There’s nothing more satisfying than exploring an underrated place and being one with the locals.
If you're looking to see more of the beauty of the Philippines, the province of Aklan has hidden gems that are worth checking out. This includes its capital Kalibo, which showcases the perfect balance between bustling streets and wide rice fields.
Out-of-town trips usually seem heavy on the wallet, but what if we tell you that you can enjoy Kalibo with only P200? Here's a travel guide that could help you make the most out of your visit—just make sure to have some moolah for flights and accommodation as they are still not included in the given budget.
Grab some delicious delicacies at the local market
Kick off your journey by stopping by the local market of the municipality. Every Sunday in Kalibo, many flock to the area to buy some goods.
Their local delicacies are a must-try. Among the irresistible kakanin being sold on the same day are suman sa latik with bukayo, which is made of sticky rice with caramelized grated coconut on the top; and their kumbo, also known as maruya, which is made from crushed banana mixed in batter that resembles a pancake.
If you’re planning to have your food trip during tinda day, you’re in for a treat as the kakanin prices range from only P10 to P25 per product.
Learn and understand Aklan’s history at Museo It Akean
After filling your tummy and exploring different local products at the market, head to Museo It Akean to learn more about the province’s history.
Built in 1822 as Escuelahan It Hari (School of the King), it's now a restored neoclassical style building that houses a myriad of significant artifacts that serve as a storyteller of Aklan’s history.
The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance fees are P20 for students and PWDs, P50 for regular adults, and $1 USD for foreigners.
Get captivated by the hidden Tigayon Hill and Cave
Hidden on the side of Tigayon Bridge, the longest bridge on Panay island, Tigayon Hill would also be worth a visit if you want to see the highest peak in Kalibo and fall in love with the breathtaking panoramic view of the Aklan bridge.
If you’re up for some trekking, Tigayon Hill might be the best place for it as you'd be welcomed to a lovely chapel when you reach the top.
To maintain the place’s beauty, a P100 entrance fee is required for regular visitors. For Kalibo residents, it's only P30 per head.
Spend a beautiful afternoon at the Pastrana Park
There's no better way to cap off a day of traveling than to simply take it all in and watch the sunset.
Pastrana Park, also known as Plaza, is the location of the historical Ati-Atihan festival as it intersects all the major streets in Kalibo. Aside from being the go-to venue for fun celebrations in the municipality, it also houses some monuments of notable people in Aklan’s history.