Published in Sun Star Weekend Bacolod April 15, 2007
The Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod Chapter and its sister organization Tribu Hangaway (Warriors Tribe/Club), both under Negros Island Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr., 6th degree black belt Tapondo, in cooperation SM City Bacolod made history with the successful and explosive of the 2007 Summer Best of Negros Martial Arts Expo last April 7, 2007 at the Activity Center, SM City Bacolod, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City.
The event was held under the sanction of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of President Master Elmer V. Montoyo, 6th degree black belt, and Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Col. Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D. 17 martial arts organizations from Bacolod , Bago, Iloilo , and Talisay Cities and Murcia were in attendance.
Organizations that gave demonstrations included Bacolod Oido de Caburata Arnis Society (BAODCAS) of 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmasters Jose and Arturo Aguilar, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center (FC) of Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil, Oido Fencing of Grandmaster Sotero Tario, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of 1st Generation Inheritor/Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobrido, Sundangan Baneg of Mandala Baldwin Garrucho, Tai Chi Circle of Bacolod (TCCB) of Peter Yap Sifu, and Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod Chapter and Tribu Hangaway of Negros Island Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr.
Other groups represented were Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Philippine Guardian Brotherhood Inc. (PGBI) of Chairman Nelson Demegelio, Lightning Scientific Arnis International-Philippine Dynamic Arnis (LSAI-PDA)/Philippine Si-Su-Do Philippine (PSSA) of Grandmaster Rogelio H. Galvarole ,KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA)/Traditional Shotokan Karate Arts (TSKA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) of Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, and Vasquez Modified Martial Arts International (VMMAI) of headmaster Mike Vasquez.
GM TARIO & MASTER CULANGO
Grandmaster Sotero Tario of Oido Fencing (right) defends against the attacks of Master Federico Culango Sr.
Some of the participating martial artists in the 2007 Summer Best of Negros Martial Arts Expo
Brothers in the Martial Arts. From left (standing): GM Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido of OFTLSFA, Maser Henried B. Lamayo of VMMAI, Negros Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr. of TIFI and TH, Erodgie O. Sepe of IFFMAS, Master Instructor James U. Sy Jr. of CMAS, GM Arturo B. Aguilar of BAODCAS, Pastor Romeo N. Gumban of PIMAA-FTSDA, Grandmaster Jose D. Aguilar of BAODCAS, and Masters Federico Culango Jr. and Sr. of Oido Fencing. From left (Kneeling): Brothers Jezreel and Jake Bugna of TIFI / TH / OFTLSFAI..
Nikki Nuñez of Tapondo (left) and Cristina Aspan of Tribu Hangaway model the Tula = Tula sticks given by GM Sotero Tario as CMAS Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado signals for the picture to be taken.
MENDOZA & DIAMANTE
Faciola Salome “Mimi” Mendoza of Young Life performs women’s self defense with her instructor CMAS Chapter Head Lafayette A. Diamante.
Humberto “Toti” Lim of Tai Chi Circle of Bacolod (TCCB) going through his 37-posture Yang style short form.
TAPONDO SELF DEFENSE
A Tapondo black belt demonstrates a restraining hold on his attacker.
PIODENA & DERIADA
Master Ritchie S. Piodena of BAODCAS (left) demonstrates with Joeffrey S. Deriada of CMAS the power of Oido de caburata.