KALIBO, Aklan – Around 71 modern and tribal groups are set to join the opening salvo of the annual Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Festival.
Apol Zaraspe, chairman of the Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Management Council Incorporated here, said the opening salvo on Nov. 4 is the official start of the series of preparation for the annual event.
“We call it a time of thanksgiving, devotion and gratitude for all the blessings we have received in honor of the child Jesus or Santo Niño,” Zaraspe added, saying that the opening salvo is celebrated as part of Kalibo’s founding anniversary.
The tribes after a short program will dance on major streets of the town where everyone can participate.
The annual Ati-Atihan Festival is celebrated every third week of January./PN