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November 2015

The Ati-Atihan Festival

“The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held annually in January in honor of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines. The name “Ati-Atihan” means “to be like Aetas” or “make believe Ati’s.” Aetas were the primary settlers in the islands according to history books. They too are the earliest settlers of Panay Island where the province of Aklan is situated.
The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. Christians, and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions. It has inspired many other Philippine Festivals including the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and Dinagyang of Iloilo, both adaptations of the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival.” – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  #mjphotog #MPEblog

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Leonard Nimoy, whose claim to fame was his role as the inimitable Dr. Spock of the hit 90s Star Trek TV series, is claimed to have uttered these words. What does this mean and how can it be true?

This statement is either philosophical, religious and/or spiritual. Simply put, it is about helping those who are in need and it means that the more ‘things’ we give to others, the more ‘things’ we will receive because of our good deeds. Some people may consider it as “karma“. Of course, ‘things’ may be anything physical like ‘money’, ‘clothes’ etc or something non-physical like ‘Love‘ and ‘Happiness‘.

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It can also mean that when a group of friends or even family do such corporal works of mercy together, that their bond becomes stronger. This is specially true with a group of like-minded individuals from Kalibo, Aklan who have made it their life’s work to lend a hand to people in need in their own small way. By contributing their meager resources to buy food and necessities to the families of children confined in the Pediatric ward of the Aklan Provincial Hospital, they have not only elicited the gratitude of the parents but more importantly, brought smiles to the faces of the young ones. Certainly, there is nothing more satisfying to behold.

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