16 out-of-town tribes to join in 2012 Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan - Sixteen out-of-town tribes will compete in the Ati-Atihan contest of the 2012 Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival.
Five tribes from Lilo-an and San Roque, Malinao, Aklan are joining the Balik-Ati competition.
They are Tribu Isalacan, Tribu Ilayanhon, Malipayong Ati, Kinantuing and defending champion Lilo-anong Ati nga Mananggiti.
Other tribes competing are Apo ni Inday of Calangcang, Makato, Aklan; Anono-o Group of Barangay Briones and Tribu Bakhaw Sur of Barangay Bakhaw Sur, all from Kalibo, Aklan.
Maharlika, Lord Eagles, D'Kamanggahan Tribe and Pangawasan Tribe from Makato, Aklan are contesting the grand prize of P150,000 in the Tribal Big category. The reigning champion Black Beauty Boys from Linabuan Norte will be up against Kabog (Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan), Tribu Responde and Tribu Tiis Tiis (New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan) and Tribu Bukid Tigayon.
Meanwhile, four out-of-town tribes will take part in the Tribal Small category with a grand prize of P60,000. They are Tribu Tipon Tipon and Lezo Tribe of Ibao, Lezo, Aklan; Tribu Parola of Daja, Banga, Aklan and Tribu Tigpalas of Tigpalas, Malinao, Aklan.
Past winner Tribu Ea-mang (Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan), Morongga Tribe (New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan), Tribu Ninolitos (Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan) and Tribu Alibangbang of Linabuan Norte, Kalibo, Aklan will also see action in the Tribal Small category.
In the Modern group category, Jimzon Group of Pusiw, Numancia, Aklan and Aeang-Aeang Group of Laguinbanua, Numancia, Aklan are two of the five groups registered with the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi).
Other Ati-Ati groups are Pilgrimage of Pook, Kalibo, Aklan; The Andagao City of Andagao, Kalibo, Aklan and SKBK, Inc. of New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan.
Kasafi, a private non-profit foundation that runs the Ati-Atihan festival, are still expecting additional tribes to register before the deadline on January 7, 2012.