All set for Ati-Atihan fest 2019

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It is all systems go for next year’s Ati-Atihan festival.

The annual celebration will start January 2 until January 20.

“Next year’s Kalibo Ati-Atihan religious and cultural festival is at its best. The testimony of faith and uniqueness of celebration sets apart the Kalibo festival from other festivals in the country,” Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc chairman Albert Menez said.

“Everyone is welcome in Kalibo Ati-Atihan,” he added.

The opening liturgical rites and blessing of instruments will take place on January 2.

The “Pagbisita ag Paghatod kay Señor Sto. Niño de Kalibo” will be from January 3 to 10 while the “Haead Pasaeamat,” from January 14 to 17.

On January 19, there will be a dawn penitential procession and blessing of tribes, groups and bands.

The Pilgrims mass, traslacion, religious procession, and closing liturgical rites are scheduled on January 20.

Cultural festivities are “Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan” (January 11), “Hydro Kalibo x Electric Fusion 4,” (beginning January 14), “Hala Bira Ati-Atihan Nights” (January 14 to 20), “Radyo Todo Aklan Battle of the Bands” (January 14), “Battle of Mini Sounds of Brigada News FM Kalibo” (January 15), and Sinaot sa Calle” (January 15 to 16) among others.

The festival’s main highlight is the tribal dance competition on January 19.