The Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival, popularly known as the Mother of Philippine Festivals, is an annual celebration in honor of Sto. Niño de Kalibo, celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January.
The festival is the biggest event in the province that has spawned an economic dimension related to leisure, business, and tourism, and yet is giving the people a glimpse of the history and origin of the traditional fiesta.
Having the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival’s name imprinted as an event to look forward to every year, there is a challenge to make it better year after year, particularly that various festivals in the country are replicating its success story, thus, there is a pressing need to sustain, develop, and further promote it.
The Municipal Government of Kalibo through the Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival Board (KAFEB) will still stage the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival from January 7 to 15, 2023 with various activities intended to preserve and promote our culture and traditions, highlight our tourism resources and jumpstart economic recovery.
With the promise of a bigger and exciting Ati-Atihan, a special body will spearhead the staging of the 2023 Kalibo Ati-Atihan festivities in January.
The newly-formed Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival Board (KAFEB) will develop, manage and organize the celebration of the Ati-Atihan festival and the Opening Salvo. Preparations are now underway for the face-to-face activities on October 8 opening salvo and the Ati-Atihan events in January.
Kalibo Mayor Juris Bautista Sucro, also the KAFEB chairman, will oversee the KAFEB board composed of individuals from the local government unit and the private sector to include education, religious, business, tourism, cultural and marketing sectors.
KAFEB, by virtue of Municipal Ordinance 2022-003, was enacted on September 19, 2022 by the Sangguniang Bayan of Kalibo.
The festival board will function all year round, conducting regular promotional initiatives and post-event evaluation of the festival and seminar workshops.
The municipal ordinance also mandates KAFEB to submit the Ati-Atihan festival’s financial statement within two months after the festival.
KAFEB is also allowed to source funds through solicitations, gifts, donations, assistance from the national government, provincial government and / or funded by the municipal government chargeable to the General Fund or Special Fund of the local government unit of Kalibo.
The creation of the new festival board was sponsored by Sangguniang Bayan members Ronald Marte, Ketchie Luces, Raymar Rebaldo, Christine Dela Cruz and Phillip Kimpo, Jr. (Boy Ryan Zabal)