Abaca Fiber – Manila Hemp

abaca-plantThe Philippines is the greatest supplier of abaca fiber around the world. It supplies 85% of the needed abaca fiber around the globe. This is the reason why abaca fiber is also called Manila hemp. Abaca is not a hemp but since hemp was the main source of fibers for centuries, the abaca fiber was named Manila hemp. Abaca has been cultivated in the Philippines since the 1500s and became known worldwide in the 1800s mainly used as ropes in ship rigging. It is abundantly growing in tropical countries such as Philippines. The Eastern Visayas is the widest abaca supplier in the country. Second is the Bicol region. It came from banana family, but unlike banana trees that bear flowers and fruits, abaca has less edible fruit. It is considered to be one of the strongest natural fibers in the world.

The abaca plant grows up to twenty feet when mature. About 2 to 4 times a year the trunk is cut down above the roots to harvest the fibers. New sprouts will grow from the roots after cutting. Leaf sheaths are then stripped and pulp is scrapped off to get the abaca fiber strands. To make rope, the strands are twisted together. These strands are mainly composed of cellulose, pectin and lignin.

This amazingly strong fiber can build various products – be it native or other synthetic materials. Some countries have switched to using abaca fiber instead of other carcinogenic materials that harm human health. This is the reason why the market is increasing for abaca.

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How do they process abaca fiber?

First, cut off the stalk of the abaca plant. The stalk is usually green in color. Next, it will be sliced into quarters lengthwise. You will need a special knife. It will look similar to that of a paper cutting board where the knife is pressed halfway down and is secured in that position. Then, the stalk will be pulled through the knife scrapping off the none filamented materials. This the raw form of abaca.

This raw fiber will then be hung up until it is dried. When it is dried, it will be brought to inspection. Abaca has different grades of fibers. The excellent fibers are then separated from the rest. The selected excellent fibers will be combed to remove tangles and other impurities.

The excellent exported abaca fibers are used in making tea bags, sausage casings, pill coatings, paper products, surgical masks and insulation for computer chips. As of making native bags, abaca fibers can be dyed in different colors and variety of designs out of these. Abaca fibers do well with native bags because it is strong and will last for a longer use.

Abaca fiber is also known to foreign countries as Manila rope. Since the country is the major supplies of abaca, the name refers to the capital city Manila. Manila rope is a type of rope made from manila hemp or abaca fiber.

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He is Board certified, licensed and available for work in the Kalibo, Boracay, Aklan and Antique.

He works well with foreigners, has experience at creating topographical maps, 3-D models, multistory buildings and homes.

He is up on all the latest techniques. He works well with the civil engineers in the area.

His designs are practical and functional as well as attractive.

As a native of Aklan, he understands complexities of design in a Tphoon environment. He has personally experienced the most powerful Typhoon in the history of the world.

Ryan is an architect specializing in the design of tropical, eco-friendly buildings and homes.

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Exploring the Lush Natural Attractions of Kalibo

Lagatik River

Lagatik River

Aklan’s capital Kalibo is an awesome destination in itself and not just a jump-off point to Boracay. For many people, the idea of exploring this town’s off-the-beaten-track attractions—which include white sand beaches, waterfalls and mangrove parks—might be more interesting than squeezing into crowded beaches and pricey hotels along with hordes of other tourists.

The trip to Kalibo, sponsored by the Department of Tourism, is a fascinating discovery of the town’s well-preserved natural treasures and its cultural and historical heritage. The distinctly cool weather and laid-back culture came as a surprise, since the town is seen as one of the business hubs of the Western Visayas region and an international gateway.

Here are six reasons why more people should visit Kalibo:

Ati-atihan. Kalibo’s most famous attraction brings thousands of local and foreign tourists to the town every third week of January. One of the country’s grandest and oldest festivals, the Ati-atihan feature costumed soot-faced performers taking to the streets to dance to drumbeats in honor of the Santo Niño.

The Aklan Freedom Shrine. At the town center is the Aklan Freedom Shrine, at the center of which a monument to the heroism of Aklanon revolutionaries who joined the Katipunan during the Spanish occupation. The 19 Steps monument contains the mortal remains of the 19 Martyrs of Aklan and the effigy of their leader Francisco Del Castillo.

The Aklan Freedom Shrine.

The Aklan Freedom Shrine.

The Lagatik River Cruise. The Lagatik river cruise in New Washington town lets visitors enjoy a sumptuous lunch of the town’s best seafood and fresh tropical fruits for only P500 per person while cruising the serene river fringed by lush mangroves. For those who love to sing, you can hit that perfect pitch as the ship has a videoke on board. The town of New Washington is also the birthplace of the well-loved Jaime Cardinal Sin. In honor of the late Manila archbishop, the townfolk have established a shrine at the town center near his ancestral house.

Jawili Falls. Memorable trips are made with spontaneous decisions. The crystal-clear waters of Jawili Falls in Tangalan town never fail to entice passersby to take a quick dip, even those who come there with no plans to swim. Foreign and local tourists who take side tours around Kalibo often drop by here to scale the seven towering cascades. There are now small amenities such as shower rooms, cottages and a small restaurant in the area. Visitors do not need to hike to get there as the first basin is accessible from the main road. The entrance fee is only P10.

Bakhawan-Eco Park

Bakhawan-Eco Park

Bakhawan Eco-Park. Kalibo is also a haven of eco-tourism. A must-visit in Kalibo is the idyllic Bakhawan Eco-Park in New Buswang. The 170-hectare mangrove reforestation area was built in the 1990s to address the frequent flooding in the town and aims to protect and maintain the rich ecosystem of Kalibo. Take a relaxing walk around the eco-park, crossing man-made bamboo bridges to reach the picture-perfect scenery of a tranquil river with a lush mangrove forest as backdrop. There is a small colorful boat tied at the end of the footbridge, as if waiting for travelers who want to further explore nature’s beauty. Be sure to reach the end of the path of the lush forest mangrove to get the fascinating view of the sea. The serenity that this place brings is more than enough to stay in this town. The Bakhawan ecopark can be reached in 20 minutes by tricycle or private vehicle from the town proper. Entrance to the ecopark costs P100 per adult while students pay only P50 (effective November 2014).

Piña silk. Aklanons are also known to have pioneered the 8th century tradition of pineapple fiber weaving. Piña silk has been a popular choice offabric for the Philippine elite since the Spanish era. The fabric is usually used for making formal clothes such as the barong Tagalog and the terno; home accessories, and personal items like handkerchiefs. The piña-weaving industry is an important source of livelihood for many Aklanons. If you want to check out some of the weaving, visit the La Herminia Arts and Crafts and the Dela Cruz House of Piña.

(Text and photos by SOPHIA TORRES/GMA Network)

Optometrist Dr Juliet Policarpio – MMG

Juliet Saligumba Baylon – Policarpio

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Dr.Juliet Saligumba Baylon – Policarpio

  • Optometrist/Condologist
  • Refraction – Contact Lens Fitting

 

Clinics: Baylon Optical

  • Medical Mission Group Hosp.& Health Services Cooperative of Aklan (MMG)
  • Caticlan Airport

 

Clinic Hours:

MMG Aklan – 9:30 -5:00 Monday to Friday

9:30 -2:00 Saturday

 

Caticlan Airport – 10 -2:00 Sunday

 

Contact Number: 0921 566 3907

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Ferd’z Air Conditioning Service

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Aklan auto aircon

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Before Bridge

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Auto, Truck and Bus Air conditioning Repair

Located in Numancia – (Bulwang)

All Types of Freon

Over 20 years experience

Landline: 268-1109

Open Sunday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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When auto air conditioning systems break down, refrigerant leaks. Not only is refrigerant harmful to the environment, it’s also harmful to your car. Leaking refrigerant can damage your vehicle’s evaporator and compressor. Getting a car air conditioner service at the first sign of trouble will save you both money and time. Come to Ferd’z for an AC service repair before any damage spreads.



Kalibo Boracay to Caticlan Bus service

Airport to Caticlan -> Boracay 2 Stops

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Kalibo to Caticlan (Boracay port) 67 KM
Tour buses are available as you arrive at the Kalibo airport and travel directly to Caticlan (the gateway to Boracay Island). 67 KM. Southwest tours is one of the largest tour buses that are available.

They charge 200 pesos each way.They have no fixed schedule. They follow the planes.

When the planes are in use the buses are working. (Almost 24hr)

There are several L300 vans (9 Passenger vans) waiting at the airport for a passengers that travel directly to Caticlan. Vans operate even during the night flight schedules. The fee is 200 pesos. For information: Some local hotels and resorts have their own service to transport their clients. They have no fixed schedule. They follow the planes. When the planes are in arriving and departing the vans are working.
All prices each way. No discounts for children.
Caticlan to Boracay
1 Km Boat Trip to Island. Upon arriving to Caticlan (gateway to Boracay Island) you will go inside the Caticlan Jetty port building where you can purchase your boat ticket. Actually, there are 3 tickets you need to pay: your boat ticket (25 pesos), Environmental Fee ticket (75 pesos), terminal fee ticket (100 pesos)There are several boats that travel to and from to Boracay with only few minutes interval. (refer to boat schedule below)Boats are available early as 4:00 am up to 10:pm ATM machines also available at Jetty port building.
Regular Trip Schedule Caticlan to Boracay / Boracay to Caticlan
Departure Times6:00am 6:40am7:20am 8:00am 8:40am9:20am 10:00am 10:40am11:20am 12:00nn12:40nn 1:20pm2:00pm 2:40pm3:20pm 4:00pm

4:40pm 5:20pm

6:00pm 6:40pm

7:20pm 8:00pm

Note: there are boats available early at 4am up to 10 pm

Other times will require you to rent a boat for 2000P. This can be shared with other passengers.

Town Proper to Caticlan (not Airport)
Ceres BusCeres Bus is the biggest company of buses all over Panay.There are regular trips from Kalibo to Caticlan at 30-45 minute intervals. It means that every 30-45 minutes, there is a bus available to travel from Kalibo to Caticlan. The Ceres Bus Terminal is located at Osmena Avenue, Kalibo Aklan. Bus Fare: Air-conditioned 107.00 pesos Non-Air-conditioned ( Regular) 87.00 pesos
They will drop you at the door of the terminal.
Approximately 1 hour travel to Caticlan – 67KM.
1st Trip=6am * Last Trip=9pm * Return Last trip=4:30pm
There are several L300 vans (9 passenger van) to Caticlan. Here are the available group of vans on their regular schedule:West Mint Transport Association.(L. Barrios Street, Kalibo, Aklan)Caticlan-Boracay Transport MPC(G. Ramos St. Corner Roxas Avenue, Kalibo Aklan.) Phone Numbers: (036) 268-1048 CP# 0921 9915011 Northstar Transport(E. Acevedo St. Kalibo, Aklan)Paradise Island Tour Terminal 2(Crossing Buswang, Kalibo Aklan)

AAM Van Terminal(Corner Roxas-Veterans Avenue, Kalibo, Aklan)

Minimum Fare: 100 pesos

Hours: 5 am- 7 PM

Boat to Boracay
1 Km Boat Trip to Island. Upon arriving to Caticlan (gateway to Boracay Island) you will go inside the Caticlan Jetty port building where you can purchase your boat ticket. Actually, there are 3 tickets you need to pay: your boat ticket (25 pesos), Environmental Fee ticket (75 pesos), terminal fee ticket (100 pesos)There are several boats that travel to and from to Boracay with only few minutes interval. (refer to boat schedule below)Boats are available early as 4:00 am up to 10:pm ATM machines also available at Jetty port building.
Regular Trip Schedule Caticlan to Boracay / Boracay to Caticlan
Departure Times6:00am 6:40am7:20am 8:00am 8:40am9:20am 10:00am 10:40am11:20am 12:00nn12:40nn 1:20pm2:00pm 2:40pm3:20pm 4:00pm

4:40pm 5:20pm

6:00pm 6:40pm

7:20pm 8:00pm

Note: there are boats available early at 4am up to 10 pm

Other times will require you to rent a boat for 2000P. This can be shared with other passengers.

Dr. Alma Refendor Suello

Aklan Dentist

Dr. Alma Refendor Suello

Gentle Dental work

Gentle Dental work

Across from the public hospital

Across from the public hospital

Crowns, Fillings, General Dentistry

Landline – 268-3325

Clinic: UCG Clinic and Laboratories

Mabini St., Kalibo,Aklan (across Provincial Hospital)

Clinic Hours:
Sunday to Friday
10:AM to 4:00 PM

Contact Numbers:
Cellphone –0917.544.7324              or            0930.262. 2420

 

Open Sunday 10-4

Education: De Ocampo Memorial College, Manila
Member: Aklan Dental Society

Voted Most Outstanding Dentist 2012-2013 and 2013-2014

 

Ati-Atihan Festival 2016

January 11-16 2016

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Main EventsParade of Aklan Festival Showdown (Ecological-tourism themed costumes)Parade of the students and teachers with a theme -Viva Sr. Sto. NinoParade of DepEd Students with a theme “Sinaot sa Calle” (street dancing)Parade of DepEd Family “Sadsad Panaad”Higante (Giant) Contest ParadeA whole day Ati-Atihan street dancing “Sadsad Pagpasaeamat”Tribal, Balik-Ati & Modern and Individual Ati-Atihan ContestFeast Day of Sto.Nino Pilgrims Mass (7AM)Religious Procession (Main Parade) (3PM)
Starting Time2:00 PM2:00PM2:00 PM8:00 AM & 2:00 PM8:00 AM-7:00PM7:00 AM -7:00 PMwhole day
All week long (everyday)Kalibo Ati-Atihan Trade Fair 2016 @ Kalibo Plaza Trade HallAti-Atihan Bazaar @ Veterans Avenue(8:00AM -1:00AM)(Clothing and other things)Magsaysay Park Food & Party Festival @ Magsaysay Park (6PM-1:AM)Food Festival at Pastrana Park(offer an array of fast foods and culinary specialties)(9:00 AM-12:00MNNever-ending Snake Dancing (people weaving like a snake) and Partying at Magsaysay Park (every night)Car Show and Street Party (Jan 15)Photo Contest Open to all Professional and Amateur Photographer
Week BeforeOpening of the Week long Ati-Atihan Festival (3PM)Beauty Contest (Search for Mr.& Ms. Ati-Atihan) at ABL Sports Complex

This Schedule subject to change

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