Tribu Atub Atub was founded in May 5, 1971 and organized by Joaquin Santiago Sr. and family to show their reverence and devotion to the Holy Child Jesus, whom they believed have unceasingly blessed them. Originally it was composed of the sons and daughters of World War II veterans residing at the Veterans Village, Duran Street, Iloilo City. During that time they named their tribe “Tribu Atub Atub”, an inversion of the name “tuba”, a favorite Aeta drink.
The tribe reaped Championship awards for the years,1978, 1983, 1988, 2000, 2003, and 2004. It also garnered 1st Runner-Up in the Aliwan Dance Competition in 2003. The Tribe was also declared Grand Champion in the 2nd Aliwan National Dance Parade Competition in 2004.
The tribe manager is Marlene Santiago, assisted by choreographer Ria Espanola, artistic director Ronnie Jamontoc, dance master Diego Puray Jr., costume designer Gerald Espulgar, Musical Director Blasito Ledesma, and costume mistress Kennylen Santiago.
Atub Atub is composed of a tribe leader, 52 warriors, 40 drummers, 40 villagers, 29 back-up dancers, 13 second back-up, and 30 support staff.
Achievements in its 4 decades-old existence – Champions (1978, 1983, 1988, 2000, 2003, 2004), Special Awards: Most Discipline, Best in Performance, Best in Choreography, Best in Costume, Best in Music.
In the Dinagyang 2012 Ati Tribe Competition, Tribu Atub Atub is the only community contingent to make it to the top five. It won as 4th Runner-up – its latest award after half a decade.