Thursday, February 7, 2008
GM VIÑAS CONDUCTS 1ST BATCH OF LAPU-LAPU VIÑAS ARNIS STANDARDIZED RANK PROMOTIONS
Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association (from left): Dante L. Robles, Joeffrey S. Deriada, Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas, John Owen F. Ong, James U. Sy Jr., and and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado.
Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas, the 1st generation inheritor of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system and the son of the late founder Great Grandmaster Jose “Joe” L. Viñas, officially announced the first batch of ranking promotions in the art under the newly implemented Standardized Ranking System developed by the association’s newly formed Systematization Team 2003 during the annual Christmas Party of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association (LVAAA) on December 30, 2003 held at the Viñas Residence, 65 Lacson St., Bacolod City.
Those honored with the promotions were GM Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer (10th degree grandmaster), Irving P. Elefante (7th degree senior master), Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles (5th degree master), Servando “Diotay” P. Largo Jr. (4th degree master instructor), Dante L. Robles (3rd degree senior instructor), James U. Sy Jr., John Owen F. Ong, and Joeffrey S. Deriada (2nd degree instructor), and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado (1st degree instructor).
HM Viñas had previously issued a transitional certification to the above mentioned arnbisadors dated dated September 9, 2003 but their official certification was issued to them publicly during the 1st Gaisano-BOMB Mixed Martial Arts Eliminations and Expo held on February 1, 2004 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City.