On our way back to Manila, we left Boracay early and afforded us a little time in Kalibo to grab some lunch at Kitty’s Kitchen and drop by the Kalibo Cathedral.
Kitty’s Kitchen is recommended for its barbecue ribs so that’s what we tried – and we we’re not disappointed. (Click here to see a list of other establishments in Kalibo and their specialties)
The restaurant was empty when we arrived and our orders were served quickly. The desserts were good and we even bought some to take home. I liked this restaurant because of its tasteful design, its subdued ambience, and the good food. This is a place I’d recommend to my friends to check out when hungry but not so much in a hurry.
Click here to read Alex Dizon’s experience of dining in Kitty’s Kitchen.
THE KALIBO CATHEDRAL
Originally built in 1581 and stands as the oldest edifice of worship in the province. It was renovated in 1993 through the spiritual and monetary help of the Aklanons. The church’s renovation designs are one of the last works of the renowned national artist Leandro V. Locsin. – Kalibo, Home of the Ati-atihan Festival
After the World War II, in 1947, Gabriel M. Reyes, Archbishop of Cebu and later Manila, personally took a hand reconstructing and remodeling the church. The church “On 14 June 1990, an earthquake measuring 7.1 in the Richter Scale hit Panay Island at 3:41 P.M., “The epicenter was located at 11.34 North latitude; 122.10 East longitude, in the vicinity of Culasi, Antique. The depth was computed to be 15 kilometers,” reported Philvocs. Damage to property included “The Catholic Church of Kalibo that is made of bricks (which) suffered cracks on its walls.” During the incumbency as bishop of Gabriel V. Reyes, a nephew of the former archbishop of Manila restored and improved the church to accommodate the many pilgrims who come to celebrate the feast of the Santo Niño.
The church of Kalibo is of modern construction but retains some of the lines characteristic of the post war church, which in turn alludes to earlier church styles. The center of attention in this church is the image of the Santo Niño, in whose honor the annual Ati-atihan is celebrated. (Panublion) – Kalibo Cathedral, Heritage Conservation Society
The van from the Caticlan port brought us directly to the airport so after checking in, we took a tricycle and asked the driver to bring us to Kitty’s Kitchen. He was kind enough to wait for us while we had lunch, as he had some errands to do anyway he said, then bring us to the cathedral and back to the airport. We we’re back at the airport in no time and boarded the plane soon after. That was worthy quick trip indeed!