Blogs from Kalibo, Panay, Philippines, Asia


Asia » Philippines » Panay » Kalibo January 19th 2014

It’s ten o’clock on a Sunday morning in January and the winds of Kalibo are blowing hard. “Can you take me to the town center?” I ask the tricycle driver as soon as we get out of the airport. Soon we’re zooming through the highway and snaking our way through small trucks with people clutching Sto. Niño, figures of the Infant Jesus. The town center is filled with people walking around narrow streets, filled with anticipation for a day that will later crescendo to a boisterous evening. The capital of Aklan province is celebrating the Ati-Atihan Festival. For about a week, the locals take to the streets in extravagant costumes, dancing spontaneously to the loud beat of the drums. The events climax on the third Sunday of January, starting with a slow-moving procession that goes around ... read more
Street Party
Group Picture
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Asia » Philippines » Panay » Kalibo » Linabuan Norte February 24th 2012

who can say no to boracay... White sand, the sun and the crystal blue sea. a lot of water and extreme activities at morning and party allnight long. :D for more photos... do visit ( read more

Asia » Philippines » Panay » Kalibo January 20th 2012

Bloody hell. After running out of superlatives in the last blog, I find myself sitting here again wondering exactly how to put the past few days into words. I mean I’m having an absolutely amazing time, but it’s getting seriously hard to convey it. Having finally bid a fond farewell to paradise, I soon faced a torturous day of travel that included my first flight being delayed by an hour and which meant that upon arriving in Manila, I literally had seven minutes to make my connecting one before the gate shut. In my haste, I took a wrong turn, ended up outside and then bolted back in, paid the terminal fee again and scampered through the other passengers who were standing around sipping coffees, chatting and generally getting in my way. I did finally manage ... read more
An Atihani
And more Atihanis
And yet more Atihanis

Asia » Philippines » Panay » Kalibo January 19th 2010

There were a million things we'd have loved to do in the Philippines, but a while back we'd decided that top of our list would be to go to the Ati-Atihan festival, said to be the wildest and most colourful of all festivals in South East Asia. We'd had to pre book our hotel in advance so were a bit limited with how we could spend our remaining few weeks. Along with Dominic we'd all decided to head towards the Panay island where Kalibo, the home of the festival is found as well as the beautiful Boracay. On the way our boat would stop at the Cuyo Islands so we thought we'd make use of this stop and stay a few days on this group of islands that there is very little information about both in ... read more
Ati-Atihan Festival Parade
Snr. Santo Nino
Ati-Atihan Festival Parade

Asia » Philippines » Panay » Kalibo May 15th 2007

Stayed another night in Kalibo to get the cheapest flight to Manila. It's not the most exciting place in the world but it has an interesting Cathedral and some decent eateries. Next stop, Borneo! ... read more
Kalibo Cathedral

Asia » Philippines » Panay » Kalibo April 15th 2007

Going back to my country of birth was an experience to treasure. My son and I decided spontaneously to pack our bags and boxes and take the much needed vacation we have denied ourselves for many years. One reason was that we haven't completed our 5 year's stay in the United States for us to be granted citizenship. This year we filed for citizenship and went through all the process. I just had a gut feeling that everything will be done in time for our departure. Before my interview/exam date I already had contacted a travel agency and booked our flights to Cebu. I knew I would have to have our passports expedited so we can leave on schedule. Got over the interview/exam and moved over to waiting for the Oathtaking Ceremonies. I couldn't apply ... read more
Window seat please?
Public Market

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