Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival 2016 Schedule of Activities
The Mother of All Philippines Festival is fast approaching! Have you set your itineraries to your travel to Kalibo, Aklan? Check out the 2016 Schedule of Ati-Atihan Festival:
January 8-16, 2016 Nine-Day Devotional Novena / Parish Visitations Community Vigils
Cathedral Parish of Saith John the Baptist / Parochial Parishes
January 8-17, 2016 Paeapak sa Sto. Niño de Kalibo
Cathedral Parish of Saith John the Baptist grounds
January 8, 2016 (Friday) Mutya It Kalibo Ati-Atihan Pageant Finals & Coronation Night
ABL Sports and Cultural Center, Kalibo, Aklan, 7:00 PM
January 9, 2016 (Saturday) Sikad, Karera sa Kalibo Ati-Atihan
Kalibo, Aklan, 6:30 AM
January 9, 2016 (Saturday) Car Show 2016
Pastrana Park, 1:00PM – 12:00midnight
January 10, 2016 (Sunday) 5K Ati-Atihan Fun Run
Kalibo Pastrana Park, 5:00AM
January 11-17, 2016
Hala Bira Ati-Atihan Nights – Kalibo Magsaysay Park, 6:00PM
Kalibo Ati-Atihan Street Bazaar – Veterans Avenue
Kaean-an sa Plaza – Kalibo Pastrana Park
Kalibo Ati-Atihan Trade Fair – Kalibo Pastrana Park
Aklanon Visual Arts Exhibits – Museo it Aklan
January 11, 2016 (Monday) Parade Festival Showcase
Kalibo Pastrana Park
January 11, 2016 (Monday) Ati-Atihan HipHop Dance Showdown (Regional Dance Competition)
Magsaysay Park, 6:00 PM
January 12, 2016 (Tuesday) “Pagdayaw Kay Sr. Sto. Niño”
Major Streets of Kalibo, 1:00 PM
January 13, 2016 (Wednesday) “Sinaot sa Calle” Department of Education – Aklan (Students)
Major Streets of Kalibo, Kalibo Pastrana Park, 1:00 PM
January 14, 2016 (Thursday) “Sinaot sa Calle” (Department of Education)
Major Streets of Kalibo, 8:00 AM
Aklan Higante Contest – Major Streets of Kalibo, Kalibo Pastrana Park, 1:00 PM
January 15, 2016 (Friday) Sadsad Pasaeamat kay Señor Sto. Niño
Major Streets of Kalibo
January 16, 2016 (Saturday) – Dawn Penitential Procession
Major Streets of Kalibo, Cathedral Parish of Saint John the Baptist, 4:00 AM
Ati-Atihan Tribal Big & Small, Balik-Ati, Modern Groups, Individual Street Dancing Contest – Major Streets of Kalibo, 8:00 AM
Hornada – In front of Cathedral Parish of Saith John the Baptist, 12:00 NN
January 17, 2016 (Sunday) Transfer of Santo Niño de Kalibo and Pilgrims’ Mass
In front of Cathedral Parish of Saith John the Baptist, 6:30 AM
Religious Procession and Dance – Major Streets of Kalibo to Cathedral Parish of Saint John the Baptist, 2:00 PM
Closing Liturgical Celebrations: Sadsad Pagtahod – Cathedral Parish of Saint John the Baptist, 2:00 PM
Pagpadungog – Kalibo Magsaysay Park
About Ati-Atihan Festival
Ati-Atihan in Aklan is easily the most gaily celebrated festival in the Philippines. For two full days but oftentimes extending to a week, Akeanons and foreigners intermingle in the streets in frenetic merriment, singing, dancing, and dressed in colourful and outlandish costumes. Other covers their bodies and faces with soot, all beating drums, cans, tom-toms, and shouting “Viva Señor Santo Nino!”
The townsfolk in soot imitate the Ati – a local name for the aboriginal highland tribe that could still be found in the backwoods of Panay. Others wear costumes that range from ragged to the regal, from Oriental to the Western, and from the primitive to the space age.
The celebration is climaxed on its last day, the third Sunday of January, with a torch procession which starts and ends at the church. It is a slow moving procession of sining, dancing, prancing, chanting, and cheering throng that finds it way all over the town through its main streets.
The origin of the Ati-Atihan dates back to the 13th century when the region of Aklan was peopled by the Negritos. This rustic scene was one day broken with the arrival of boatloads of Malays from Borneo who fled their land in search for better life.
This was resented by the Negritos and soon bloody encounters occurred between the two groups. Desiring a peaceful life, the Malays, initiated a peace talk with the aborigines and peace was ushered in with a rejoicing.
The epic event was celebrated with a feast, with the Malays daubing their faces with soot to show their desire to live in harmony with the natives.
Later, the Ati-Atihan was celebrated during the harvest season. During the Spanish era, however, Don Flores, the first Spanish encomiendero of Aklan, arranged with Datu Malanga and Madayag to hold the merriment during the celebration of the feast of the Holy Child Jesus.
Since then, Ati-Atihan is staged on the third Sunday of January.
Source: Ati-Atihan 1987 Souvenir Magazine