Ati-Atihan Festival

Kalibo, Aklan

The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo NiƱo (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

  • Legend Of The Ati-atihan Fest In Aklan

    Legend Of The Ati-atihan Fest In Aklan

    Every January, Filipinos all over the world celebrate the Ati-atihan Festival, which is primarily devoted to the Santo Ni?o, or Child Jesus.

    But unknown to the millennial or younger generation, the history of the Ati-atihan is steeped in faith and Filipino culture.

    In 1975 Catholic priest Msgrs. Jose Iturralde wrote the history of the Ati-atihan could be traced to the old fishermen couple in Barangay Naile in the western part of the province.

    Iturralde said that in the early-1700s, an unnamed male fisherman went into the river to catch fish. But along the way, he considered it unfortu ...

  • The Enduring Reminder Of The Ati-Atihan Festival

    The Enduring Reminder Of The Ati-Atihan Festival

    The Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan is usually one of the most celebrated festivities that kick off the festival season in the country every year. It is also known as the Mother of All Filipino Festivals as it is the oldest public celebration being observed for over 800 years now, long before all other Filipino festivals began.

    Up to this day, historians still hold several versions to explain how the festival started. The most believed and convincing version is still that telling the story of how in 1200s, indigenous people known as Aetas from Panay islands highlands descended to the l ...

  • All Roads Lead To Kalibo For Ati-Atihan

    All Roads Lead To Kalibo For Ati-Atihan

    This weekend, revelers and devotees alike will flock to Kalibo town, Aklan province for the highlight of the 2018 Ati-Atihan Festival.

    The Kalibo Santo Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation Inc. is all set for the January 20-21 sadsad (dance procession) wherein locals mimick the dance of native Atis (Aetas) as they snake their way around the major streets of Kalibo to honor the Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus).

    But it is also a competition for tribes who dress in colorful and war-like costumes in what is dubbed as the countrys "Mother of All Festivals."

    On the other hand, security and safety forces ...

  • Ati-Atihan Festival Kalibo Aklan Philippines 4K HD

    Balik-Ati and Modern Costumes

    Wikipedia- "The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Nino (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 Atis" or "to make believe Ati's", the local name for the Aeta aborigines who first settled Panay Island and other parts of the archipelago.

    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 reli ...

  • DPWH Assures Safe Roads For Ati-Atihan, Dinagyang Revelers

    DPWH Assures Safe Roads For Ati-Atihan, Dinagyang Revelers

    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has assured revelers that roads leading to Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City are in good condition.

    Maintenance teams have been deployed to ensure safety for roads leading to the sites of the festivals scheduled this January 2018, the DPWH said in a statement.

    "DPWH Region 6 Director Wenceslao M. Leano, Jr. instructed concerned district offices of Aklan and Iloilo to make sure that roads are in good condition and accessible to motorists and the general public," the department said.

    For the Ati- ...

  • More Than Just About Aetas

    The yearly week-long Ati-atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan every January has gained global popularity over the decades. It has become a must-see event in international tourism calendars.

    Ati-atihan is linked to historical events in the Maragtas epic written by historian Pedro Alcantara Monteclaro, that has gone through repeated scrutiny, but which significance and provenance have never been debunked.

    Recent discussions about Ati-Atihan have interestingly highlighted more preponderant themes associated with literacy, peace, culture, and ethnology. In his June 1852 Relacion de las Yslas Fil ...