Feb 23, 2014

Ati-Atihan Festival 2014....Kalibo, Aklan

Ati-Atihan Festival 2014, Kalibo, Aklan
Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo is celebrated in honor of Sto. Nino and held annually during the third week of January. It was our first time to experience it and it was overly fun. Street dancers paint their faces black with colorful costumes and headdresses. Here are some travel tips based on my experience.

 DID YOU KNOW THAT?
• Ati- Atihan is the only fiesta that legally and culturally allows drinking on the streets as a tradition.



The Street Performers and Tribes
 
Ati-Atihan Festival 2014, Kalibo, Aklan

Ati-Atihan Festival 2014, Kalibo, Aklan
Prepping for the street dance


Ati-Atihan Festival 2014, Kalibo, Aklan







Ati-Atihan Festival 2014, Kalibo, Aklan
One of the best outfits of the festival






Dalmatian dog inspired costumes

Pretty cool costumes

Foreigners dancing to the beat


Paeapak is an old faith healing ritual where a lay minister rubs all parts of a devotee's body with a miraculous  Señor Sto. Niño de Kalibo image.It attracts thousands of devotees worldwide for it is believed to heal body and soul. The day we arrived at Kalibo, my hubby had a problem with his left eye about a transparent orb appearing every time he blinks but he kept it for himself. After the street dancing we went back to our hotel and after a while my hubby left to take more pictures. He said that  he saw this ritual inside the premises of John the Baptist Cathedral. He gave a small amount as a donation and the lay minister started to rub Sto. Niños image to his body and head. The day after, he revealed it to me about his eye problems and he told me that he tried the ritual Paeapak at the cathedral and  his eye problems disappeared gradually. Miracles do happen!. 

Tuklasera Tips

•  Be sure to book your hotel a month before the festival and expect to pay 3x more than the regular price of your stay. We stayed at Asia Novotel and payed P3,200 for a family room per day during our stay. The price is triple than the standard rates.


• Check http://www.kaliboatiatihan.ph/ for routes and updated schedule of the festival. 

All competing tribes will be seen on the streets surrounding Kalibo. You can even drink and dance with them.



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