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Aklan is a broad lowland area flanked on its western and southern sides by continuous mountain ranges. This broad area extends inward until it nestles at the foot of Panay’s western mountain highlands.

The province has 17 municipalities and 327 barangays with a total land area of 1,817.9 sq. km. This represents approximately nine percent of the region’s land area. It is the center of Ati-atihan festival, country’s most unique festivity; home to Boracay Island, the world’s finest white beach located in Malay, Aklan; land of hand-woven piña cloth billed as Queen of Philippine fabrics.

Aklan has a total population of 387,041 (as of January 1992) Kalibo is the economic, educational and political center of the province. Farming is the main source of livelihood of most Aklanons. Rice and corn are principal food crops while coconut and abaca are the leading commercial crops. Off-shore fishing and inland fishing are also significant sources of livelihood. Cottage industries also support a large number of families.

Currently, four shipping firms serve the province: Gothong Lines, William Lines, Aboitiz and Moreta Shipping Lines. Based on the latest data gathered from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), there are thirty two vessels that entered and cleared at the ports of Batan, Dumaguit, and New Washington. Aklan, Air transportation is provided by the Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific with regular daily flights to the town capital of Kalibo. Chartered flights by Pacific Air, Air Ads, Asian Spirit and private charters can also be availed using the Caticlan Airfield in Caticlan, Malay the gateway to the world renowned Boracay Island. Telecommunications services are provided by RCPI, PT & T, BUTEL, BAYANTEL, PLDT, PANTELCO and CRUZTELCO, Postal and courier services are provided by the Phil. Postal Corp. CCS, JRS, Haribon, LIBCAP and LBC

Thirty financial institutions operate in the Province of Aklan which include four government banks, seven private commercial banks one private development bank and at least one operating rural bank in every municipality. One hundred seventeen confirmed/registered cooperatives are operating in the province with Kalibo having the most number of cooperatives.

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Common dishes

Popular catches include tilapia, catfish (hito), milkfish (bangus), grouper (lapu-lapu), shrimp (hipon), prawns (sugpo), mackerel (galunggong, hasa-hasa), swordfish, oysters (talaba), mussels (tahong), clams (halaan and tulya), large and small crabs (alimango and alimasag respectively), game fish, sablefish, tuna, cod, blue marlin, and squid/cuttlefish (both called pusit).

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