Lezo is a landlocked and smallest municipality in the province of Aklan, Western Visayas region (Region VI), Philippines. It has a population of 15,224 (2015 Census figures).
Festivals and Events
BAYANGAN FESTIVAL – Bayangan is a local dialect meaning “potter’s wheel.” It is used to mold clay into various pottery products which is the pride of the town of Lezo, but for Lezeños it does not only mean molding of the famous industrial craft but it also symbolizes the molder of true Lezeño values, traditions and cultural heritage. Bayangan Festival is celebrated in line with the Foundation Day of the municipality every 6th of July which showcases cultural dance presentation/showdown with “Pagbayang” concept and street dancing enjoining Lezeños to participate in the merry making around the Poblacion or town center.
Spots and Attractions
Lezo is a small town, but there are still more than a couple of things to see. First, pay the Lezo Plaza a visit. It is home to most events of the municipality and you will surely see kids of locals playing basketball. Tennis and badminton courts are also available for those who want more physical activity. The Town Hall is situated beside the church, and is a new building. You can go in and up the stairs to the balcony to have a view the whole plaza and other municipal buildings. Just down the road from the plaza is the Church of the town, a beautiful old building. For the brave ones, a climb up the Bell town to see a nice panoramic view of the town is worth a try. Beside the Church is the Lezo Pottery where locals make beautiful clay pots and finish them in their kiln. At the pottery, you can ask if you can try your luck making something. As in most small towns, a walk around is the best thing to do to explore and interact with the locals, who are always friendly and accommodating.
Products and Produce
Among the municipality of Lezo’s local industries that have helped augmenting the locals’ livelihood and income. Residents living by the river bank make their living making clay pots and jars likewise using indigenous materials found abundant in their area. Buying directly from the pot makers will save you some amount, hence the town is being visited for these beautifully hand-made pots. Meanwhile, the pop-rice squares or better known locally as “ampaw” is made of cooked dried rice, deeply fried, sugar coated, subsequently molded or cut into desired sizes and dried until crispy.
Credits to Aklan Province