Realism And Human Values In Celebration Of Ati-Atihan: A Mirror And Culture Of Akeanon

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Sharon Concepcion Masula


The celebration of a culture might seem very different depending on who you ask. The Ati-Atihan is perhaps one of the most well-known. This study intends to see the changes that are taking place in the Ati-Atihan festival as a reflection and culture of Akeanon; the human significance that Akeanon possesses, recognizes the impact of community change on the life, mind, culture, and values of the Aeta's. From July 2015 until October 2017, this was carried out in Bulwang, Numancia, and Estancia, all of which are located in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. Research of a descriptive nature, in the form of interviews and questionnaires, was conducted with one hundred samples each from the Aeta population and the Non-Aeta population. The alterations are plausible due to the fact that each time the alterations are obvious in the continuous Ati-atihan celebration of the lives of Aetas and Non-Aetas. The findings indicate that more tourists than Aetas take part in the celebration, charcoal is no longer used in place of paints, colorful costumes were worn, the focus was more on celebrities than on Sto. Nio, shopping and drinks, politics are a factor in the celebration, few devotees attended the church mass and proselytized, and there is an increase in road merchandise and drinks. Coconut shells are not used as body costumes, and the original Aetas have been cut out of the celebration. The parade no longer begins at the sea side, as it did in the past; some people's religions or beliefs have changed, which has an effect on those people's beliefs and habits; the parade no longer begins at the sea side. The human values that were noted were a strong belief in Saint Nicholas, concern for the people in general and the Aeta in particular, the ability to think creatively and critically, hospitality, personal awareness, love, truth, and political value.

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