Category Archives: tradition

The Ati-Atihan Festival

Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño(Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines. The name “Ati-Atihan” means “to be like Aetas” or “make believe Ati’s.” Aetas were the primary settlers in the islands according to history books. They too are the earliest settlers of Panay Island where the province of Aklan is situated. The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. Christians and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions. It has inspired many other Philippine Festivals including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo, both adaptations of the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival.

Anyway, the simple Ati-atihan happens last 20th day of May 2013, here in our Village. That time we celebrate the Kapistahan ni San Isidro Labrador. As one of the in-charge officer in the fiesta activities I am busy to cooperate among the other officer. We have many activities in our place such as Sagala or Santa Cruzan, Mass, Dance Contest, Singing Contest and games.  By the way, I’m glad because they have many children joined this activities. While San Isidro Labrador parade in our place the homeowners has throws coins or food to the people who joined the parade.

By the way the kind of occasions happened every year in our place and in some places during fiesta or the month of May. It was really fun and good occasion.

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Pabasa sa Pasyong Mahal

Pasyón is a Philippine epic narrative of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of  Jesus Christ.  They have stanzas of five lines of eight syllables each, the standard elements of epic poetry are interwoven with a colourful, dramatic theme. The primary method of performing this text is its chanting during the Lenten season or Holy Week, and is a popular Filipino Catholic devotion. Musical accompaniment to the Pabasa is widely practiced though is by no means universal, and the most commonly employed instruments are guitar and keyboard. There are traditional tones that the Pasyón is set to, and these have been passed down through the generations. Recent innovations in the epic’s setting include contemporary popular ballads, pop music, and hymns. Well, the primary method of performing this text is its chanting during the Lenten season or Holy Week, and is a popular Filipino Catholic devotion.

Anyway, in our Subdivision our neighborhoods were joined pabasa ng Pasyong Mahal yesterday (Yesterday/Miyerkules Santo).  I am the one who joined this pabasa and helped to prepare the food for our merienda. They have many neighbors joined this pabasa and I really happy because every one of us are excited to join this pabasa  ng Pasyong Mahal. We started at 3:00 pm and finished at 6:00am.