Monday, January 20, 2014

Devotees, swamped Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival 2014

Written by Mackie Pajarillo

Thousand of devotees flooded the Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival 2014 yesterday.

People flocked the Kalibo Cathedral as early as 4 in the morning to attend the 7am field mass led by Kalibo Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc himself.

After the mass the “palapak” tradition followed. This is where an image of the Sto NiƱo is placed over the devotees head.

As the street dancing heightens, so is the visibility and security implemented by the Kalibo Police Station.

Meanwhile, Ati-atihan followers said that there are less people who joined the celebration this year.

This may be because of the effects of Super Typhoon Yolanda from which many have yet to recover.

This however did not stop others to celebrate Ati-atihan and join the procession and or parade also led by Bishop Tala-oc and the Arch Diocese of Kalibo.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

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