This series is my attempt to photograph the different costumes of the Ati-atihan Festival, the mother of all Philippine festivals. This happens during the third week in January in the streets of Kalibo, Aklan as well as in other towns of the province of Aklan.
The celebration is supposed to be a tribute to the coming together of the indigenous people of Aklan (the Aetas) and the immigrants who were escaping from oppression (or other reasons) in Borneo down south. As time went on, the festival became the Feast for the Holy Infant Jesus (Sto. Nino) when the Philippines became a Catholic country under Spain.
"Ati-atihan" means to be like the Aeta or Ati the Aklanon dialect.
BTW, I am from Aklan and last January 2006 was the first time I've been back to see Ati-atihan after 27 years.