People Here Are Called: Aklanons
Known for: Boracay, Ati-Atihan Festival
Top Landmarks and Tourist Spots:
Boracay, the province's top tourist destination, is known throughout the world for its fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
Major Crops: Rice, corn, coconut, abaca
Major Industries:Farming, fishing, pottery making, piña cloth weaving, abaca and bamboo handicraft; tourism
According to legend, Aklan was organized in 1213 by settlers from Borneo ruled by the chieftain Datu Dinagandan which traded with its neighbouring islands. Aklan then became a part of the Kedatuan of Madja-as.
Datu Kabanyag was the chieftain when Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi landed in the town of Batan and claimed the island for Spain in 1565.
The Japanese invaded Aklan in 1942. Aklanon guerrillas, along with Filipino and American army liberated Aklan in 1945.
Aklan was inaugurated as an independent province on November 8, 1956 when President Magsaysay signed RA 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz.
During the 13th century, 10 Bornean Datus escaped from the island of Boreno and migrated to Panay Island. They bought the island from the Ati's with golden salakot, brass basins, bales of cloth and a very long necklace for their chieftain as payment. The Aetas then celebrated though eating, dancing and merry making which became the inspiration of Filipino fiesta. Ati-atihan which means "to become like Aetas" is originally a pagan animist festival that Spaniards dapted in honor of Sto. Nino. This is why the Ati-atihan Festival is celebrated every Feast Day of Sto. Nino. Dubbed as "The Granddaddy of All Philippine Festivals" by Lonely Planet (travel guide book publisher), this festival is celebrated in many provinces. But the province that maintained its true Filipino fiesta vibe is Kalibo. It is said to be the mother all the big Sto. Nino Festival since it's the biggest that isn't much commercialized. It's a participative fiesta where audiences are expected to dance with performers.