“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.