Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival 2011 Schedule
Kalibo’s biggest celebration and merry-making is again setting the town’s streets packed with people to celebrate the Ati-atihan Festival 2011. Believed to have started in the year 1212, Kalibo’s Ati-atihan is considered to be the mother of all festivals in the Philippines. In fact, Iloilo’s very own Dinagyang Festival started as the city’s version of the Ati-atihan which eventually evolved into a worldclass celebration of culture, dance and music. [Learn more about Ati-atihan Festival's history]
Here is the Calendar of Events for the Ati-atihan Festival 2011 in Kalibo, Aklan.
SPIRITUAL STREET DANCING
January 1 to 16, 2011, Major Streets
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 7-16, 2011, Kalibo Cathedral
A unique age-old faith healing rite of the miraculous Santo Niño of Kalibo that attracts devotees worldwide for curing diseases.
January 7-15, 2011, Kalibo Cathedral
A traditional religious activity in reverence to the Santo Niño where believers pledge vows in exchange of blessings and supplications.
January 10, 2011, Pastrana Park
Opening of the weeklong Kalibo Santo Niño Niño Ati-atihan Festival 2011.
KAEAN-AN SA PLAZA
January 10-16, 2011, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 M.N., Pastrana Park
The Food Festival presents fast foods and different culinary specialties from Aklanon, Filipino to international culinary cuisines.
SEARCH FOR MUTYA IT KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN 2011
January 10, 2011, ABL Sports Complex
A pageant of beautiful and talented women vying for the Mutya it Kalibo Ati-atihan 2011 title.
HALA BIRA ATI-ATIHAN NIGHTS
January 10-16, 2011, Magsaysay Park
A never-ending excitement of “snake-dancing” and partying with the rumbling and energetic music of live bands and appetizing food and drinks served at surrounding kiosks.
ATI-ATIHAN PRODUCTS SHOWCASE
January 10-16, 2011, 8:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M., Pastrana Park
Showcase of beautiful ornamental plants and quality Aklanon products made from piña, abaca, raffia, nito and clay materials handcrafted by local artisans.
VISUAL ART EXHIBIT
January 10-16, 2011, Museo it Akean
Exhibit of awe-inspiring paintings and sculptures created by members of the Aklan Visual Arts Association.
PAGHINUGYAW IT MGA BARANGAY SA KALIBO
January 11, 2011, Major Streets
A parade of delegates from the 16 barangays of Kalibo with floats made of indigenous materials.
DAY OF THE DRUMS
January 11, 2011, Pastrana Park
Drum and bugles contest participated in by the different schools in Aklan.
SAD-SAD KAY SEÑOR SANTO NIÑO
January 12, 2011, 2:00 P.M., Major Streets
All-out Ati-Atihan street dancing for students from public and private high schools and colleges in Aklan.
January 13, 2011, 8:00 AM, Major Streets
Parade of school teachers and faculty in their colorful costumes.
AKLAN FESTIVALS SHOWDOWN AND HIGANTE CONTEST
January 13, 2011, 2:00 P.M., Major Streets of Kalibo
Street dancing for Santo Niño devotees and municipal employees from the 17 towns of Aklan showcasing the province’s various festivals and fantasy-themed giant images.
MUTYA IT KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN CORONATION
January 13, 2011, Magsaysay Park
Coronation of the most beautiful and talented maiden who ______ the Mutya it Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival 2011 title.
BARTER OF PANAY REENACTMENT
January 13, 2011, Magsaysay Park
A reenactment of the arrival of the ten (10) Datus and the Purchase of Panay from the Aetas by the Malays that is believed to be the beginning of the Ati-atihan.
TRIBAL-MODERN GROUP ATI-ATIHAN CONTEST
January 14, 2011, 9:00 A.M., Major Streets
Tribal-Modern Ati tribes wearing arty and colorful costumes dance on the streets to the beat and tempo of the drums and lyre.
SAD-SAD OF SOCIO-CIVIC AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS
January 15, 2010
Whole day Ati-atihan street dancing for various socio-civic and religious organizations in Aklan.
DAWN PENITENTIAL PROCESSION
January 15, 2011, 4:00 A.M., Major Streets
Praying of the rosary with devotees and pilgrims before the festival music rises into a crescendo.
TRIBAL, BALIK-ATI AND INDIVIDUAL ATI-ATIHAN CONTEST
January 15, 2011, 7:00 A.M., Major Streets
Tribal and Balik-Ati tribes dance on the streets to the beat of the drums in their vibrant and indigenous costumes together with individually-costumed participants.
BLESSING OF CHILDREN
January 15, 2011, 11:00 A.M., Kalibo Cathedral
Children of different ages gather for the traditional blessing to honor the Holy Child officiated by the Parish Priest.
ATI-ATI IT MGA HIGANTE IT KALIBO
January 15, 2011
A parade of Higantes and individuals dressed up in giant images.
January 15, 2011, 12:00 Noon, Front of St. John the Baptist Cathedral
Simultaneous drum beating of Ati-atihan Tribes to pay tribute to the Santo Niño.
January 15, 2011, 11:00 P.M., Magsaysay Park
Spectacular display of colorful fireworks on the eve of the Ati-atihan’s biggest day.
Ati-atihan Festival 2011 Highlights:
KAPISTAHAN NI SEÑOR SANTO NIÑO
January 16, 2011
Feast Day of the Holy Child Santo Niño.
TRANSFER OF SANTO NIÑO DE KALIBO
January 16, 2011, 6:30 A.M., Kalibo Cathedral to Pastrana Park
Transfer of the venerated miraculous image of Santo Niño of Kalibo from the Kalibo Cathedral to Pastrana Park for the High Mass celebration led by the Bishop and concelebrated by all priests of Aklan.
January 16, 2010, 7:00 A.M., Pastrana Park
Concelebrated Pilgrims’ mass offering where devotees, guests and tourists flock in solidarity with Ati-atihan tribes as they take part in the highest form of Catholic worship.
January 16, 2010, 2:00 P.M., Town Plaza-Major Streets-Kalibo Cathedral
“Praise dancing” of Ati-atihan tribes, Aklanons and guests for hours together with beautifully adorned Santo Niño caros and devotees carrying Sto. Niño image and bamboo torches.
January 16, 2010, 7:00 P.M., Magsaysay Park
The finale and last hurrah of the three- weeklong festival. Winners of the Ati-atihan Contest give their last energy as they receive their awards.