11 Municiplaities of Aklan are set to participate in this year’s Higante Contest.

This event is sponsored by the Provincial Government of Aklan through the Aklan Provincial Tourism Office in cooperation with the 17 Municipalities of Aklan in celebration of the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival 2023.

The LGU Parade of 17 Municipalities of the Province of Aklan with the Higantes is set to commence at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, today – January 12, 2023 at 1PM./KPA

A BRIEF BACKGROUND | HIGANTES, A CULTURAL TRADITION KEPT ALIVE AT KALIBO SANTO NINO ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL

Source: Ro Akeanon

Higantes have been part and parcel of the Kalibo Santo Nino Ati-Atihan Festival ‘sadsad’ or streetdancing tradition. The earliest photos of higantes in the Ati-Atihan Festival is in the year 1963. According to our elders, they have witnessed the tradition when they were kids as early as the 1950s.

Higantes are common in Filipino traditional fiestas. It is a giant figure of people, animals or legendary characters reaching a maximum of 12 feet tall and 5 feet wide in a spectacle usually made of paper mache and other indigenous materials. A person usually goes inside the higante to control its movement.

To preserve this fading tradition, the Provincial Government of Aklan through the Provincial Tourism Office was tasked to sponsor the annual Higante Parade starting 1996. During the Higante Parade, seventeen towns of Aklan compete for the best higante based on a theme set by the Provincial Tourism Office.

Photos: Higante Parade 2019, Mark Delmar Custodio