Kalibo is the capital of the province of Aklan, in the northwest of Panay Island, Philippines. It is a First Class Municipality in the Western Visayas Region practically located at the center of all coastal municipalities of Aklan province. As a major tourism gateway, the influx of tourists to Boracay Island catalyzes rapid economic expansion and municipal landscape development.
Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan
Tourism activity peaks in the heart of Kalibo every January as the yearly celebration of the world-famous Sto- Nino Ati-Atihan Festival – normally held during the 3rd Sunday of January, the Mother of Philippine Festivals attracts devotees, revelers, and tourists from different parts of the world to experience the utmost solemnity and unparalleled camaraderie and spontaneity – unique twin characteristics of the Ati-Atihan that truly make it the fiesta of all fiestas.
The term Kalibo comes from the Aklanon word “sangka libo”, (“one thousand”), the number of native (Ati aka aeta) people who attended the first Catholic Mass there. After this very first Mass, a celebration was held that was continued annually as the Ati-atihan festival.
From the time of the Spanish colonial administration until the institution of Pilipino as the national language in 1946, Kalibo was spelled as “Calivo”.