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Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Festival
In the province of Aklan on Panay island it is now Ati-Atihan time.
The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held in honor of the Santo Niño held annually in January in different towns of the Philippine’s province of Aklan. The most known is the fiesta in Kalibo, but there are others like Makato or Ibajai. The most beautiful one is in Ibajai.
A 13th century (c.1212 AD) event explains the origins of the festival. A small group of Malay datus, fleeing Borneo, were sold some land by the Ati people, the original inhabitants of Panay Island. The new arrivals celebrated the event at a great feast by painting themselves black to look like them.
- February 1, 2008 Faces from Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo Our photographer was in Kalibo. He brought some beautiful, intimate pictures back.
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