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By lobski
The Ati is a Negrito ethnic group in Panay, which is located in the Visayas (Islands of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Leyte, Samar, Panay, Masbate, Negros and Guimaras), the central portion of the Philippine archipelago. They are genetically-related to other Negrito ethnic groups in the Philippines such as the Aeta of Luzon, the Batak of Palawan, and the Mamanwa of Mindanao.

In the Dinagyang festival of Iloilo City, also on Panay, performers are also painted to look supposedly like Ati and are organized into "tribes", called "tribus", to perform dances with drums, as the Atis are supposed to have done when the Malay arrived and bought Panay from the Ati. Dinagyang is held to celebrate this purchase as well as the arrival in Iloilo of the Santo Niņo statue. When the statue first arrived in 1967, a tribe from the Ati-atihan festival was invited to Iloilo to mark the occasion.

Have a wonderful day to all!

Fred Smile

Tags: Travel General Boy Festival Philippines Portraits and people

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achieverswales 9 8 101 Wales
12 Mar 2012 8:26PM
Excellent capture Fred with great write up.



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andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2012 8:32PM
brilliant comp fred wonderful detail and colours a belter nice one Wink
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2012 8:34PM

moiral 9 12 Scotland
12 Mar 2012 9:48PM
Nicely captured with interesting narrative. Moira
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
13 Mar 2012 6:11AM
A most interesting write-up, Fred, explaining the meaning of this great image. Carol
AnnChown Plus
9 207 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2012 7:19PM
Fascinating information Fred.
evelen 14 5 England
14 Mar 2012 6:45PM
excellent shot.
meniko 8 Cyprus
12 Jun 2012 4:33PM
Not only this image is so well captured, also the story behind is so interesting.
Thanks for the effort "to teach" us in such a great way

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