It was several years ago when I was able to visit Aklan. My destination for that year is actually Boracay but I was a day ahead of my friend and decided to spend a day in Aklan
If there are things that represent Aklan, I would say it was the Ati-atihan festival, it beautiful beach and fall and its people and not just the exit /entry point for Boracay
Ati Atihan Festival
Aklan is the home of Ati Atihan Festival, our own Mardi Gra. Ati Atihan is held every 3rd Sunday of January to pay respect to Sto Nino. Colorful costume, plus the upbeat music will surely make you dance and join the fun.
Beaches and Tourist Spot
There are so many tourist spot in Aklan, there’s the Bakhan Eco Park, The Kalibo Cathedral at the center plaza, The Museo It Akean, Tigayon Gill and Cave, Aklan Freedom Shrine . I was able to visit these couple of place since most of them are located in the City which is just 10 minutes away from where I stayed
The People of Aklan
I was able to tour Aklan by myself by the help of the people of Aklan who are so accommodating as to assist me where to get a ride and where to go to.
If there is one prominent person who knows Aklan by heart, it would be Congressman Nongnong Haresco Jr. , he was helping the province to accomplish so many thing . Maximizing project in the infrastructure of the Island prepare it for the number of tourists that will be coming to visit the Island and among other things
It is no secret that Aklan Rep. TeodoricoHaresco Jr. or more known as Nonong Haresco of the lone district of Aklan has a soft spot in his heart for the less privileged. But instead of giving them fish, he encourages them to learn how to set up their own small business ventures as a means to make their lives better.
A proud Ilonggo, Haresco is a firm believer in the microenterprise industry and its ability to uplift hardworking individuals who in turn would eventually be able to provide jobs for others in their communities while at the same time help in the development of its socio-economic sector.
As of date, Congressman Nonong Haresco has authored and co-authored more than 60 house measures including HB00111, an act establishing a mechanism for the sustainable development and use of the island of Boracay; HB00115, an act increasing the bed capacity of Ibajay District Hospital from 25 to 100; HB02239, an act granting P1,000 monthly stipend by way of financial assistance to centenarians; HB02240, an act exempting users of electronic vehicles from the payment of road user’s tax; HB02241, an act to prescribe nutrition labeling for food products; HB02323, an act granting P500 monthly allowance to barangay tanods; HB02414, an act amending section 5 of Republic Act No. 10121, otherwise known as an act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System; HB02415, an act to combat abuse and increase penalties for crimes against senior citizens; HB03192, an act providing for the establishment of barangay drugstores, otherwise known as “Botikasa Barangay”; HB03366, an act penalizing anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, and anti-competitive mergers, establishing the Philippine Fair Competition Commission; HB03776, an act empowering the micro, small, and medium enterprises; and HB04335, an act requiring mandatory installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on major roads included in routes of public utility vehicles among others.
Aside from these, some of his milestone accomplishments include being the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of the Year Award (2007) and the Deutsche Bank Banker of the Year Award (2005). He was People Asia’s Person of the Year and graced the cover in 2008 and is one of the Modern Day Filipino Heroes (2008), as well as one of 23 Filipinos cited in the book celebrating 347 years of Philippine-British Relations. His company WINSOURCE Solutions Inc. has been a five-time recipient of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.