Kalibo fest organizer quits weeks before Ati-Atihan

first_imgLast July 9, Lachica signed ExecutiveOrder No. 22 authorizing Kassamaco as a partner of the municipal government inenhancing tourism and in facilitating the events of the Ati-Atihan Festivalslated next month.   “Walakaming autonomy, bakit may Kalibo Festival Executive Board (KFEB), na in conflict with the executive order.It will curtail our authority. Hindi kamikaparte sa pag-draft ng MOA. Ano pa ang saysay ng Kassamaco if may festival board pa,” Zaraspeadded.       Zaraspe said his sudden resignationwas triggered by the proposed tri-party Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) presentedto them by Mayor Emerson Lachica and the department heads in a meeting on Dec.2.      Lachica was also surprised ofZaraspe’s resignation – his vice-mayoral candidate in the 2019 local elections. Prior to Zaraspe’s resignation,Kassamaco was facing rough waters in its accreditation as civil societyorganization before the Sangguniang Bayan of Kalibo. “It is with a heavy heart when Istepped down in Kassamaco. I did my best and I have to go back and to live aprivate life,” he said. The creation of the KFEB, which actsas a decision-making body of all matters and issues related to the conduct ofall Ati-Atihan activities, doesn’t sit well with Zaraspe, who said the KFEBwill run in conflict with Kassamaco in the overall management and operations ofthe festival.   KALIBO, Aklan – Apolonio ‘Apol’Zaraspe III, president of the Kalibo Sr. Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan ManagementCouncil, Inc. (Kassamaco), has officially resigned on Dec. 4 – weeks before the2020 festival. The Kalibo town in Aklan is set for its annual Ati-Atihan Festival. In line with the celebration, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 17 a special non-working holiday in the capital town. EXPLORE BY TRAVELOKA He also thanked the outpouring supportof the Church, police and members of the community during his short stint inKassamaco.   Such an abrupt resignation of Zaraspe wouldleave Kassamaco without its titular head, and the festival in limbo.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img

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