Aklan is famous for two things: Boracay and the Ati-Atihan Festival. The island of Boracay, just one kilometer from northern tip of Panay has one of the best white sand beaches in the world, the most known of which is the White Beach stretching four kilometers along the western coast of the island. Tourists also flock to see the annual Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo held every January. The festival is a feast dedicated to Santo Niņo or the Baby Jesus, and revelers paint their faces with black soot and wear bright-colored costumes.
Aklan, originally known as Minuro it Akean, is considered as the oldest province in the country and believed to have been established as early as 1213 by settlers from Borneo. Its first ruler was Datu Dinagandan. In 1399, Kalantiaw grabbed the throne. In 1433, Kalantiaw III formulated a set of laws that is known today as the Code of Kalantiaw.
The Official Website of the Provincial Government of Aklan
The Official Website of the Municipality of Malinao, Aklan
The Aklanon belong to a larger group called Viasayan, and the Aklanon language is a subclassification of the Visayan language.
It is said that Aklanon language substitutes the phonetic sound of "e" for "l," pronounced with rolling "r" sound, because Datu Bangkaya, the first ruler of Aklan, had a short tongue and therefore could not pronounce the "l" sound.
Aklanon balitao is an extemporaneous poetical joust between a suitor and his lady.
Aklanon poetry writing in Aklan is still a toddler, but very much alive.
Years back, Aklanon poets and fictionists have been clamoring for a magazine that could publish their literary outputs, they be in English or in Aklanon.
If they can read them without twisting their tongues and understand each word, without getting help from an Aklanon, then probably they have the right to claim that Aklanon poems, riddles, legends, and short stories should be part of Hiligaynon literature.
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