Places

  • Museo it Akean – The renovated and elegantly designed Museo it Akean serves as the repository of the province’s cultural heritage. Exhibited here are artifacts that attest to the rich history of Aklan and the masterpieces of Aklanon artists.
  • Aklan Freedom Shrine – A tribute to Aklanon forebears, the first Katipunan movement outside Luzon who gave their lives to the altar of patriotism. The 19 steps adorning the monument contain the mortal remains of the 19 Martyrs of Aklan and atop is the effigy of Gen. Francisco Del Castillo, the leader of Katipunan revolutionaries in Aklan.
  • Kalibo Cathedral (St. John The Baptist Church) – The Kalibo Cathedralwas originally built in 1581 and stands as the oldest edifice of worship in the province. Renovated in 1993 through the spiritual and monetary help of the Aklanons, the church’s renovation designs are one of the last works of the renowned national artist Leandro V. Locsin.
  • Tigayon Hill and Caves – The highest point of Kalibo. Trek or hike through the former secret sanctuary of the province’s freedom fighters and see the lush flora reflective of Kalibo’s natural wealth. On top of the hill, one gets a view of the length and breadth of the Aklan River, the town of Kalibo and its neighboring municipalities. Limestone formations are also found in the historic caves of the hill.
  • Bakhawan Eco-Park – The Bakhawan Eco-Park, recognized in the early 1990s as an award-winning Mangrove Reforestation Project by the Galing Pook Awards Committee, offers nature lovers a sterling example of what protecting nature and promoting eco-diversity are. What started as forty-five (45) hectares mangrove reforestation project evolved into an over 200-hectare leading eco-tourism destination. Now, it boasts of features such as 1-kilometer boardwalk, picnic huts, watchtower, souvenir shop, canteen, massage area, charcoal briquetting, and Center for International Mangrove Studies among others.  It is one of the favorite destinations for study visits and eco tours.
  • Piña Village – Provides guests a chance to witness the painstaking process of transforming a native Pineapple leaf into an intricately woven piña cloth considered as Queen of the Philippine Fabrics.
  •  Beaches of New Buswang, Pook, Caano and Mabilo -The long stretch of beaches spanning the four barangays of New Buswang, Pook, Caano, and Mabilo offer sea lovers respite from their workaday lives.  Picnic huts and cottages are dotted in the 7-kilometer stretch of fine-gray glittering sand in gradual slope. 
  • Other historical/cultural landmarks include Arch. Gabriel M. Reyes Monument, Death Marker of Gen. Francisco del Castillo, Victorino Mapa’s Former Residence (Glowmoon Inn), Capt. Gil Mijares Building, Kalibo Bridge, Godofredo P. Ramos Monument, Sarok, and GomBurZa Monument

Events

  • Kalibo Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Festival (2nd week to 3rd Sunday of January) – Dubbed as the “Mother of all Philippine Festivals,” the Kalibo Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Festival is a time for Kalibonhons and Aklanons to reunite, make merry and at the same time glorify the Holy Child – Santo Niño.  The festival is also a season for guests to experience an exhilarating celebration and witness local ingenuity as the Ati-atihan tribes flock the major streets of Kalibo in their creative and colorful costumes, dancing to the thunderous beat of the drums, and shouting with enthusiasm the chant “Viva kay Señor Santo Niño, Viva!”
  • Aklan Day Celebration (April) – A weeklong festivity to celebrate Aklan’s separation from the province of Capiz.  It features a Piña Fiber Festival, agro-trade fair participated in by the 17 municipalities of Aklan and a food festival.
  • Kalibo Food Festival sa Kalye (June 18 to 23, Magsaysay Park) – A delectable celebration in commemoration of the feast of St. John the Baptist every June 18-23 where various kiosks serve a variety of local and foreign dishes in the true tradition of a fiesta Kalibonhon style with live musical bands providing entertainment.
  • Iwag it Kalibonhon (December 15 to 3rd Sunday of January, Pastrana Park) – A Light-A-Tree Program that draw together families and friends for a wholesome gathering at the beautifully lit and decorated town plaza.
  • Kalibohian sa Gabi-i Christmas Bazaar (December 15 to 19, Pastrana Park) – Serving as a complementing activity to the Iwag it Kalibonhon, the Kalibohian sa Gabi-I is a venue for Pastrana Park goers to dine, shop and have fun as local entrepreneurs offer local food and dry goods while live musical bands provide entertainment.

Arts and crafts

Kalibo offers various handcrafted products made from indigenous materials topbilled by the piña cloth.  Bags, wallets, fans, albums, stationeries, mats, jars, trays and other functional items made of piña, abaca, raffia, bariw and nito can be bought at several arts and crafts shops in Kalibo at reasonable prices.

Delicacies

Kalibo’s food outlets offer visitors specialties like homemade tocinos, longganizas, embutidos, and the like. Ideal for pasalubong, these delicacies bear the town’s identity when it comes to processed foods.  Products like barquiron, barquillos, polvoron, ampaw or popped rice and confectioneries are also available.  Bakhawan Eco-Park offers “tamilok” or wood worm.