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Trip Start Jan 13, 2007
13Trip End Jan 28, 2007
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Good eats as always. I was a little surprised when the house lizard ran out from under the lazy susan and
past my plate onto the floor...Didn't really bother me, just was a shock.
Also I think I met every eligible woman in the family that night.
Slept fitfully, and next morning when I woke up,....I made a run for the toilet....and boy did I puke! Rest of the day was pretty weak and not really able to move very much, just sleepy most of the day, but feeling much better....
Worst part was that this was the start of Ati Atihan in Kalibo, one of the reason we picked this time of year to visit. I hated to miss the Saturday, and hated even more that most of the family wouldn't go without me.
However by Sunday, I was all recovered and off we went to Kalibo. We took a tricycle to Lamancia and found the roads so busy, as you will see in the videos, that you could not get anywhere, we got out and walked.
The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held in honor of the Santo Nino held annually in January concluding on third Sunday, in the town of Kalibo. It is a mixture of celebrating the Ati, the original inhabitants of the island, and the Santa Nino, the Christ child.
It is the wildest among Philippine fiestas and considered as the Mother of All Philippine festivals. Celebrants paint their faces with black soot and wear bright, outlandish costumes as they dance in revelry during the last three days of this two week-long festival. Catholics and non-Catholics alike observe this special day with processions, parades, dancing, and merrymaking.