Coming up - Ati Atihan!

Trip Start Jan 13, 2007
Trip End Jan 28, 2007

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Friday, January 19, 2007

We got back to Lezo late afternoon, and after unpacking we went over to Allan's aunts for dinner. 
Good eats as always.  I was a little surprised when the house lizard ran out from under the lazy susan and
past my plate onto the floor...Didn't really bother me, just was a shock.

Also I think I met every eligible woman in the family that night. After dinner Allan and I went out to walk around town.  I started feeling a bit ill and after we did a few pictures, Allan went back to his aunt's and I went home to bed. My stomach was just turning...something I ate I guess, likely breakfast at the resort. 

Slept fitfully, and next morning when I woke up,....I made a run for the toilet....and boy did I puke! Rest of the day was pretty weak and not really able to move very much,   just sleepy most of the day, but feeling much better....

Worst part was that this was the start of Ati Atihan in Kalibo, one of the reason we picked this time of year to visit.  I hated to miss the Saturday, and hated even more that most of the family wouldn't go without me.

However by Sunday, I was all recovered and off we went to Kalibo.  We took a tricycle to Lamancia and found the roads so busy, as you will see in the videos, that you could not get anywhere, we got out and walked. For Filipinos that was a bit of a chore, they are not used to walking long distances.  During the walk we saw some soldiers and they were kind enough to let us get a picture with them. I sure they are still talking about the goofy white guy.  We got into Kalibo and the streets started getting crowded.  My next blog will talk more about Sunday at Ati Atihan. 

The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held in honor of the Santo Nino held annually in January concluding on third Sunday, in the town of Kalibo.  It is a mixture of celebrating the Ati, the original inhabitants of the island, and the Santa Nino, the Christ child.

It is the wildest among Philippine fiestas and considered as the Mother of All Philippine festivals. Celebrants paint their faces with black soot and wear bright, outlandish costumes as they dance in revelry during the last three days of this two week-long festival. Catholics and non-Catholics alike observe this special day with processions, parades, dancing, and merrymaking.

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Jing on

Hi Kevin, I really enjoyed your Boracay blog. I just stumbled onto it. We're also going to Boracay soon for the first time. And pleasantly surprised to know that you also stayed at La Carmela where we are booked. Actually I was searching for blogs on whether it is a hassle going from Kalibo to Caticlan or should we just fly straight to Caticlan (more expensive and we're paying for everyone - all 12 of us!). I guess it should be okay huh. By the way, we're from from another commonwealth country, Australia ;-) Melbourne.

ksuter on

I would take an L300 from the airport to the caticlan jetty. Should be about 100 to 200p per person...they fit 10 confortably, if some are children you should be fine....or you might need two..but that still cheaper likely. and if it is day time it is a pretty nice trip.

I notice La Carmella has had some renovations since I was there last. The pics look good, but please let me know how it was. I plan to return next spring.


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