2019 At-atihan Festival is dedicated to our former President Necita Ruiz A Tribute to Necita Igtanloc Ruiz Former President of the Aklan Association of Sacramento & Vicinity
by: Roderick Ruiz
Necita Igtanloc Ruiz August 16, 1939 – April 25, 2018 “Her Family Was Her Life, and Her Life Was Her Family”
On April 25, 2018, we lost a very important person not only to our family, but to our community. While we are all still adjusting to life without my Mom, it brings our family comfort to see what she helped build continues, as we celebrate the Aklan Association of Sacramento and Vicinity’s 28th Annual Ati-Atihan Festival. As one of its founding members and a former President, my Mother had a lot of passion for this Association and she volunteered countless hours throughout the years to ensure its success. I believe this Association brought her fond memories of the Ati-Atihan Festival and her childhood back in Aklan, and wanted to share those experiences with her family, fellow Aklanons who live here in the U.S., and the entire Filipino community. Throughout the years I saw her established many friendships and observed the love she had for many of the Association’s members. The memories I have of my mom participating and helping organize different fundraisers, picnics, parties and our annual Ati-Atihan Festival are still very clear to me. I can vividly still picture my Mom at our Ati-Atihan Festivals actively greeting guests, serving food or blessing people while holding Sr. Santo Nino over their heads. She really enjoyed herself and had a great time. As I reflect back, she truly was an amazing woman for her constant devotion and the generosity she provided in both time and resources to this organization. Her smile, her laugh, her strong hugs, and compassionate actions will truly be missed. Family was very important to my Mom. She always prayed and wanted everyone in the family to be happy and close. Family did not only include her immediate or extended family, she also cared for her friends and community like they were her own family. She was always there for people who needed her help. Generous, kind, loving, sweet, caring, elegant, fastidious, brave, strong, cheerful, energetic, resilient, thoughtful, hopeful, selfless, enduring; my Mother possessed all of these qualities for sure. As we celebrate the Aklan Association of Sacramento and Vicinity’s 28th Annual Ati-Atihan Festival, I would like to thank all the members of the Aklan Association of Sacramento & Vicinity for loving my Mom. I know she had a special place in her heart for each and every one of you.
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL www.aklanforum.blogspot.com
Filipino communities abroad will showcase the rich religious and cultural traditions with their own versions of Ati-Atihan festival in honor of Señor Sañto Niño.
On January 5, the Aklanon Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Association of British Columbia Canada is set to hold its yearly Ati-Atihan at Saint Patrick's Parish Recreation Centre in Vancouver BC Canada.
Aklanons in Winnipeg City in the province of Manitoba, Canada unfold the Ati-Atihan festivities on January 26 with the Aklan Association of Manitoba as the main organizer. The 30th year anniversary celebration will be held at Garden City Community Center in Kingsbury Avenue. Also on January 26, Ati-Atihan activities of United Aklanon Association of Toronto will take place at Taj Banquet Hall in Steeles Avenue West in Toronto City of the province of Ontario, Canada. In Sacramento, California, merrymakers will celebrate the Ati-Atihan on February 9. It will be staged at Jose Rizal Community Center in Florin Mall Drive Sacramento by the Aklan Association of Sacramento and Vicinity, Inc.
The Ati-Atihan celebrations will be highlighted by the traditional paeapak, holy mass, Hala Bira Ati-Atihan contest and blessing of Señor Santo Niño images.
In the province of Aklan, the Ati-Atihan festival is also celebrated in the capital town of Kalibo from January 2 to 20, Makato on January 14-15 and Malinao on January 17-18.
The town of Batan will kick off the celebrations on January 19-20, Ibajay Ati Festival and Altavas Ati-Atihan on January 26-27. Posted 31st December 2018 by yobz
Aklanons abroad will hold Ati-Atihan festival BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL Aklanons abroad will stage their Ati-Atihan festival in honor of Senor Sto. Nino on January 8 next year. The Aklan Association of Sacramento and Vicinity, Inc. will hold its 20th Annual Ati-Atihan Festival and Dance at the Jose Rizal Community Center in Sacramento, California. The event will showcase the colourful and grandest celebration of thousands of Sto. Nino devotees in Filipino communities in California.
Held every second Saturday of January, before the festival in this town, the Ati-Atihan Festival in California has a rich history of culture and religious devotion to the Sto. Nino.
It highlights the traditional procession of Sto. Nino images, holy Mass,pahilot or paeapak and the parade of tribes in their Ati-Atihan costumes.
First held in the early 90s, the festival in California aims to gather Filipino-American families in a celebration honouring the Holy Infant Jesus. Outside Sacramento, California, many Filipinos living in urban areas in San Francisco and in Canada also commemorate the feast of Sto. Nino every January