Jan. 17 declared special holiday in Kalibo for Ati fest


Malacañang has declared January 17 a special non-working holiday in Kalibo, Aklan.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Proclamation No. 884 on January 10 to mark the celebration of the Ati-Atihan Festival.

“It is but fitting and proper that the people of the Municipality of Kalibo be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies,” the proclamation stated.

Activities will include “Paeapak or pahilot” on January 2 to 19; “Pagbisita ag Paghatod kay Señor Sto. Niño de Kalibo sa Baryo” on January 2 to 9; and the dawn penitential procession, the blessing of tribes and pilgrims, and the Ro Hornada on January 18. (

A devotional novena was also set on January 10 to 18 while the liturgies and Sadsad around Pastrana Park was slated January 2 to 12 with masses for the devotees, leading to the Feast of Señor Sto. Niño de Kalibo.

On January 19, the transfer of the Sto. Niño image will highlight the morning celebration while a religious procession and torch parade of the Sto. Niño images will take place around 3 p.m. along the major streets of the capital town.

A closing liturgy rite around 8 p.m. will cap the 18-day celebration.