BORACAY – The Makato town in Aklan is set for its cultural and religious activities for the Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan festival next month.
Organizers led by Mayor Abencio Torres vowed various activities for devotees and merrymakers of the festivity slated Jan. 6 to 15, 2020.
The activities include “Sadsad it mga Tribu,” daily novena masses, baptism, procession of all chapel patron saints with the Holy Child, fireworks display, and nightly activities at the Makato Sports Complex.
Fourteen tribes and groups will highlight the Makato Ati-Atihan contest 2020 on Jan. 14 to 15.
Reigning champion Vikings of Barangay Dumga, Makato will defend its title in the tribal group category.
Three other tribes – Maharlika Tribe of Barangay Dumga, D’Kamanggahan Tribe of Barangay Poblacion, and Pangawasan Tribe of Barangay Cayangwan will also join the competition.
“Apo ni Inday” and “Sinikway nga Ati” of Barangay Calangcang were listed in the Balik-Ati group category.
The Atras-Abante, Mag-ingkampod, La Promesa, Eak-ang Association, and Pagtililipon of Barangay Poblacion; Joker’s of Barangay Dumga; The Wizards of Barangay Calimbajan; and Good Friends of Barangay Mantiguib will join the modern group category.
Other activities include “Paliga sa Banwa” championship on Jan. 6, opening of the municipal fiesta on Jan. 7, and the Makato boxing tournament on Jan. 8.
Meanwhile, revelers will also witness the much-awaited “Kasadyahan sa Kalye” on Jan. 9, Ginoo at Binibining Makato Pageant on Jan. 11, the coronation night of the Master Niño 2020 on Jan. 14, and the concelebrated high mass and the Ati-Atihan concert on Jan. 15.
Makato is around eight kilometers from the provincial capital of Kalibo.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)