After posting about the Opening Salvo and the Kasadyahan Festival, this entry about the Ati-Ati Competition is the icing on the cupcake of my little series on the Dinagyang Festival – a much celebrated happening in my part of the archipelago.
Ten tribes or tribus competed this year: Tribu Panayanon, Tribu Aninipay, Tribu Milagrosa, Tribu Angola, Tribu Salognon, Tribu Pag-asa, Tribu Ilonganon, Tribu Molave, Tribu Atub-atub and Tribu Buntatalan-on. In addition to these year’s batch of tribe hopefuls, a guest tribe composed of real Aetas (Panay island’s indigenous people) from Barotac performed to the delight of the local and foreign guests who were present for the big event. (this is up for a separate post next week)
And I was privileged to watch them all perform courtesy of a vendor who, for 500 pesos, allowed me to sit/stand on a makeshift platform fitted with several mismatched plastic chairs (which was luckily placed across judging area number three).
The air was festive and teeming with the scent of popcorn stands and uniformed policemen and the constant buzz of feet and drums and tourists speaking in a variety of tongues.
And in lieu of captions and all other descriptions, I will let these vibrant, colorful pictures speak for themselves. 🙂