Restaurants in Kalibo Aklan

Name Features Cuisine Food Quality Ambiance Popularity
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

Mangrove Bakhawan Eco Park

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:

 

The Beauty of Nature

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.

 

Ecology Balance

The diminishing mangroves due to user’s abuse, greatly affect the balance of our Eco-system. This project bring back the balance.

 

Children’s Paradise

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.

 

Family Picnic Place

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.

 

Tourist Destination

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.

 

Lover’s Zone

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.

 

Source of Income

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.

 

 

 

Abaca Fiber – Manila Hemp

abaca-plant The 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.

abaca-dried-fiber

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.

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)

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