Ati-Atihan in Caribana
TORONTO–For the first time in it’s 47-year history in Toronto, the Caribana, billed as “an explosion of Caribbean cuisine, music, revelry, as well as, visual and performing arts”, had an Ati-Atihan group from the Philippines dancing behind the Panmasters Steel Orchestra as they played Caribbean music during the Caribana Grand Parade held August 2, 2014.
The parade is the marquee event of the three-week festival and winds along a 3 1/2-kilometre stretch of Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard. Two of the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF) beauties were amongst the participants in the parade: Miss Teen Philippines Canada 2014, Adrienne Eduria, and Mrs Philippines Canada 2014, Velona Daliva. The vivacious group caught the audience’s attention and the 2 PCCF beauties were interviewed by local television covering the event.
The Ati-Atihan youth group organized by Kriss Jones for the Toronto Transit Workers Local 113 was joined and taught some moves by PCCF volunteer choreographer Chollo Lagdameo.
(St. Jamestown News Service – RAZ)