We interrupt the Barcelona series with this important news: my 2011 travel calendar officially begins today. Yup! I’m going home to Aklan with Hubby and my brother for a five-day holiday to visit our parents and to take part in the Ati-Atihan Festival.
Ati-Atihan is the liveliest and most fun (or do you say ‘the funnest’?) festival in the Philippines. At least according to me and hundreds of thousands of Aklanons. For a week, the streets in Aklan reverberate with the beat of a thousand drums all in perfect rythm as revelers chant Hala bira! Puera Pasma! It is a feast in honor of the Sto. Nino, a practice that is said to date back to the 13th century.
Aside from all the revelries, the best part for me is having the opportunity to take pictures of this annual event. All those costumes, colorful floats and quirky characters really make for an exciting weekend of photography. It’s a good thing I finally have a new DSLR (a Canon 550D). I will also bring along my ever-reliable Canon G10, just in case. Hopefully, I can bring home a lot of photos like these ones I shot three years ago. Enjoy the photos and happy weekend!