The Mother of All Philippine Festivals: Kalibo Ati-Atihan


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Belle Piccio | Dec 07, 2015
The Mother of All Philippine Festivals: Kalibo Ati-Atihan

The Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival, popularly known as the “Mother of All the Philippine Festivals, is an annual celebration in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño de Kalibo.

One of the highlights of the festival is the street dancing competition of different Ati-Atihan tribes and groups called “Sadsad Ati-Atihan.” There are about 20-30 tribes and groups that will be joining the contest. As early as 5:30am on January 16, 2016, contestants will assemble and line up from Aklan Freedom Shrine to Crossing Banga-New Washington. 

A new route is formed to accommodate more visitors who want to see the lively street performance of the competing tribes. The Sadsad Ati-Atihan will be scored by 18 judges. The street dancing will pass along these streets:

  • Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes St.
  • Gregorio Pastrana St.
  • Dr. Gonzales St.
  • S. Martelino St.
  • Cirilo Laserna St.
  • XIX Martyrs St.
  • Laserna St.

Here’s the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival 2016 schedule of activities:

Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival 2016

The Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival is both historical and religious in origin. It is an annual thanksgiving and celebration to glorify St. Niño showcasing the creative talents of Kalibonhon and Akeanon.

For inquiries, contact the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (KASAFI) at (036) 268-6160 or visit their office at 2nd Flr. Captain Gil M. Mijares Bldg., Corner XIX Martyrs Rizal Sts., Kalibo, Aklan.

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Kalibo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). From Kalibo Airport, you can ride a tricycle and ask to be dropped off at your destination. If coming from Boracay/Caticlan, ride a van to Kalibo (estimated cost of Php100-200, two hours).

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