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

  • Marine Resources Tour For Ati Kids

    Marine Resources Tour For Ati Kids

    They may be from inland villages, but indigenous Ati children had the chance to learn about the significance of marine resources here.

    More than a dozen Ati children from both Iloilo and Guimaras province travelled to Taklong Island National Marine Reserve (TINMAR), which is managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Nueva Valencia town.

    "This was conceptualized as a travel and learning experience for the indigenous children," said Angelica S. Belarmino, assistant project leader of "Trip to Learning Wonderland."

    Besides giving the Ati children background ...

  • 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.

  • Ecotourism For Wildlife Conservation

    Ecotourism For Wildlife Conservation

    Endowed with rich natural resources, white sandy beaches, pristine waters, astonishing landscapes surrounding inland water bodies and a variety of wildlife, the Philippines has the potential of pump priming the economy through ecotourism.

    According to the latest report from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the first seven months of the year yielded the country 3.93 million foreign tourists a marked increase of 11.02 percent from the same period last year.

    Visitor receipts from January to July 2017 hit some P179.86 billion, an increase of 21.07 percent from the same seven-month period in ...

  • 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 ...