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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

  • NCCAs Dayaw Brings Indigenous Cultures To Metro Manila Schools

    NCCAs Dayaw Brings Indigenous Cultures To Metro Manila Schools

    With Gabaldon-type school building as background, ethnic groups from different parts of the country and South Korea performed traditional dances, songs and rituals in front of an appreciative crowd of primary and high-school students at Concepcion Elementary School in Marikina recently.

    The performance was part of the celebration of Dayaw, the Philippine indigenous peoples festival observed every October.

    Performing were groups from the Mountain Province, Palawan and Sulu, as well as the Manobo Lapaknon of Caraga, Ati of Antique, Blaan of Southern Mindanao.

    An indigenous group from So ...

  • Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    Dayaw PHs Indigenous Peoples Festival

    The 'Dayaw' festival brings together indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to share their culture and heritage.

    With October as Indigenous Peoples Month, the Philippines celebrated Dayaw, a 3-day festival with indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao coming together and sharing their cultural heritage through music, dances, arts and crafts, stories, and more.

    Dayaw means to present with pride, to show ones best with pride and dignity coupled with excitement, and to honor in different Filipino languages. The universal meaning of the word "dayaw" connotes celebra ...

  • Leave Nothing But Footsteps

    In long gone times , our ancestors, the Malay settlers and the Ati, revered the mountains of Panay. They looked up at the towering peaks of Madjaas, Napulak and Baloy, marveling how they grazed the clouds and touched the sky.

    There are even legends claiming that Panays endless mountain ranges are the dwellings of the ancient gods, sacred ground for the supreme bathala Bulalakaw. Old locals mostly feared these soaring columns of stone and green, warning that those who attempt to embark on journeys climbing them may never come back. The tales of caution vary from being kidnapped by engkantos ...

  • Scholarships For IP Students

    The provincial government of Negros Occidental released P383,950 worth of scholarship assistance to 95 elementary and high school students from the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) communities in the province.

    A report released by the Capitol on Feb. 20, 2017 indicated that the beneficiaries included 41 elementary students and 54 high school students from Toboso, Calatrava and Isabela towns and the cities of Sagay, Escalante, Cadiz and Himamaylan.

    Negros Occidental Scholarship Program (NOSP) Division head Karen Dinsay, who represented Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. in the distribution of the educ ...

  • Ati Community Experience I Bohol Philippines

    Our short experience with the Ati community in Bohol during our travel to Cebu. We made this short side trip to visit and explore Bohol.

  • 24 Ati Families Given Houses 10 Couples Wed

    24 Ati Families Given Houses 10 Couples Wed

    A total of 24 Ati families were given concrete-bamboo houses while 10 couples wed in a ceremony at Lanit Ati Community in Jaro district.

    The Home Sweet Home project was realized through a partnership of the City Government with JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang, Base Bahay Foundation, Homeless Peoples' Federation of the Philippines, Hilti Foundation, Western Institute of Technology, and Ati Tribes Mission, Inc.

    Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog noted the initiative was conceptualized two years ago when Councilor Lady Julie Grace Baronda who is also a member of JCI and her group discovered the place as a ...