Ati-atihan Festival , Kalibo


About Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival 

Filipinos are renowned for their love of celebrations, turning even the smallest occasions into grand festivities marked by joy and enthusiasm. The unique Filipino way of celebrating, often grounded in family values or religious significance, has earned global recognition. Music, dance, vibrant costumes, and delectable Filipino dishes are essential components of these joyous occasions.

Kalibo, Aklan, claims the spotlight on the Filipino celebration calendar every third week of January with the spectacular Ati-atihan Festival. This religiously-centered event honors the infant Jesus (Sto. Nino) and commemorates the historical acceptance of Malays by the Aetas (or Atis) during their arrival in the province. In times of famine, the Malays provided refuge to the Aetas, creating a bond commemorated through this vibrant festival.

Known as “The Mother of All Philippine Festivals,” Ati-atihan embraces the key elements of a colorful celebration. The street dancing segment takes center stage, featuring participants with soot-blackened skin, adorned in colorful costumes and headdresses identifying their tribes. Dancing to enchanting rhythms, they traverse Kalibo’s streets, captivating onlookers with their unique brand of merriment.

The air is filled with chants of “Hala Bira, Pwera Pasma!” as merrymakers invite onlookers to join the festivities, believing that the Infant Jesus will shield them from harm during the parade. As the parade unfolds, time seems to lose significance, and fatigue dissipates amid the infectious energy of the crowd.

The festivities climax with a procession of thousands carrying various images and statues of the Infant Jesus. Each step is a promise, a fervent wish for personal aspirations granted through divine intervention. The festival concludes with a grand masquerade party, announcing winners in a spectacle that rivals the street dancing in pomp and pageantry.

No festival is complete without savoring local delights. In the breaks between Ati-atihan waves, indulge in mouthwatering delicacies offered by local dive spots and hole-in-the-wall eateries, each presenting unique Aklanon dishes to replenish your energy.

Living up to its title as the Mother of All Philippine Festivals is undoubtedly a monumental task, but Kalibo succeeds year after year. Despite the challenges, participants consistently outshine previous iterations, adding more flair and grandeur to this annual celebration—an achievement in itself.

Ati-than Festival By Bernardo “Berniemack” Arellano III (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Attending the Ati-atihan festival requires you to book your hotel room in advance. Book and confirm your reservation below by clicking the links provided. Almost all of these places offer some discounts for you to grab.

Ati-Atihan Festival Hotel
19 Martyrs Street, City Proper

Aranas-Carillo Travellers Inn
Regino, Roldan Street, City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 560

Basa Hotel
JNC Martelino Street, Andagao, Aklan, City Prope

Bee Bee Lodge
Barangay Old Buswang, City Proper

Discover Boracay Hotel
Kalibo International Airport Complex, Kalibo International Airport

New Buswang Kalibo, Aklan

Hotel Metro
Toting Reyes Street, City Prope

Inn and Suites at Roz and Angeliques
Jaime Cardinal Sin Avenue, Kalibo, Philippines, 560

La Esperanza Hotel
Osmeña Avenue, City Prope

LM Lodge
LM Bldg., F. Quimpo St., City Proper, Kalibo, Philippines, 5600

Oliveros’ Place
Roxas Avenue Extension, Andagao

Papierus Pensionne
647 Osmena Avenue, Capitol Site, Estancia, City Prope

Royal Suites Condotel
Rizal St. Poblacion

RB Lodge Kalibo
Pastrana St and N. Roldan Street, City Proper

Suburbia Garden Hotel
Osmena Avenue Tigayon


Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival [Schedule of Activities]


Kalibo, Aklan, serves as the primary gateway to the renowned Boracay Beach, boasting an International Airport that ranks among the busiest in the country.


From Kalibo to Caticlan (Boracay Port):

Upon arrival at Kalibo airport, convenient transportation options are available for your journey to Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay Island.

  • Tour Buses: These buses, easily accessible upon arrival, travel directly to Caticlan. The fare from Kalibo to Caticlan is approximately PhP 200 per person. These buses often synchronize with flight schedules to accommodate arriving guests.
  • Vans: Another efficient mode of transportation to Caticlan is through vans, with a similar fare of around PhP 200 per person.

From Caticlan to Boracay:

Boracay Island is a mere 1 km away from Caticlan. Once at Caticlan, proceed to the Caticlan Jetty port building to secure your boat ticket. Guests are required to pay for the boat ticket (25 pesos), Environmental Fee ticket (75 pesos), and terminal fee ticket (100 pesos).

Numerous boats operate between Caticlan and Boracay at short intervals, starting as early as 4:00 am and continuing until 10:00 pm.

Additional Tips:

  • For the convenience of travelers, ATMs are available at the Jetty port building, ensuring accessibility to financial services during your journey.

Embark on a seamless travel experience from Kalibo to Boracay, allowing you to revel in the beauty of Boracay Beach with ease.

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  5. Yulatic, Junmer Paul A.

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  6. Kalibo and Aklan known as the place whereas they preserve the arts and cultures because initially, they’re culture and its heritage reflect and shape values, beliefs, and aspirations. Secondly they value the resources and cultural legacy of their ancestor, lastly it will help reduces poverty and communities that make up our world. Because of the arts and cultures many of us has a talent and ability to show what is the art and culture in our lives. It is very important to understand the culture what is mean in life, culture means reflects as to our value, beliefs and aspirations. That we learned to respects each other dispite in difference beliefs and cultures, we build a good relationships towards our friends that will everyone will understand each other and be a good Filipino citizen.

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    Corporate culture is important because it is a way to break all the boundaries of your workmates. You can easily get along with others, it can build a strong relationship in your workplace. Also will help you to improve workflow and have a good and fun atmosphere. If everyone of us value the corporate culture in the workplace we can prevent discrimination and it is a also a way of accepting and respecting everyone’s uniqueness. Exploring and learning others culture and traditions is a great experience to understand other people.

  8. Salanap Eugene D. BSIT 3F2

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  9. Daisy Jane S.Impit


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    -through corporate culture we learned about what we call the unity which realizes us no matter what the differences of every culture we use to believe,still we have the unity to understand the need of others,sharing together,helping each others to lessen the works despite of all diversities they have.

    Submitted by: Daisy Jane S.Impit
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  10. Chandylou L. Lava BSIT 3F2

    Understanding the corporate culture is important because it enables us to fully understand the individuals who live there and their behaviors, religious beliefs, and other practices. This enables us to connect to them better, consider our words before saying to avoid offending them.

  11. Medez Jinnefer A.

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  18. Montinola, Kate Meryl

    Culture is influenced by psychological processes. Psychology is influenced by culture. Cultural norms and practices influence human thoughts and actions as they develop over time, and individual thoughts and actions influence these cultural norms and practices. It is very important to understand corporate culture because, your company’s culture establishes standards for how employees should act, collaborate, and perform as a team. In this manner, segregated team barriers may be dismantled, decision-making can be guided, and overall workflow can be improved.

    The benefits of understand corporate culture are first is the “Employee Development” Employees that have your company’s culture deeply imprinted in their minds may value similar working practices, including how you handle criticism. This makes it possible to establish a standardized method for providing and receiving feedback, making feedback discussions simpler. As a result, these discussions will be more fruitful and speed up growth. Next is “Increased employee engagement” A workplace with organizational culture is motivated by a purpose and has defined expectations. Employee engagement in their professional responsibilities and interpersonal interactions is subsequently motivated and inspired by this. High levels of staff involvement also result, which boosts productivity. A positive atmosphere is impossible to ignore when one feels deeply connected to a company and its employees. And lastly is “Healthy team environment” Workflows can be made more efficient, and organizational culture influences how decisions are made. It also aids teams in overcoming ambiguity-related obstacles. Team members that are aware of and knowledgeable about certain procedures are frequently more driven to complete tasks. People can work together with purpose when there is a defined culture that unites employees and supports organized work arrangements.

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    We should respect other culture because when you appreciate other cultures and faiths, you also respect the individuals who are a part of those cultures and religions and who identify themselves in large part via their cultural history and religious beliefs.

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    It enhanced employee engagement because company culture encourages and inspires workers to be more involved in their professional responsibilities and interpersonal connections.

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    Healthy Work Environment: Having a unified culture that supports well-organized work structures and unites employees makes it easier for people to collaborate effectively.

  21. Alyanna Mae S. Silverio

    It is important to understand or recognize corporate culture for us to be knowledgeable and understand the difference of each individuals. Exploring and knowing others traditions, community, culture and people is a very great experience to understand people. Also, it is for our personal growth in cultural awareness and real life experience on how other people live in other cultures.

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  22. Ganoy, Jackie Mae S.

    The acceptance of the presence of the Malays in our society is one of the reasons why we are celebrating Ati Atihan festival and the same in corporate culture it is important because it will help the management determine the behaviors and beliefs of their certain employees and how they can align their goals and vision to the employees. It can also contribute to the harmony inside the organization where employees can freely express themselves without discrimination and It can give more values and ideas to the company’s growth like Ati- Atihan festival where everyone is uniting and appreciating and accepting one another in joy.

  23. Alma Mae Juarez

    I think this topic is related to diversity, which is embracing different culture and arts of other people.

    First, it provides good communication. Understanding corporate culture will avoid misunderstanding within the company that is why it is important that you do.

    Second, it gives a positive environment. With good corporate culture understanding and good communication you can build a positive environment and this will make the employees more productive.

    Lastly, it will give a good impression to the company. Since the company has good environment, others will be interested to enter the company and work there.


  24. Claire M Miravelis BSIT 3f2

    It is important to understand corporate culture because it helps us to know the different belief, practices, religions and etc. of different people but still working in one place. It is a big help to understand the different culture in order to have a wide
    successful organizational cultures unite and maintain alignment across your workforce. When your culture is obvious, people from various viewpoints can unite behind it for a common goal. Your company’s culture establishes standards for how employees should act, collaborate, and perform as a team.
    Culture can help to blur the lines between teams, direct decision-making, and enhance overall workflow.

  25. Baldeveso,Emar B.

    We need to understand the corporate culture. Because we are not the same culture we have a different belief. like for example the way we dressed and also the way talk theirs a lot of difference . So as a person and son of a god is my responsibility to know and to learn their culture for me to aware and to have their respect.

  26. Marien Alcantara BSIT 3F2

    We know that Kalibo, Aklan is known for their preservation of their culture and arts. I can relate this in our subject because we studied about culture that we should respect others culture, beliefs and norms so that we can have equality. It is important to understand others culture because first it help us to communicate with them. Second if we respect their culture they will respect us also and third, the last we should learn how to know or appreciate others culture.

    Alcantara, Marien L.

    • Jopson elica B. BSIT 3F2

      The Culture sets expectations for How people behave and work together, and How well they function as a team, culture Can break down boundaries, guid decision-making and improve workflow overall

    • We all know that Kalibo Aklan , is known for their preservation of culture and arts. If i will be related to our subject i will relate to the topic diversity why because we have diffrent types of how to preserve our culture and arts. The three reasons why we understanding corporate culture are important are the following Beliefs , culture, and respect so that we prevent inequality of each and everyone. And easy to communicate to each other beacuase we have knowledege to their beliefs and culture and also to maintain the successful preservation of culture and arts without any hesitation and discrimination.

  27. Riza Mae H. Villanueva

    Colorful costumes! I look forward to go to this marvelous event! #marman

  28. Ronald Lubiano

    The festive garments, sure is interesting. I’m pretty sure flocks of tourist visits this religious festival. #marman

  29. It has been ages since I first set my foot in Aklan. I’d love to go back thus January!

  30. What a great lineup of events! The half month of January are all covered and I’m sure there will be lots of fun in the activities and shows. 🙂

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