Kalibo Ati-Atihan virtual party offers P1-M in prizes

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A highlight of this year’s Ati-Atihan is the ‘Balik Patik’ or a return to the traditional Ati-atihan drum and lyres

Aklan, Philippines – The local government of Kalibo is ready to celebrate the first virtual party of the famous Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Festival, with 1 million pesos for prizes in different competitions from Friday January 14 to Sunday January 16.

Kalibo Mayor Emerson Lachica said the events included the Miss Kalibo Ati-Atihan 2022 festival and costume, jingle and photo contests.

One of the highlights, he said, is “Balik Patik” or a return to the traditional Ati-atihan drum and lyres.

An Ati-Atihan dog costume contest has been moved to January 28.

Earlier, St. John the Baptist Cathedral announced that it would hold a caravan as an alternative to the traditional street dance that accompanies the procession of Sto. Images of Nino (the Christ Child) around town.

Last year, Kalibo held a simple festival with only one Ati-Atihan band allowed to play inside the cathedral after mass.

Cindy Ferrer, information officer for the Western Visayas Office of Civil Defense, said the regional COVID-19 task force has urged organizers in Ati-Atihan to limit activities that draw crowds.

In response, the local government canceled plans for a food festival and a bazaar. – Rappler.com

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