Kalibo scraps Ati-Atihan bazaar, food fest due to virus surge

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The municipal government of Kalibo in Aklan province has canceled this year’s Ati-Atihan Bazaar and Ati-Atihan Food Festival due to the rising number of new Covid-19 cases in the country.

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) has discouraged activities of the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival as they are likely to draw crowds.

In a January 7, 2022 letter to Mayor Emerson Lachica, RIATF chairperson Juan Jovian Ingeneiro suggested that festival activities should be held through virtual platforms. (

It was announced a few weeks ago that there would be no sadsad this year due to the continuing health crisis brought by COVID.

On January 8, Kalibo logged 67 active infections from less than 6 cases on December 31.

“We are one with Kalibo and its residents in expressing our reverence to the Santo Niño,” said Ingeneiro, adding that people must however act to minimize the impact of the virus.