2018 KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

2018 KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

2018 KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

ATI-ATIHAN: A MARVELOUS SPECTACLE OF EPIC PROPORTIONS

Filipinos love celebrations – every little thing that can be celebrated tends to be celebrated and commemorated with merriment and gaiety. The Filipino style of celebrating is famous the world over – if not centered on religious patrons, celebrations are founded on family and values which we hold dear. And what celebrations would be complete without the requisite merriment accompanied by music, dancing and colorful costumes with the succulent servings of delicacies and dishes that is truly Filipino?

Kalibo, Aklan becomes the center of the universe in the Filipino calendar of celebrations every third week of January as it gathers people from all walks of life to participate in the feast known as Ati-atihan. A religiously-centered festival honoring the place of the infant Jesus (Sto. Nino) in the lives of Filipinos all over the world, it also serves as a historical commemoration of the importance of the Aetas’ (or Atis) acceptance of the presence of the Malays during their foray into the province. When the Aetas encountered a famine and were in dire straits, the Malays offered them refuge and

Ati-atihan is also known as “The Mother of All Philippine Festivals” as it does bring forth all the requisite elements of a colorful festival. Perhaps the central spectacle in the celebration are the participants in the street dancing part of the festival. Sporting soot-blackened skins and colorful costumes and headdresses which identify them as part of a tribe. They represent their tribes proudly as they dance to the haunting rhythm of the drums and the music that has an otherworldly effect – enchantingly caressing the soul of the performers, removing their inhibitions from performing in front of so many people in the streets. Hopping, shifting their feet and dancing to the rhythm of the music, they traverse the streets of Kalibo, amazing the onlookers with their own brand of merriment.

The ubiquitous chants of “Hala Bira, Pwera Pasma!” fill the air as the merrymakers continuously chant it as they parade along the streets, calling out to the onlookers to come and join them in the merriment. The chants also serve as a talisman, founded on the belief that the Infant Jesus would protect them from any harm as they parade through the streets. As the parade passes, time seems to lose meaning as you get sucked into the festivities and the gaiety of the event. You do not seem to sense any tiredness as the day drags along – the activities seem to infuse you with such an energy that replenishes itself from the atmosphere of like-minded people.

And the festivities officially reach the penultimate point of the occasion with a parade of thousands of believers who carry different images and statues of the Infant Jesus, all of whom fervently wishing that their personal wishes would be granted through His intercession. Every step counts as part of their promise to the Infant Jesus and each step brings them closer to the fruition of their devotions. The celebrations officially come to a close with the announcement of winners in a huge masquerade party that rivals that of the street dancing in pomp and pageantry.

Festivals obviously aren’t complete without any taste of the local fare and in the lulls of the Ati waves, when you feel the need to replenish your energy stores, try the mouthwatering delicacies that the local dive spots and the ubiquitous hole in the wall eateries that each offer various versions of the dishes that are uniquely Aklanon.

Living up to the moniker of being the Mother of All Philippine Festivals can be considered as a huge undertaking but Kalibo makes it work, year after year. While it may be difficult, the participants still outdo the previous iterations with much more pomp and pageantry. And that, in itself is a huge success.

KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES 2018

 

Monday, Jan 15, 2018

Parade of Aklan Festival Showdown (Ecological-tourism themed costumes)
Starting Time 2:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Parade of the students and teachers with a theme -Viva Sr. Sto. Nino
Starting Time 2:00 PM

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

Parade of DepEd Students with a theme “Sinaot sa Calle” (street dancing)
Starting Time 2:00 PM

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Parade of DepEd Teachers Street Dancing “Sinot sa Kalye” Higante Contest (Parade of the Giants, Children’s favorite)
Starting Time 8:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Friday, Jan 19, 2018

A whole day Ati-Atihan street dancing “Sadsad Pagpasaeamat”
Starting Time 8:00 AM-7: 00 PM

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 (Biggest day)

Tribal, Balik-Ati & Modern and Individual Ati-Atihan Contest
Car Show and Street Party
Starting Time 7:00 AM -7:00 PM

Sunday, Jan 21, 2018 (Last day)

Main Events: Feast Day of Sto.Nino Pilgrims Mass (7 AM)
Religious Procession (Main Parade) (3 PM)
Photo Contest Open to all Professional and Amateur Photographer
All week long (every day)

 

2018 KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

By Bernardo “Berniemack” Arellano III (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

LIST OF BUDGET HOTELS IN KALIBO, AKLAN

Attending the Ati-atihan festival requires you to book your hotel room in advance. Book and confirm your reservation below by clicking the links provided. Almost all of these places offer some discounts for you to grab.

Ati-Atihan Festival Hotel
19 Martyrs Street, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Aranas-Carillo Travellers Inn
Regino, Roldan Street, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Basa Hotel
JNC Martelino Street, Andagao, Aklan, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Bee Bee Lodge
Barangay Old Buswang, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Discover Boracay Hotel
Kalibo International Airport Complex, Kalibo International Airport, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

DREAMLAND RESIDENCES HOTEL
New Buswang Kalibo, Aklan, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Hotel Metro
Toting Reyes Street, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Inn and Suites at Roz and Angeliques
Jaime Cardinal Sin Avenue, Kalibo International Airport, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

La Esperanza Hotel
Osmeña Avenue, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

LM Lodge
LM Bldg., F. Quimpo St., City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Oliveros’ Place
Roxas Avenue Extension, Andagao, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Papierus Pensionne
647 Osmena Avenue, Capitol Site, Estancia, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Royal Suites Condotel
Rizal St. Poblacion, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

RB Lodge Kalibo
Pastrana St and N. Roldan Street, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

Suburbia Garden Hotel
Osmena Avenue Tigayon, Kalibo International Airport, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600
DISCOUNTED RATE, BOOK HERE

2018 KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

HOW TO GET TO KALIBO, AKLAN

Kalibo, Aklan is the gateway to the famous Boracay Beach. It has an International Airport and considered as one of the busiest airport in the country

GETTING AROUND

Kalibo to Caticlan (Boracay port)

Tour buses are available as you arrive at the Kalibo airport and travel directly to Caticlan (the gateway to Boracay Island). The fare from Kalibo to Caticlan is approximately PhP 200/person. These buses usually adjust to the schedules of the place arrivals to cater the guests arriving.

Vans are also available to transport guests to Caticlan. The fare is approximately PhP 200/person.

Caticlan to Boracay
Boracay Island is approximately 1 km away from Caticlan.The moment you arrive at Caticlan get inside the Caticlan Jetty port building where you need to purchase your boat ticket. Guests need to pay: boat ticket (25 pesos), Environmental Fee ticket (75 pesos), terminal fee ticket (100 pesos).
Several boats are traveling to and from to Boracay with only a few minutes interval. Boats are available early as 4:00 am up to 10: pm

ATM machines also available at Jetty port building.

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4 Comments:

  1. Riza Mae H. Villanueva

    Colorful costumes! I look forward to go to this marvelous event! #marman

  2. The festive garments, sure is interesting. I’m pretty sure flocks of tourist visits this religious festival. #marman

  3. It has been ages since I first set my foot in Aklan. I’d love to go back thus January!

  4. What a great lineup of events! The half month of January are all covered and I’m sure there will be lots of fun in the activities and shows. 🙂

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