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\ue000Aklan, the youngest of four provinces of Panay Island, is actually in
point of history, one of the oldest if not the oldest province in the
country.
\ue000The first settlers came from Borneo. They fled their land to escape

the oppressive rule of Makatunaw, Sultan of Brunei. The purchase of Panay by the Maraynons has become legend has woven into songs and dances. It tells of how Datu Puti, the leader of the Maraynons, purchased the vast valleys and lowlands from the Ati King, Marikudo, and his wife, Maniwang-tiwang, by a golden sarok, a golden necklace, bolts of cloth and some trinkets. A feast was held celebration of the transaction. The celebration is commemorated every year when the purchased was consummated. In later years when Ati descendants of Marikudo withdrew to the mountains, the settlers choose to perpetuate the celebration. In the absence of the Atis, some of the settlers smeared themselves with soot to simulate the ati. From then on, the celebration has withstood the test of centuries came to be known as the Ati-atihan festival.

\ue000Aklan became independent when the late President Magsaysay signed
into law on April 25, 1956, Republic Act 1414, separating Aklan from
Capiz. The provinces was officially inaugurated on November 8, 1956.
TALIBONGanci ent
weapon of Aklan
Gen. Castillo and the
\u201c19 Martyrs of Aklan\u201d
Monument
CANDIDO IBAN
Monument in Malinao,
Aklan

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