Colors, beer, dance, and drums.

 

My first Ati-atihan Festival experience and it was indeed the mother of all festivals! It was tons of crazy, alcohol-fueled merry makers, eardrums-busting drum beats, and colorful energetic men and women in masks and costumes!

 

We really know how to have fun. And the overwhelming number of foreign people that I saw, they came in prepared with their best crazy antics, as well.

 

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3 of the 101 Dalmatians or something

3 of the 101 Dalmatians or something

3 of the 101 Dalmatians or something

3 of the 101 Dalmatians or something

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Steady kid with ice cream on stick

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Discipline

Discipline

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No age and hazy vision can stop a man from joining

 

 

Rambo?

Rambo?

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An Aeta family picture

An Aeta family picture

If pictures have sounds, you’d hear thundering, chest-breaking loudness with orchestrated beats that bring each foot to stomp, each finger to tap, each head to nod.

 

But pictures don’t have sounds. And even if videos are now photos with sounds, even that won’t suffice. So I suggest you book a trip to Kalibo next January and bring your dance game on.

For now, practice holding a cup of drink while dancing up and down. Frequent loud bars and clubs to train your ears, and prepare to let loose and let your inhibitions go even for just a day.

Ati-atihan is free spirit, it’s letting go, and it’s dancing the night away.

 

You’ve got to experience Ati-atihan. It’s the mother of all festivals for a reason.

 

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