The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of the Holy Rosary Parish Church in Boracay did not approve the Municipal Council Office or MTO’s proposition of changing the schedule of the Ati-atihan celebration in the island.
But the church and the tribes are still open to any assistance from the local government of Malay.
According to PPC President Dionesio “Jony” Salme, they will be glad of any assistance and or contributions that the LGU will be extending to them for the ati-atihan to be more colorful and festive.
However, the tribes has expressed that they would want the celebration to remain simple, traditional, and devotional, and not the kind of “festival” that the LGU is aiming for.
Nonetheless, Salme added, the LGU is still welcome to help, especially that the local government would only want a better celebration.
In line with this, the tribes who join in annually suggested that instead of having days of celebration, why not help them with their costumes and prizes.
The LGU has previously planned to ask the church to transfer the ati-atihan schedule for a further preparation.
That instead of holding it for a day, it would be celebrated for 3 to 5 days and different activities will be conducted.