BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
A Fil-German candidate for Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival King was crowned on January 15. Marc Philip Niemeyer, 21, bested 15 other aspirants for the coveted crown and title.
Niemeyer, a resident of Laguinbanua East in Numancia, Aklan and a Garcia College of Technology student, nailed the question “how will you make a difference in the community as a Kalibo Ati-Atihan King candidate?” in the crucial question and answer portion. The pageant newcomer was born and raised in Lengerich in Germany to a German father and Filipina mother from Nabas, Aklan.
Jann Vincent Regalado, 24, from Bubog in Numancia won first runner-up. He also got minor awards for Best in Swimwear and the corporate awards for Mr. Coca Cola and Mr. Novelino.
Odelon Bartolo I, 20, from Poblacion, Ibajay, Aklan and an Information Technology student of STI College Kalibo, finished second runner-up.
The 19-year old Paolo Benedict Ibuyan from Kalibo, Aklan and accounting student of Garcia College of Technology won 3rd runner-up. He also took home Best in Formal Wear, Mr. People’s Choice and Mr. Philippine Airlines.
John Rafael Villar from Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan was also named 4th runner-up.
Other minor awards winners were Frank Jared Rafailes, who won Mr. Photogenic and Mr. Kasafi Runway; Alvin Delos Santos for Best in Production Number and Ronald No for Best in Talent.
Mr. Casino Active award went to Stewart Kenneth Magbanua.
Other candidates who joined the Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival King grand finale were Jasper Sy, Charles Manuel Laserna, Icidor Kobe So, Marc Sebastian Hauer, Stewart Kenneth Magbanua, Erol Pestano and Earl Jaztin Beboso.
The 16 aspirants competed in three categories – production number, swimwear and formal wear in the preliminary round. The candidates were trimmed down to top 5 for the final stage of the competition.
Xander Ford, Kalibo Dance Ensemble and Ex-Unit dance crew also performed during the two-hour pageant. The event hosted by Rey Jason Gregorio and Allen Guillen was organized by Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation Inc. (Kasafi), the municipal government of Aklan and the provincial government of Aklan./MP