Philippines AirAsia (PAA) is pleased to announce that the airline has signed a partnership agreement with Kalibo Ati-Atihan Sto. Nino Foundation, Inc. (KASAFI). Under the agreement, AirAsia will be the official airline partner for next year’s Ati-Atihan Festival happening on January 8 to 17 in Kalibo, Aklan.Philippines AirAsia Head of Commercial, Gerard Peñaflor said, “It’s a great honor for us to be appointed as the official airline partner for Ati-Atihan. Our team of highly trained pilots and cabin crew are excited to welcome everyone who will be traveling to and from Kalibo to be part of next year’s festivities.”
As the official carrier, Philippines AirAsia will actively participate in the festival by supporting KASAFI’s activities, parades and pageants aside from providing free air transportation for invited guests of the “Search for Mutya It Kalibo Ati-Atihan 2016” and promotional fares for the general public.
KASAFI Chairman, Albert Menez said, “Our partnership with AirAsia will help attract more tourists, merry-goers, devotees and balikbayans to Kalibo given the airline’s extensive network in the whole of ASEAN, China, Australia, Japan and India. The festival organizing team is doing our best to create the finest and most memorable celebration in the history of Ati-Atihan festival in honor of Señor Sto. Niño de Kalibo.”
Philippines AirAsia is a member of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the world’s best low cost carrier for seven consecutive years since 2009 by Skytrax. It flies direct to Kalibo from Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Incheon and soon from Puerto Princesa City in Palawan via Fly-Thru service starting early next year.KASAFI is the duly appointed festival organizer of Ati-Atihan festival, the Philippines’ “Mother of All Festivals.” Among the highlights of the festivities are:
January 16, 2016
Street dancing contest or Sadsad Ati-Atihan contest
January 11-17, 2016
Hala-Bira Ati-Atihan nights
Kaenan sa Plaza
Aklan products showcase
Aklan visual arts exhibit and street bazaar
Beauty contest 8 with special prizes from AirAsia
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About Philippines AirAsia
Philippines AirAsia (PAA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company between Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.
PAA operates a fleet of 15 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of Manila, Cebu and Kalibo (gateway to Boracay). It is by far the only local carrier that services the most number of international flights from China and South Korea to Kalibo International Airpor with fly-thru services via Kuala Lumpur from Manila to various points in Asia, Australia and beyond.
Philippines AirAsia is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for seven consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2015.
The Kalibo Ati-Atihan Sto. Nino Foundation, Inc. (KASAFI) was formed in partnership with the Municipality of Kalibo and the Diocese of Kalibo. KASAFI’s beginning was made possible when the Municipality of Kalibo headed by Hon. William S, Lachica gave the authority to the said foundation to manage the operation of the festival through Executive Order, in response to the clamor for a more transparent and efficient administration. Trusting in the integrity of the private sector – businessmen, educators, bankers, professionals and other individuals that comprise the foundation, the Mayor gave the management of the festival to KASAFI. KASAFI selects members of the executive committee and the working committees, solicits funds, markets and promotes the festival, and submits a financial statement to the Sangguniang Bayan.
All events during the month of January get permits and approval from KASAFI. The LGUs provide financial assistance, support services like the police, health and sanitation requirements. National government agencies like the Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry help regulate activities under their supervision. Whatever resources one partner needs, the other partner provides.
This festival intends to showcase the culture and traditions of Aklan and each will conform on the theme agreed upon towards that goal. Performances are made to conform with the theme as well. The celebration will always present the story of local practices and culture.
There will be efforts to raise funds to meet the expenses that will be incurred for the celebration. All efforts will be coordinated to make the celebration a success.