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Tourists and devotees will have a glimpse of next year’s Kalibo Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Festival through the opening salvo on October 24.

“Sadsad, Tamboe Salvo” will be a prelude to the weeklong celebration of the “Mother of All Philippine Festivals” on January 9 to 18 next year.

 “Intense street dancing and drumbeating courtesy of tribes will signal the start of the Ati-Atihan fever,” said Albert Menez, chair of the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation, Incorporated (Kasafi).

The opening salvo will be held at the Kalibo Pastrana Park after a mass at the Saint John the Baptist Cathedral at 3 p.m.

It’s final: the Ati-Atihan Festival next year will be celebrated as traditionally scheduled from January 9 to 18.

Festivities will push throughkaliboatiatihan2014-50 even with Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to the Philippines from January 15 to 19, said Reverend Father Ulysses Dalida, administrator of the Diocese of Kalibo.

Pope Francis will go to areas hit by super typhoon “Yolanda” in Visayas, particularly in Tacloban.

The 2015 Kalibo Santo Nino Ati-Atihan festival is definitely going to be bigger and better. 

GMA TV Iloilo 6 manager Jonathan Cabillon met the volunteers of Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) in Kalibo, Aklan to discuss the Kapuso Network partnership and to be even more actively involved in Kalibo Ati-Atihan religious festival next year. 

Cabillon said GMA TV Regional Network and  Kasafi solid and growing partnership was built over the years.kaliboatiatihan2014-49 

He stressed “it was a breakthrough for Kalibo festival last January, it was the first time with live TV coverage of the Sunday mass. It was noticed by the competitors, and they felt the impact of the GMA exposure of the Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival.”

Kasafi chairman Albert Menez said GMA television network strategic media partnership for the past four years gave the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan festival media mileage over the regional TV stations in the country and around the world. 

The strong presence of GMA TV across the regions also solidified its position in reaching out to Filipino communities abroad by featuring the Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival events.

The search is on for contestants who will be vying for the prestigious Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan title.  

 After series of screenings this September, sixteen lucky aspirants will make it to the final stage for the beauty pageant on January next year.kaliboatiatihan2014-48

The pageant is presented by Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi). The coronation will take place on January 9, 2015  at the ABL Sports and Cultural Center here. 

The Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan has the glamour and elegance of a national beauty contest with a panel of judges and experts in the field of fashion, entertainment, lifestyle or beauty combined with impressive artistry and performances of local talents.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will receive motorcycles from festival organizer Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi).

Two brand new two-stroke Yamaha motorcycles worth P130,000 will be distributed to Kalibo police station to boost its patrol operations and police visibility and mobility.

The turn-over of symbolic key will be held after the Monday flag raising ceremony of Kalibo municipal employees at Kalibo Magsaysay Park on March 31.

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