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Black is back: 'Black Beauty Boys' regains title in Kalibo Sadsad Ati-atihan contest

KALIBO, Aklan (PIA) -- The "Black Beauty Boys" has regained the championship title after four years in the Kalibo Sadsad Ati-atihan Contest Tribal Big Category.

Named as this year’s grand winner, the group from Linabuan Norte bested the seven other competing tribes in the Tribal Big Category, taking home a whopping P1 million cash prize.

This category is the Kalibo Señor Santo Niño Ati-Atihan Festival major contest which has been provided by the organizer with the biggest allocation of cash prizes.

According to Engr. Lucas Francisco, tribe leader of Black Beauty Boys, they are very happy and overwhelmed for this year as they reclaimed the championship after losing it in 2020 and 2023. 

The celebration of Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival was put on hiatus in 2021 and 2022 due to the pandemic.

“Sa akon pag-obserbar, may laban mat-a kami kaso uwa man gid kami ga-expect nga mayad dahil nakita man namon nga abo nga manami ag tanan man nagpreparar it mayad (In my observation, we have the chance to the title but we did not expect much because we saw other contingents who have also prepared and performed very well),” Francisco said.

Aside from the championship title and grand prize, the Black Beauty Boys also won five special awards such as Best in Costume, Best in Beats and Sounds, Best in Street Dancing, Best in Headdress, and Most Disciplined, receiving P5,000 for each award.

“Ina tanan ro gaoy, stress, bukon it madali amon nga gin-agyan. Gintao namon ro among pinakamayad. Pero mahambae ko nga nagbulig gid sa among kadaeag-an ro debosyon ag pagpanaad kay Señor Santo Nino. Maski sa amon nga costume, sa headdress makita nga ina gid si Sto. Niño ag imaw ro focus ag ginadayaw bilang hari (It’s all there, the exhaustion,

The Black Beauty Boys from Linabuan Norte performs during the Kalibo Sadsad Ati-atihan Contest on Jan. 20. It was named as this year’s grand winner, besting the seven other competing tribes in the Tribal Big Category, taking home a whopping P1 million cash prize. (PIA Aklan)

the stress- what we’ve been through was not easy. We gave our best, but it is our devotion and vow to Señor Santo Niño that made us win. Even in our costume in our headdress, you can see that there is the Sto. Niño and He is our focus andwe  praise Him as our King,” Francisco explained.

The members and the organizers of the big group added that their yearly performance is not just a competition, but as well as their way of praising and thanking Señor Sto. Niño.

The tribe Apo ni Inday in its unique performance during the Kalibo Sadsad Ati-atihan Contest on Jan. 20. It topped the Balik Ati category for this year. (PIA Aklan)

Other winners in the Tribal Big category include Tribu Linabuanon, 2nd place with P300,000.00 cash prize; Vikings – 3rd place (P170,000.00); Pride of Libtong – 4th (P70,000.00); Pangawasan Tribe – 5th (P60,000.00); Maharlika Tribe – 6th (P50,000.000); Tribu Alibangbang – 7th (P40,000.00); and Tribu Waswas - 8th (P30,000.00).

In the Tribal Small category, the group “Kabog” got the top spot, which the same as the Black Beauty Boys, won the five special awards. It was followed by Tribu Tampogaling and Tribu Bukid Tigayon in second and third place, respectively.

For Modern Tribal, the returning group Royal Scorpio won the top prize, followed by Atras Abante and Aeang-Aeang.

The tribe Apo ni Inday topped the Balik Ati category, followed by Tribu Naisud, and Sinikway Nga Ati.

Winners for all the categories were announced during the awarding ceremony on January 21 at Kalibo Magsaysay Park.

A total of 34 tribes and groups registered and took part in the Kalibo Sadsad Ati-atihan contest this year. (AGP/SQP/PIA Aklan)

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