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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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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 ...
The Ati-Atihan isnt called the "Mother of All Philippine Festivals" for no reason it lives up to it year after year, without fail. In fact, its the very merriment of the celebration that inspired the birth of many other Philippine Festivals, such as the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo City. Sparked curiosity yet?
The Boracay version of the annual Ati-Atihan Festival will be held on Saturday.
The highlight of the event is the "sadsad" or the dance parade along the White Beach on Sunday. A parade around Balabag Plaza and the Kabataans (Youth) night are also part of the event.
Participating are students from various secondary schools in Boracay as well as tourists, locals, and representatives of various commercial establishments in the island.
Felix delos Santos, chief tourism officer of Malay, on Thursday said t
This years festival focuses on the devotion of the Boracaynons to the Sto. Nino.