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  Ati-Atihan festival

atinatin-boracayThe Ati Atihan festival is a major celebrated throughout the Philippines. On Boracay the festival is celebrated at Ibajay, Kalibo and the famous White Beach. It takes place every third week of January. T
 
If you want to join the fiesta at Ibajay, the best option is to take a flight from Kalibo airport. Upon landing you can take a jeep or tricycle. Just ask to be taken to the main city.

On the first day, the Boracay Ati Atihan festival begins with a parade and ends with a mass. The main attraction is the competition between the different participants. The competition is marked by marching and dancing. The participants march to the sound of drums. The participants are clad in multicolored attire, metals, trinkets and various ornaments.

The roots of the festival can be traced to a combination of the religious beliefs of the natives and Christianity. Simply put, the natives combined the missionaries teachings of Christianity with their own beliefs.
 
The trademark drum beats were used by the natives to celebrate when Datu Puti gave them land. The origin of the fiesta itself is subject to much speculation. The most popular theory is that they were used to thank the gods for a bountiful harvest.
 
According to one account, the missionaries tried their best to Christianize the people. When they refused to give up their pagan practices, they asked the tribal leader to include Catholic saints in their celebrations. This would lead to the fusion of the two religions. The festival would become popular and spread throughout the country. There is no fee required; you can just go to any of the locations and watch the festival unfold.

The festival is very popular and locals would march and dance along. If you visit the island during the festival date, expect the tourists, local and foreign to dance along.  The Boracay Ati Atihan festival features a Santo Nino at the end of the parade. The figure is surrounded by bamboo torches. The occasion is also marked by numerous parties and other events related to the festival.


Nestea Beach Volleyball

nestea-beachvolleyThe Nestea Beach Volleyball has become a fixture on the island of Boracay. Ever since it began, the event has come to symbolize all that is fun and great about this island paradise.

This volleyball tournament takes place in various parts of the country. However the grand finals never fails to happen in Boracay. This championship takes place in April, right at the peak tourist season. The jetties at Caticlan provide the quickest way to reach the island. With the speedboats, the journey will take around 15 to 20 minutes.

The event is noted for its sizzling volleyball action right on the beach. You will see top caliber players slugging it out, hitting the ball with all their might and making spectacular dives.

 The huge crowd that it attracts is also part of the fun. Adding to the fun is the setting, right in the beautiful beaches of the island. Watching the volleyball games is an exhilarating experience.

Watching the players spike and volley the ball can take your breath away. Matching the intensity of the players are the cheering of the crowds. The combination of the beach, the crowd and the volleyball action will pump you up. For the volleyball fanatic, this is an experience you will not want to pass up, ever.

 The Nestea Beach Volleyball has grown exponentially throughout the years. Today it is not uncommon to see dozens of teams participating. These come from the different schools and universities around the Philippines.

 Today, the event has grown to such an extent that it is considered one of the grandest volleyball tournaments in the land. More than ever, teams are lining up to join and be declared the best volleyball team in Boracay.

The costs will vary from year to year. The registration fees may differ so the best option is to get in touch with the organizer. The tournament is also famous for its prizes. The winning team receives thousands of pesos in cash. Aside from that, there are other items given away. Among them are sports equipment and of course the trophies. The participants and audience can also look forward to the parties that take place after the championship.

The Nestea Beach Volleyball has come to represent summer fun in Boracay. The excitement generated at the games has few equals. It is something that you are not likely to forget.


 Chairmans Golf Cup in Boracay

 The Chairmans Golf Cup in Boracay is one of the most exhilarating and fascinating golf tournaments that are held on the island. Known for its fabulous cash prizes, it continues to become more popular as the years go by. The tournament is held at the Fairways and Bluewater Resort and Country Club. The event begins on the 11th and ends on the 17th. The resort is at Newcoast in Barangay Yapak. The tricycle drivers on the island know the place very well so you will have no problems getting there.

Due to the popularity of the tournament, it is open to both professional and amateur players. Those who compete at professional levels will find themselves at home in the professional division. Those who are just starting out will be better off at the amateur division. Either way, both will offer challenges and a lot of excitement. For the players, the chance to play in this gorgeous course is the experience of a lifetime. The design and layout of the golf course is top notch and is at par with the rest of the world. Even those who have been there often cannot help but marvel at the beauty of the place. All this helps the golfer play better.

The Chairmans Golf Cup in Boracay was the brainchild of numerous businessmen and golf lovers. The first Cup was held in 1990 and proved very successful. The tournament was also set up so new golfers will get the chance to hone their skills while competing for prizes. These days, the tournament is considered as one of the biggest on the island. The tournament is by invitation only, but the players have to register. The costs related to the event will vary from time to time. All those interested in participating should contact the organizer beforehand.

 If you want to play golf well, take the time to practice. You should also visit the resort first to get a feel for it. Getting familiar with the course layout will definitely help. Of course that is only one step. You must also be willing to put in the hours to improve your game.

The Chairman’s Golf Cup in Boracay is one of the classiest golfing events on the island. It is a display of the finest golfers in the Philippines. This makes it one of the top sporting events in Aklan.


 Fil-American Friendship Golf Cup

The Fil-American Friendship Golf Cup is one of the most awaited sporting events in Boracay. It has proven to be so popular that thousands now want to participate. If you are on the island, you can just ride a tricycle and ask to be taken to the golf course. The driver will know where it is being held, as the island is not really that big.

Those who want to participate in the event should decide if they want to play in the amateur or professional division. The participants will also see that there is an American and Filipino division. Regardless of the division you choose, you need to have considerable skills to be competitive.

Apart from the game, the players will also enjoy the scenery. The course is encompassed by lush greens and also the blue skies. The cool breeze adds to the atmosphere as well. Of course, there are big prizes given away at the event. This no doubt adds to the excitement of playing in the game.

The Fil-American Friendship Golf Cup began in the 1940s. Its purpose was to celebrate the friendship of the American and Filipino people. The initial staging of the event proved highly successful, leading to more editions. In its first few years, only Filipinos and Americans participated in the event. 

As the tournament grew in popularity, the organizers opened its doors to participants from other countries. This step would lead to a dramatic increase in the participants. Today, thousands of people join the event. There are registration and entrance fees to the event. However, the rates vary. The costs will also vary for each of the divisions. Since the price is always fluctuating, you should get in touch with the event organizers before joining. The inquiries should be made prior to joining the event. This will give you plenty of time to prepare. 

Some of those who join the tournament do so just for fun. Others are in it to win the whole thing. Whatever your case may be, it is best if you take the time to work on your game. Working on your swing and posture will go a long way towards improving your chances of winning. If you are more competitive, your chances of winning will increase.

The Fil-American Friendship Golf Cup is more than just a golf tournament. It is symbolic of the continuing bond between the two nations.


 Goma Golf Cup

The Goma Golf Cup in Boracay is one of the most popular golf tourneys on the island. The golfing event is as famous for the game thrills as much as the celebrities that participate in it.

 The event takes place in the Fairways and Bluewater Resort. You can get to the resort in the following manner. Go to the Caticlan municipality seaport. Board one of the boats and head to Boracay island. From there, you can take a tricycle and ask to be taken to Newcoast at Barangay Yapak. The tournament is held every February.

 The golf tournament is well known for the Philippine celebrities that attend the event. The presence of movie celebrities, politicians and other personalities has made the event very popular. Many people come to watch the event as much for the golf as for the celebrities. Professional golfers also take part in the event. 

The Goma Golf Cup in Boracay was established by Filipino movie actor Richard Gomez in the year 1990. The idea behind the event was to celebrate and enhance the friendship between movie actors, directors and other celebrities in the country.  Since its inauguration, the participants have steadily increased in number. Usually, over 100 people participate in the event. In some cases, greater numbers join.

As the number of participants grew, so have the number of companies that support the event. Major companies in telecommunications, electronics and garments have all sponsored the event. Companies with golf and other related products also sponsor the event. This has helped spread its popularity even more across the country. There are registration and entrance fees required before you can participate in the event. The rates are not constant; they can change from year to year. If you are going to participate, it is best if you get in touch with the organizers first. They will inform you of all the requirements needed to join the festivities. 

The prize given away at the golf tournament is 1 million pesos. Many other consolation prizes are also given away. The participants in the event also get to avail of the amenities of the Fairways and Bluewater Resort. 

The Goma Golf Cup in Boracay continues to attract golfers from ail around the country. The exciting competition, the glitz and glamor all combine to make it one of the events to watch out for on the island.


Boracay International Beach Festival

The Boracay International Beach festival is one of the more popular festivals held on the island yearly. Its plethora of activities and fun atmosphere combine to lure tourists both foreign and local to the event.
 
The festival takes place in October every year. If you are in a nearby island, you can book a flight and head to Caticlan. From there you can board a jeepney or tricycle to the seaport. The boats there will take you to the island.
 
There are also ferries that can transport you to the jetties. The speedboats will send you to the island in a matter of minutes. Tricycles at the jetties can bring you to the venue.
 
The Boracay International Beach festival is known for its diverse presentations and shows. During the festival, the residents of the area will showcase musical numbers and dances.
 
The topics covered are diverse, but most of them focus on the way of life of the island inhabitants. These cultural shows are all intended to give the crowds an idea of what life on the island was like before modern times. Just like with the other festivals on the island, days leading up to it are very enjoyable and filled with many activities. During the festival, many food and drinks are served.  The festival is a celebration of the cultural heritage of the island. The songs and dances in the show are meant to showcase the rich history of the island. It is also a celebration of life itself.
 
The festival also shows how life on the island has improved. Those watching the fiesta will realize just how much life on the island has changed, and how much the people have managed to keep the traditional ways alive.
 
The show is free; there is no entrance fee. However, you do need to pay for the food and drinks. To avoid the high costs of booking in peak season, make your hotel reservations early.
 
The festival is also famous for its beach games. These games are not just for the Filipinos; these are interactive and tourists can join in. Also not to be missed is the food festival. The food festival showcases the finest and most delicious food in Aklan.
 
The Boracay International Beach festival is an immensely enjoyable activity. It is free, so you can truly enjoy the events without worrying about the costs.