Written by Mackie Pajarillo
The celebration of the commercialized 2014 Boracay Ati-atihan on Sunday, January 12 was successful.
Malay Tourism Officer Felix De Los Santos said the just concluded celebration of the feast of the Sto. Niño, was an answered prayer considering that it’s the first time that the celebration was held in such form.
De Los Santos added that with the warm support of stakeholders, the public and villages in Boracay, the celebration was 101 percent successful.
Meanwhile, the street dancing at the front beach was peaceful and more organized compared to the previous year’s celebration.
Local and international tourists seemed to be delighted and surprised with the costumes of each tribe in the parade.
De Los Santos added that the aim of the commercialized celebration of the Ati-atihan in the island, aside from the visit of devotees, is for Boracay to create its own version of Ati-atihan to draw more tourists.
On the other hand, the Boracay Holy Rosary Parish headed by Fr. Arnold Crisostomo expressed gratitude to the devotees of the Sr. Sto. Niño and those who extended their support.
Likewise, the Village Council of Balabag, in the leadership of Hon. Lilibeth Sacapaño and the Municipal Tourism Office, headed by Mr. Felix De Los Santos and especially the Local Government of Malay Hon. John Yap expressed appreciation.
Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus