Ati-Atihan Festival

Kalibo, Aklan

The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines. The name "Ati-Atihan" means "to be like itas" or "make believe Ati's". Itas were the primary settlers in the islands according to history books. They too are the earliest settlers of Panay Island where th ...

e province of Aklan is situated.

The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. Christians, and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions. It has inspired many other Philippine Festivals including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo City, both adaptations of the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival, and legally holds the title "The Mother of All Philippine Festivals" despite of the other two said festivals' claims of the same title.

Ati-Atihan Festival News

  • Street Dancing Top Ati-Atihan Attraction- Organizer

    Street dancing continues to be the top tourist drawer in the annual Santo Nino Ati-Atihan Festival in this capital town.

    The weekend called Bisperas ag Kaadlawan it Kapistahan ni Senor Santo Nino de Kalibo is the most popular among visitors, according to Albert Menez, chairman of the Kalibo Santo Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi), the festival organizer.

    Next year, that weekend will be on Jan. 20 and 21.

    Festivities on Jan. 20 will start with a dawn penitential procession of devotees and their caros at 4 a.m. on major streets at the poblacion.

    At 8 a.m., Ati-Atihan tribe me ...

  • Ati-Atihan A Guide To The Philippines Biggest Festival

    Ati-Atihan A Guide To The Philippines Biggest Festival

    If youre interested in getting the ultimate Filipino fiesta experience, then Kalibos Ati-Atihan festival is a must. Believed to be around 800 years old, it was celebrated by the Aetas of Panay and the newly settled Malays from Borneo, long before there was an archipelagic Philippines to speak of. Today it is recognized as the "Mother of all Philippine festivals" and is a week-long celebration that people from all over visit the city to get a taste of.

  • Preparations For 2018 Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival Are Underway

    The Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-atihan Foundation, Inc. (KASAFI), together with its volunteers, is busy making preparations for the Ati-atihan Festival 2018.

    The Kalibo Ati-atihan, hailed as Mother of All Festivals, is an annual event held in this town every January and has gained popularity among local and international tourists and devotees.

    According to Albert Menez, chairman of KASAFI, the 2018 Kalibo Ati-atihan slated onJanuary 12 to 218 will be incorporated with new events, aside from the usual activities being scheduled every year.

    The series of activities include the nine-day devotio ...

  • Throwback To My Ati-Atihan Experience

    Throwback To My Ati-Atihan Experience

    I created this post 6 years ago in my old blog named "The Little Raconteur", please do bare with my grammar when I was younger hahaha.

    I have been telling too much about Mindanao, now let us see what Visayas has to offer. When we say Visayas things that always come in our mind are; Boracay, Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Magellans Monument in Mactan, Daing, Dried mangoes and many more. But let us dig deeper to explore more about this one of the wonderful places in the Philippines.

    This place is known because of the famous island of Boracay and where the street dancing really originated f ...

  • Ati-Atihan Fest Security Plan Being Readied

    Ati-Atihan Fest Security Plan Being Readied

    Stricter security measures are being finalized by law enforcement agencies in Aklan to ensure safety and security of Kalibo Ati-Atihan revelers and visitors this January.

    Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, In. (Kasafi) volunteers spearheaded the Ati-Atihan security coordinating conference on November 26 to map out the security plans, rerouting of traffic and the comprehensive weeklong activities.

    Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo, Aklan regarded as the "Mother of All Philippine Festivals" in honor and reverence to Senor Santo Nino de Kalibo will be held from January 6 until January 15.
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  • Ati-Atihan Festival Colorful And Most Fun In The Philippines

    Ati-Atihan Festival Colorful And Most Fun In The Philippines

    Appearance was 800 years, Ati-Atihan festival is considered the largest spring, colorful and most fun in the Philippines.

    If to Kalibo, Aklan provincial center in Panay Island, Philippines on the 3rd week of January, you will be treated to the most spectacular festival and the oldest of the country. This is an occasion to honor the Filipino people Baby Jesus, the patron for the whole country. Just to the occasion, Kalibo becomes vibrant with colorful costumes, wild dancing and drumming thrill everywhere.

    Ati-Atihan Festival stems from the thirteenth century when a group of Malay immigran ...