The Ati-Atihan Festival 2014 is scheduled to take place from January 10 to 19, 2014 in Kalibo, Aklan. Dubbed as the Mother of all Philippine Festivals, the Ati-Atihan Festival is a religious festival held in honor of the Santo Niño (the Infant Jesus). Highlights of the festivities are happening on the weekend of January 18 & 19, 2014:
Schedule of Highlights of Ati-Atihan Festival 2014
January 18, 2014 (Saturday)
08:00am - Ati-Atihan Festival Street Dancing Competition | Streets of Kalibo (see route map below)
January 19, 2014 (Sunday)
08:00am - Religious Procession and Dance | Pastrana Park (immediately following the High Mass)
Participants paint their body with soot and wear colorful costumes and parade around the streets of Kalibo, dancing to the rhythmic drumbeats as devotion to the Santo Niño. Here are some photos we took during Ati-Atihan Festival 2013:
Route Map of Ati-Atihan Festival Street Dance Competition
Assembly area is at Desposorio Maagma Sr. Street near Kalibo Freedom Shrine. Parade will start at 8:00 am along Apolinario Mabini Street and will turn left onto Archbishop Gabriel Reyes Street. The Parade will then turn left onto Cirilo Laserna Street, left onto XIX Martyrs Street and will finally turn right onto Gregorio Pastrana Street.
How to get to Kalibo, Aklan
Major airlines serve daily flights to Kalibo International Airport from key cities in the Philippines, Singapore, China and Korea. From the airport, visitors can take tricycles or vans to downtown Kalibo. Alternative jump-off points to Kalibo are Caticlan Airport, Roxas City Airport and Iloilo International Airport.
Land travel to Kalibo from Caticlan take 1.5-2 hours and cost P100.00 per person. Airfares to Kalibo skyrocket during the festival so if you wish to save on airfare expenses, we recommend that you book flights to Roxas City, Capiz which is also 2-2.5 hours drive avay from Kalibo.
Accommodation in Kalibo during Ati-Atihan Festival
Most hotels and inns in Kalibo charge peak season rates during the festival weekend and would require a minimum of two overnight stays. We recommend that you include Boracay to your itinerary where more accommodation options are available. Roxas City also has a number of hotels and inns that suit every budget.