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The Philippines has big cities, isolated hamlets and everything in between. It also has many coastal resorts. The country has more than 7,000 islands, so it shouldn't be hard to find one that's right for you. Living costs vary widely, with Manila being at the top of the list. But no matter where you are, the cost of living will be dramatically lower than a comparable area in a western nation.
Aklan the oldest town in Aklan, Kalibo is also the home of the Ati-Atihan.
Every third Sunday of January, locals throw themselves in a Mardi-Gras like festival that involves intense drum-beating and chanting, masks and costumes, and even body-painting. The festival ends in a procession to the church, where participants pray to the Sto. Nino (the child Jesus) and promise to return next year.
South of the bustling crowded and fast pace City of Manila, Philippines, is an island called Panay, where you will find the Province of Aklan. About an hour, to an hour and a half, flight via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific or Air Philippines to its capital town of Kalibo.
It is also about half a day's William, Gothong and Aboitiz Super Ferry ride from Manila's South Harbor where the ferry will bring you to its town port of Damaged; about a 20 minute drive east of Kalikow.
Aklan is bound by the Sulu Sea on the northwest, by the Siouan Sea on the east and northeast, by the province of Antique on the west and by the province of Capes on the south. Alan is the oldest province in the Philippines, organized in 1213 by settler from Borneo as the Manure it Akin to include what is now Capes?
Angeles City - where Clark Air Force Base was until Mt. Pinatubo blew up in 1991, is still full of night life, in the Bali ago section, with more bar girls and dancers per capita than any place in the Philippines. These are commercial sex workers, licensed by the government so they can be subjected to health inspections for everything from TB to AIDS. But at the same time, prostitutes and prostitution are many places, as in every nation in the world, is illegal. The prostitutes and bar girls, synonymous, are sometimes arrested and prosecuted as are owners who have nude and topless shows also illegal in this country. Prostitution will continue to flourish in the Philippines and other developing countries as long as there is abject poverty. But because of the strong moral and Catholic culture, I believe only a small income will keep many from engaging in this practice they, their families and their religions find repulsive, immoral, degrading and not the least, dangerous to the individuals and the nation's health.
Boracay - A popular tourist some foreigner never gets out of, really a resort island, but a home to many is Boracay, a beautiful white sand beach with many reasonable price hotels and resorts of world class standards. Scuba diving reigns supreme as it does in many places including Mazola, Cebu Island in the south. Puerto Galleria is also a hot tourist destination for sand and water, even cheaper and with a fine character too. Subic Bay, near the Olongapo Free Port Zone has beautiful resorts though not as many as it did when the US Navy had a facility there. And now, it is more family oriented.
Boracay Island, Known far and wide as an island paradise, Boracay has charmed vacationers with its powder white sand, crystal blue waters and laid-back pace. Located at the northern tip of Pansy provinces, Boracay is about three hours away from Manila. Sun worshippers from all over the world visit Boracay yearly and some had made it their second home. It is no wonder that French, German, Spanish and English can be heard spoken in the islands. A culinary face is equally exciting featuring a wide range from Thai and Austrian to Belgian and Filipino. Numerous water sport facilities including dive shops are on hand, as well as a sprinkle of bars and dance clubs.
Capiz (Roxas City, Panay) - Roxas City (named after Manuel Roxas, the first president of the Philippines Republic) is at the northeastern portion of Pansy Island, greeting the Visayan Sea. It is primarily an agricultural metropolis --producing sugar, coconut, banana and sweet potato -- although fishing is the main source of income for most of the residents. This can be seen in the lattice-work of bamboo for drying fish that are scattered along the coastal areas. Roxas City also has several homes industries: mat and slipper making, banana and sweet potato chip production, and poultry rising.
Lingayen Gulf One of our List's members, Thomas Glenn shared about the Philippine Sea Chicken:
I've lived near one coastline or another for a good portion of my life. And that is where I am living now, on the Linguine Gulf, in the Philippines. I've lived literally on the beach for the five months I've been here. I can't explain my lack of perception, but it was not until fairly recently that I realized that here there were no raucous seagulls or diving pelicans or the tidbits of sand pipers projecting themselves across the sand. There were no seabirds!
After my illumination, I made a point of looking for these birds, and they never appeared. "Hmmm", I thought, "there just are no seabirds here," maybe on the other islands. And I let it go at that. Just yesterday I was at the beach with my camera and I believe I am the first person to record the Philippine Sea Chicken in its natural habitat. Well, these fowl are not marine predators. They are scavengers much like you would see on any farm or rural setting. But, they scavenge on the beach much as might a Seagull, and to me that puts them in a special class, Sea Chicken. I include the following photos to illustrate this remarkable fowl. Seeing believes.
Living in Siquijor and loving it: Witch Doctors, Evil Spirits, Dwende's, White Ladies, Ashwangs in Siquijor?
I like to seem bad thing about my home, Siquijor. Do please continue to bag Siquijor. It keeps the hordes of loud tourists away.
Seriously though, I am married to Cebuano lady who is originally Siquijoran, and I have stayed on several occasions on the island. We love the endless clean beaches, and the nearly total lack of serious crime. I have been visiting the Philippines for 20 years now, and we have a house in the Hills outside the town of Larena. The reason that I posted this is that the idea that witch doctors abound in Siquijor is a myth. There are a few dozen weirdos in the hills killing chickens for the tourists, but apart from that the people are very levelheaded, and a lot less prone to the violence of their big city cousins. The police here have only just introduced firearms. Do yourself a favor; don't listen to the Filippinos as I have been doing for 15 years. Try visiting Siquijor and if like me, you have dreams of retiring one day to a beautiful tropical island, unspoilt by the ravages of over-tourism. It may just win your heart.