Kalibo’s Ati-atihan Festival

This is my first time to attend Kalibo’s Ati-atihan and my over all experience with the place is great. We would like to thank Ms Nina of RB Lodge Kalibo, Aklan and Enrico Dee of Byahilo.com for making us experience the Kalibo’s Ati-atihan Festival.

What is Ati-atihan?

Ati-atihan is a very well known and one of the oldest festival in the Philippines. Ati-atihan’s been active 200 years before the Spaniards came to the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan was originally a pagan festival from this tribe practicing Animism, and their worshiping their anito god. Spanish missionaries gradually added a Christian meaning. Today, the Ati-Atihan is celebrated as a religious festival.

Attending Ati-atihan is such an experience, lots of loud bang beats of drums, lyres and snares! No wonder you’ll dance while you walk along the parade. Many of the parade attendees drink alcoholic beverages while on the parade! Vendors even sell beers on the side.

Drunk ati-atihan devotee collapses on the side of the parade

Devotees parade their Santo Ninos during the event of Ati-atihan

You can check more of my images of Ati-atihan festival here.

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9 Responses to “ “Kalibo’s Ati-atihan Festival”

  1. darqueangel says:

    Ang saya naman.. mapa bata matanda lahat nakikijoin sa pista.. at halos lahat sila may pinta sa mukha..

  2. Were you able to ask how long it takes to put on their make-up? Especially those covered in all black. I’m thinking shoe polish yun. Hehe!

  3. Fitz says:

    Rina, honga, di namin natanong kung gano katagal pero natanong ko kung anong gamit nila – hindi sha shoe polish, they use “grasa” and “uling”.

  4. mike says:

    enjoy pag sumayaw sa kalsada lalo na kapag sasama ka sa nagpapatalbogan ng drums lahat kasali sa sayawan………big party!

  5. EileenLeizel says:

    Hello Don,
    I am Eileen, an ESL teacher here in Davao City. Your pics are interesting and wonderful. I would like to ask your permission if I could use some of your pictures in my article about ati-atihan festival. Hoping for a favorable response.

    Thank you very nuch.

    Eileen

  6. dax73 says:

    sure po ma’am just don’t remove the watermark. thanks po!

  7. Mimi says:

    @Rina Alcantara – Hi! I’m from Kalibo, Aklan. The black smear (uling with oil) doesn’t take long to apply. It takes 15 to 30 mins for them to apply it depending on how thick they want their uling would be. The thicker the application, the more beautiful it would look.

  8. judine says:

    I really missed Ati-Atihan festival!!! Viva Kay Sr. Sto. NINO 2012!!!

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