Social yet religious. Frantic yet formal. A deafening peaceful devotion. That’s the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival.
A festival like no other, the event is Akeanon’s version of the Mardi Gras which has both historical and religious origins. It’s simply one of the most-awaited events of the year for every Akeanon from all over the world, a time to reunite, celebrate, and at the same time glorify the Child Jesus – Santo Niño.
Ati-Atihan is a season for Kalibonhons and Akeanons together with its guests to witness local ingenuity as the participating Ati tribes, in their colorful costumes, flock the major streets of Kalibo, dancing to the thunderous beat of the drums, and shouting with enthusiasm the chant “Viva kay Señor Sto. Niño!”
Kalibo Santo Niño Ati-Atihan, truly a gala that showcases man’s creative talents as he exalts the child Jesus. A perfect combination of a spiritual activity that blend culture… now a tradition for every Kalibonhon and Akeanon.