Mayor Lachica names new Ati-Atihan council chief

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Kalibo Mayor Emerson Lachica of Aklan province appointed accountant Edita Reyes as the new head of the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Management Council, Inc. (Kasamaco).

Lachica previously signed Executive Order No. 22, authorizing Kasamaco as a partner of the municipal government in enhancing tourism and in facilitating the events of the Ati-Atihan Festival in January 2020.

Reyes, a former corporate secretary of the Kasamaco, said she accepted the post designated to her Lachica on Friday. (

She will replace Apolonio Zaraspe III, former Kasamaco president, who resigned weeks before the 2020 festival.

“It is with a heavy heart when I stepped down in Kasamaco. I did my best and I have to go back and to live a private life,” said Zaraspe.

The creation of the Kalibo Festival Executive Board (KFEB), a decision-making body of all matters and issues related to the conduct of all Ati-Atihan activities, doesn’t sit well with him.

The KFEB, he added, will run in conflict with Kasamaco in the overall management and operations of the festival.