Aetas thankful for customs and traditions kept alive in Philippine festivals

January 11, 2012 11:55 pm 

BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Jan. 11 – A spokesperson of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO) said their group is grateful for the mimicking of their traditions and practices all over the country.

Jocelyn Evangelio of BATO said they welcome the holding of the festivity all over the country as it is one way to recognize their customs and traditions.

"We feel we are appreciated during the Ati-atihan festival. We hope that the revelry will continue in years to come," said Evangelio.

Meanwhile, Kalibo Aklan Mayor William Lachica said that the Kalibo Sto. Nino Festival is now officially considered as the grandmother of Philippine festivals.

"There are currently 147 recognized festivals in the country and the Kalibo Ati-atihan is considered original," said Lachica.

Tourism officials bannered the Kalibo Ati-atihan as grandmother since Cebu's Sinulog is now claiming to be the mother of Philippine festivals. (PNA)

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