People Here Are Called: Aklanons
Known for:Boracay, Ati-Atihan Festival
Top Landmarks and Tourist Spots:
Boracay, the province's top tourist destination, is known throughout the world for its fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
Major Crops:Rice, corn, coconut, abaca
Major Industries:Farming, fishing, pottery making, piña cloth weaving, abaca and bamboo handicraft; tourism
According to legend, Aklan was organized in 1213 by settlers from Borneo ruled by the chieftain Datu Dinagandan which traded with its neighbouring islands. Aklan then became a part of the Kedatuan of Madja-as.
Datu Kabanyag was the chieftain when Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi landed in the town of Batan and claimed the island for Spain in 1565.
The Japanese invaded Aklan in 1942. Aklanon guerrillas, along with Filipino and American army liberated Aklan in 1945.
Aklan was inaugurated as an independent province on November 8, 1956 when President Magsaysay signed RA 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz.
Ati-atihan which means "to become like Aetas" is originally a pagan animist festival that Spaniards dapted in honor of Sto. Nino. This is why the Ati-...
Oldest Province in the Country
Aklan, originally known as Minuro it Akean, is considered as the oldest province in the country and believed to have been established as early as 1213...
Ati- Atihan Festival
During the 13th century, 10 Bornean Datus escaped from the island of Boreno and migrated to Panay Island. They bought the island from the Ati's with g...
The World's Second Beach
By the 1990s, Boracays beaches were acclaimed as the best in the world. In 2012, the Philippine Department of Tourism reported that Boracay has be...