Kalibo, Aklan

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Map of Aklan showing the location of Kalibo

Kalibo is the capital of the province of Aklan, in the northwest of Panay Island, Philippines.

Kalibo is best known as the venue of the Ati-atihan festival, normally held during the 3rd Sunday of January. 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".



Kalibo is 50 minutes from Manila by plane or somewhat longer by ship through the Dumaguit or New Washington Ports on the northern tip of Aklan. Kalibo Airport is about ten minutes from the main plaza. Kalibo can also be reached directly from Incheon, South Korea through international flights served by Asian Spirit and Pacific Pearl Airways.

The nearest cities are Roxas City in Capiz, and Iloilo City in Iloilo. Both are accessible by bus and minivans. Because the Boracay is near by them,Aklan is also known because of Boracay. Kalibo is a gateway to Boracay island via the port of Caticlan, just 45 minutes away by land.

Public transportation around the city is by tricycle, multicab and jeepneys.


Kalibo's main industry is agriculture where the primary product is rice and coconuts. Kalibo is also the hub for the Piña Cloth industry of aklan.

The Piña and Abaca cloths are also being exported to various parts of the world most particularly North America. Kalibo is also known for other native products such as handbags made of buri leaves which is a favorite for Caucasian females visiting the town.


Kalibo is a 1st class Philippine municipality. As of 2006, it was being administered by Mayor Raymar A. Rebaldo, who led the town's first Foundation Day celebration on November 23, 2005.

According to the 2000 census, Kalibo has a population of 62,438 people in 12,628 households.


Kalibo is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.

  • Andagao
  • Bachao Norte
  • Bachao Sur
  • Briones
  • Buswang New
  • Buswang Old
  • Caano
  • Estancia
  • Linabuan Norte
  • Mabilo
  • Mobo
  • Nalook
  • Poblacion
  • Pook
  • Tigayon
  • Tinigao


  • Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
  • Metrobank
  • United Coconut Planters Bank
  • Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation
  • Bank of Commerce
  • Philippine National Bank
  • China Banking Corporation
  • Development Bank of the Philippines
  • Land Bank of the Philippines
  • Allied Banking Corporation
  • Bank of the Philippine Island - Martelino
  • Bank of the Philippine Island - Roxas Avenue
  • BDO Unibank
  • LBC Development Bank
  • Kauswagan Bank
  • Microsavers Bank
  • Cooperative Rural Bank of Aklan
  • Rural Bank of Balete, Kalibo Branch
  • Rural Bank of Banga, Kalibo Branch


Tertiary Schools in Kalibo

  • Aklan State University - School of Industrial Technology
  • Aklan Catholic College
  • Aklan Polytechnic Institute
  • Aklan Technical and Fashion School
  • AMA Computer Learning Center of Aklan
  • Central Panay College of Science and Technology
  • Garcia College of Technology
  • JAVTES College
  • Northwestern Visayan Colleges
  • Panay Technological College
  • Saint Gabriel College
  • San Lorenzo College of Kalibo
  • STI College of Kalibo
  • Sto. Niño Seminary
  • Verde Grande Culinary School

High Schools in Kalibo

  • Aklan Academy
  • Aklan Catholic College High School
  • Aklan National High School of Arts and Trades
  • Aklan Polytechnic College High School
  • Aklan Technical and Fashion School
  • Aklan Valley High School
  • Central Panay College of Science and Technology High School
  • Dela Cruz of Institute of Business and Industry
  • Infant Jesus Academy(High School)
  • Infant Jesus School (High School)
  • JAVTES High School
  • Kalibo Institute
  • Linabuan National High School
  • Nalook National High School
  • Northwestern Visayan Colleges High School
  • Panay Technological College High School
  • Regional Science High School for Region VI
  • Saint Anne Montessori School (High School)
  • Saint Dominic School of Kalibo (High School)
  • Saint Gabriel College High School Department
  • Sto. Niño Seminary
  • Wadeford School (PAREF Assisted School)

Elementary and Pre-Schools in Kalibo

  • Aklan Catholic College Elementary and Pre-Schools
  • Aklan Inter Faith Academy
  • Aklan Learning Center
  • Andagao Elementary School
  • Bakhaw-Old Buswang Elementary School
  • Central Panay College of Science and Technology (Elementary and Pre-Schools)
  • Christ the King School
  • Estancia Elementary School
  • Holy Child Nursery and Kindergarten School
  • Infant Jesus Academy (Elementary and Pre-School)
  • Infant Jesus School (Elementary and Pre-School)
  • Kalibo Pilot Elementary School
  • Kalibo Elementary School I
  • Kalibo Elementary School II
  • Linabuan Elementary School
  • Maranatha Christian School
  • Mobo Elementary School
  • Nalook Elementary School
  • New Buswang Elementary School
  • NVC Pre School and Learning Center
  • Pook Elementary School
  • Saint Anne Montessori School (Elementary and Pre-School)
  • Saint Dominic School of Kalibo (Elementary and Pre-School)
  • Star Glow Learning Center
  • Sto. Niño Seminary
  • Sun Yat Sen School of Kalibo
  • Tinigao Elementary School
  • Wadeford School (PAREF Assisted School)


  • Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital
  • Aklan Cooperative Mission Hospital
  • Saint Jude Hospital
  • Saint Gabriel Hospital
  • Panay Medicare Hospital

Television Networks:

DYBB GMA-affiliate Kalibo
TV 8
ABS-CBN Kalibo
TV 23
ACQ-Kingdom Broadcasting Network
Channel 37

Signal reaches Kalibo

GMA Network
Channel 7 (Manila)
GMA Network
Channel 6 (Iloilo)
ABS-CBN Network
Channel 2 (Manila)
ABS-CBN Network
Channel 4 (Bacolod)

Radio Networks:

DYIN - Bombo Radyo Philippines 
AM - 1107 kHz
DYKR - RMN, Kalibo (Radio Mindanao Network) 
AM - 1161 kHz
DYRG - IBC Radyo Budyong, Kalibo (Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation) 
AM - 1251 kHz
DYRU - RGMA Super Radyo, Kalibo (Rainbow Global Media Arts):FM - 92.9 mHz
DYSM - CBIS 98.5 Hot FM (Community Broadcast Information System) 
FM - 98.5 mHz
DYHA - 104.9 Crossover Kalibo (Mareco Broadcasting Network) 
FM - 104.9 mHz (Soon to Air)

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