Boracay Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan
| January 3, 2018
Aside from the world famous Ati-atihan Festival dubbed as Mother of all Philippine Festivals, Boracay Island also celebrates its own version in honor of the Holy Infant or Sto. Niño.
Under Resolution No. 127 Series of 2015 of the Municipality of Malay where Boracay Island is situated, it declares that the celebration should take place every 2nd Sunday of January.
Boracay Sto. Niño Ati-atihan is celebrated in the most festive way, starts with a fluvial parade of the image of Sto. Niño at the shores of Boracay followed by a High Mass spearheaded by the Parish of the Most Holy Rosary at Balabag Plaza.
Locals and tourist darken themselves with soot to resemblance the color of the native Ati of the Island and dance to the beat of drums and other musical instruments while doing the parade at the white beach of Boracay Island.
Some of the participating tribes represent their village, clan, and barangay wearing colorful costumes enticing spectators to dance along.
The festivity aims to preserve the tradition and culture through Ati-Atihan celebration. Malay Tourism Office handled the event since 2013 up to present by putting additional activities like Barangay, Parishioners and Tourism Frontliners Night, Kabataan’s Night, “Sadsad” (merrymaking ) and Dance Competitions.
Nevertheless, what happens in Boracay, stays in Boracay!