Hala Bira! Rocking to the beat of the Ati Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan, Kiwanians in the Southern Philippine District fully immerse themselves in the vibrant rhythms and colorful traditions of this jubilant celebration, they joined as their way of commemorating the Kiwanis 109th Anniversary.
The lively fiesta traces its roots back to the 13th century when Malay chieftains, seeking refuge from highland invaders, found shelter with the indigenous Ati people. In a gesture of gratitude, the Malays adorned themselves in Ati attire, covered in black soot, and engaged in spirited dances.
This year, the town of Kalibo came alive with vibrant hues as 34 groups participated in the Sadsad Modern and Tribal 'Ati' Contest, transforming the streets into a spectacle of colors. This lively event is a key component of the municipality's celebration of the Señor Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Festival held throughout the weekend. The competition adds a dynamic touch to the festivities, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and collective joy of the community during this grand celebration of the Señor Santo Niño.