Ati-Atihan council to revive ‘snake dancing’

KALIBO, Aklan – The Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Management Council Incorporated (KASAMACO) plans to revive the classic 1980s favorite – the snake dancing tradition. 

KASAMACO chairman Apol Zaraspe said many residents have requested for the revival of the snake dance.  

“The theme of our festivity in January next year will be about ‘throwback’ that highlights the snake dancing,” Zaraspe said.

Albert Menez, of the now defunct Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Festival Incorporated, earlier said the snake dancing was not revived for several years because Magsaysay Park was “crowded” with tourists.

“I am also concerned by women who could be harassed by drunken men during the snake dancing and also the security of the event,” added Menez.

Snake dancing is an act where members of the family and friends are linked through holding each other’s shoulders, forming a “snake.” It is usually being done at the Magsaysay Park during a night of entertainment./PN 


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