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Ati-Atihan Festival – 800 Years Onwards

Posted on January 18, 2012

Ati-Atihan traces its roots to the early 13th century when the Ati people sold land to Malay settlers  One of the oldest celebrations in the Philippines – a country known for its many colorful festivals throughout the year – the Ati-Atihan traces its roots to as far back as 1212 AD, when it is believed that ten Malay datus (chieftains) from Borneo, escaping the oppressive rule of Datu Makatunaw, arrived aboard balangays (sail boats) near the present-day town of SanRead More