2012 Events, Aklan

Aklan’s Piña and Fiber Festival 2012

Aklan, a province in the Western Visayas part of the Philippines is celebrating its 56th Anniversary.  As part of the celebration in the city capitol of Kalibo, the town will host Aklan’s Piña and Fiber Festival  from April 23-29.  The said event will be participated by representatives of the 17 municipalities of Aklan showcasing their products and culture. 

The city capitol is one tricycle ride away from Kalibo International Airport.
Piña (pineapple fiber) is one of the main products of Aklan. Kalibo, Aklan is one of the oldest manufacturer and weaver of Piña cloth and has been exporting in Europe and North America.

Related Articles: 


www.aklan.gov.ph http://www.ecouterre.com/pina-fiber-a-resilient-plant-for-exotic-tastes/  

House of Pinya: home of abaca, nito and pineapple fiber products
Read my blog post about my visit at House of Pinya showroom in Kalibo

Aklanons are known for being artistic and creative.  Aside from fiber clothing, there are paintings, pottery and wood craft showcased in the exhibit:

Of course, the ladies would not fail to look into these native bags:

Uswag's Native bags at Php500-Php2000
Souvenirs to buy when your luggage is full!
Buying these bags from Uswag foundation also helps the livelihood projects of local communities

Uswag Arts and Crafts offers handcrafted products, made from natural materials. They are located in Boracay and Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. Their complete address is L. Barrios St., Kalibo, Aklan 5600 Philippines. You may reach them at (036) 262 5420.

Now let me introduce you to some young entrepreneurs I met at the fair…

Buttons n' Things owner Shie Reynaldo shared with me her new business venture
Handmade and personalized picture frames and notebooks.
They have bags and accessories, too.

Check their website www.buttonsnthings.blogspot.comor email buttonsnthings@rocketmail.com

After Shie, I met Sheila Corpuz of Lollicakes and Cupcakes.  Now I don’t have a photo of her in here, but she shared how her sister’s love for baking cupcakes turned into good business.

I love lollicakes!! Bought a dozen of them! XD

Lollicakes are much like chocolated coated, candy sprinkled, Dunkin Donut munchkins.  My three friends loved these, so I guess you would be a fan,too.

By the way, my sister Aki’s also fond of baking cupcakes and I’m excited for us to have our won pastry shop soon!!!

Here are other exhibits to visit:

Any trade fair won't be complete without food! Check out native delicacies from Tamago's

AIDA’S POTTERY.  Clay based products in Poblacion, Lezo, Aklan.  Jars and vases, bricks, garden decors, pottery works and other decorative items.  Mrs. Aida Alejandro +63928-2349251

TAMAYO HANDICRAFTS. Pook talipapa , Kalibo, Aklan.  Look for Mrs. Carmela Tamayo, Entrepreneur +639285444280.

GRANDMA’S GARDEN FRESH & GEN.MERCHANDISE.   for instant salabat (I love their salabat with calamansi!), ginger polvoron and other ginger based products.

I encourage local and international tourists who may be off to see the beach island of Boracay to visit the neighboring town of Kalibo to visit the festival.  There are other stopovers for you which I previously posted here in my blog, too:




8 thoughts on “Aklan’s Piña and Fiber Festival 2012”

  1. Aklanons are very creative talaga. I even bought a native bag there last year. Super high quality and I love the designs. 🙂

    1. Thanks Francis! I was able to join a media forum in Kalibo and various groups are really pushing for the development of the town. As of now, Kalibo is not yet ready to attract tourists from Boracay. They still have to put up first class hotels, restaurants and eco-sites. If I’m an investor, I’d love to initiate projects with the government to make the province economically sustainable.

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