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.
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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