The month of January plays host to a handful of festivals in various places in the Philippines. One of these celebrations is the Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan.
Kalibo, the capital of Aklan Province in the island of Panay celebrates Ati-atihan every 3rd week of January. Often a one week continuous celebration around the plaza and in front of the Kalibo cathedral, Ati-atihan is one of the most popular festivals in the country. Kalibo derives its name from the phrase “sangka libo” (one thousand) probably because about a thousand Ati people attended the first Catholic mass in that area.
My first Ati-atihan experience was in 2009.