Description: Aklan, Philippines has become well known internationally for being the location of one of the best beaches in the world called Boracay Island.
The Province Of Aklan In The Philippines
The province of Aklan in the country of the Philippines is situated in the Western Visayas region. The capital is called Kalibo and this is located at the northwestern area of Panay Island which borders the province of Antique on the southwest, and also the province of Capiz on the east side. Aklan, Philippines faces the Sibuyan Sea and the Romblon Province to the north for its specific location.
Aklan province, Philippines is known as one of the oldest province in the Philippines and is known to have been formally settled in the 12th century by travelers from Borneo who were sent by Datu Dinagandan a chieftain who traded goods with people in the nearby islands and settlements.
In the last years of the 1400’s, Datu Dinagandan transferred the capital from Batan town and in 1433, Datu Kalantiaw’s only grandson and male heir Datu Kalantiaw III, was believed to have created a basic guideline for laws referred today as the Code of Kalantiaw by historians. One highly respected researcher and Philippine resident historian Mr. William Henry Scott, showed evidence that these statutes were all fabricated and in 1437, the reign of Datu Kalantiaw was ended as the Datu was killed in a fight with the warriors of Datu Manduyog, who was the legitimate heir of Datu Dinagandan. Since Datu Manduyog then was the new chieftain, he transferred the capital again to Bakan which is known as Banga today.
Many more chieftains came after Datu Manduyog up until the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi arrived in Batan in the year 1565 and claimed this island for the country of Spain. A certain Datu Kabanyag was the chieftain during this time and his capital was located in Libacao town. After that the whole province of Aklan Philippines was under Spanish rule until the revolution of 1898 when a Philippine government composed of Filipinos was finally organized.
Then in 1942, at the height of World War II the Japanese took over Aklan and in 1945, the forces of Filipino and American combined as well as Filipino guerrillas freed Aklan during the closing of the war.
Aklan Philippines eventually was added as an independent province with the nation’s Republic Act No. 1414 signed into law by then President Ramon Magsaysay on April 25, 1956. This separated Aklan from Capiz. Now the towns of Altavas, Balete, Batan, Banga, Buruanga, Ibajay, Kalibo, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Malay, Makato, Malinao, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia, and Tangalan, all became part of the province of Kalibo as well as Aklan, Philippines.
Aklan Philippines is classified as a first class province of the country, and is most well known for Boracay Island, the resort and vacation location which is 1.5 miles away from the northern tip of Panay Island. Many people go there its white sandy beaches and are known as one of the more prime vacation destinations for the whole country.
Due to this, the frequency of air travel to the Aklan Philippines passes through the airports in Kalibo and Caticlan. The Kalibo International Airport is just 10 minutes away from the center of town and also services direct international flights to and from Taipei and Shanghai in China as well as Incheon and Seoul in South Korea with some flights served by Zest Air, Mandarin Airlines, China Airlines and Philippine Airlines, just to name a few. Additional links will now be provided for Singapore, Hong Kong, and Beijing flights in the near future making Kalibo the preferred international gateway to the Western Visayas region and especially Boracay.
Agriculture is the fundamental livelihood for the interior of the province while fishing is the livelihood at the coastlines. Most professional workers go to Manila or Cebu for higher paying jobs although many still prefer the island of Boracay for tourism related employment in Aklan, Philippines.