. Aside from the revelers (domestic & foreign tourists), much of the Ati-atihan is also about commerce. That is the major critisism hurled against the Kalibo Ati-atihan. It has become too commercialized for comfort … HUGE banners of telecommunication companies in the plaza dwarf the Sto. Nino’s home in the Kalibo Cathedral. Every group that participates in the parade have banners announcing to all they they are sponsored by this and that company. Cola companies compete for your attention.
. Well, that only goes to show how popular the Ati-atihan is.
. So popular in fact, that ambulant vendors competde for space in the small plaza to make a small fortune while the parade moves in and around the plaza in front of the Kalibo Cathedral. They are a mix match of street vendors plying their wares …
. And what do you think is the “best” product (not necessarily in terms of sales) on sale in the street? Would you believe, the statues of the Sto. Nino? Complete with costume change! How more Pinoy can that be?
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