Thursday, February 7, 2008


BACSMA Head Instructor Joel R. Casiple (seated center) with his wards during the 5th USLS Martial Arts Expo last September 8, 2005 at the University of St. La Salle.

The Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) of Joel R. Casiple took home a 7-4-1 medal haul in the 2005 Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural, and educational Association (NOPSSCEA) taekwondo competition at the Riverside Medical College.

BACSMA gold medalists were George Bedayos of LCC-Bacolod (tertiary men finweight), Jimboy Bigcas of Riverside Medical College (tertiary men bantamweight), John Robert “JR” Burbano of Castleson High School (secondary boys featherweight), Tedjay Ibañez of Bacolod Christian Center School (elementary boys 136-142 cm), Jennylyn Palama of Riverside Medical College (tertiary women bantamweight), Josefa Ramirez of University of St. La Salle (tertiary women featherweight), and Catherine Samonte of Riverside Medical College (tertiary women bantamweight).

BACSMA silver medalists were Barbara Gruber of Visayan Maritime Academy (tertiary women flyweight), Ellen June Guotana of Riverside Medical College (tertiary women finweight), Nelson Malunes of Riverside Medical College (tertiary men light/welterweight), and Paul Medes of Riverside Medical College (tertiary men middle/heavyweight).

BACSMA bronze medalist was John Reyes of Christian venture Academy (secondary boys welterweight).

Coaches were Joel R. Casiple, Catherine Joy Guotana, and Mark Anthony Casiple.

English teacher Wilson Alvarado of the Ramon Torres-Malingin (right) crosses sticks with his teacher Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles.

The Bago City Government will be celebrating the 107th Cinco De November this coming November 5, 2005 with a comedy theatrical play that will be participated in by all high schools including Bago City College, OLPA of Ma-ao, and Ramon Torres-Malingin.

The Ramon Torres-Malingin students will be presenting a play that will dramatize the warrior spirit and martial tradition of Gen. Araneta and Gen. Lacson and all the other Negrenses who rallied behind them to dominate the Spaniards. Their play will feature the indigenous arts Yasay sable, Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, oido de caburata, and tapado. With the exception of Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis which comes from Bacolod, all above mentioned arts came from Bago City, the home of some of the better forms of Negrense arnis or Filipino martial arts (FMA).

The action scenes are being choreographed by English teacher Wilson Alvarado, who is a student of Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles of the Yasay sable line. Alvarado, who came from a family of bastoneros, had just recently been accepted as a member to the Bacolod based Conceptual Martial Arts Society, a brotherhood dedicated to the research, preservation, and propagation of the various forms of Negrense FMA.

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