the 4 ports throughout the province are accessible. 3 shipping companies, MBRS, Moreta Shipping Lines and Negros Navigation are servicing Aklan passengers going to and from Manila, Capiz and Romblon. The New Washington port is 20 minutes away from Kalibo, while the port of Dumaguit, also in New Washington can be reached in an hour. Batan port is accessible via Dumaguit and Altavas while travel time to Malay port is approximately 2 hours. Travel time from Manila to Aklan is 14 to 18 hours through sea travel. The Caticlan Jetty Port is now part of the Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) Strong Republic Nautical Highway which connects Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and it traverses the municipality of Kalibo going to Capiz and Romblon.

Kalibo is 160 kilometers from Iloilo City, 90 kilometers from Roxas City, and 175 kilometers from San Jose, Antique. Land travel from Iloilo City to Kalibo approximately takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours, 1 1/2 hours from Roxas City and 3 to 5 hours from San Jose, Antique. All are accessible by bus and minivans.

Public transportation around the city is by tricycle, multicab and jeepneys.


XIX Martyrs' Street.
Cor. Pastrana & XIX Martyrs's Streets.
Pastrana Street.
Martelino Street
Roxas Avenue

Kalibo's main industry is agriculture where the primary product is rice and coconuts. Kalibo is also the hub for the Piña Cloth industry of Aklan.

The Piña and Abaca cloths are also being exported to various parts of the world most particularly North America, and Europe. Kalibo is also known for other native products such as handbags made of buri leaves which is a favorite for Caucasian females visiting the town. Pineapple silk is considered the queen of Philippine fabrics and is considered the fabric of choice of the Philippine elite. During the 1996 edition of APEC in the Philippines, world leaders donned a Pineapple silk Barong Tagalog from Kalibo during the obligatory class photo.

Kalibo also has a burgeoning meat-processing cottage industry and is beginning to be noticed in the processing of locally made chorizo, tocino and other meat products, particularly with Rosa Foods located at Linabuan Norte district.

Kalibo has tourist boom-town character- and is famous not only as a jump-off point to Boracay but as the home of the Philippines most popular, most colorful and wildest festival Ati-atihan - Asia's answer to Brazil's Mardi Gras. The festival is celebrated during the third weekend of January of every year, and despite little government support to promote the festival, word of mouth amongst tourists swelled attendees coming from all over the world- leading to a shortage of hotels.

Ati-atihan is also among the most copied of all Philippine Festivals- other prominent and better-funded festivals that has copied the Ati-atihan concept are Iloilo's Dinagyang and Cebu's Sinulog and the Sto. Niño in Manila.

Aside from Ati-atihan, other places of interest in Kalibo is the Bakhawan Eco-Park, dubbed as the Philippines most successful mangrove reforestation project and the Kalibo Museum which serves as a repository of the town's history and heritage.

Aside from above, there's a municipality named Ibajay which have the beautiful river in the province and the beautiful forest.

Being the business center of the entire Province including the neighboring Provinces, various businesses both small and large-scale establishments sprouted like mushroom in the municipality.


Kalibo is a 1st class Philippine municipality. As of 2006, it was being administered by Mayor Raymar A. Rebaldo, who led the town's first Foundation Day celebration on November 23, 2005.

The Kalibo Municipal Hall is located inside the Magsaysay Park, which also serves as the venue for Ati-atihan Nights Activities and other community-related events and gatherings.


Kalibo is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.

  • Andagao
  • Bachao Norte
  • Bachao Sur
  • Briones
  • Buswang New
  • Buswang Old
  • Caano
  • Estancia
  • Linabuan Norte
  • Mabilo
  • Mobo
  • Nalook
  • Poblacion
  • Pook
  • Tigayon
  • Tinigao

Physical Resource

Kalibo, composed of 16 barangays is the capital town and center of education, political, social, economic, religious and institution building of the Province of Aklan. It is particularly located at the center of all coastal municipalities of the province where the big Aklan River has its mouth. It lies in the western part of a 100 sq. kms. diamond-shaped line from a point between the Poblacion of Malinao and Banga to Barangay Mabilo (New Washington), from Mabilo to Aklan Point (Kalibo), from Aklan Point to Poblacion Makato and from there, returning to the origin between Malinao and Banga. It has a cadastral location of North to South between 11˚40’22” N and 11˚40’00” S, from West to East between 122˚ 20’ 27” W and 122˚ 25’ 00” E.

It is classified as a first class municipality since 1990 with a total land area of 5,075 hectares or 50.75 square kilometers and its terrain is level to nearly level. It has a projected population of 66,452 in 2004, having a population growth rate of 1.57% and a population density of 13.09 persons/hectare.

The place is popular for its Ati-atihan Festival, the “Mardi Gras” of the Philippines. It is also associated with pina cloth industry and the most intricately and beautifully woven abaca slippers, handbags and shoes.

The third type of climate predominated the area and seasons are not well pronounced – relatively dry from February to July and generally wet for the rest of the year. Heavy rainfall occur during the months of September to January which is the season for planting of agricultural crops particularly rice which is intensively grown in the interior part of the municipality. The relatively dry season favors large scale planting of cash crops on the rich alluvial plains, coconuts and bananas on the beach sand and riverbanks.

The range of temperature in Kalibo is near constant throughout the year although January to February is relatively the coolest months while May and June are the warmest months.

Road distance from Kalibo to Iloilo is 160 km., to Roxas City (Capiz) is 90 km., to San Jose Antique is 175 km., and to Manila is 216 air km. Commercial land transportation from capital town, Kalibo to Iloilo City takes approximately 2½ to 3 hours, 1 to 1½ hour to Roxas City and 3 to 5 hours to San Jose, Antique. Likewise, approximate distance from Kalibo to the other Municipalities of Aklan are as follows: Altavas – 38.0 kilometers, Balete – 17.0 kilometers, Banga – 8.0 kilometers, Batan – 45.5 kilometers, Buruanga – 88.0 kilometers, Ibajay – 35 kilometers, Lezo – 8.5 kilometers, Libacao – 26.0 kilometers, Madalag (Daguitan Road) – 19.0 kilometers, Makato – 9.0 kilometers, Malinao – 12.0 kilometers, Malay – 96.0 kilometers, Numancia – 4.5 kilometers, New Washington – 10.0 kilometers, Nabas – 44.0 kilometers and Tangalan – 19.0 kilometers.

The approximate road distance from barangay Poblacion to other barangays are as follows; Andagao – 2 kms., Bakhaw Norte – 4 kms., Bakhaw Sur – 3 kms., Briones – 6 kms., Buswang New – 3 kms., Buswang old – 3 kms., Caano – 5 kms., Estancia – 2 kms. ,Linabuan Norte – 6 kms., Mabilo – 6 kms., Mobo – 1 km., Nalook – 4 kms., Pook – 3 kms. Tigayon – 4 kms. and Tinigaw – 4 kms.


Kalibo being the educational center of the Province of Aklan has established in all levels of education. Their services offered ranges from pre-schools learning centers to technical and tertiary schools. Two of which offer post graduate courses including Bachelor of Laws. The following are the tertiary schools:

  • Aklan State University
  • Aklan Catholic College
  • Aklan Polytechnic College
  • ACLC College Kalibo
  • Aklan Technical and Fashion School
  • Central Panay College of Science and Technology
  • Garcia College of Technology
  • JAVTES College
  • Northwestern Visayan Colleges
  • Panay Technological College
  • Saint Gabriel College
  • San Lorenzo College of Kalibo
  • STI College of Kalibo
  • Verde Grande Culinary School


The municipality of Kalibo in its goal to have a healthy environment and thereby realized a healthy community has intensified its health programs and activities. Consequently, it has improved the health situation of the entire populace. The following are the hospitals in Kalibo:

  • Dr.Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital
  • Saint Gabriel Medical Center
  • Saint Jude Hospital
  • Aklan Cooperative Mission Hospital
  • Panay Medicare Health Center
  • MMG Medical Clinic



Freedom Shrine

Located within the town proper of Kalibo. Accessible by pirvate cars, tricycles and motorcycles. The town's famous landmark where fierce battles ensued between the combined Filipino and American troops together with the Aklanon guerrillas during World War II. A Momunent eas built to signify the heroic stand of Aklanons. Mortar and other fragments of armaments can be found at the vicinity.

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Map of Aklan showing the location of Kalibo.
Map of Aklan showing the location of Kalibo.

Kalibo [1] is the capital-town of the province of Aklan, Philippines.


Akeanons/Aklanons as the the locals are called are highly literate. English and Filipino is widely spoken and understood. Akeanon/Aklanon is the dialect spoken which is radically different from the rest of the Ilonggo-speaking provinces in the Panay Island. Ilonggo and Kinaray-A is also spoken and understood albeit by a huge minority.

Get in

By plane

Many airlines fly direct to the Kalibo Airport once/twice a day.

Kalibo Airport in Aklan now allows night landing.

By 2008, there will be a new airport terminal at Kalibo Airport to accommodate arriving passengers in the province brought by international chartered flights from Incheon, South Korea and Shanghai, China.

Asian Spirit, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific , Pacific Pearl regularly flies to Kalibo.

China Eastern will establish airlinks soon.

By Van

Vans or L3s as they are called cost about 80 pesos per person from Caticlan to Kalibo and they take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Look for an air conditioned van (which might come at a slightly inflated price of 10 to 20 pesos more per person).

By Jeepney

A Jeepney to Kalibo from Caticlan takes about 1 to 1.5 hours and will cost you about 45 Pesos.

Jeepney-Php 45, FX Taxi- Php 90,Terminal Roxas Ave. Street Kalibo, Aklan Shuttle Bus-Php 100 up,Terminal Airport


RORO or, Roll on, Roll off, is a combination of ferry and bus in one ticket.

Get around

Motorized tricycles will take you just about anywhere in Kalibo for a standard rate of 6.50 Pesos (6 Pesos 50 Centavos). Foreigners are commonly asked for much higher rates but the drivers must accept the 6.5 peso rate by law.


Kalibo Mangrove (Bakhawan) Ecotourism Park- one of the most successful mangrove reforestation project

in the country is one of the places that must not be missed as well as the Piña-weaving industry.

Museo it Akean, the town's museum is a repository of the province's rich cultural heritage.

During the Ati-atihan festival, don't forget to visit the Kalibo Cathedral and witness the Catholic

faithful get a brief respite with the "paeapak" or the massaging of a small Sto. Niño (Christ Child)

statuette onto the devotees.


The renowned Ati-Atihan Festival is held every 3rd week of January, celebrated with frenetic dancing,

and drinking to the wee hours of the morning. (Please see wikipedia article on this.)

Kalibo, Aklan is also famous for the woven pineapple silk (piña) that is the darling of Philippine

fabrics and the choice of the elites and the landed. The silk was the fabric used in making the barong

that was worn by the leaders of the APEC countries during it's conference in the Philippines in 1996.

Aklan finally became an independent province when President Magsaysay signed into law on April 25,

1956, Republic Act 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz. This law was authored by Cong. Godofredo P.

Ramos .


Foreigners who decided to stay in Kalibo are usually retirees who are married to a local. Some maintain businesses in Boracay and Kalibo. Work is generally scarce for foreigners, however, the entrepreneural one could probably engaged in maintaining small businesses in Boracay and properties in Kalibo.


Piña Cloth (a must buy), Banana Chips, Coconut Products, Dried Fish, Mangoes, Rambutan, Lansones,

Furniture Products and recycled paper products.


During the Ati-atihan festivals and the run-up to Aklan Day, Food festivals abound where seafood, and copious amount of pork and and beef are grilled and served al fresco at the town's main streets.


Alcohol is cheap like everywhere in the Philippines, and during the alcohol-fueled days of the

Atiatihan - it is very much readily available at supermarkets, convenience stores and corner stores.

Fruit juices are widely available and made fresh owing to the abundance and proximity of

fruit-producing provinces including Aklan.

For some local brew, tuba, (fermented coconut wine) is popular amongst the locals (usually in far-flung

barangays) and might be worth the taste if you are offered one.


Due to the boomtown character of Kalibo- there is a shortage of places to stay in. Department of Tourism has devised a Homestay Program for tourists where visitors are welcomed into local homes for a fee. Please ask the Philippine Department of Tourism office in your area when planning such.

  • Kalibo Queens Hotel. Php 1500.  edit
  • Airport Line Inn. for overnight stays near the airport  edit
  • Agzam Spa and Resort, Liberato Rd, +63 (36) 2624240.. Nice bungalows with views over the rice fields, has a pool US$20-40.  edit
  • Dona Crispina Beach Resort and Hotel, Navitas, Numancia Aklan, [2]. checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. * Sampaguita Garden. about 10-20 minutes away from Kalibo. It is a small sea-side resort which boasts a butterfly park, a mini-fair grounds, a year-round Christmas cottage, a Chinese and a Filipino restaurant, swimming pools and a sprawling Thai-Balinese type mansion by it's owner. At the back of the resort is a beach. Php 2,500 up.  edit Php 2,500 up.  edit


Local Police Tel. No. 166

Stay safe

Kalibo is relatively safe - although cases of pickpockets and an occasional brawl arises especially during the Ati-atihan festival rush where people from other provinces flood the town. Kalibonhons are naturally peaceful and religious folks.

Get out

Vans, and buses abound and it takes only about an hour to get to the Caticlan port (jump off point to Boracay in the Northwest. Roads are paved and usually well-managed.

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Kalibo



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  • kä•lē'•bō

Proper noun


  1. a town on the Sibuyan Sea

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