Banking on its transparency and volunteerism, a cultural and arts foundation will help the provincial government of Aklan in the preservation and promotion of culture and heritage.
Aklan Culture and Arts Foundation, Inc. (ACAFI) led by chairman Albert Menez will tie-up with Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores and other agencies to uplift cultural tourism through different programs and initiatives.
ACAFI, then Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi), managed the Ati-Atihan festivities in Kalibo, Aklan for the past nine years with no major crime incidents happened.
During the time of Kasafi, the popular Kalibo festival was recognized by the World Costume Festivals as the “Mother of All Philippine Festivals” and one of Top 300 world’s best festivals by Fest300 and Everfest.
Kasafi also earned a Special Citation for Volunteerism from 2017 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Philippine National Volunteer Service
Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) for its meritorious accomplishments, initiatives and volunteerism efforts.
The cultural foundation targets to create a creative and dynamic performing arts where people and tourists can learn Aklan’s rich culture and traditions. This will bring the communities and locals together to embrace and explore the revitalization of dance, song, art, culture, and self-identity of Aklan cultural practices and experiences.
The former Ati-Atihan organizer is also currently finalizing regular traditional events on how best to strengthen cultural institutions partnership for the promotion of diverse cultures of Aklan.
By BOY RYAN B. ZABAL