|Latte Coffee Cafe Quezon Avenue Extension Kalibo Aklan 5600||Internet/wi-fi||Filipino Cuisine | Café/Coffee Shop||excellent||Casual||Very Popular|
|Antonios Bar & Rest Pook Kalibo Aklan||live music/videoke/billards||Filipino Cuisine | Bar||excellent||Adult/friendly/party like||Very Popular|
|Explorer Burgers Dr. Gonzales St. Kalibo Aklan||Wi-fi/great menu||international/filipino||excellent||Cozy/friendly||Very Popular|
|New Peking House XIX Martyrs St. Kalibo Aklan||The only authentic Chinese food in Kalibo 09/15/2011||Chinese/Filipino||excellent||family||Very Popular|
|Kusina sa Kalibo Maagma St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine Lutong Bahay||excellent||family||Very Popular|
|Ninos Ihaw-Ihaw Maagma St. Kalibo Aklan||native chicken||seafood Inihaw||excellent||Casual Dining||Very Popular|
|La Neñas Manokan Regalado St. Kalibo Aklan||chicken pork lechon||Filipino Cuisine Inihaw||excellent||family||Very Popular|
|Saylo (Circa 68 Inc.) Andagao Kalibo Aklan||art showings aircon||Asian Cuisine||excellent||Casual Dining||Very Popular|
|Smoke Hauz G. Ramos St. Kalibo Aklan||live music/billiards/full bar||BBQ/Grill||good||dark and smokey||Very Popular|
|Goldilocks Gaisano City KaliboAklan||Filipino Cuisine | Bake Shop||good||counter||Very Popular|
|Greenwich Gaisano City Kalibo Aklan||pizza/sandwich/pasta||good||family||Very Popular|
|Andoks Litson Barrios St. Kalibo Aklan||BBQ/Grill||Filipino Cuisine lutong Bahay||good||family fast and friendly||Very Popular|
|Marys Refreshment Pastrana St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Café/Coffee Shop||good||always busy||Very Popular|
|Snowland Refreshment Pastrana St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Café/Coffee Shop||good||always busy||Very Popular|
|Marianing Fastfood Pastrana St. Kalibo Aklan||aircon shopping||Filipino Cuisine | Lutong Bahay||good||always busy||Very Popular|
|AquaFresh Manokan Country Osmeña St. Kalibo Aklan||BBQ/Grill||Filipino Cuisine Inihaw||good||family||Very Popular|
|Ramboys Toting Reyes St. Kalibo Aklan||Tora-tora||Filipino Cuisine | tora-tora | BBQ/Grill||excellent Inihaw||family||Popular|
|Abregana Andagao Kalibo Aklan||live music/great menu/full bar||international Filipino||excellent||Boracay style||“Nice place to chill out”|
|Lorraine’s Tapsi Mabini St. Kalibo Aklan||wi-fi/great menu||excellent||Popular|
|Ted’s La Paz Bachoy Gaisano Mall Gaisano City Kalibo Quezon Ave. Extension Kalibo Aklan 5600||Convenience||Filipino Cuisine | Fast Food | Noodle/Rice Noodle||good||Inside Mall||Popular|
|Jollibee Cor. Martelino-Arch. Reyes Sts. Kalibo Aklan 5600||giant bee||Fast Food||good||Fast food||Very Popular|
|Tokanz Lapaz Batchoy Regalado St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Fast Food | Noodle/Rice Noodle||good||Fast food||Popular|
|La Nena’s Manokan Regalado St. Kalibo Aklan||Tora-tora/ inihaw||Filipino Cuisine | Food Stall||good||Casual Dining||Popular|
|Kitty’s Kitchen Rizal St. Kalibo Aklan||best burger||international/filipino||good||family||Popular|
|RML Manokan Haus Mabini St. Kalibo Aklan||Tora-tora/inihaw||Filipino Cuisine||good||Casual Dining||Popular|
|Seafront Bread Shop Mabini St Kalibo (old philhealth office) Aklan||extensive menu||pizza/sandwich/pasta||average/good||family||Popular|
|Zapa Bar and Restaurant Cardinal Sin Ave. Kalibo Aklan||live music/videoke||Fast Food||average||Air-condition/native rest house||popular night time|
|Mezzanine Café Bar & Resto Rizal St. Kalibo Aklan||live music/improve||Filipino Cuisine | Bar||Fun and fresh/adult||Popular|
|Tokanz La Paz Batchoy Regalado St. Kalibo Aklan||great soups arroz caldo||filipino soups||excellent||counter|
|Alexa’s Restaurant & Cold Zone Kalibo Airport Pook Kalibo Aklan||Pastries/Dessert||internationalFilipino||good||family fast and friendly|
|Piel Ice Cream Crepes C. Quimpo St. Kalibo Aklan||internet/wi-fi||international/Filipino/ice cream||average||family|
|Miggy’s Place Kalibo Airport Pook Kalibo Aklan||internationalFfilipino||average||Casual Dining|
|Eskina Kanami Toting Reyes St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine Lutong Bahay||average||family|
|Hernani’s Mix N’ Match Barrios St. Kalibo Aklan||bar aircon||InternationalFilipino||average||Casual Dining|
|3rd Cup Coffee C. Laserna St. Kalibo Aklan||Café/Coffee Shop|
|Sem’s Favorites C. Laserna St. Kalibo Aklan|
|Pierre Hanzel Restaurant C. Laserna St. Kalibo Aklan||Asian Cuisine||family|
|Niyog Bar & Restaurant Kalibo Int’l. Airport Kalibo Aklan||Asian Cuisine|
|Mang Ulyssess Chicken Inasal Tigayon Kalibo Aklan||Fast Food|
|Mang Ulyssess Chicken Inasal Old Buswang Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine||Casual Dining|
|Kusina Kanami Toting Reyes St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Fast Food | Soup|
|Korean Friends Restaurant Kalibo Int’l. Airport Kalibo Aklan||Korean||Casual Dining|
|Bordeaux Mabini St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine||Casual Dining|
|Aquafresh Restaurant Osmeña Ave. Kalibo Aklan||Tora-tora/ inihaw||Filipino Cuisine||Casual Dining|
|Sugbahan Gaisano City Kalibo||Tora-tora||Filipino Cuisine/food court||food court|
|Leylam Shawarma Gaisano City Kalibo||Middle Eastern||food court|
|Jocyl’s 19 Martyrs St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Fast Food | Lutong Bahay|
|Marzon Hotel Quezon Avenue Extension Kalibo Aklan||hotel||Filipino Cuisine | Café/Coffee Shop | Pasta||family|
|C.A Store airport Pook Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Fast Food | Soup||Casual Dining|
|One Great Trading airport Pook Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Café/Coffee Shop | Juice/Milk Tea|
|Roger Batchoyan airport Pook Kalibo Aklan||Lutong Bahay soups||family|
|Niyog Resto Bar airport Pook Kalibo Aklan||Bar | BBQ/Grill||Filipino Cuisine||Casual Dining|
|Nia’s Bamboo Cuisine airport Pook Kalibo Aklan||BBQ/Grill||Filipino Cuisine||Casual Dining|
|Hanzel Restaurant Burgos St.Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine|
|Judith’s Pension Judith’s Pension Regalado St. Kalibo Aklan||pension house||Filipino Cuisine | Café/Coffee Shop | Pasta|
|Big Bean Cafe Osmeña St. Kalibo Aklan||International Cuisine||family|
|Executive’s Hub Bar & Resto G. Ramos St. Kalibo Aklan||catering||Fast Food||good||Small/friendly|
|Ymman Cyber Café Osmeña Ave. Kalibo Aklan|
|Q-Bix C. Laserna St. Kalibo Aklan/Rizal St. Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Bar|
|Nalz Coffee Treats, Kalibo Airport Kalibo Aklan||Filipino Cuisine | Café/Coffee Shop|
|Dragon In, Kalibo Airport||new, Great Dumplings||Chinese Philippino Cuisine||good||family, large groups|
|168, Kalibo Airport||Chinese Philippino Cuisine||family|
An Intimate Touch of Nature: Kalibo Mangroves Reforestation
One sunny Sunday morning, my family and I thought of a joy ride. Just to do something different on a typical Sunday routine. Along New Buswang road, I suddenly spotted the sign “Bakhawan Eco-Park”. “Let’s stop here”, I decided. I have heard about this place several times but never have a chance to visit. Suddenly, I felt guilty inside for becoming a stranger of my own town; a tourist of my own country. Children were excited and so do I. We did not hesitate to take the opportunity to look and enjoy the treasure of our town.
Walking along the long bamboo walkway of about 850 meters of Kalibo Bakhawan Eco-Park, I can’t help but appreciate not only the scenic beauty but also the people behind this project. From a wasted and idle seaside turn to a multi-awarded community based forest management project. “Wow”, I said to myself, people behind it is simply amazing! I have learned that this project was initiated by the local NGO called Kasama or Kalibo Saved the Mangroves. Their labor is not in vain and is very rewarding.
Looking at the lush green forest, it is hard to imagine that this reforestation has gone as wide as approximate 170 hectares. I can’t imagine how much more this labor of love and cooperation offers to all. I suddenly found myself counting:
Who can ever resist the beauty of nature? Maybe, no one! I love nature. I often find myself enchanted with it’s beauty. And who won’t appreciate the beauty of these thousands of mangroves swirling and dancing with the music of the wind blowing softly from the ocean? The chirping birds that breaks the serenity of this scenic place.
The diminishing mangroves due to user’s abuse, greatly affect the balance of our Eco-system. This project bring back the balance.
Have you been trilled with the sound of children’s laughter and giggle? I do! The group of children climbing up to the walkway and just to jump again to the water give them enough reason to laugh. It’s their swimming and diving spot. Enjoying the fresh and cold air under the shade of the mangroves.
Something for the family to experience the joy in communing with the nature. With picnic cottages scattering around the park, it is perfect place to sit down and chat; to eat and laugh together.
Tourists come to our place to enjoy the beauty it offers. The Bakhawan Eco-Park is something we can show to them. The tranquility and beauty it offers can give them a different experience.
Walking hand in hand in the bamboo-made walkway under the shade of the mangroves, isn’t it romantic? A conversation while looking at vast open sea offers new opportunity of better and deeper relationship. The comfort which our nature offers will give new perspective of love.
Mangroves are the home of fishes and other sea creatures. They love to live under its root. I saw several group of young people with their little square net. I do not know exactly how they do it, but they are using it to bait and catch a crab. A souvenir shop near the entrance promoted our local products and industry. Caretakers was given a job. It simply mean this reforestation project provided our people a source of income.
Indeed the Bakhawan Eco-Park is pride of Kalibo and it’s people.
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 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. 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)