GUIDE: Schedule of activities and other things to know about Ati-Atihan 2018 in Kalibo

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED January 10, 2018 03:07 pm | UPDATED January 22, 2018 11:16 am
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(Inside Manila) The Ati-Atihan isn’t called the “Mother of All Philippine Festivals” for no reason—it lives up to it year after year, without fail. In fact, it’s 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?

Ati-Atihan, which means “to be like Atis,” is a week-long feast culminating on the third Sunday of January in honor of Santo Niño in Kalibo, Aklan. Filipinos seem to be in a collective agreement when asked about their first thoughts on the festival: soot-blackened skins dressed in colorful indigenous costumes and crowns, a jovial street parade with chants of “Hala Bira, Pwera Pasma” filling the air, and thousands of diverse images and statues of the Infant Jesus. It is, undoubtedly, the Aetas’ observance through religious processions that captivate the hearts of the onlookers.

Located in the northwest of Panay, Kalibo, Aklan is likewise known for its multi-awarded mangrove forest, Bakhawan Eco-Park, and the fact that it is the gateway to the fine white sands of Boracay Beach. Local hotels and airports are reportedly booked in time for the Ati-Atihan revelry so it may be hard for Manileños and tourists to travel, if they haven’t yet.

Here is the official list of schedule of activities for the Ati-Atihan Festival 2018:



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