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Kalibo

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Things to do: wildlife areas, parks, religious sites
Kalibo is the capital of Aklan, located in the north-west of Panay. It is the main transportation hub for the resort island of Boracay.The municipality is known for the Ati-Atihan festival and for the semi-urban and multi-awarded mangrove forest, the Bakhawan Eco-Park. As of May 2010, it had a population of 74,619.Kalibo is a first class Philippine municipality. The Kalibo Municipal Hall is located inside the Magsaysay Park, which also serves as the venue for cultural activities and events.EtymologyThe term Kalibo comes from the Aklanon word "sangkâ líbo", ("one thousand"), reputedly the number of native Ati who attended the first Catholic Mass celebrated there. Kalibo was originally spelled as "Calivo".The town of Kalibo was originally called Akean by the inhabitants, similar to the name of the river nearby. The word akean itself connotes the warbling of running waters, from the root word akae, meaning "to boil". Akae-akae means "to bubble" or "to boil" or "to make the sound of bubbling or boiling" in the Aklanon language.The Spaniards interchanged the names Aklan and Calivo to refer to the town. Aside from these two, other names such as Calibo, Daclan, Adan, and Calibog have been used.HistoryWhen Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived In 1569, he found the city had 2,000 so he recruited 500 to help conquer the rest of the Philippines. On November 3, 1571, it became an encomienda and on April 22, 1581 the city became a parish under the Augustinians. During the Spanish era, Kalibo was part of Capiz.
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