This week in Boracay will jumpstart with the Ati-Atihan celebration to honor Sr. Sto Niño. This year’s festivity is the fifth year of the Boracay version of the festival. The Boracay Ati-Atihan is held one week earlier than the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival.
Boracay Ati-Atihan Festival
Sunday’s festivity will start with a motorcade and a fluvial parade from Cagban Port to Willy’s Rock at 4 A.M. A high mass will be celebrated at 7:30 AM to mark the religious event. After the mass, is the highlight of the event which is the sadsad or street dancing along the White Beach. Sadsad is the trademark of the Ati-Atihan fest, which is considered as the mother of all Philippine festivals. The sadsad will start at 8:30 A.M from the Barangay Plaza passing through Willy’s Rock in Station 1. The sadsad is participated by the various groups composed of residents, businesses, as well as tourists who wear colorful costumes. From Willy’s Rock, revellers will sadsad going to the Tourist Center in Station 3 and back. The sadsad usually lasts until noontime.
The activity will resume with the procession of the Sto. Niño image from Willy’s Rock to Astoria and back to the church via the main road.
Due to the Ati-Atihan activity, the road from the corner of 24/7 Convenience Store in Station 1 to Willy’s Place will be closed from 6 AM to 6 PM. Vehicles going to Barangay Yapak will have to use the Bulabog and Mt. Luho road.
More Tourists This Week
Holidays may be over but tourists are still expected to flock the island due to the Ati-Atihan in Kalibo as well. Most Ati-Atihan revellers are likewise expected to pass by Boracay before they go home to their destination. So if you plan on coming to Boracay this week, you should book your accommodations early to choose the best place to stay.
More Hotel/Resort Options
The number of compliant accommodation establishments has already increased to 303 comprising a total of 10,467 rooms. To note, only compliant establishments are allowed to accept bookings. Upon arriving at the port, you should also prepare to show your booking confirmation to avoid delays.
If you’re looking for cheap souvenirs, there’s no need to worry anymore. Souvenir shops are just anywhere on the island. You can also find the majority of them at the beachfront in Station 3 now. Members of the Malay Boracay Vendors Association now have their own spot at the beachfront so it is now easier to spot for souvenirs like bags, t-shirts, sarongs, accessories and food products.
Good weather can be expected this week with so you can truly enjoy the beach or do some water sports activities. Early morning rains can likely happen but the sun is still expected to show during the day.