797th Kalibo Aklan Sto. Nino Ati-atihan Festival 2009
The world famous Ati-atihan Festival of Kalibo Aklan, the Mother of all Philippine festival is fast approaching and the people of this province with the local government and festival organizers are busy preparing for the said event. The Ati-atihan festival 2009 of Kalibo Aklan always commence in the 3rd week of January and this year, the Ati-atihan Festival will be celebrated from January 13 to 19, 2009.
It’s the 797th Ati-atihan Festival and it will be celebrated in a traditional way with fun and excitement. The streets of Kalibo Aklan will again be full pack of local and foreign visitors that wants to experience the excitement of the festivities. There will be lots of surprises in the celebration of the Ati-atihan festival with its sight, sound, color, pageantry, faith, spirit and spontaneity that is devoted to the Santo Niño.
The Santo Nino Ati-atihan Festival 2009 promised that local and foreign tourists will have an unforgetable experience in this celebration. So celebrate with fun and excitement and experience the province rich culture and history.
The 797th Kalibo Aklan Sto. Nino Ati-atihan Festival Schedule of Activities
SPIRITUAL STREET DANCING
1st week to 3rd Sunday of January 2009, Principal Streets of Kalibo
The true spirit of Ati-atihan. An act of piety to ensure miracle for barren women to bear children, heal the body from maladies beyond medical remedy, prosperity in business or simply for fun and excitement.
January 10-18, 2009, Kalibo Cathedral
A traditional religious activity in reverence to the Sto. Niño where believers pledge vows in exchange of blessings and supplications and is gaining worldwide recognition and acceptance for its miracle of healing.
HALA BIRA ATI-ATIHAN NIGHTS
January 12-18, 2009, Magsaysay Park
Experience an unforgettable and endless dancing and partying with the rumbling and energetic music of live bands starting in the early evening till the wee hours of the morning. Join the crowd in the almost never-ending excitement- of “snake-dancing” and enjoy the appetizing food and drinks served at kiosks in and around the park.
KAEAN-AN SA PLAZA (Food Fest)
January 12-18, 2009, 9:00a.m.-12mn, Pastrana Park
The perfect place to re-energize yourselves. The Food Festival at the town plaza presents fast foods and different culinary specialties from Aklanon, Filipino to international culinary cuisines.
VISUAL ART EXHIBIT
January 12-18, 2009, Museo it Akean
Awe-inspiring paintings and sculptures created by members of the Aklan Visual Arts Association adding vibrance to the various museum pieces for your eyes to feast on.
January 13, 2009, 2:00 p.m., Principal Streets of Kalibo
All out Ati-Atihan street dancing for students from public and private high schools and colleges in Aklan.
January 14, 2009, 8:00 A.M., Principal Streets of Kalibo
A parade of teachers and faculty from all public schools and colleges in the province of Aklan in their colorful costumes.
ATI-ATIHAN PRODUCTS SHOWCASE
January 12-19, 2009, 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Pastrana Park
Showcases beautiful ornamental plants and quality Aklanon products made from piña,abaca,raffia,nito and clay materials handcrafted by local artisans.
HIGANTE PARADE & AKLAN FESTIVAL SHOWDOWN
January 14, 2009, 2:00 p.m., Principal Streets of Kalibo
A colorful parade of the festival winners and Sto. Niño devotees from the 17 towns of Aklan highlighted by the giant images of cultural and historical significance.
PAHILOT OR PAEAPAK
January 14-18, 2009, Kalibo Cathedral
A unique age-old faith healing rite of the miraculous Sto. Niño of Kalibo that attracts devotees worldwide for curing diseases.
BARTER OF PANAY REENACTMENT
January 15, 2009, Magsaysay Park
The legendary reenactment of the arrival of ten (10) Datus and the Purchase of Panay from the Aetas by the Malays. Witness the origin of the Mother of all festivals unfold before your eyes and its evolution into the present day praisefest.
3 DAYS FINAL HURRAH
January 16-18 2009, Major Streets of Kalibo
Experience 3 days and nights of jubilating revelry with soot-smeared Akeanons, local and foreign tourists dancing in wild abandon to the deafening sound of numerous drums, cymbals and lyres shouting, “Hala Bira Puera Pasma! Viva kay Señor Sto. Niño. Viva!’
January 17, 2009, 7:00 a.m., Major Streets of Kalibo
Tribal and modern groups, Balik-Ati tribes and individually costumed participants dance on the streets to the beat of the drums and lyre in their vibrant and colorful costumes.
BLESSING OF CHILDREN
January 17, 2009, 11:00 a.m., Kalibo Cathedral
Children of different ages gather for the traditional blessing to honor the Holy Child officiated by the Bishop of Kalibo.
DEVOTEES DAWN ROSARY & PROCESSION
January 17, 2009, 4:00 a.m., Kalibo Cathedral
Pray the dawn rosary with devotees and pilgrims. A moment of deep silence before the festival music rises into a crescendo.
January 17, 2009, 11:00 p.m., Magsaysay Park
A spectacular display of colorful fireworks in the eve of the Ati-atihan’s big day. See the most dazzling show of thousands of vibrant lights as they pierce the night sky.
TRANSFER OF STO. NIÑO IMAGE
January 18, 2009, 6:30 a.m., Kalibo Cathedral to Pastrana Park
The traditional transfer of the venerated miraculous image of Sto. Niño of Kalibo from the Kalibo Cathedral to Pastrana Park for the field mass celebration. Witness the applause of drums and lyre of Ati Tribes in reverence to the Sto. Niño.
January 18, 2009, 7:00 a.m., Pastrana Park
A concelebrated field mass offering devotees, guests and tourists flock insolidarity with Ati-atihan Tribes as they take part in the highest form of Catholic worship to God.
TORCH PARADE & PROCESSION
January 18, 2009, 3:00 p.m., Principal Streets of Kalibo
Join the Ati-atihan groups parading for hours together with their beautifully adorned Sto. Niño caros and devotees carrying Sto. Niño image and bamboo torches that create floods of lights beginning at the town plaza and ending at the Kalibo Cathedral.
January 18, 2009, 7:00 p.m., Magsaysay Park
The finale and last hurrah of the three- weeklong festival. After a day of street dancing and gastronomic feast in praise of the Sto. Niño, winners of the Ati-atihan Contest give their last energy as they receive their awards.
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