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(Akean) (Aklanon pronunciation: [ak'ɤan]) (Aklanon: Probinsiya it Aklan; Hiligaynon: Kapuoran sang Aklan; Filipino: Lalawigan ng Aklan) is a province in the Philippines
located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Kalibo. The province is situated in the northwest portion of Panay
Island, bordering Antique to the southwest, and Capiz
to the east. Aklan
faces the Sibuyan Sea
Sibuyan Sea
and Romblon province to the north.


1 History 2 Geography

2.1 Administrative divisions

3 Demographics

3.1 Ethnic groups 3.2 Languages 3.3 Religion

4 Economy

4.1 Agriculture 4.2 Aquaculture 4.3 Industry

5 Transportation

5.1 Airports 5.2 Seaports

6 Culture

6.1 Festivals 6.2 Literature

7 Universities and colleges 8 Fauna 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Aklan
is believed to have been settled in the 12th century 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. Towards the end of the 14th century, Datu
Dinagandan moved the capital from what is now Batan. In 1433, Datu
Kalantiaw's grandson and successor, Datu
Kalantiaw III, was said by Jose Marcos to have formulated a set of laws known today as the Code of Kalantiaw. Well respected scholarly long-term Philippine resident historian William Henry Scott, proved these "laws" to be a total fabrication.[3][4][5][6] In 1437, the short-lived dynasty of Datu Kalantiaw ended when Datu
Kalantiaw III was killed in battle with the tribes of Datu
Manduyog, the legitimate successor of Datu
Dinagandan. When Datu
Manduyog became the new chieftain, he moved the capital to Bakan (now known as Banga). Several datus succeeded Datu
Manduyog until the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi
Miguel López de Legazpi
landed in Batan in 1565 and claimed the island for Spain, in early Spanish accounts it was called El Río de Aclán. Datu
Kabanyag was the chieftain at that period and had his capital in Libacao. In 1942, the Japanese invaded Aklan
during World War II
World War II
and in 1945, combined Filipino and American army along with Aklanon guerrillas liberated Aklan
during the war in the Pacific.[further explanation needed] Aklan
became an independent province through Republic Act
Republic Act
No. 1414 signed by Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay
Ramon Magsaysay
on April 25, 1956, separating Aklan
from Capiz.[7] The original towns were Altavas, Balete, Batan, Banga, Buruanga, Ibajay, Kalibo, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Malay, Makato, Malinao, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia, and Tangalan, then all part of the province of Capiz. The province was inaugurated on November 8, 1956. José Raz Menez was appointed the first governor of Aklan
by President Magsaysay and he served until December 30, 1959. In 1960, Godofredo P. Ramos became the first elected governor but upon resigning to run for Congress he was succeeded by the vice governor, Virgilio S. Patricio. In 1964, José B. Legaspi succeeded Patricio and he held office for two consecutive terms from 1964 to 1971. Geography[edit] Aklan
occupies the northern third of the island of Panay
and is bordered by the provinces of Capiz
from the southeast and Antique from the southwest. It also faces the Sibuyan Sea
Sibuyan Sea
from the north. The province covers a total area of 1,821.42 square kilometres (703.25 sq mi)[8], and includes the island of Boracay
which is located at its northwestern tip. Mount Nausang, is the highest point in the province, standing at 5,410 ft. ( 1,650 m ) above sea level. Aklan
River, is the longest river in the province with 71 km ( 44 mi ) long. The province features high geographic diversity, ranging from white sandy beaches, mangroves and mountainous landscapes. Situated within the province is the river Akean, which appears unique due to its "boiling or frothing" appearance. Administrative divisions[edit] Aklan
comprises 17 municipalities.[8] A single congressional district encompasses all towns.[8]

Municipality[i] Population ±% p.a. Area[8] Density (2015) Brgy.

(2015)[2] (2010)[9]

km2 sq mi /km2 /sq mi

11°32′14″N 122°29′17″E / 11.5373°N 122.4881°E / 11.5373; 122.4881 (Altavas) Altavas 7000430000000000000♠4.3% 24,619 23,919 +0.55% 109.05 42.10 230 600 14

11°33′23″N 122°22′47″E / 11.5564°N 122.3797°E / 11.5564; 122.3797 (Balete) Balete 7000500000000000000♠5.0% 28,920 27,197 +1.18% 118.93 45.92 240 620 10

11°38′18″N 122°19′56″E / 11.6382°N 122.3322°E / 11.6382; 122.3322 (Banga) Banga 7000690000000000000♠6.9% 39,505 38,063 +0.71% 84.53 32.64 470 1,200 30

11°35′13″N 122°29′46″E / 11.5869°N 122.4962°E / 11.5869; 122.4962 (Batan) Batan 7000560000000099999♠5.6% 32,032 30,312 +1.06% 79.22 30.59 400 1,000 20

11°50′39″N 121°53′18″E / 11.8442°N 121.8884°E / 11.8442; 121.8884 (Buruanga) Buruanga 7000330000000000000♠3.3% 19,003 16,962 +2.19% 88.50 34.17 210 540 15

11°49′06″N 122°09′54″E / 11.8184°N 122.1649°E / 11.8184; 122.1649 (Ibajay) Ibajay 7000860000000000000♠8.6% 49,564 45,279 +1.74% 158.90 61.35 310 800 35

11°42′32″N 122°21′50″E / 11.7089°N 122.3640°E / 11.7089; 122.3640 (Kalibo) Kalibo † 7001140000000000000♠14.0% 80,605 74,619 +1.48% 50.75 19.59 1,600 4,100 16

11°40′04″N 122°19′43″E / 11.6679°N 122.3286°E / 11.6679; 122.3286 (Lezo) Lezo 7000260000000000000♠2.6% 15,224 14,518 +0.91% 23.40 9.03 650 1,700 12

11°28′50″N 122°18′09″E / 11.4806°N 122.3024°E / 11.4806; 122.3024 (Libacao) Libacao 7000490000000000000♠4.9% 28,241 28,005 +0.16% 254.98 98.45 110 280 24

11°31′37″N 122°18′23″E / 11.5269°N 122.3063°E / 11.5269; 122.3063 (Madalag) Madalag 7000320000000000000♠3.2% 18,389 18,168 +0.23% 269.60 104.09 68 180 25

11°42′42″N 122°17′33″E / 11.7116°N 122.2926°E / 11.7116; 122.2926 (Makato) Makato 7000470000000000000♠4.7% 27,262 25,461 +1.31% 64.60 24.94 420 1,100 18

11°54′01″N 121°54′36″E / 11.9002°N 121.9100°E / 11.9002; 121.9100 (Malay) Malay 7000920000000099999♠9.2% 52,973 45,811 +2.80% 66.01 25.49 800 2,100 17

11°38′38″N 122°18′27″E / 11.6439°N 122.3076°E / 11.6439; 122.3076 (Malinao) Malinao 7000400000000000000♠4.0% 23,194 24,108 −0.73% 186.01 71.82 120 310 23

11°49′44″N 122°05′36″E / 11.8288°N 122.0933°E / 11.8288; 122.0933 (Nabas) Nabas 7000630000000000000♠6.3% 36,435 31,052 +3.09% 96.82 37.38 380 980 20

11°38′50″N 122°26′08″E / 11.6473°N 122.4356°E / 11.6473; 122.4356 (New Washington) New Washington 7000780000000000000♠7.8% 45,007 42,112 +1.27% 66.69 25.75 670 1,700 16

11°42′21″N 122°19′41″E / 11.7058°N 122.3280°E / 11.7058; 122.3280 (Numancia) Numancia 7000560000000099999♠5.6% 31,934 29,862 +1.29% 28.84 11.14 1,100 2,800 17

11°46′26″N 122°15′37″E / 11.7740°N 122.2604°E / 11.7740; 122.2604 (Tangalan) Tangalan 7000380000000000000♠3.8% 21,916 20,277 +1.49% 74.59 28.80 290 750 15

Total 574,823 535,725 +1.35% 1,821.42 703.25 320 830 327

 †  Provincial capital      Municipality

^ The globe  icon marks the town center.


Population census of Aklan

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1990 380,497 —    

1995 410,539 +1.43%

2000 451,314 +2.05%

2007 495,122 +1.29%

2010 535,725 +2.91%

2015 574,823 +1.35%

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[2][9][9]

The population of Aklan
in the 2015 census was 574,823 people,[2] with a density of 320 inhabitants per square kilometre or 830 inhabitants per square mile. Ethnic groups[edit] The main inhabitants of the province are the Aklanon, who are part of the Visayan ethnic group. Other inhabitants include the Negrito, locally known as the Ati and the Sulod, a lesser known tribal group living in the hinterlands of Panay. Other Visayans also present are the Hiligaynon, Karay-a, and Capiznon.

Population by ethnicity (2000)[10]




434,869 (7001965600000000000♠96.56%)


3,375 (6999750000000000000♠0.75%)


2,271 (6999500000000000000♠0.50%)


1,281 (6999280000000000000♠0.28%)


939 (6999210000000000000♠0.21%)


4,816 (7000107000000000000♠1.07%)

Not Reported

2,802 (6999620000000000000♠0.62%)

Based on the 2000 census survey, Aklanon comprised 7001965600000000000♠96.56% (434,869) of the total provincial population of 450,353. Other ethnic groups in the province were the Hiligaynon at 6999750000000000000♠0.75% (3,375), Tagalog at 6999500000000000000♠0.5% (2,271), Kankanaey at 6999280000000000000♠0.28% (1,281), and Cebuano at 6999210000000000000♠0.21% (939).[10]

An Ati family in Kalibo

Languages[edit] The most prominent languages in the province are Akeanon (Aklanon Proper), Malaynon, and Buruanganon. Akeanon is spoken by a majority of the people, while Malaynon is spoken in Malay and Buruanganon is spoken in Buruanga. Other regional languages used include:

Hiligaynon Ati Kinaray-a Capiznon


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Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion of the people and Christian festivals such as Christmas
and Lent
are regarded with high importance. Meanwhile, Christian icons such as the Santo Niño are regarded as cultural symbols of the people. Animism, however, is still practised by the Ati. The Aglipayan Church
Aglipayan Church
or the Philippine Independent Church is the second most predominant religion in the province. Other religions in the province include Iglesia ni Cristo and Islam. Economy[edit]

A view of the Grotto in Boracay
at dusk. Tourism is the main industry in Boracay.

The province of Aklan
is designated as a first class province.[8] Agriculture[edit] Aklan
depends on agriculture, with palay being the top produce in the province. Rice plantations had an area of 42,218 hectares (104,320 acres) (0.39 percent of the total provincial agricultural area).[11] With the implementation of the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) umaru rice production program using the Hybrid rice, production is expected to increase by 15 percent or an average of 10 metric tons per hectare in the succeeding years. However, the problem of low price support for rice still continues to affect the production sector. In general, Aklan
is sufficient in meat and other livestock and poultry products,[11] though in the inventory of livestock and poultry in the year 2000, hog and chicken had a decrease in population from 114,890 heads of hogs and 886,597 heads of chickens in 1999 to 95,950 heads of hogs and 782,820 heads of chicken in the 2000. The decrease in production were attributed to the following factors: high cost of feeds, feed supplements and biologics; livestock and poultry diseases; increasing price of chicks; and, high cost of labor. Coconut still occupies the largest area planted among major permanent agriculture crops. The total area planted with coconut is 32,276 hectares (79,760 acres).[11] Ibajay ranks the largest with 4,317 hectares (10,670 acres); followed by Balete with 2,611 hectares (6,450 acres); Banga with umaru 2,314 hectares (5,720 acres); Makato with 2,089 hectares (5,160 acres); and, Altavas with 2,054 hectares (5,080 acres). All the rest of the municipalities have areas below 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres). However, in terms of copra production, Makato ranks number one with 2,770 metric tons per year; next is Balete with 2,669; and Libacao with 2,399. The rest produce less than 2000 metric tons. Total production is 25,375 metric tons annually. Other crops produced include banana (Lakatan), mango, rambutan, and lanzones; and fiber crops such as piña fiber and abaca.[11] Aquaculture[edit] Fishpond areas had a total area of 7,807.14 hectares (19,291.9 acres).[11] Of the total fishpond areas, 4,512.04162 hectares (11,149.4977 acres) are with Fishpond Lease Agreement (FLA); 138.85672 hectares (343.1224 acres) are with permits; 2,729.02636 hectares (6,743.5710 acres) are on process/application; and, 370.0 hectares (914 acres) are titled. Industry[edit] Aklan
is a top producer of abaca,[12] which are dyed and made into cloths or place mats, bags, wall decors and fans.[11] The piña cloth, considered as the "Queen of the Philippine Fabrics", is a prime produce of Kalibo, weaved from its unique crude wooden or bamboo handloom.[11] Lezo is known for its red clay, used by the natives to make pots, vases and various novelty items.[11] Transportation[edit] Airports[edit] Aklan
is famous for Boracay, a resort island 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) north from the tip of Panay. It is known for its white sandy beaches and is considered as one of the more prominent destinations in the Philippines. Because of this, there is frequent air travel to the province's airports in Kalibo
and Caticlan. Kalibo International Airport is about ten minutes from the main plaza. Kalibo Airport serve direct flights to and from Taipei; Hong Kong; Shanghai and Beijing in China; Incheon, Busan, and Chengdu through international flights served by Air Asia Zest Airways, ANA, Jin Air, Tiger Air Philippines, Etihad Airlines and PAL Express, Cebu
Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines. The following are the airports in Aklan:

International Airport (under CAAP) Godofredo P. Ramos Airport
Godofredo P. Ramos Airport
(under PPP with San Miguel Corporation)

Seaports[edit] The following are the seaports in the province:

Alegria Port Batan Port Cagban Port Caticlan Jetty Port Colong-Colong Port Dumaguit Port Kalibo
Jetty Port (Proposed) New Washington Port

Culture[edit] Despite the prevalence of Christianity, native beliefs about the aswang and the babaylan are still prevalent among the people. Kulam or witchcraft, locally known as amulit is still feared by many residents. Festivals[edit] The province is known for its festivities which includes the Ati-Atihan festival
Ati-Atihan festival
in Kalibo.[13] Originally, the festival was to celebrate the treaty between the Ati and the Malayan tribes who settled in the Island. The Ati live in the mountain regions and the Malay people in the flatlands or close to the water. The festivity begins on the dry season, at which time the Ati come down from the mountains to trade and celebrate with the Malayan tribes. When the Spaniards settled in the region and converted the Malays to their Christian religion, they asked the Malays to celebrate this festivity to coincide with the Feast of the Santo Niño (Holy Child) which is usually held during the third week of January. Bariw Festival is a unique festival showcasing the skills of every Nabasnon in weaving bags, mats and hats made of bariw leaves - the prospering livelihood in the municipality. It is highlighted by the dance performance of local talent and ingenuity to the beat of the drums and indigenous rhythm celebrated every May 14 of the year. Bugna Festival is a festival showcasing the different locally produced products and eco-tourism destinations of Tangalan like the marine sanctuary and coral garden, Afga Point, Campo Verde, Jawili Falls, Bughawi beach and reforestation project every May 16 of the year. Kali-Ugyon Festival (kali stands for Kalipayan or happiness and Ugyon meaning "unity"). This is the festival celebrated in Libacao every December 30 to January 1, costumed in modern and indigenous outfits bringing people together on the streets for merry-making and to drive away evil spirits in the coming New Year. Literature[edit] Aklanons are known for their literature, which includes the epic of Kalantiao. Certain Aklanons, such as Melchor F. Cichon, Roman Aguirre, have produced several notable literary works in the province. Universities and colleges[edit]

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is the home of the Regional Science High School for Region VI (RSHS-VI), one of the specialized system of public secondary schools in the Philippines.

Aklan Catholic College
Aklan Catholic College
— Andagao Aklan Catholic College
Aklan Catholic College
Poblacion Aklan Polytechnic College — Kalibo Aklan Polytechnic College — New Washington Aklan State University
Aklan State University
— Banga (Main) Aklan State University
Aklan State University
— Ibajay Aklan State University
Aklan State University
— Kalibo Aklan State University
Aklan State University
— Makato Aklan State University
Aklan State University
— New Washington Altavas Colleges Balete Community College Batan Community College Canadian Tourism & Hospitality Institute — Boracay Carillo Culinary Arts and Skills Development Center Central Panay
College of Science and Technology FEATI University — Kalibo Garcia College of Technology-Annex Garcia College of Technology-Capitol Site Madyaas Intsitute Numancia Integrated School (NIS) JAVTES College — Kalibo Lezo Technical College Montfort Technical Institute New OFW Vocational and Technical School Northwestern Visayan Colleges Numancia National School of Fisheries Panay
Technological College Provincial Academic Center College of Nursing Saint Gabriel College Saint Anne Business School STI College of Kalibo Santo Niño Seminary Verde Grande Culinary School Western Pacific College


Philippine spotted deer

Several species endemic to the Philippines
are found in the province. Examples include endangered animals such the Philippine spotted deer (Cervus alfredi), the Visayan warty pig
Visayan warty pig
(Sus cebifrons), and the Visayan hornbill
Visayan hornbill
(Penelopides panini). As of 2007, conservation efforts are being made by the Aklan State University
Aklan State University
and the DENR with varying success. See also[edit]

Penitent Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalibo


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Republic Act
No. 1414 - An Act to Create the Province of Aklan". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. 25 April 1956. Retrieved 18 March 2016.  ^ a b c d e "Province: Aklan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon
City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016.  ^ a b c Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VI (Western Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.  ^ a b "Aklan: Population Growth Rate up to 2.05 Percent in 2000; Table 5. Household Population by Ethnicity and Sex: Aklan, 2000". Philippine Statistics Authority. 24 July 2002. Archived from the original on 21 April 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2016.  ^ a b c d e f g h "Economy". Province of Aklan. Retrieved 18 March 2016.  ^ Villanueva, Venus G. " Aklan
still among top abaca producers in Phl". The Daily Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2016. KALIBO, Aklan
– The province of Aklan
continues to be one of the country’s top 10 abaca producers, according to Aklan
Carlito S. Marquez. Abaca fiber production in Aklan
also rose by 50.89 percent in 2011, which reached 1,874,691 kilograms in 2011, with an estimated value of P75 million. Production in 2010 was 1,242,344 kilograms.  ^ "Vibrant Kalibo". Province of Aklan
(official government website). Archived from the original on 18 March 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 

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