8 min

An animistic festival Christianized and incorporated into Folk Catholicism slowly turns into modern day madness.

The Ati-atihan festival means, "to be like Aetas" or "make believe Ati's."  The Aeta people are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations some 30,000 years ago.

Through all influences throughout it's history, the Philippines is at another turning point of using the influences of ancestral belief, with their catholic religion together with their strive for survival, search for identity and need for creativity. People take a day to step out of themselves and get connected to whatever they wish to be. Inspired by their ancestors they become powerful, god-like and mad.