the oppressive rule of Makatunaw, Sultan of Brunei. The purchase of Panay by the Maraynons has become legend has woven into songs and dances. It tells of how Datu Puti, the leader of the Maraynons, purchased the vast valleys and lowlands from the Ati King, Marikudo, and his wife, Maniwang-tiwang, by a golden sarok, a golden necklace, bolts of cloth and some trinkets. A feast was held celebration of the transaction. The celebration is commemorated every year when the purchased was consummated. In later years when Ati descendants of Marikudo withdrew to the mountains, the settlers choose to perpetuate the celebration. In the absence of the Atis, some of the settlers smeared themselves with soot to simulate the ati. From then on, the celebration has withstood the test of centuries came to be known as the Ati-atihan festival.
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