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Kalibo is the capital-town of the province of Aklan, Philippines.

Akeanons/Aklanons as the the locals are called are highly literate. English and Filipino is widely spoken and understood. Akeanon/Aklanon is the dialect spoken which is radically different from the rest of the Ilonggo-speaking provinces in the Panay Island. Ilonggo and Kinaray-A is also spoken and understood albeit by a huge minority.

Like the most Filipino cities, Kalibo is home to many street children, who may ask you for money (especially if you look western) with their palms out. Any money you give them may be taken by their parents or spent on drugs or cigarettes. If you really want to help them, buy them a nutritious meal or, better yet, a toothbrush and toothpaste (some corner stores sell them). You can also donate to an aid organization. "Walang pera" is Tagalog for "I have no money."

Aklan finally became an independent province when President Magsaysay signed into law on April 25, 1956, Republic Act 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz. This law was authored by Cong. Godofredo P. Ramos.

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