Ati Warriors Invade Robinsons Place – Iloilo
Yesterday afternoon, January 11 2012, Ati Warriors picked from six contingent Ati Tribes competed for the title of Ati Model of 2012 at Robinsons Place Iloilo. It was the first and only time we’ll see the Ati Warriors in action before the actual Ati Tribe Competition on January 22. Robinsons Place was rocked by loud drum-beating and cheers from the crowd supporting their favorite tribes.
The Ati Warriors demonstrated their energetic dance moves and choreography accompanied by drum beating and official song of Dinagyang Festival. I observed that the costumes used by the Ati Warriors were used from last year’s competition. The tribes that participated are Molave, Milagrosa, Paghidaet, Pag-asa, Salognon, and Lunok. Tribu Salognon won the first place, while Tribu Paghidaet seconded and bagged the Best in Costume award.
The tribe warriors have been very essential in making the Dinagyang Festival successful in the last four decades. The Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior Competition is a venue for the organizers to highlight the warriors’ contribution in the festivities and the efforts they’re giving to give Iloilo City the finest and best tourism event in the country.
Here are the qualifications given by the organizers in selecting the Tribe Warriors that competed yesterday:
- The Ati warriors must be organic members of a competing tribe in the Ati-ati competition
- They must be between 15 to 24 years old, of good moral character
- Possess a warrior built physique as well as good dancers
I was very privileged that my schedule allowed me to attend this event. I really enjoyed the drum beating; you could feel your heart palpitating with the loud rhythm and really feel the urge to dance. I was standing near the stage when a tribe warrior danced, you could feel the air move because of the intense dance moves they’re doing.
So for now, here are the photos I’ve taken during the event: