Sagada Province

Sagada is one of the six municipalities in the province of Mountain Province, known for its tranquil and undisturbed beauty.

Men and Flowers

"Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock." ~Henry Ward Beecher
How men and flowers are alike? Generally speaking, men and flowers are very alike. Both have different characteristics, types and descriptions. 
Like men, there are flowers that give you the image of being bright, cheerful, loud, playful and charming. There are some that are too complex and mysterious. Some attract you with their calm, sweet and innocent features.
There are others that are too fragile for a breeze, but some are strong enough to stand a storm. Most of them will give you the image of being simple and timid but just added to how attractive they are.
Like men, there are flowers that look like royalty, elegant and delicate. But most observers get attracted to the slender and sensual ones.
Like men, flowers also improve themselves; some give away their smell and let out their special features, to become attractive. The only difference is, the flowers can't move like men, so they have to evolve to attract the animals to reproduce.
However, again, like men, flowers not only depend on the physical attributes to attract insects or animals. They also use the smell, and even patterns that only special insects can see. 
Can you think of someone that does this? Are you familiar with the "Pheromones" that they say our body secretes when we are attracted and wanting somebody? 
Or that special pattern you show for that special someone to notice you? Oh and can you think of someone that is attracted to a unique smell of that special person?
Flowers have that too! Some flowers have patterns that only bees and other insects that have ultraviolet vision can see. The guides they show to tell them where exactly is the nectar.
Other flowers attract their pollinators thru scent. People might find the smell unpleasant but for some special insects, it's very attractive.
They even change their appearance, like men, to attract insect and animal. Some species of orchids produce a flower resembling female bees to attract male bees.
Like flowers, men withers and fall, but still endure whatever the life gave them. 
The roots of the flowers can be compared to the history of the men, the roots of how they came to this world. Their stem to to our bodies strong enough to stand whatever throws at them. The petals to our personalities, the layer of personalities sometimes we don't realize we have. 
Flowers have been used as a symbol, like the red rose for love, beauty and passion. Poppies for consolation in time of death or in other countries, red poppies are worn to commemorate the soldiers who died in a war. Irises and lilies are used in burials as symbol of resurrection and daisies as a symbol of innocence.
Flowers have been part of men's life from birth to courtship to marriage, even until death. Always the first thing to come in mind if someone wants to beautify their environment. 
Flowers are also the objects of romance, religion, ritual, and as a medicine. Some even use it as source of food. And like humankind, flowers have been the favorite subjects of visual artists.
Men are from mars and women are from Venus! But how men and flowers are almost alike? It’s because women love men as much as they love flowers. They both gave them the reason to be happy and to feel alive.
Like flowers, men always smell good with the women who love them. Makes the world beautiful and brighter. Men like flowers make the women's environment beautiful!
What about you? Do you like flowers? How do you find them attractive? Share your thoughts in the comment below.
By the way, I'm going to post the list of flowers that I have photographed, but it's not complete. So if you are willing to share yours, with your copyright of course and proper credits, it's an honor. Message me! :)

Museo It Akean

Museo de Akean is the province private museum housing the rich history of the province. Aklan being the oldest province in the Philippines is very rich of many wonderful cultures and histories.
It showcases the memorabilia of the Archbishop Grabiel M. Reyes. Jars, potteries, pina textiles, religious relics and other artifacts from Spanish era are displayed in there too.

I was not able to explore the museum when we went there because it's closed. But It's another reason why I would love to come back to Kalibo. To know and see the remnants of Aklan's history. 

The museum is located adjacent to the Kalibo Cathedral and near the Pastrana Park. 

Pastrana Park

Pastrana Park was declared by the local government as a municipal archaeological site because of its major significance to the town.
During the digging when the park was improved, remains of European and Chinese artifacts were discovered.
It's also the location where the annual Ati-Atihan Festival is celebrated. All major streets in Kalibo intersect in this park.
It's also the the location where Gen. Francisco del Castillo died in Action. He's a patriot defender of Liberty and Leader of the Aklan revolutionists. The monument was erected at the corner of the park in 1952.
It's located just across the Kalibo Cathedral and a favorite spot for locals, specially students. It's also near the Aklan college and other establishments. Perfect spot to unwind, play or just sitting there and do nothing.
I'm amazed how clean this park is even though there are a lot people going there.  Not a must see, but if you are going to the church, it won't hurt passing by here.

Kalibo Hotel

Kalibo Hotel is a family owned hotel that gives guests a home-like stay in Kalibo since 1995. It's your home away from home. The decorations and the ambiance really give you that homey feeling.

It's conveniently located 10 minutes drive from Kalibo International Airport. The hotel is also a short walk from McDonalds and Jollibee. And if you are willing to walk, you can also reach the cathedral, the Pastrana Park and the Museo de Akean. And from there walk to the local market for some souvenirs.
The transportation terminals going to neighboring provinces and of course, Boracay are just around the corner. When you go out of the hotel, you'll find tricycles that can take you wherever you want to go.

When I was looking for a place to stay for just one night in Kalibo, this is the first hotel I preferred.  But since I will be with my friends I have to ask their opinions. In the end, we agreed to book in this hotel. 

The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Free pick-up from airport is included in their package. You'll just have to coordinate with them the time you want to be picked-up.

However, since we are coming from Boracay and no need to be picked-up at the airport, I arranged with them I requested for a free drop-off to the airport instead. And they accommodated my request.

The hotel room we got is perfect for the three of us. The room has enough room to walk around even thought it has one double bed and one single bed. The room has a huge cabinet for your luggage and clothes, though it's no use for us because we're just staying a night.

The room has 32-inch LCD TV with 80 channels you can choose from, perfectly working air condition and room safe. The toilet and shower rooms are just okay, but at least there's a hot shower. We paid for only Php1,736.00 a night with free coffee and tea. If you are looking for a place to stay just for a night or long term, this hotel is the perfect place.

Address: 476 N. Roldan Street, Kalibo, Aklan 5501 Philippines
Phone#: +63(036)268-4765/+63(036)500-7738
Cellphone#: +63(922)856-7332

Email: kalibohotel@hotmail.com
Website: www.kalibo-hotel.com

Contact Person: Mhel

Kalibo Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Baptist)

Kalibo Cathedral, officially known as Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was constructed in 1804 after moving from it's original location in Barrio Laguinbanwa in Numancia. 

It was said to be reconstructed from 1993 to 1997 following the 7.1 earthquake that hit the province. New brick can be seen on the walls of the church but there still remnants of old bricks in some of the places.
Even though Kalibo celebrates the Ati-Atihan as an honor to the Sto. Nino, its principal patron is really St. John the Baptist. A feast is celebrated in his honor every 24th of June.


Kalibo Cathedral is home to one of the shrines in Aklan, the Shrine of Sto. Nino. The shrine draws a lot of believers every January wanting to join the celebration in his honor. I've never seen the actual shrine because we went there during a mass. 


No time to explore after the mass because the locals are rushing inside to get a seat. I was actually surprised when they did that because I'm used to people who waited outside the church until the people get out before coming in. I’m just glad I was able to sna a few shots before the start of the mass. 

The mass is in Aklanon and I was able to understand just a few words. But most of his homily I didn't understand. That's why sometimes when I'm in another province and they speak a different dialect, I don't want to attend a mass. I can't really understand the priest's homily.  
 

Wherever you are in Kalibo and wanting to see the church, it's very easy to locate. Just take a tricycle and tell the driver to take you there. It's located just beside the Museo it Akean and opposite the Pastrana Park. It's about 10 minutes walk from Kalibo Hotel and 5 minutes walk from the town proper.
 
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