KALIBO, Aklan (The Adobo Chronicles, Iloilo Bureau) – It’s that time of year when Kalibo transforms into a mardi-gras world to celebrate the Ati-Atihan Festival, commemorating the feast of the Sto. Niño, or the child Jesus.
The Catholic Church — despite the festival’s commercialization for decades now — maintains that Ati-Atihan remains, and should remain, a religious festival.
And so, when a Mr. and Miss Bikini Open was held in conjunction with the festivities, Fr. Joesel Quan cried ‘foul.’ He bemoaned the attire of the contestants.
However, a young altar boy close to Fr. Quan, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Adobo Chronicles that the real reason the priest was concerned and disappointed was because the chosen bikini attires of the contestants were not ‘revealing enough.’
”Father was so looking forward to the event, and even volunteered to be a judge. But when all was said and done, he was not happy and instead publicly complained about the impropriety of the extra-curricular event.