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Filipiniana Book of the Week: Ati-atihan

According to the Department of Tourism website, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental celebrates the Dinagsa Ati-atihan Festival from January 24 to 30.  It is a

revelry from sunrise to sunset, with ceaseless and rhythmic beating of drums. A sea of humanity in cadence with black soot “ati” performing rituals, all in honor of El Señor Sto. Niño. A spectacular fluvial parade where the Infant Jesus is carried aboard a fishing boat around the river, out to sea and back. “Dinagsa” connotes the sudden surge of good things washed ashore, such as the generous catch of fish and other sea foods, which Cadiz is famous for. Throw all cares to the wind as you street dance with gaily-costumed ati-tribes. Be game however if you find your own face painted black by playful ATIS.

To experience the such festivity and revelry, read our Filipiniana Book of the Week:

a pictorial in verse by Isabel Escoda and Ramon Vecina

GS Filipiniana
F 394.2 Es18a

Source: Philippine Festival and Events – January to March. (n.d.). Welcome to the Philippine Tourism Promotions Board Website. Retrieved January 24, 2012, from http://www.dotpcvc.gov.ph/VPY-calendar/vpy-janmarch.html

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