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09/01/2010: Embassy Joins Filipino Community in Celebrating 13th Sto. Niño and Ati-Atihan in Chesapeake, Virginia

Representing Ambassador Willy C. Gaa, Minister Ariel Rodelas Peñaranda joins members of the Filipino community in Chesapeake in celebrating the 13th Sto. Niño and Ati-Atihan Festival in Chesapeake Virginia on 9 January 2009.

On photo (L-R) Mrs. Rafalyn P. Telada (President of Aklan Ati-Atihan of Virginia), her husband Mr. Astrophel M. Tejada, Mrs. Rowena D. Peñaranda, and Minister Peñaranda.

Members of the Filipino community flock to Chesapeake, Virginia to relive the Ati-Atihan Festival of Aklan. A major tourist attraction, the Ati-Atihan Festival is held annually in January in Kalibo, Aklan as well as other provinces in the Philippines in honor of the Santo Niño (Child Jesus). The festival features tribal dance and music, with participants wearing colorful indigenous costumes. Aklan is also home to the world famous beach, Boracay.