Ready for Ati-Atihan 2012? In all the celebration, let us not forget the true spirit of religiosity of Kalibo festival.
Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez said the festival is one of the many times in the year that the godly Kalibonhons pauses from his daily toils to offer a prayer of thanks to the Sto. Nino.
“Though the celebration has evolved into a famous-festival and the mainstay of Kalibo’s tourism industry, it is still the Kalibonhon’s appointed day for a communion with God,” the governor said.
“Let us not forget that the Ati-Atihan is essentially a religious ceremony that can take us nearer to God and farther away from the materialism that has dedicated our present way of life,” he added.
Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo, for her part, urged everyone to strengthen and fortified the unwavering reverence and religious faith as to the Sto. Nino.
“Like everyone’s wish in Aklan, particularly that of a Kalibonhon, it is also the utmost desire of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan that the festival be restored to its original status as premier tourist attraction and the mother of all festivals in entire country,” she said.
Quimpo also commended the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) under the leadership of chairman Albert Menez for the management of festival since last year with marked improvements and innovative modules.
Aklan Rep. Florencio Miraflores said the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Child has defined and continues to define the Kalibonhons.
“The celebration in Kalibo has attained a unique festival spirit. For truly, the Kalibonhons know how to express their love and devotion to the Holy Child in whose loving protection and loving blessings they always pray for,” he said.
Miraflores said that “crisis and challenges may confront the Kalibonhons but it is their staunch collective faith in the Holy Child that enable them to stand victorious.”
“I bid all the devotees and tourists then a happy celebration. May the Holy Child continue to be a strong presence in our family and community lives as we collectively pursue our shared dreams of peace, unity and greater progress,” the solon added.