PHOTOS: Ati-Atihan 2013

VIVA, SANTO NINO! The Ati-Atihan festival is said to be the oldest in honor of the Child Jesus. All photos by Nap Beltran of PhotoworldManila

VIVA, SANTO NINO! The Ati-Atihan festival is said to be the oldest in honor of the Child Jesus.

All photos by Nap Beltran of PhotoworldManila

MANILA, Philippines - Viva, Sto. Niño! Hala Bira, Kalibo!

The Ati-Atihan Festival is the oldest feast in honor of the Santo Niño. For more information on the history and highlights of the Ati-Atihan festival, read #PHTravel: Sinulog, Ati-Atihan, and Dinagyang.

The Ati-Atihan 2013 festival was a week-long celebration, with daily parades of Santo Niño images and street dancing. It took place at the same time as the Sinulog festival in Cebu; the week's culmination also took place on January 20, Sunday.

During Ati-Atihan, Kalibonons welcome fellow Aklanons and tourists in one colorful party. Like the Sinulog, this festival has been compared with the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

Here are our photos. Enjoy the beautiful colors!

- Rappler.com, with reports from Nap Beltran of PhotoworldManila


(Will you be at Dinagyang in Iloilo on January 24? Share your festival photos with us! Email them along with captions to desk@rappler.com. Use the subject heading #DINAGYANG2013. Please send ONLY your original photos.)