KALIBO, Aklan, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- This year's Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-atihan Festival has a total of 34 competing tribes.
This is according to the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-atihan Foundation, Incorporated (KASAFI) headed by its chairperson Albert Menez, the organizer of the festival.
The tribes will compete in various categories namely the Modern Tribal Group (small and big categories), original tribal group (small and big categories), and Balik Ati Group.
There will also be an Individual Contest where winners will also receive cash prizes.
This year, a total of P1.758 million in prizes is at stake for the winners in the various tribe categories.
Participating tribes will be judged on the eve of the festival on January 19.
This year's Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-atihan Festival started as early as October 26, 2018 during the opening salvo, which was held to coincide with the re-opening of Boracay Island.
The festival will culminate on Sunday, January 20, through a Pilgrim's Mass in front of the St. John the Baptist Cathedral at 7:00 a.m., all-day long street dancing by tribes and revelers, and the religious procession and torch street dancing in late afternoon.
Major activities were held this week with the Parade of Floats which was held on Monday, January 14; Sangka Libo Tamboe and Street Party and Sinaot Sa Kalye of Students on January 15; Sinaot Sa Kalye (DepEd Teachers) on January 16; Higante Contest, January 17; and Sadsad Pagpasaeamat on January 18, Friday.
Meanwhile, Boracay Island had its own Ati-atihan Festival which started last Sunday, January 13, through a Holy Mass followed by street dancing at the beachfront.
According to LGU- Malay Information Officer Felix delos Santos, the festival aimed to show the devotion of Boracaynons to Sr. Sto. Nino.
The festival is also considered as an additional attraction for visitors in the island.
The Malay Tourism Office said foreign tourists also joined in the street dancing. (JBG/VGV/PIA6 AKLAN)