33 tribes to compete in Kalibo Ati-Atihan contest
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan - Thirty-three tribes are officially registered with the Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) for this year's Kalibo Ati-Atihan contest. The deadline for registration of tribes ended on January 7, said Kasafi chairman Albert Menez.
A total of P704,000 in cash prizes and P744,000 financial assistance await the winners in modern, tribal big and small, modern and individual categories of the yearly Ati-Atihan contest. Last year, a total of 30 tribes competed for P415,000 in cash prizes from Kasafi.
Menez said the tribes, with their colourful and indigenous costumes, will be judged on January 14, 2012. All tribes must adhere to the age-old Kalibo Ati-Atihan dance steps and drumbeat during the street dancing while shouting in unison, ‘Viva kay Senor Sto. Nino”.
Vying for the grand prize of P150,000 for the Tribal Big category are defending champion Black Beauty Boys of Linabuan Norte, Kalibo, Aklan; Kabog of Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan; Tribu Responde and Tribu Tiis-Tiis of New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan and Tribu Bukid Tigayon of Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan.
Four out-of-town tribes are also competing in the Tribal Big category, namely, Pangawasan Tribe of Makato, Aklan; D'Kamanggahan Tribe of Poblacion, Makato, Aklan and Maharlika and Lord Eagles of Dumga, Makato, Aklan.
The first runner-up for Tribal Big category will receive P80,000 and the second runner-up P50,000.
Seven Ati-Atihan groups are participating in the Modern category. They are 2011 grand winner Scorpio 9-11 of Kalibo, Aklan; Aeang-Aeang Group of Laguinbanua, Numancia, Aklan; D'Emagine of Kalibo, Aklan and Samahan ng mga Kababaihan Bayan ng Kalibo, Inc. (SKBK) of New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan. The new Ati groups in the Modern category are Pilgrimage of Pook, Kalibo, Aklan; The Andagao City of Andagao, Kalibo, Aklan and Jimzon group of Pusiw, Numancia, Aklan.
The modern category grand champion will receive P50,000, first runner-up P25,000 and the second runner-up will take home P15,000.
Entries for the Tribal Small category are Tribu Alibangbang of Linabuan Norte, Kalibo, Aklan; Morongga Tribe of New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan; Tribu Eam-ang of Estancia, Kalibo, Aklan and Tribu Ninolitos of Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan.
Four out-of-town tribes are also joining the competition - Tribu Tipon-Tipon and Lezo Tribe of Ibao, Lezo, Aklan; Tribu Parola of Daja, Banga, Aklan and the new Ati group Tribu Tigpalas of Tigpalas, Malinao, Aklan.
The winner in the Tribal Small category will get P60,000, second placer P40,000 and third placer P30,000.
There are nine Ati groups in the Balik Ati category registered with Kasafi. They are Tribu Isalacan, Lilo-anong Ati nga Mananggeti and Tribu Ilayanhon of Liloan, Malinao, Aklan; Malipayong Ati and Kinantuing of San Roque, Malinao, Aklan and Apo ni Inday of Calangcang, Makato, Aklan.
Other Balik Ati tribes competing are Anono-o Group and Maninikop Group of Briones, Kalibo, Aklan; Tribu Bakhaw Sur of Bakhaw Sur, Kalibo, Aklan.
The Balik-Ati category grand winner will receive P50,000, second placer P25,000 and third placer P15,000. Two consolation prizes will also be awarded for P5,000 each.