Kalibo, Aklan

The Ati are an ethnic group in Panay, which is located in the Visayas (Islands of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Leyte, Samar, Panay, Masbate, Negros and Guimaras), the central portion of the Philippine archipelago.

They are genetically related to other ethnic groups in the Philippines such as the Aeta of Luzon, the Batak of Palawan, and the Mamanwa of Mindanao. They are currently fighting ...

for a small piece of ancestral land that was awarded to them but the Crown Regency Hotel is contesting the claim.

Ati People News

  • 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 ...

  • Isabela In Negros Occidental To Hold IPs Festival

    The Municipality of Isabela in Negros Occidental will hold the first-ever Ati, Bukidnon, Tumandok Festival on April 15 to 21.

    Mayor Joselito Malabor said this will be the official festival of Isabela.

    Malabor said he came up with the idea, which has a semblance of the town's history and given that the indigenous peoples (IP) communities still exist.

    The seven-day activity will have the theme: "Tumandok, Ugyon Kita sa Kadalag-an kag Kauswagan sa Banwang Tinubuan."

    "We will relive the history of Isabela town," the mayor said.

    Malabor said that based on recent history, the IPs are ...

  • San Joaquins Bayluhay Festival A Celebration Of Panays History

    Western Visayas is considered a region of festivals which commemorate local history and culture.

    One of the regions traditional fiestas locals and foreign visitors should witness is the Bayluhay Festival in the southern town of San Joaquin, Iloilo.

    The annual event which is slated every 3rd week of January commemorates the landing of the ten Bornean datus and the historic barter of Panay Island, both of which happened in the shores of San Joaquin.

    Bayluhay was coined from the Hiligaynon word "Baylo" which means "barter or to exchange".

    It was said that sometime between the 13th and ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Ati-Atihan Festival Pays Tribute To Mindanao

    The 2018 Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Festival version will pay tribute to Mindanao and its people, its organizers here said.

    Albert Menez, chairman of the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation Inc., said in a press conference that flags bearing the colors of Mindanao are being installed in the provinces major thoroughfares.

    The Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Festival 2018 will start on January 15 and will culminate on January 21.

    "Already, I have been receiving comments from those who saw the flags who said they felt they were in Mindanao. Mindanao is part of the Philippines and we are ...