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History: Aklan Province Islands Philippines

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When the Spaniards came to Panay from Cebu in 1569, they found people with tattoos, and so they called the island "isla de los pintados." They divided it into encomiendas, and this is how Capiz became a separate encomienda. How the island itself came to be called Panay is uncertain. The Aeta called it aninipay after a plant, which was abundant in the island. Or it might have been named after the first Spanish settlement, called Pan-ay, Legend ha sit that Legazpi and his men, in search of food, exclaimed upon discovering the island, "Pan hay en esta isla" (There is bread on this island).

The town of Kalibo, whose name was derived from the native name for pineapple, became a parish in 1620, and a church of mixed materials was built on the site now called Laguingbanwa. Aklan’s northern coasts made it vulnerable to Muslim invasions. In 1813 and 1835, for instance, Muslim vinta (ships) carrying about 1,000 pirates attacked the seashore town of Buswang, Kalibo, and took with them slaves and loot.

Of particular pride among the Aklanon is their involvement in the Katipunan and the Philippine Revolution against Spain. Two Aklanon, Francisco del Castillo and Candido Iban, who were in the pearl-fishing business, won in a lottery. They donated P1,000 to the revolutionary movement for the purchase of a printing press. As Katipunan members, they were instructed by Andres Bonifacio to return to Aklan and organize. Members were secretly enlisted in the barrios of Ochando, Kawayan, and Tambak in Lagatic (now New Washington) and in Batan; membership quickly spread to the rest of the province. Del Castillo, the provincial head, died in battle on 17 Mar 1897. Two days later, the Spanish commanding general enticed the Katipuneros (Katipunan members) to surrender with the promise of amnesty. On 22 March many responded. In Kalibo, 50 Katipuneros surrendered and were immediately thrown in jail. Twenty of them were chosen for execution. One of them, however, was released through his wife’s intercession. At about midnight of 23 March, the 19 Katipuneros were shot and their bodies paraded that morning around the town plaza. They are now honored as the "19 Martyrs of Aklan".

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Desserts Food, Philippine Cuisine

As a tropical oriental country it should come as no surprise there are many treats made from rice and coconuts. One often seen dessert is bibingka, a hot rice cake optionally topped with a pat of butter, slices of kesong puti (white cheese), itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs), and sometimes grated coconut. There are also glutinous rice sweets called biko made with sugar, butter, and coconut milk.

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