Monday, February 18, 2008

BACOLOD’S CHINESE SCHOOLS SHINE IN BACOLAODIAT OPENING

By: James U. Sy Jr.


Bacolod City ’s three Chinese Schools shone when they presented various cultural presentations during the opening of the 3rd Bacolaodiat Festival in celebration of the Chinese New Year last February 7, 2008 at the Chopstick Alley, 6th St. , Bacolod City.

The various presentations gave the Bacoleños a glimpse to the depth of Chinese culture, which dates back to thousands of years.

St. John’s Institute (Hua Ming) under Fr. Greg Fuentebella presented the Fan Dance and the Yoyo Dance. The SJI performers were composed of 3rd and 4th Year students, who were sent to Taiwan last summer 2007 to train in these Chinese cultural arts. The exchange study program was made possible through the support of Philippine Tycoon Lucio Tan and the Taiwanese Government. The SJI Dance Troupes were supervised by Sister Luisa Cheng, herself a native of Taiwan .

Bacolod Tay Tung High School (“Universal Cosmopolitan,” Founded 1934) took center stage with its Chinese Dance and Tamborine Dance Troupes. The BTTHS performers were composed of students from different grade and year levels and were trained by Victor Uy and supervised by Head of Student Affairs Rebecca Co in Saturday classes, which expose students to different aspects of the Chinese culture.

Trinity Christian School (a.k.a. Sam It, Founded 1976) performed the Spear Dance, the Flag Dance, and the Peacock Dance. The TCS Spear and Flag Dance performers were trained by a Taiwanese instructor and were later polished by Faculty Guat Ha Villanueva and Cherry Mae Tio while the Peacock Dancers were followed up by Faculty Gertie Cabrera. Principal of Trinity Christian School is Esther Jane Uy.

Members of the TCS Spear Dance and the Flag Dance Team include Ron Jacob Almaiz, Ralph Theodore Catalan, Cole Justin Chan, Tristan Von Daclan, Rose Jan Gensoli, Juan Paolo Kuan, Adrian Joshua Lamata, Miegel Carlo Pelongco, Ryle Asher Sian, Justin Vito Sy, John Klye Treyes, Aquile Verdadero and Alyssa Andrea Amador, Ma. Sofia Claudine Apuada, Erica Rose Chan, Liselle Lo, Kyle Anne Savaris, and Ayber Claris Sysiangco.

Other dances presented during the opening of the Chinese New Year include Hwa Chi, Mongolian Dance, Jie Geng Yao Dance, etc.

Meanwhile, a Grand Evening Lantern Parade moved from SM South Terminal and ending at 6th St . The parade featured the 12 animal signs in the Chinese astrological system in the form of illuminated floats. The 12 animals according to their order are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Cat, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

According to Chinese legend, one day, Buddha felt that the Chinese nation needed some reorganization so on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, he called all the animals for a meeting. Only twelve arrived in the order mentioned above. Buddha honored these 12 animals by endowing each one of them a year of its own.

Each of the 12 animals has 5 manifestations based on the 5 elements of Chinese Cosmology (Water, Earth, Fire, Metal, and Wood). Thus, all 12 animals and their 5 manifestations can be completed within a 60 year period.

The parade also featured the expected Lion and Dragon Dances by the Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade and Amity respectively, which bring good luck for the Chinese New Year.

The Lion Dance can trace its roots as far back as the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-221 A.D.), by then still known as Chu Shou “Enormous Quadruped.” The Han Shu (History of the Han Dynasty) tells us tells us that Lion Dancing was already popular during the Han Dynasty and was depicted in murals and stone engravings. Lion Dancing was also mentioned during the South and North Dynasties (420-589 A.D.).

Lions are not indigenous to China so the real origin of the Lion Dance is not clear. There are many legends and myths of its origin. One dating from the Sung Dynasty states that a traveler informed the Chinese Emperor of a ferocious beast in a far away land. The Emperor commissioned his artists to do a replica based on the description given and the Lion Dance was born.

The Large Headed Buddha, according to legend, was sent by Buddha Sakyamuni to take care and watch over a Lion who was an adherent of Buddhism but failed in “awakening to the truth.”

The Chinese Dragon is an entirely different animal from the Lion. It is much longer and has a snake like body covered with scales with lizard like arms and legs which end in sharp claws. The dragon is usually seen chasing a pearl shaped like a ball handled by a bearer who leads the Dragon with its intricate movements.

Bacolaodiat is a contraction of Bacolod (derived from Buklod “ Hill ” ) and the Fookienese word Laodiat “Happy Celebration.” It was started by the city of Bacolod last 2005 based on a pattern used in Iloilo City . Bacolaodiat, Inc. was formed to professionalize the celebration.

TALOC M.A. SHOWDOWN HELD

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The 2nd Brgy. Taloc Martial Arts Showdown was presented by the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido in cooperation with Brgy. Taloc Officials and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of President Master Elmer V. Montoyo last February 10, 2008 at the Taloc Covered Gym, Brgy. Taloc, Bago City as part of the purok’s Annual Fiesta Celebration.

6 martial arts organizations from Bacolod and Bago Cities gave demonstrations showcasing 9 forms of martial arts.

Foudners/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and LVA Master Instructor Joeffrey S. Deriada of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. demonstrated an Arnis interactive ofensa defensa flow drill, Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis knife knife disarming and seated techniques, and Long Ying Quan double touch 2-man form.

Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Founder/Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa showcased the Alasabate Sciencia style of Arnis, which descended from the late Grandmaster Dominador Recto. Instructor Stevie John Doctora led 6 other members of NUFAA in performing whipping, siquete, valor, pang-agaw, sinawali, and other techniques of the style.

Tapondo International Federation Inc.-Bacolod/Negros (TIFI- Bacolod/Negros) of Master Roy R. Flores Sr. was represented by Jake A. Bugna, who presented various counters for hold up knifge threats as well as stabbing attacks with a blade.
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Founder/Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal, Master Instructor Bering Dajao, and Master Elizalde Aspan of KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) demonstrated likha anyo (creative forms) with solo and doble baston, tapi-tapi ofensa defensa, knife tapi-tapi, and disarming techniques with a stick and with the empty hands.

Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Founder/President of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), together with Foudner/Master Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. demonstrated the 24-posture Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan to the tune of Once Upon A Time in China . CMAS Foudner/Master James U. Sy Jr., representing Master Montoyo’s PIMAA-FTSDA performed the Chinese empty hand form Kokusun, which is taught in Filipino Tang Soo Do.


Host Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. was led by 1st Generation Inheritor/Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido in demonstrating the basic uno and dos short stick and long stick techniques and the advanced one-stroke hitting techniques of Original Filipino Tapado, the indigenous Bagoueño art of long stick fighting founded by his late uncle Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar in 1960 in Taloc, Bago City. Assisiting GM Lobrido were OFTLSFA VP/OFT Senior Instructor Jun-Jun Maravilla, OFT Senior Instructor Joeffrey S. Deriada, and Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon.
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Special guests were Brgy. Taloc Secretary Hon. Ramon Espacio and Brgy. Taloc Kagawad Hon. Vicente Monteras Jr.

The demonstrating martial artists were treated with Taloc hospitality at the residence of Kagawad Hon. Muriel Carmona after the event.

The event was held by the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. to support the aim of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) to introduce the various indigenous Negrense martial arts and other related art forms to the new generation and to encourage them to study the martial arts, irregarless of which style they may chose.

After the Founder’s death in 2005, GM Lobrido was unanimously chosen by the Mamar Clan to take over as the Headmaster of the art his late uncle. Such wish by the family was carried out with the formal turnover performed by the son of late Founder, Romeo “Tokong” Mamar Jr., in a simple ceremony prior to the burial of GM Mamar (see http://oftlsfai.blogspot.com for the pictures and documentation of said turnover).

GM Lobrido, who served as the long time Chief Instructor of the association, strives to preserve the art he learned from his uncle. Original Filipino Tapado, as developed by the late Founder/Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar, was tested in actual unarmored combat against masters from other styles of Arnis. GM Lobrido teaches the same techniques his uncle used in these fights.

Parties interested in Original Filipino Tapado may contact GM Lobrido thru his daughter Ruby at 0928-6002476 or thru Master Montoyo at Bacolod YMCA Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 5:00-7:00 P.M. and Saturdays 9:00-11:00 A.M.

ORIGINAL TAPADO REUNION FEB. 24

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. will be holding the 2008 OFTLSFAI General Reunion this coming February 24, 2008 at the Lobrido Residence, Prk. Langka, Brgy. Taloc, Bago City .

Heading the celebration will be the late Founder’s nephew 1st Generation Inheritor/Grandmaster/President Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido with the support of the Mamar and Lobrido Clans, association officers and old and new masters, instructors, and practitioners of the art. It will be the 3rd OFTLSFAI Reunion to be held under GM. Lobrido’s administration.

This year’s will mark the association’s 24th Year Anniversary, having been founded as the first and official governing body for Original Filipino Tapado, in 1984 in Bago City.

Original Filipino Tapado is the indigenous long stick fighting art founded by the late Founder/Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar in 1960 in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City after studying Lagas, Oido, Layaw, and Sinamak from 4 grandmasters. Tapado differs from other native or eclectic Negrense long stick fighting arts in that it only uses two kinds of strikes, albeit each one having its own hierarchical linya (line) from within characterizing dalum (depth) of technique. It is a single ended, stick-based, two handed grip art.

Tapado derives from the Hiligaynon term Tapat, which in turn comes from Tapos “Finish, End.” Contracting Tapat with the suffix do, one gets a descriptive term for the degree or gravity of being finished or put to an end. Thus, Tapado is an art designed to finish a conflict the soonest, 3 strikes maximum ideally.

One of the agendas is the election of the new set of association officers. GM Lobrido is the 4th president of OFTLSFAI, having served since 2005 up to the present. His uncle, GM Mamar, was the 3rd president, serving from 1989 to 2005.

The current officers of the association are GM Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido (President), John “Jun-Jun” Maravilla (VP), James U. Sy Jr. (Secretary General), Alfredo M. Lobrido (Asst. Secretary), Michael Rosquillo (Treasurer), Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado (Auditor), Dr. Raymund Antoinio A. Maguad (Business Manager), Master Joe A. Pamilangco and Wilson M. Cejas (PIO), and Master Nelson G. Carmona, Joeffrey S. Deriada, Lafayette A. Diamante, Pastor Romeo N. Gumban, Master Clodualdo “Budoy” M. Lobrido, Jevenio T. Magbanua, Hernando T. Mamar, Jinny Mamar, Romeo “Tokong” Mamnar Jr., Rodolfo P. Mayordomo, Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo, Ronie P. Ngalongalay, Rolito A. Ruelan, Erodgie O. Sepe, Lorema “Bing” h. Tacsagon, and Rodolfo N. Zambales.

The Mamar Clan formally turned over the headmastership of Original Filipino Tapado to the GM Mamar’s nephew, GM Lobrido, during a simple ceremony at the funeral rites of the late Founder in February 2005 (see turnover pictures at http://oftlsfai.blogspot.com).

GM Lobrido (B: 1950) started his studies of Lagas/Oido and then Original Filipino Tapado under his uncle GM Mamar in 1960, the year when OFT was perfected. For the next four decades, GM Lobrido became GM Mamar’s assistant and ultimately was designated as Chief Instructor when an organization was set up to govern the activities of the art. GM Lobrido personally handled instructions, especially when the Founder retired from teaching. Many renowned martial artists owe their OFT knowledge from GM Lobrido. To date, GM Lobrido has a total of 48 years experience in Tapado.

The most important achievement of the association under the leadership of GM Lobrido is the registration of the association with the Secutrities & Exchange commission (SEC) last December 16, 2005 (SEC registration No. CN200530787).

To date, two schools are affiliated with OFTLSFAI, namely the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo and the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. It also has individual members in Bacolod , Bago , California , Cebu City , Iloilo City , Kingston ( Canada ), Louisiana , San Carlos City , Talisay City , and Texas .

DUMOG IN ANTIQUE DOCUMENTED BY CMAS

By: James U. Sy Jr.

Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., the premier martial arts research and documentation team in Western Visayas, traveled to Pojo, Bugasong, the province of Antique in Panay Island during the Feast of the Sto. Niño last January 18-19, 2008 to get a first have exposure to the indigenous Visayan grappling art of Dumog.

Host for the group was the Barte Family. The CMAS members included Chapter Head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad and his wife Dra. Saja Marie B. Maguad, Chapter Head Lafayette A. Diamante, and Instructress Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon.

The host introduced the group to Antonio Orendain, who grappled during his younger days. Orendain explained the traditional rules of Dumog, as it is played in Antique, one of a few places said to be the birthplace of Dumog. He showed the researchers several Dumog techniques that he learned from his father. He also showed some Eskrima techniques.

The CMAS trip to Antique was planned about a year earlier but had to be postponed because of its members’ professional commitments. Visayan Dumog, along with the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) of Arnis/Eskrima, had become popular in American soil, however, foreigners still have a distorted view of what these arts really are. What is often called Dumog is actually repackaged Judo/Jujutsu (Japanese or Filipino variety), Silat, Western Wrestling, some other grappling art, or some techniques from other martial arts that are lumped as Dumog.

This confusion is partly due to the word itself. In common usage, the Hiligaynon word Dumog means “To Wrestle/Grapple” and the word can be applied to any form of clinching, holding, and throwing. But now with globalization and the various martial arts from different countries being introduced or reintroduced to the public, there is a need to define and differentiate the Visayan/Filipino Dumog to any form of grappling generically called Dumog. The generic term Dumog “To Wrestle/Grapple” can be applied to Kodokan Judo, Korean Cireum, or Chinese Shuai Chiao when referred to by Visayasn in their own language but do not constitute Vusayan/Antiqueño Dumog. Hence, the term Visayan/Antiqueño Dumog to differentiate a specific form of grappling art.

CMAS members originally picked up the Visayan/Antiqueño form of Dumog from Pastor Romeo N. Gumban, who was undefeated in Dumog competitions when he was still residing in Antique. Pastor Gumban is a member of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) , organizations to which CMAS also belongs.

YOUNG LIFE ARNIS EXAMS HELD

By: James U. Sy Jr.


4 members of Young Life Philippines, Inc.-Bacolod Chapter took their first Arnis Evaluation Test last Janury 16, 2008 at the Young Life (YL) Center, A-1 Silos Apt., San Juan St., Bacolod City.

The examinees were Faciola Salome “Mimi” Mendoza, Doem Oguilla, John Armias, and Hannah Joy Apurillo. The Examiners, all coming from Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., were Founder James U. Sy Jr., Chapter Heads Dr. Raymund Antonio “Mund” A. Maguad and Lafayette “Laf” A. Diamante, and Instructress Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon.

The Arnis examinations were patterned after the format developed by Sy for the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association (LVAAA) and used by the LVAAA Examination Board, composed of 1st Generation Inheritor/Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas, the late Grandmaster Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer, and Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles, in two previous examination in 2005 and 2006.

The examinations consisted of pang-igo (Strikes 1-7), panagang (blocks 1-3), baston contra baston pang-agaw (disarms 1-2), kamot contra baston pang-agaw, and shadow stickfighting. About 60% of the materials included were derived from the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis System.

A select few of YL members, among them YL-Bacolod Area Directress Estela “Telay” Hernandez, Mendoza, Oguilla, and Anabel Layahin, started their Arnis instruction under YL Volunteer Lafayette Diamante, RN, in November 2006 as one of the programs offered by YL-Bacolod to the youth. Tacsagon, who is Diamante’s student in CMAS-Red Cross/Doña Juliana, assisted Diamante in the instruction.

Diamante, a product of the University of St. La Salle , was a former Clinical Instructor at the west Negros College (WNC) and a former instructor at the Philippine National Red Cross-Bacolod Chapter (PNRC-Bacolod).

Young Life (YL) is an international non-stock, non-profit organization founded in 1971 and dedicated to the development of the youth and to introduce Chirst to them. Members are taught how to sing praise songs, play musical instruments, and other useful skills. In the Philippines , YL has several chapters, among them Bacolod , Cebu , Dumaguete, Lapu-Lapu, Palompon, and Toboso.

The Bacolod Chpater had held camps for a week for high school and college students and also gave leadership trainings and recollections. Door no. 1 of the Silos apartment is being paid for by volunteers to serve as a place to hangout by Young Lifers where they can learn from their ate and kuya.

Some of the YL Arnis enthusiasts had already performed publicly during the Fight Club BRAWL (Bacolod Reality Amateur Warrior's League) III “No Disputes,” the Summer Best of Negros Martial Arts Expo and the 1st Himaya-an Festival Martial Arts Expo last March 18, 2007 in Sagay City, April 7, 2007 in Bacolod City and April 23, 2007 in Himamaylan City respectively.

HONG GETS TKD GOLD

By: James U. Sy Jr.

Chris “Kenshi” Dave Siason Hong of Talaba-an, Brgy. Zone I, Cadiz City was crowned champion in his category during the 5th Masskara National Taekwondo tournament held recently at the Event Center , SM Bacolod, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City .

Hong, 6, won against Ricky Semillano of Phikoma before facing and then defeating Christian Cantor, also of Phikoma, in the championshiop round.

Hong is the son of Alexis G. Hong and Marie Josette Siason Hong and is a Kinder 2 student of PNUCECE. He started TKD during a summer sports clinic on July 27, 2007. His win brings his collection to 3 gold-1silver-1 bronze medals.

His competition record includes Bronze, 5th Silay Charter day Taekwondo Invitational competition (June 10, 2007, Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center ); Gold, 40th Cadiz City Charter Taekwondo Competition (July 1, 2007); Silver, 1st All BTA Taekwondo Championships (August 5, 2007, 2F Cineplex Bldg., Arantea St. , Bacolod City); and Gold,
1st Bacolod Taekwondo Association (BTA) Inter Club Taekwondo Invitational Tournament (September 16, 2007, Robinson’s Place, Bacolod City )

Meanwhile, consistent TKD gold medallist Frenzet Meliz D. Sumugat of Cadiz City, 9, also won the gold medal in her category by defeating an opponent from Cebu , Chan Martil of Kabnkalan, and Alemar of Negros Taekwondo Union-Tigers. Her brother, fredzir won against Ryan Belanio of Kabankalan but lost to John Cebustian of Ilog in his second fight.

SUMUGATS CONTINUE THEIR QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The Sumugat siblings are just like any other school children. What makes them special is their unending dedication to the martial sport of Taekwondo. Their latest competition outing was during the Gov. Niel Tupas Cup Invitational Taekwondo Tournament recently at the ISC Covered Court , Iloilo Sports Complex, Lapaz, Iloilo City .

Frenzet Meliz D. Sumugat, 9, of Phikoma Taekwondo ( Cadiz City ) defeated both Ronegrace Libalib of Iloilo and Andrea Rose Labaro to be crowned champion in her category. Her brother, Fredzir D. Sumugat, 7, won against his first opponent from Iloilo but succumbed to Chris Ryan Sanes, a blue belt from Phikoma, and settled for the silver medal in his category.

Junior black belt Junmar Pamaypay also got the gold in his category by disposing of Michael Anthony Despi of Iloilo City and John Paul Tayo of Roxcata in that order.

Frenzet was one of four players fielded by Cadiz West Elemnetary School (CWES) II (of District IV) during the Division Meet Taekwondo Competition held by the Department of Education (DepEd) last October 19, 2007 at Tiglawigan National High School . Frenzet (Grade IV) and May Rebada (Grade V) snatched the gold medals in their respective categories. The other two CWES II players were Fredzir Sumugat (Grade Grade II) and Gem Rbada (Grade III).

Frenzir also got the silver medal during the 1st Bacolod Taekwondo Association (BTA) Inter Club Taekwondo Invitational Tournament last September 16, 2007 at Robinson’s Place, Bacolod City .

The proud parents of the Sumugat TKD kids are Tapondo black belt Fred and Flora Mae d. Sumugat of Cadiz City. The Sumugat siblings began their TKD training under Coaches Dexter Chavez and Rodolfo Langoquit last July 22, 2006.

Meanwhile, the Cadiz City Government under the leadership of Hon. Mayor Salvador Escalante with SP members awarded Phikoma a Certificate of appreciation for its efforts in bagging Taekwondo medals for the City of Cadiz during the flag ceremony last Decmber 3, 2007 at the Cadiz City Hall.

SACRED KI ART GETS 3-2 IN DISTRICT MEET TKD

By: James U. Sy Jr.


5 members of the Sacred Ki Art of Filipino Foot Fighting (SKAFF) of Founder/Master Ricardo P. Filipinas took home 3 gold and 2 silver medals during the District meet takewondo Competition recently at the Andres bonifcaio Elementary School (ABES) II, Bacolod City.

Mark Joey Rasonable Ortiz, 12, a Grade 4 student of Banago Elemntary School 1, was crowned champion in the Category 5 Boys division. He is handled by Coach Lydia Navarro, Adviser Milagros Mayogo, and Principal Normy B. Canja.

Zennah Marie M. Tolero, 9, a Grade 3 pupil of the Mambulac Elemntary School , took the gold medal in her category. She is handled by Coach Samuel S. Padilla of Silay City , Adviser Charito B. Pitogo, and Principal Lorna E. Lucot.

Jayvee Tahum of Bata Elemntary School topped his class.

Edelyn P. Tayactac, 11, a grade 6 student of Banago Elemntary School 1I, grabbed the silver medal in the Category 5 Girls division. She is handled by Coach Marilou M. Badinas, Adviser Lea D. Cabangbang, and Principal Rachella B. Tan.

Danilo S. Sumbang Jr., 11, a Grade 5 pupil of Banago Elemntary School 1, took the silver medal in the Category 3 Boys division. He is handled by Coach Lydia Navarro, Adviser Marly P. Perez, and Principal Normy B. Canja.

The 5 medalists were trained by Founder/Master Ricardo P. Filipinas, Auditor/Council of Elders of Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS).

2ND BRGY. TALOC M.A. SHOWDOWN MULLED

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido in cooperation with Kagawad Romeo “Tokong” Mamar Jr. and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of President Master Elmer V. Montoyo is scheduled to present the 2nd Brgy. Taloc Martial Arts Showdown this coming February 10, 2008 at Prk. Langkia, Brgy. Taloc, Bago City , Negros Occidental as part of the purok’s Annual Fiesta Celebration.

But unlike the first edition which was a tournament, the 2nd installment of the event will exclusively be an exposition of various forms of martial arts.

The 1st Brgy. Taloc Martial Arts Showdown, held last April 20, 2007, also in Prk. Langka, featured 3 different martial arts competition formats namely, Arnis, Sipa Sumbag (Kickboxing), and Western Boxing. 13 martial arts organizations from Bago and Bacolod Cities took part in the event.

Expected groups to support the event include Abalajon Classical Arnis of Grandmaster Frank Abalajon, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Foudners/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Jamili Boxing Club of Gil “Dodong” Jamili, KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) and Traditional Shotokan Karate Arts (TSKA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal, Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Founder/Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of GM Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI) and Tribu Hangaway of Master Roy R. Flores Sr., etc.

The exposition is expected to draw the interest of the younger generation in the martial arts, especially in the indigenous Filipino Martial Art (FMA) of Arnis/Eskrima. Negros Occidental is an untapped FMA power with not less than 45 styles of Arnis founded/developed in the Negros Island found by CMAS. Original Filipino Tapado, itself, the most powerful form of long stickfighting in the Negros Island , was founded in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City by the late Founder/Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar, the uncle of GM Lobrido and the father of Kagawad Tokong.

KA-UBAY TO HOLD M.A. TILT W/ PIMAA, IFFMAS

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The Ka-Ubay Club, Inc. is set to present the 1st Annual Negros Martial Arts Championships Tournament in cooperation with the 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 and the USLS Karate-do Club of Junel Campomanes Sensei this coming March 8, 2008 at the USLS Coliseum, University of St., La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City.

Justin G. Ramos, President of the Ka-Ubay Alumni Association Inc.-Bacolod (KAAI-Bacolod), and Oliver L. Tortocion, President of the Ka-Ubay Club-Bacolod, and USLS Karate-do Head Instructor and USLS Faculty Junel Campomanes met with Master Montoyo and IFFMAS School Heads last January 19, 2008 at the PIMAA-FTSDA Gym, Young Mern’s Christiaan Association-Bacolod (YMCA-Bacolod), Burgos St. , Bacolod City.

Others present were Master Luciano “Nick” Montoya of the Murcia Martial Arts Center (formerly Murcia Moo Duk Kwan)/IFFMAS, Master Ernest Christian “Chen-Chen” P. Montoyo of PIMAA-FTSDA/IFFMAS/OFTLSFAI, Founders/Masters Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr., Master Instructor Joeffrey S. Deriada, and Instructor Lorema “Bing” Tacsagon of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc./OFTLSFAI/IFFMAS/PIMAA-FTSDA, and Jake Bugna of Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)/Tribu Hangaway (TH)/OFTLSFAI/IFFMAS.

The stipulations for the agreement were discussed from the budget, personnel, preparations, participants, technical aspects of the tournament, date, venue, etc. 12 bouts will be fought during the tournament, equally divided into 3 martial arts competition formats, namely Filipino Tang Soo Do, Sipa Sumbag (Kickboxing), and IFFMAS rules Arnis, the same events fought during the Best of the Filipino Martial Arts presented by PIMAA-FTSDA last October 6, 2007 at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC).

IFFMAS Member Organizations are also scheduled to give various martial arts demonstrations covering Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean lineages. Some of the planned exhibitions include Tai Chi Chuan, Shotokan Karate, Original Filipino Tapado, Filipino Tang Soo Do, Arnis, etc.

Some of the expected groups to see action in the event are Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) of Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante, CMAS, Murcia Martial Arts Center, OFTLSFAI, PIMAA-FTSDA, TIFI, TH, etc.

Ka-Ubay was founded by Erwin Antonio, Richard Eligio, Boy Litonjua, Rengie Sazon, Leroy, Nene, and Tommy Tad-y, Eddie Boy Varela, Nonong Verdeflor, and Mike Villaluna in 1971 at the La Salle Collge (later USLS). Today, it has about 600 members and has chapters in Bacolod , Cebu, Manila , and North America .

The current officers for the Ka-Ubay Alumni Association Inc.-Bacolod (KAAI-Bacolod) are Justin G. Ramos (President), Andre Marc Buncio (VP), Michael Ea (Secretary), G.A. Pico (Treasurer), and Renato “Kid” Bañas and Jaime “Boy” Torre (Advisers).

The current officers for the Ka-Ubay Club-Bacolod are Oliver L. Tortocion (President), Jojemar Chavez (VP), Lance Bertolano (Secretary), Michael Pacheco, and Philip Gargaritano (Sgt. At Arms).

Member organizations of IFFMAS pioneered the concept of multi-style martial arts tournaments in the Negros Island . Pioneers include Undo-kan Martial Arts Association (UMAA) of Founder/Director Master Efraim T. Beatingo Sr. (2003, Victorias City), BFMAA-Main (2004, Bacolod), PIMAA-FTSDA (2004, Bacolod), CMAS (2005, Bacolod), Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center (FC) of Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil (2005, Bacolod), TIFI (2006, San Carlos), and San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) of Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay and Combat Taekwondo Club of Founder/President Ret. Lt. Col. Epifanio F. Mercado Sr. (2006, San Carlos).

Tournament formats covered by the pioneers included Arnis, Filipino Tang Soo Do, Grappling, Mixed Martial Arts, Pencak Silat Olahraga, Shotokan Karate, Sipa Sumbag (Kickboxing), Western Boxing, WTF Taekwondo, Wushu Sanshou, and Yasay Sable.

ARNIS PHILS.-BAC/NEG SPECIAL MEETING HELD

By: James U. Sy Jr.


Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Coordinator (and soon Commissioner) Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., called for a special meeting for his group last January 27, 2008 at the Apollo Chinese Restaurant, Cuadra St., Bacolod City.

The meeting was first and foremost a celebration of the respected Bago-born leader’s birthday, which falls on January 29. Atty. Col. GM Jalandoon will turn 82 years old this coming Tuesday. The special meeting was the 3rd held this year, the first two being on January 20 and 22 at Apollo and the Tertulia Café, Casino Hotel respectively.

The meeting started off with Attyy. GM Jalandoon following up on other member organizations yet to complete their papers for membership with Arnis Philippines, the National Sport Association for Arnis and the sole governing body for the Filipino Martial Art (FMA)) recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

4 member organizations of Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter had already submitted their requirements and fees for membership for 2008 to Arnis Philippines Headquarters. These groups were the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal, IFFMAS Arnis of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, and Black Mamba Arnis of Master Dominador “Jun-Jun” L. Villaluna.

Former Negros Occidental Commissioner Maxwell “Max” J. Maun of NOBF-Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts moved for the Creation of a Screening Committee for new member organization applicants as well as a Discipline Committee to resolve future problems within the organization with a unanimous support. P/SUPT. Grandmaster Ibarra “Baring” E. Lopez of Golden Kamagong Arnis Kali Eskrima Association (GKAKEA) also called for the drafting of a set of house rules/code of ethics, which all members shall abide by.

Secretary GM Cardinal of KAA announced that he will be hosting an Arnis Competition Officiating Practice this coming February 3, 2008, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 NN, at the Danzline Studio, 3F Centroplex Bldg., Locsin St., Bacolod City. Member Head of Schools were invited to join for the familiarization of Arnis Philippines rules in preparationm for the proposed seminar to be conducted by Arnis Philippines-Manila officials this coming March 28-30, 2008 at proposed venues Casino Filpino and SM Bacolod.

The draft letter for said upcoming seminar was returned to PIO Master James U. Sy Jr. of IFFMAS Arnis-Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. for the final copy.

Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa of IFFMAS Arnis-NUFAA announced that he will be hosting the 1st NUFAA-SK Bago City Invitational Arnis Tournament this coming February 23, 2008 at the Bago City Coliseum and invited the school heads present to join said competition.

Atty. GM Jalandoon Was appointed as coordinator for Bacolod and Negros Occidntal by Arnis Philippines President Raymond S. Velayo last September 3, 2007, two days after the then inactive Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental was revived and reorganized by 13 founding grandmasters and masters from Bacolod, Bago, and Talisay Cities.

Other members present in the meeting were Grandmaster Eduardo Palmares and Senior Instructor Carlo Barzo of GKAKEA, Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo of Guinabo Arnis and combat Sports (GACS), Mandala Baldwin “Nonoy” Garrucho of Sundangan Baneg, and Master Instructor Berting Dajao of KAA.

TAPONDO-BACOLOD NOW 8 YEARS OLD

By: James U. Sy Jr.


Members of the Tapondo International Federation, Inc.-Bacolod Chapater (TIFI-Bacolod) gathered for the group’s 8th Anniversary last January 27, 2008 at Sta. Fe Resort, Bacolod City .
TIFI Negros Island Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr., 6th degree black belt Tapondo, headed the celebration. 19 Tapondo artists were in attendance, including Flores and Silay Chapter Head Edrolin Ortigas.

TIFI-Bacolod, then known as the Philippine Combat Aikido Federation-Bacolod (PCAF-Bacolod), was founded by Flores in 2000, with its gym initially located at the Iron Wolrd in the 3rd floor of the building being occupied by the now closed Benjie’s Restaurant in front of Bacolod Public Plaza . Flores then started with only a few mats.

Later, the gym was transferred to the 3F of the Golden Heritage Bldg. In San Juan St., Bacolod City and later transferred again to the 2nd floor of the same building.

TIFI-Bacolod was founded in a time when Aikido was booming in the City of Smiles . At that point, there were not less than 8 Aikido groups in Bacolod , each one representing different styles such as Aikikai, Shinshintoitsu, Nishio-Ryu/Dangayan Singkaw, Combat Aikido/Tapondo, and Generic. Since then half of these groups have became inactive while Tapondo became the largest Aikido group in Negros Occidental, having black belts and chapters in several cities and municipalities outside of Bacolod (Noirth Negros) like Talisay, Silay, Sagay, Escalante, Toboso, Calatrava, and San Carlos.

TIFI-Bacolod also elected its officer for this year. Those elected to office were Alson Ahunin (President), Jacquilyn Lapas (VP), Jerry Guanson (Secretary), Arel Meñesa (Treasurer), Jake Bugna (PIO), Rodrigo Cuambot (Business Manager), and Jessie Honor (Chairman of the Board).

Tapondo is a Filipino, more specifically Ilonggo, style of Aikido founded by Master Ambrosio “Monching” J. Gabileño, originally of Guimaras and now of Manila, from his experience as a black belt and member of the early Ki Society in the Philippines and as head of the Philippine Aikido Sports Association Inc. (PASAI). He renamed his school to the Philippine Combat Aikido Federation (PCAF) and his style Combat Aikido in the 1990s and then to the Tapondo International Federation, Inc. (TIFI) and Tapondo in about 2001.

Tapondo word is a contraction of the Tagalog word Tapon “Throw” and the Ilonggo word Pondo “Stop.” Taken together they can mean “To Throw and to Lock,” which refers to the primary approach of the art in dealing with aggression.

Tapondo, like Aikido, is based on balance and leverage rather than on strength and size, making it ideal for women, children, older people, and smaller men. Interested parties may contact Flores at 0928-388-5530.

TAI CHI CIRCLE GATHERING HELD

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The Tai Chi Circle of Bacolod (TCCB) had a gathering last January 17, 2008 at the Quarter Moon, Goldenfields Commercial Complex, Bacolod City. The gathering was previously scheduled as the group’s Christmas Party last December but had to be moved since some of its members were still in the USA and in Manila.

The Tai Chi Circle of Bacolod (TCCB) is a low profile, non-profit group formed by enthusiasts-professionals in 2000 in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental for the dedicated and concentrated study of the hundreds of years old Chinese Nei Jia “Internal Family” art of Tai Chi Chuan “Grand Ultimate Fist.” Having celebrated its 7th year Anniversary last July 17, 2007, the group is the oldest existing documented group of Tai Chi practitioners in Bacolod city and perhaps, the Negros Island.

The primary focus of TCCB is to improve one’s quality of life through cultivation of the mind and inner peace, correct breathing, non-impact/non-injurious physical exercise through Tai Chi Chuan, proper diet and health centered lifestyle. Tai Chi was originally founded for fighting and recently modified as a competitive sport but the group’s teacher, Peter John L. Yap focuses on the health aspect of the art because it is a more pressing concern for the modern society’s stress-intensive lifestyle. The martial aspects are there for those dedicated enough to research for it.

According to Yap Sifu, “Tai Chi Chuan is indeed a martial art, but with the advent of gunpowder, the use of hand to hand combat had declined. Today, if you want to fight, you can just buy a gun. I believe more important than fighting is knowing how to defend oneself against elements that will ultimately threaten our lives - illness. The enemy is not only from without but from within.”

TCCB members present during the gathering were Peter John L. Yap Sifu, Atty. Alex Ang of BSP-Manila, Nick “Hok Chong” Antonio, Charles Atas, Pepe Chiu, Azer de Asis, Bill Gomez, Ben Halili, Humberto “Toti” Lim, Sagay City Councilor James Tupas, Jose Uy Jr., and Stephen “Taruk” Young. The group’s guest were James U. Sy Jr., Narciso “Hansy” l. Alojado, and Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, all of conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.

TCCB members not present were Letty Chu, Cathy Friend, Bob Jereza, Rudy Jimenez, Jun Perez, Alex Su, and Enrique Tan.

TCCB offers Tai Chi lessons for FREE. Training is every MWF 8:00 P.M. at Oceanlight Import and Export, Magsaysay St., Bacolod City. Interested parties may contact Mr. Jose Uy Jr. at 434-7664.

HERADA PIGADA NOW TAUGHT AT BAE

By: James U. Sy Jr.


Public instruction in the Herada Pigada style of Arnis is now available every Thursday, 6:00 P.M., at the Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts (BAE) Dojo, Banaba Rd., Villa Angela Subd., Bacolod City. Lessons are taught by BAE Founder/Chief Instructor and former Arnis Philippines (ArPi) Negros Occidental Commissioner Maxwell “Max” J. Maun.

Previously, Maun only taught Herada Pigada to a few of his Aikido students who had an open mind and an eye for the Filipino Martial Arts. His move to have a separate class for Herada Pigada is due to the revival and reorganization of Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter under the leadership of Col. Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo “Pope” C. Jalandoon as its official Coordinator.

Maun hopes that the class will produce players that can support the Sport Arnis programs that will be implemented by the new Head of Arnis Philippines in Bacolod and Negros Occidental. Hence, the Herada Pigada class will have a competitive focus rather than a combative approach.

Herada Pigada derives from the Filipino corruptions of the Spanish words Erar “To Wave” and Pigar “To Press” and refers to a specific style of Arnis which traces its ancestry to Bayoneta Carada, a style of bayonet fighting founded or perfected by USAFFE Army Infantryman Grandmaster Benito Agui of Cadiz City. GM Agui taught his art to several people, among them Pedro Doromal Sr. and his 6 sons of Bo. Sicaba. Three of his sons, Maj. Pedro Doromal Jr., Capt. Nelson Doromal, and Robert Doromal, taught Maun. The Doromals added elements of other arts to Bayoneta Carada and evolved it into Automatic Fencing. Automatic Fencing was later known as Herada Pigada.

The style is so named in reference to its strategy of moving out of the line of attack and trapping/immobilizing/pinning/checking the opponent’s weapon hand with the alive or non-weaponed hand.

Master Maxwell “Max” J. Maun served as Arnis Philippines (ArPi) Negros Occidental Commissioner up to 1999 together with Bacolod City Commissioner Master Efren Diongon. Within his term, he had brought the Bacolod Team to two national level Arnis Philippines tournaments and sponsored one competition in the City of Smiles.

After the terms of Masters Maun and Diongon, the local Arnis Philippines group became inactive. Then last September 1, 2007, Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter was revived and reorganized with a directive coming from Arnis Philippines President Raymond S. Velayo. Effective September 3, 2007, Col. Atty. GM Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., Founder/President of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), was appointed by President Velayo as the NSA’s only official Coordinator for Bacolod and Negros Occidental. The appointment was documented by a certification duly signed by Mr. Velayo.

With this appointment, GM Jalandoon was granted authority to facilitate application membership for local clubs and practitioners and transmit it to Arnis Philippines General Headquarters in Manila for proper documentation and record keeping. No other individual or entity can perform such obligations, including the collection of fees for membership, otherwise with proper authorization/certification and credentials from Arnis Philippines General Headquarters.

Master Maun’s group is currently processing their individual memberships to Arnis Philippines and will be registered under the banner of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Col. Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D.

ARNIS PHILS.-BAC/NEG REGISTRATION STARTED

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The first meeting for the year of the Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter was held last January 20, 2008 at the Apollo Chinese Restaurant, Cuadra St., Bacolod City. Presiding the meeting was Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., the duly appointed and only authorized Coordinator of Arnis Philippines (ArPi) for both Bacolod and Negros Occidental by ArPi President Raymond S. Velayo.

Secretary GM Cardinal reported to the body that as of date, 4 member organizations of Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter had already submitted their requirements and fees for membership for 2008 to Arnis Philippines Headquarters. These groups were the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal, IFFMAS Arnis of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, and Black Mamba Arnis of Master Dominador “Jun-Jun” L. Villaluna.

Affiliated schools under IFFMAS Arnis are Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. and Founder/Master Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Founder/Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Founder/Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Sacred Ki Art of Filipino Foot Fighting (SKAFF) of Founder/Master Ricardo P. Filipinas, and Tribu Hangaway (TH) of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr.

A start up program was proposed to the body for the official licensing of Referees and Judges of the group. The proposal is for the hosting of a seminar to be conducted by Arnis Philippines officials from Manila. Currently, there are no licensed Arnis Philippines Referees and Judges in Bacolod and Negros. Another meeting was set for January 22, 2008 at the Casino Filipino to go into the details of the proposed seminar.

Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter also gathered the calendar of activities for each of its member organizations for the year inorder to coordinate the organization’s activities and to avoid overlapping of schedules. The group is planning to have a series of tournaments within the year to prepare Bacolod and Negros players for regional and national level competitions.

25 grandmasters, masters, instructors, and practitioners of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) from Bacolod, Bago, and Talisay Cities were in attendance. Present were Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon of NOBF, GM Danilo “Danny” Cardinal of KAA, Master Ricardo P. Filipinas and Elias Mijares of IFFMAS Arnis-SKAFF, Master Roy R. Flores Sr. and Jake Bugna of IFFMAS Arnis-TH, P/SUPT. Grandmaster Ibarra “Baring” E. Lopez, Master Doris N. Frias, Dimple Lopez, and Ayumi Lamoreno of Golden Kamagong Arnis Kali Eskrima Association (GKAKEA), GM Jose “Joe” Mancesa and Instructor John Stevie Doctora of IFFMAS Arnis-NUFAA, Master Maxwell “Max” J. Maun of NOBF-Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts, Master Elmer V. Montoyo of IFFMAS Arnis-PIMAA-FTSDA, Master James U. Sy Jr. and Master Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of IFFMAS Arnis-CMAS, Master Dominador “Jun-Jun” L. Villaluna, Judge Dan Amisola, Jose M. Clemen, Andy S. Dulao, Romeo Gargalicano, Joseph Guanzon Gayotin, Michael S. Lamis, William G. Montaño, and Helen C. Villaluna of Black Mamba Arnis.

Arnis Philippines is the sole governing body for the Filipino Martial Art (FMA) of Arnis (Eskrima) recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). It was instrumental in having Arnis contested in the 23rd SEA Games held in 2005 in the Philippines.

As a National Sport Association (NSA), Arnis Philippines is primarily concerned with the standardization of the rules of Sport Arnis. It is not its intent to change the style preferences of the individual practitioners of the art. Members can continue to use their preferred style/method of Arnis so long as they abide by the rules during Arnis Philippines competitions. The Philippine Government only recognizes Arnis Philippine rules and the same set of rules had been adopted for use the department of Education (DepEd) Arnis Program.

Membership to Arnis Philippines is open to everybody, to both clubs and individuals. A club can apply for membership if it has at least 10 members. Applicants can continue to be a member of other associations. Arnis Philippines does not restrict its members from affiliating with other groups.

A member is given an ID card. An ID card is simply proof of membership to Arnis Philippines and does not grant authority to teach Arnis. Arnis Philippines only grants certifications to judges and referees in line with its goals of standardizing rules for Sport Arnis. Granting of authority to teach (of a particular style) is within the jurisdiction of the local club head.

Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter was revived and reorganized on September 1, 2007 and Col. Atty. GM Jalandoon was appointed as its official Coordinator by Arnis Philippines President Raymond S. Velayo effective September 3, 2007. Such appointment comes with a certification duly signed by Mr. Velayo. Each and all appointments made by Arnis Philippines are fully documented so that any claims can be easily verified with the necessary certifications/documents.

With this appointment, GM Jalandoon was granted authority to facilitate application membership for local clubs and practitioners and transmit it to Arnis Philippines General Headquarters in Manila for proper documentation and record keeping. No other individual or entity can perform such obligations otherwise with proper authorization and credentials from Arnis Philippines General Headquarters.

Groups and individuals interested to join Arnis Philippines may contact Col. Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon at 495-4605.

2007 X’MAS BULIG SA KUBOS A SUCCESS

By: James U. Sy Jr.


It has always been said that the martial arts are more than just for fighting, that they are a medium to promote harmony and peace among mankind. The 2007 Christmas Bulig sa Kubos is a good example of such assertion.

Prk. Bulak President and Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante, with the support of Conceptual martial arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Foudners James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and the project sponsors, successfully held the 2007 Christmas Bulig sa Kubos (Assitance to the Needy) last December 23, 2007 at the Amante Residence, Prk. Bulak, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

Amante started the program in 2002 and organizes it twice a year, one for the School Opening and another during Christmas. The purpose is to assist financially handicapped residents of Prk. Bulak in the school supply needs of their children during the School Openings and to share the spirit and joy of Christmas during the Yuletide Season with gift packs and other give aways.

This year’s gift packs consisted of 1 kilo rice, some canned goods, noodles, old clothes, and infant garments. Not less than 54 recipients from Prk. Bulak and Prk. Sambag available of the gift packs. Games were also held for children and adults alike with cash, toys, and other prizes. The most exciting part was the paagaw of candies and coins. Aside from the 54 recipients, many other residents were in attendance and had joined the paagaw.

Recipients of the gift packs from Prk. Bulak were were Neneng Alegre, Piokok Añerdes, Gilda Arciaga, Dory Benijol, Bernardita Bito-on, Neneng Cabaleda, Yolly Cabaleda, Norma Calderon, Josefa Calderon, Gemma Canillo, Yolando Canillo, Jackelyn Conserman, Adela Corugda, Esperanza Cueva, Allan Dajao, Kenneth de la Cruz, Analyn Dionela, Sherlita Escoro, Aming Galang, Rex Galang, Melodina Jacob, Edwin Jamili, Jonalyn Jimenez, Ging-Ging Lentisa, Noemi Luberisco, Liza Lumontad, Erlita Mahinay, Marcelina Manapsal, Epraem Manlapao, Vicenti Obas, Nonoy Pabillo, Bobong Padasay, Bombie Padasay, Carmilita Pehid, Edith Pehid, Ralyn Pehid, Jean Peñas, Efren Romero, Mary Joy Santillan, Silay Soldevilla, Chosen Sy, Louella Tahan, Resurection Toledo, Nimfa Torrecampo, Marites Urbano, Archila Villahermosa, Rodolfo Villan, and Rosemarie Zulueta.

Recipients from Prk. Sambag were Rosemarie Amante, Teresita Amante, Belinda Casuyon, Romeo Casuyon, Lourdes Guanzon, and Adelina Otero.

Assisting Amante were his wife, Analyn, and his son Janry, a Wushu Sanshou, Sipa Sumbag, Mixed Martial Arts, and Western Boxing champion and medallist. Major sponsors were Foudners James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of CMAS, Mary Salve “Jing-Jing” L. Pe and Cristita “Tata” P. Lim of Iloilo City, Chpater Head Lafayette A. Diamante and Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon of CMAS, AND Dana Lou Aguilar of BSP.

Other sponsors were Mrs. Tess Golez and Mrs. Socorro Famimialagao of the university of St. La Salle (USLS), Sherwin Nuñesco, Andres Villarmia, Jorandi Daguman, Climaco Lumanog, and Joselito Bianan of BFMAA-Main.

The civic service activity was organized under the banner of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) undert the leadership of President Master Elmer V. Montoyo, 6th degree black belt, who is also the Founder of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA).

The next Bulig sa Kubos will be in June 2008.

NUFAA ARNIS TILT MULLED

By: James U. Sy Jr.


Founder/Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa of the Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) hosted Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) Secretary General and Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. last January 16, 2008 at his residence in Bago City to discuss the possibility of conducting an Arnis tournament this coming February 16 or 17, 2008 during the city’s Charter Anniversary celebration.

The initial plan of GM Mancesa is for the conduct only 6 bouts with not less than 4 demonstrations. The rules are yet to be determined with the choices being Arnis Philippines (ArPi) or IFFMAS rules. As of the moment, there is no licensed Referee or Judge certified by Arnis Philippines Headquarters (Manila) in Bacolod and Negros Occidental. So it still remains to be seen if an ArPi seminar can be conducted in time for the tournament.

IFFMAS rules, on the other hand, were first put to test during the Best of Filipino Martial Arts organized by the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo last October 6, 2007 at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC), Bacolod City. IFFMAS rules are actually a revival in part of traditional rules used by the older generation of Arnisadores/Eskrimadores in Negros, Panay, and Cebu, all areas in the Visayas.

Sy assisted GM Mancesa in preparing a budget for said event, tentatively dubbed as the 1st NUFAA-SK Bago Invitational Arnis Tournament. GM Mancesa is expecting to invite not less than 10 Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) organizations from the Negros Occidental Baston Federation 9NOBF) of Col. Atty. GM Marcelo C. Jalandoon, IFFMAS of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, and Arnis Philippines-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter, also under GM Jalandoon.

Some of the expected groups to support the planned tournament are Arjuka-Malingin of Grandmaster Isaac “Saac” T. Guarra, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (GSMASDA) / General Juan A. Luna School of Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra, KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal, Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Col. Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) Renante de la Cruz Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, and Tribu Hangaway (TH) of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr.

Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) is a member of Arnis Philippines (ArPi) and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS).

1ST NOBF KALISILAT SPORT ARNIS SUCCESS

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The 1st Bacolod NOBF KaliSilat Sport Arnis Invitational Tournament was successfully held by the KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal in cooperation with the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Col. Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., Union of Martial Arts Organizations of Negros and Bacolod (UMAONEBA) of Atty. Emilio Alimon, and the International Modern Arnis Federation, Philippines (IMAFP) recently at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St. , Bacolod City.

The Iloilo City Arnis Team was headed by Randy Seneres and Bonnie Celendro.

INDIVIDUAL ANYO - BOYS. 10-12 Years Old. Horace Rumay of BCC KaliSilat (gold), Ralph Kindlejohn de Leon of IMAFP Iloilo (silver), and Darwin Dajao of Fitness KaliSilat (bronze). 13-15 Years Old. Danny John Cardinal of Fitness KaliSilat (gold), Kirk John Ren Neñeria of Iloilo City/Iloilo National High School (silver), and Keno Rhey Fuentes of BCC KaliSilat (bronze). 16-18 Years Old. Marcial Ismael of Fitness KaliSilat (gold), Ulysses Gargaceran of Fitness KaliSilat (silver), and Gabriel Bereber of Iloilo City (bronze).

INDIVIDUAL ANYO - GIRLS. 10-12 Years Old. Riza Gargaceran of Fitness KaliSilat (gold), Krizia Diaz of BCC KaliSilat (silver), and Clair Locsin of BCC KaliSilat (bronze). 13-15 Years Old. Arielle Louise Chua of Iloilo City/Iloilo National High School (gold), Guia Jasmin Guanzon of BCC KaliSilat (silver), and Cristine Vargas of BCC KaliSilat (bronze). 16-18 Years Old. Iyvonne Decrito of Iloilo City (gold-demonstration).

INDIVIDUAL ANYO - SENIORS MEN. Rogel Tanjuangco of Iloilo City/Philippine Dynamic Arnis (gold), Elizalde Aspan of Fitness KaliSilat (silver), and Ryan Santizo of Fitness KaliSilat (bronze).

INDIVIDUAL ANYO - SENIORS WOMEN. Nerma Destacamento of Iloilo City/Philippine Dynamic Arnis/West Visayas State University (gold) and Ayumi Lamoreno of Golden Kamagong-Bacolod (silver).

TEAM ANYO - KIDS. Clair Locsin, Denise Santiago, and Josei Carr Maraan of BCC KaliSilat (gold), Precious Belandres, Irish Dabucon, and Norilyn Amar of Iloilo City (silver), and Krizia Diaz, Riza Gargaceran, and Paul Adrian Angeles of BCC KaliSilat (bronze).

TEAM ANYO - JUNIORS. Guia Jasmin Guanzon, Cristine Vargas, and Keno Rhey Fuentes of BCC KaliSilat (gold), Danny John Cardinal, Ulysses Gargaceran, and Axl Turk Modesto of Fitness KaliSilat (silver).

TEAM ANYO - SENIORS. Marcial Ismael, Ryane Santizo, and Yves Birondo of Fitness KaliSilat (gold), Mar Haudre Pedroso, Gabriel Bereber, and Kirk Jan Ren Neñeria of Iloilo City/Iloilo National High School (silver).

DUELO. Reynaldo and Raymoon Gavieta of Golden Kamagong-Pontevedra (gold) and Rogel Tanjuangco and Nerma Destacamento of Iloilo City/Philippine Dynamic Arnis (silver).

LABANAN KIDS – BOYS. Below 10 Years Old. Darwin
Dajao of Fitness KaliSilat (gold), Kyd Rhey Fuentes of Fitness KaliSilat (silver), and Jay Mart Bulanon of BCC KaliSilat (bronze). 10 Years Old. Jemar Magada of Tribu Hangaway (gold), Ralph Kindlejon de Leon of IMAFP Iloilo (silver), and Paul Adrian Angeles of BCC KaliSilat (bronze).

11-12 Years Old. Slade Matthew Cabiles of Tribu Hangaway (gold), Horace Rumay of BCC KaliSilat (silver). 13-14 Years Old. Joseph Raymondo Espada of IMAFP Iloilo (gold), Mar Andre Pedroso of Iloilo City/Iloilo National High School
(silver), and Danny John Cardinal of Fitness KaliSilat (bronze).

15-16 Years Old. Gabriel Bereber of Iloilo City/Iloilo National High School (gold), Van Joseph Segovia of Tribu Hangaway (silver), and Teejey Undarbe of Tribu Hangaway (bronze). 17-18 Years Old. Aries John Laurente of Iloilo City/Iloilo City Arnis Association (gold), Marcial Ismael of Fitness KaliSilat (silver), and Michael John Palmae of IMAFP Iloilo (bronze).

LABANAN KIDS - GIRLS. 10 Years Old. Claire Locsin of BCC KaliSilat iSilat (gold), Josei Carr Maraan of BCC KaliSilat (silver), and Denise Santiago of BCC KaliSilat (bronze). 11-12 Years Old. Riza Gargaceran of Fitness KaliSilat (gold), Krizia Diaz of BCC KaliSilat (silver). 13-14 Years Old. Jean Santillan of IMAFP Iloilo (gold), Mylene Galea of Iloilo City (silver), and Guia Jasmin Guanzon of BCC KaliSilat (bronze). 15-16 Years Old. Irish Crisel Dabucon of Iloilo City/Philippine American Progress School Inc. (gold-demo). 17-18 Years Old. Norilyn Amar of Iloilo City/St. Therese MTC Colleges (gold-demo).

LABANAN SENIORS - MEN’S. 53 kg. Below. Reynold Barrientos of Iloilo City/Royal Eagle Arnis Club (gold), Normel Lamela of SOS AMA CLC (silver), and Reynaldo Gavieta of Golden Kamagong-Pontevedra (bronze). 55 kg. Renante Dulce of Iloilo City/Lapaz National High School (gold), Wilan Abelada Jr. of Golden Kamagong-Sagay (silver), and Ryan Santizo of Fitness KaliSilat (bronze).

60 kg. Rey Destreza of Golden Kamagong-Sagay (gold), Joecent Dee Albacasa of SOS AMA CLC (silver), and Yves Birondo of Fitness KaliSilat (bronze). 65 kg. Carlo Barzo of Golden Kamagong-Bacolod (gold), Ernie Braca of Iloilo City (silver), and Marcial Ismael of Fitness KaliSilat (bronze). 70 kg. Mario Vianny Rivera of Iloilo City/Iloilo City Arnis Association (gold), Jake Bugna of Tribu Hangaway (silver), and Jun-Jun Tolentino of Golden Kamagong-Bacolod (bronze).

LABANAN SENIORS - WOMEN’S. 53 kg. Precious Belandres of Iloilo City/Jalandoni National High School (gold), Norilyn Amar of Iloilo City/St. Therese MTC Colleges (silver), and Grace Amacanin of SOS AMA CLC (bronze). 60 kg. Reina Jane Martir of SOS AMA CLC (gold), Nerma Destacamento of Iloilo City/Philippine Dynamic Arnis/West Visayas State University (silver).

LSAI-PDA SHINES AT P.O.F ARNIS EVENT

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The 7-player team of the Lightning Scientific Arnis International-Philippine Dynamic Arnis (LSAI-PDA) of Founder/Grandmaster Rogelio H. Galvarole, affiliated with the Lightning Scientific Arnis International-Capiz Chapter of Arnis Commissioner Grandmaster Carlito Ondillo and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, took home a 4-9-1 medal harvest in various categories at the 2nd Philippine Olympic Festival (POF) Visayas Regional Qualifying Tournament Arnis Event recently in Iloilo City.

LSAI-PDA Secretary General Rogel Tanjuangco took the championship title in the Seniors Men’s Full Contact Competition (Extra Lightweight). He also took the silver in the Seniors Individual Men’s Single Weapon and the Espada Y Daga Anyo Competitions.

Noe Baldevarona took the silver in the Seniors Men Full Contact Competition (Half Middle Weight).

Alfonso Lahaylahay, along with Tanjuangco and Baldevarona, were crowned champion in the Seniors Team Anyo Competition in the Men’s Espada Y Daga Anyo category and silver in the Mens Single and Double Weapon Anyo Competitions.

Joe Menard Labos took the bronze medal in the Juniors Individual Anyo.

Nerma Destacamento was crowned champion in the Seniors Women’s Full Contact Half Middleweight and Seniors Individual Anyo Women’s Double Weapon Anyo category. She also got the silver in the Seniors Individual Anyo Single Weapon class.

Cheryl Responso got the silver in the Seniors Individual Anyo Women’s Espada Y Daga

Grace Soldevilla, along with Destacamento and Responso, took the silver in 3 categories of the Seniors Team Anyo Competition: Women’s Single Weapon, Women’s Double Weapon, and Women’s Espada Y Daga.

TAPONDO AT CHANNEL 14

By: James U. Sy Jr.



Roy R. Flores Sr., Chief Instructor of the Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod/Negros Chapter, was the guest of the program K.K.B. (Kahibalo Ka Bala?) which aired over Channel 14 Sunshine Channel last January 19, 2008, 1:00 P.M., in Bacolod City .

Flores , upon the inquisition of the hosts, talked about the nature of his art Tapondo, its origins, techniques/methods, and philosophy.

The word Tapondo is a contraction of the Tagalog word Tapon “Throw” and the Ilonggo word Pondo “Stop.” Taken together they can mean “To Throw and to Lock,” which refers to the primary approach of the art in dealing with aggression. Tapondo is a Filipino style or interpretation of Japanese Aikido founded by Master Ambrosio “Monching” J. Gabileño, originally of Guimaras but now based in Manila.

Master Gabileño had evolved Tapondo, formerly called combat Aikido, to suit the temperament, fighting behavior, culture, and needs of the Filipino people. Traces of Japanese Aikido can still be found in the art, such as its circular footwork, techniques, philosophy, uniforms, rituals, etc. but it was also developed in a way that it already contains a lot of material and practices not found in traditional Japanese Aikido.

Kicking defense, for instance, is taught at the lower non-black belt levels unlike in traditional Aikido where it is only taught at 2nd dan black belt levels. The indigenous Filipino Martial Art (FMA) of Arnis figures prominently in Tapondo where defenses against the stick are taught. Tapondo also focuses on defenses against the blade since the blade is the preferred weapon in most street attacks in the Philippines .

Tapondo, like Aikido, is defensive in nature and uses the attacker’s force to neutralize and control him, making it a suitable art even for women, children, older people, and even men of smaller stature.

The KKB segment had also shown footages of self defense applications of Tapondo, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Submission Grappling, and Western Boxing, arts being taught at Tribu Hangaway “Warriors’ Tribe,” Flores’ other martial arts organization dedicated to non-Tapondo forms of martial arts and a sister organization of his TIFI-Bacolod/Negros. Assisting Flores in demonstrating the techniques were Mejie Canoday, Adham El Hello, Mohammad El Hello, Tony Kok Sorillo, and Jasper Vidad.

Hosts were Jun Nunato and Joel Vera.

SACA JUFIMAC-MAIN OFFICERS ELECTED

By: James U. Sy Jr.


The 5th SACA JUFIMAC General Assembly was successfully held by the San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club-Main (SACA JUFIMAC-Main) under Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay, 3rd degree COMBAT Taekwondo, recently at the Greenville Elementary School , San Carlos City , Negros Occidental. An election of officers was held for the year 2008.

Those elected to office were Johnmar P. Palabrica (President), Arnel Marino (VP), Estrelita M. Sabijon (Secretary), Bernadeth G. Mamugay (Treasurer), Rosalie N. Mamugay (Auditor), Reynaldo M. Simeon (PIO), Joemarie T. Almencion, Joselito Gregorio Baguioro, Jose Dennis Baroa Jr., Nicanora Calago, Roland Pando, Eduardo Pataytay, Antonio Sabijon, Ma. Luz Salinas, and Dominador D. Tingson Jr. (Board Directors), and Lt./Col. (Ret.) Master Epifanio F. Mercado of Combat Taekwondo Club (CTC)-Main and Founder/MI James U. Sy Jr. of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.

SACA JUFIMAC is currently one of the most active martial arts organizations in San Carlos, being the first to introduce Wushu Sanshou in the city last March 2005 and was instrumental in bringing together instructors from different styles and schools to work together for the propagation of the various arts in a time when the martial arts were in a slump in San Carlos City.

It has 4 chapter/member school at present, namely SACA JUFIMAC-Brgy. Guadalupe (San Carlos) Chapter, Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club (CEFIMAC) based in Central Negros College (CNC), Red Dragon Fighters Martial Arts Club (REDRAFMAC) based in Calatrava, and Ritarians Martial Arts Club (RMAC) based at the Colegio de Sta. Rita.

SACA JUFIMAC is a member of the Combat Taekwondo Club-Main (CTC-Main) of (Ret.) Lt. Col. Master Epifanio F. Mercado, Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental (WFP-Neg. Occ.) of Provincial Coordinator Joery C. Amante, and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo.

SACA JUFIMAC is also an affiliate of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado (Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis section) and the Visayas Full Contact Martial Art Federation ( Cebu ) of Master Florentino Aligang

DUMAGUETE ARNISADORS TO JOIN WORLD ARNIS TILT

(This article/news was written by: James U. Sy Jr.)


The Dumaguete Arnis Association (DUMAA) of Master Ike Xavier S. Villaflores will be seeing action in the "Quest for the Best" on January 26, 2008 at SM City-Cebu. "Quest for the Best" is a qualifying event of the upcoming 10th World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) Championships set this July 22-25, 2008 at the SM City-Cebu Trade Hall, Cebu City .

DUMAA had previously produced four champions during the 8th WEKAF World Championship, namely James Clark G. Rocaberte, Rosben Cimafranca, Jojie Pasagdan and Ma. Kotska Fleischer.

Selection for the Dumaguete Arnis Team is still ongoing at the DUMMA Main Gym, Meciano Road , Dumaguete City .

The WEKAF World Championships is a biennial event organized by Cebu’s world-renowned Doce Pares International of Atty. Grandmaster Dionisio
"Dionnie" Cañete. According to WEKAF Executive Director Gerald O. Cañete, 27 countries are set to take part in the 3-day tournament.

Expected to attend the tournament are Senator Juan Miguel Zubirri and Philippine action star Ronnie Rickets, who are both Eskrimadors themselves.

To serve as tune up for the World Championships is the World FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) Cup slated on July 19-20, 2008 at the Moalboal Sports Complex. The World FMA Cup is organized by Doce Pares International of Atty. Grandmaster Dionisio
"Dionnie" Cañete in partnership with Senkotiros International of Grandmaster Max Pallen. GM Pallen owns a huge training facility in Moalboal for Senkotiros followers and aspiring martial artists in the southernmost part of Cebu Province . The headquarters of Senkotiros International is in San Leandro , California .

The WEKAF World Congress is also set on July 22, 2008.

The US Nationals, the American qualifying event for the WEKAF World Championships, is scheduled for February 28, 2008 at the Walnut Mt. in San Antonio College . Winners will represent the USA in the championships.

Friday, February 8, 2008

In Memory of Tay Atong (GM Fortunato Garcia)part II

Here are some video clips of the Late GM Fortunato "Atong" Garcia.












May you rest in peace, Tay Atong!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

In Memory of Tay Atong (GM Fortunato “Atong” Garcia)

Attention: Mr. Isaiah Ginson. Greetings! Your teacher passed away and this is in memory of him.May he rest in peace.

GM Fortunato “Atong” Garcia, Born July 11, 1917 and died February 2, 2008, according to his grandson, Alex Garcia, experienced death twice prior to his death last February 2, 2008. It was believed that Tay Atong (the name we used to call him) had a “tamawo” friend wherein he was being invited to a journey to “heaven” and after three days he will return and when he woke up he would ask for a glass of water because he said “the journey is very tiring.” Once when we had a conversation he described to us the place where he went. It is like a garden, green grass everywhere and also long stretches of desert sand wherein there are no benches to sit. The first time he experienced death was when he was in a town called Isio, southern town in Negros Occidental. He just fall asleep for three days. And on the third day came back and upon waking up he asked for a glass of water. The second time was when he was in Isla de Higante somewhere in Iloilo Province. He was just put beside a wooden box and covered by a mosquito net. After three days he woke up. According to Alex, his father, Julio, told him that on the day the Tay Atong died, the family would have not embalmed Tay Atong right away, for he believed that after 3 days he will come to life. Then if after 3 days if he will not come back then it was time to get the embalmer.

It was believed by his sons and grandsons that Tay Atong has what we called an amulet (anting anting o pangalap). According to Alex, his grandson, his grandfather never got tired. It was believed that he had a sash/belt wherein inside the belt is a bone of a knee cap of a child. He always wore this belt that is why he never got tired according to the grandson. But in acquiring this amulet, Tay Atong would render a service by sleeping and praying every 1st Friday of the Month in the cemetery from 12 midnight up until sunrise. Many believed that he had encountered various kinds of spirits in the cemetery. As time went by, there appeared on the skin of Tay Atong certain rashes which his sons and grandsons advised him to return his amulet to the cemetery. They don’t know if Tay Atong returned his sash/belt but they noticed that the rashes healed but he easily got tired during the day. Once according to Alex, his grandfather asked Alex to have his sash as if offering it to him as his inheritance. Alex declined because he could not keep up with the services/promises in getting the amulet.

Tay atong’s friend (tamawo) was responsible for his expertise in arnis/escrima. According to him after he tended his carabao, he would practice what he learned from various masters in arnis. He was under a balite tree practicing the strikes of arnis/escrima when suddenly out from nowhere there appeared a man, a white man, (mestiso) and asked him if he could have a friendly sparring with him. Which Tay Atong never refused a challenge, he agreed. They exchanged strikes and defenses until late in the afternoon. They started at about midmorning. After the exchanges of techniques, Tay atong asked him where does he live. Over there was the answer pointing his finger towards the balite tree. When Tay Atong checked there was no house there. He just kept quiet and continued to spar with the mestiso guy. Everyday they exchanged techniques and the mestiso guy taught Tay Atong the inverted stick technique which Tay Atong called “tuhaw” meaning “out of nowhere” in reference to his friend who came out of nowhere.
The family believed that it was this white friend who invited Tay Atong to his journey somewhere.



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5th Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar a Success By: James U. Sy Jr.

4 doctor-members of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.-Iloilo Chapter traveled to the municipality of Murcia in Negros Occidental to attend the 5th Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar "Fundamentals of Tapado" last April 14, 2006.

The 4 doctors from the College of Medicine of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) were CMAS-IC Chapter Head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Dr. Eugene Alicante Jr., Dr. Rey Mollenido, and Dr. Jason Rojas.

The training was conducted by Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) President/Grandmaster Benefredo "Bebing" M. Lobrido at the spacious manokan of the Maguad Residence in Miranda St. Assisting GM Lobrido in the instruction is Filipino Tang Soo Do Master and Original Filipino Tapado Senior Instructor Elmer V. Montoyo of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA).

Also present during the training were CMAS Founders Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr. and CMAS Core Officers Joeffrey S. Deriada, Francis Stephen A. Diaz, and Moises "Jung-Jung" G. Nifras Jr.

GM Lobrido worked on and polished the doctors' gripping, body mechanics, basic no. 1 and 2 strikes, movement shifts, and the pigar line. The training lasted 4 hours more or less.

The visiting doctors started their training in tapado under Dr. Maguad sometime last year. The seminar was their first time to train under the guidance of GM Lobrido. They had previously met the GM when he traveled to Iloilo to have OFTLSFA with S.E.C.

CMAS-IC is perhaps the first group to introduce tapado in a seminar-demo setting in the Panay Island, having conducted the "The World of Kung Fu and Arnis" Talk and Demo last February 4, 2006 at the Tuburan Study Center, 49 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City.

5TH NEGROS CONCEPTUAL MARTIAL ARTS SEMINAR A SUCCESS

4 doctor-members of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.-Iloilo Chapter traveled to the municipality of Murcia in Negros Occidental to attend the 5th Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar "Fundamentals of Tapado" last April 14, 2006.

The 4 doctors from the College of Medicine of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) were CMAS-IC Chapter Head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Dr. Eugene Alicante Jr., Dr. Rey Mollenido, and Dr. Jason Rojas.

The training was conducted by Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) President/Grandmaster Benefredo "Bebing" M. Lobrido at the spacious manokan of the Maguad Residence in Miranda St. Assisting GM Lobrido in the instruction is Filipino Tang Soo Do Master and Original Filipino Tapado Senior Instructor Elmer V. Montoyo of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA).

Also present during the training were CMAS Founders Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr. and CMAS Core Officers Joeffrey S. Deriada, Francis Stephen A. Diaz, and Moises "Jung-Jung" G. Nifras Jr.

GM Lobrido worked on and polished the doctors' gripping, body mechanics, basic no. 1 and 2 strikes, movement shifts, and the pigar line. The training lasted 4 hours more or less.

The visiting doctors started their training in tapado under Dr. Maguad sometime last year. The seminar was their first time to train under the guidance of GM Lobrido. They had previously met the GM when he traveled to Iloilo to have OFTLSFA with S.E.C.

CMAS-IC is perhaps the first group to introduce tapado in a seminar-demo setting in the Panay Island, having conducted the "The World of Kung Fu and Arnis" Talk and Demo last February 4, 2006 at the Tuburan Study Center, 49 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City.

BEST OF FMA THUNDERING SUCCESS PART 1 SHINING MOMENT OF NEGRENSE FMA By: James U. Sy Jr.

In yet another golden moment in the continuing Martial Arts Renaissance in Negros, The Best of Filipino Martial Arts Exposition was successfully presented to the public by the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. of Master Elmer V. Montoyo in cooperation with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Negros Occidental, Inc. of President Ernesto Pama Jr. and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) last October 6, 2007 at the Negros Occidental Multi Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC), Aguinaldo St., Bacolod City as part of the 2007 Masskara Festival Celebration.

17 martial arts organizations from Bacolod , Bago, Escalante, Iloilo , Murcia , and Victorias were in attendance to support the event, give demonstrations, officiate, and compete in the 4-format divisions each one representing a different form of martial art.

The tournament was historic in that it was the first multi-style/format martial arts tournament to be fought at the NOMPAC. Divisions contested include Filipino Tang Soo Do, Sipa Sumbag, Arnis de Mano, and Original Filipino Tapado (demonstration sport format).

Special Asst. for Special Concerns of the Governor’s Office and Former Board Member Hon. Atty. Ike Barredo represented Gov. Joseph G. Marañon as the program’s Special Guest Speaker. Special guests were Hon. Mayor Esteban “Sonny” H. Coscolluela of Murcia and YMCA Negros Occidental 1st VP Mr. Fidel B. Garbanzos. Councilor Hon. Jopcelle Batapa-Sigue and Silver Masskara Festival Organization, Inc. Festival Director Mr. Eli Francis J. Tajanlangit were the other guests who could not make it to the event.



The Best of Filipino Martial Arts Exposition is the long overdue sequel to the highly successful 1st Mayor’s Cup “The Best of Martial Arts” Exposition last December 2004 held in Brgy. Sum-ag. This tournament was held with the support and blessings of the Provincial Government under Gov. Marañon. Master Montoyo and fellow Headmasters gave a courtesy call to the governor last September 24, 2007 at the Governor’s Office.

Master Montoyo, who also serves a YMCA Business Manager, conceptualized the tournament to help educate the public of the inherent benefits of martial arts training to the physical, mental, and sspiritual development of individual citizens and to assist the YMCA in conbstructing a semi-permanent structure where the youth can engage in sportive and cultural activities.

DEMONSTRATIONS. Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo and 2006 NOBF-GKAKEA Bacolod Negros Arnis Showdown champion Joselito Guzon of Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) demonstrated the trademark classical Espada y Daga style of Trese Grabes Piga-Piga System which was founded by GM Guinabo based on the teachings of the late Grandmaster Bernandino Tanique of the Tanique Arnis and Combat Club (TACC).

Founder/Grandmaster Rogelio H. Galvarole led his Lightning Scientific Arnis International-Philippine Dynamic Arnis (LSAI-PDA), an affiliate of the Lightning Scientific Arnis International-Capiz Chapter of Arnis Commissioner Grandmaster Carlito Ondillo, in giving various Likha Anyo (Creative Forms)

demonstrations from the Panaynon style of Galvarole Style Dynamic Arnis which he founded. Others in the demo team were Arnis medallists Noe Baldevarona, Nerma Destacamento, Kenneth Gabriel, and Alfonso Lahaylahay.

The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. was led by 1st Generation Inheritor/Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido in demonstrating the basic strokes and advanced direct hitting techniques of the indigenous Bagoueño long stickfighting art founded by his late uncle Founder/Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar in 1960 in Brgy. Taloc. Assisting GM Lobrido were OFT Senior Instructors James U. Sy Jr. and Joefrrey S. Deriada and Member Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon.

Murcia Martial Arts Center (MMAC) of Master “Nick” Montoya demonstrated the classical empty handed forms of Sip Soo and Naihanchin III as well as an assortment of kicks, Tang Soo Do self defense techniques and knifefighting.

Master Ritchie S. Piodena and Joeffrey S. Deriada of the Bacolod Oido de Caburata Arnis Society (BAODCAS) under Grand Patriarch Grandmaster Jose D. Aguilar demonstrated the indigenous Murciahanon stickfighting art Oido de Caburata founded by the late Founder/Grandmaster Antonio “Toñing” Tolosa in 1936/1937 in Brgy. Minoyan.



Riverside Nursing student Glenn Logroño represented the Kalantiaw Defense Society (KDS) of his late Grand Uncle Founder/Grandmaster Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer with a presentation of Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Ferrer Style disarming techniques. He was assisted by KDS Master James U. Sy Jr.

Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. and LVA Instructors Lafayette A. Diamante and Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. demonstrated the basic pang-igo (striking), panagang (deflections/blocks), pang-agaw (disarming), and gapungko nga defensa (seated defense) of the indigenous Bacoleño art of Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis founded by late Founder/Grandmaster Jose “Joe” L. Viñas in 1932.

The Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. of Founder/Master Elmer V. Montoyo was led by his sons and heirs-apparent Masters Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. and Ernest Christian P. Montoyo in a a showcase of a basic FTSD Wushu form, FTSD Combat Karate one on one and multiple attackers self defense, knife neutralization, and Ryuhai form with actual breaking of bricks and boards.



FILIPINO TANG SOO DO. “The Filipino Way of the Chinese Hand” Filipino Tang Soo Do is a Filipinized adoption of Korean Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan founded by Master Elmer V. Montoyo, 6th dan UFAF, by modifying the art to suit the culture, psyche, temperament, morphology, and hoplology of the Filipino people by synthesizing Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and other Southeast Asian martial traditions. Filipino Tang Soo Do reflects the Filipino culture which is actually an amalgation of various civilizations (i.e. Malay, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Spanish, American, etc.)

Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. of Master Elmer V. Montoyo was champion in the Filipino Tang Soo Do Division with 4-1 win-loss streak followed by the Murcia Martial Arts Center (MMAC) of Master “Nick” Montoya with a 3-2 mark. The NOHS Screamring Eagles and Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante tied at 3rd place with a 0-2 mark.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL. Joner Cortez of MMAC over Ken Donque of NOHSSE by unanimous decision (Flyweight Bout#1).

MEN’S COLLEGE. 2003 Mayor’s Cup Murcia Taekwondo silver medallist Jan Michael Vincent Montoya of MMAC over 2007 Brgy. Taloc Kickboxing silver medallist Michael Judes of PIMAA-FTSDA (Bantamweight Bout#4). Reynold Baylon of PIMAA-FTSDA over Ryan Mitoda of BFMAA-Main (Flyweight Bout#7).

Remello Tayactac of MMAC over 2 times BRAWL MMA champion Janry Amante of BFMAA-Main (Flyweight Bout#11). Tayactac hit Amante with a picture perfect turning side kick. Kevin James Roberts of PIMAA-FTSDA over Tommey Cortes of MMAC (Featherweight Bout#13). Roberts knocked down Cortez with a frontal kick.

2004 Bacolod Mayor’s Cup Pencak Silat silver medallist Chester Esmalla of PIMAA-FTSDA over Larry Benedicto of MMAC (Lightweight Bout#15) and another victory against Roper Iwayan NOHSSE (Lightweight Bout#21). Esmalla was the only competitor to have fought in two fights in the FTSD Division.

SIPA SUMBAG (KICKBOXING). Sipa Sumbag is the Ilonggos’ synthesis of Karate and Western Boxing, having been evolved continuously since the 1970s by different Karate and Kickboxing groups and prominent pioneers, champions and promoters.

Murcia Martial Arts Center (MMAC) of Master “Nick” Montoya was champion in the Sipa Sumbag Division with a perfect 6 win streak followed by the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. of Master Elmer V. Montoyo with a similar perfect 2 win streak. Black Falcon Martial Arts Association- Main (BFMAA-Main) of Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante (1-6), Tribu Hangaway (TH) of Master/Founder Roy R. Flores Sr. (1-3), and Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa (0-1) were 3rd to 5th places respectively.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL. Joner Cortez of MMAC over 2007 SLRV Kickboxing champion Jay R Simpron of BFMAA-Main (Flyweight Bout#12). Cortez knocked down Simpron two times. Joveril Gomeza of MMAC over Edgardo Doctora of NUFAA via disqualification by foul (Flyweight Bout#14). Doctora was pressing the action when an accidental low blow dropped Gomeza.

MEN’S COLLEGE. 2007 Prk. Bulak Kickboxing champion Reynold Baylon of PIMAA-FTSDA over 2007 SLRV Kickboxing silver medallist Iron Homer Castaño of TH via unanimous decision (Flyweight Bout#3). 2007 Tribe W.A.R. Wushu Sanshou silver medallist Ryan Mitoda of BFMAA-Main over Jayniel Ossorio of TH (Flyweight Bout#16). Jeffrey Mañale of MMAC over 2005 Dancalan Kickboxing champion Julius Dohinog of BFMAA-Main (Flyweight Bout#17). 2007 Prk. Bulak Kickboxing champion Michael “Mic-Mic” Gurrea of PIMAA-FTSDA over 2007 LGDC Regional Wushu sanshou silver medallist Kent Esleyer of TH (Bantamweight Bout#18).

2003 Mayor’s Cup Taekwondo silver medallist Jan Michael Vincent Montoya of MMAC over 2007 Tribe W.A.R. Wushu Sanshou champion Joselito Bianan of BFMAA-Main (Bantamweight Bout#19). Articulo Alon of MMAC over 2003 BOMB MMA champion Andres Villarmia of BFMAA-Main (Bout#20). Villarmia was given a standing 8 count.

WOMEN’S. Sheila Asdolo of TH and Cristina Bianan of BFMAA-Main, both 2007 LGDC Regional Wushu Sanshou silver medallists, met for a rematch in the lone bout for the Women’s Kickboxing category (Bout#10). Asdolo and Bianan fought each other at the 7th Prk. Bulak/SLRV Consolidated Martial Arts Showdown last May 27, 2007. Asdolo had knocked down Bianan and defeated her for the second time.

CHILDREN’S. Edmar Ccortez of MMAC over 2004 Bacolod Mayor’s Cup Wushu Sanshou champion Joery “Jun-Jun” Amante Jr. of BFMAA-Main (Bout#6).

ARNIS DE MANO. “Harness of the Hand” Generic term for all Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), whether Eskrima (armed) or Pangamut (empty handed), as recognized by the Philippine Government. There are not less than 150 existing (i.e. not extinct) styles of Arnis recorded and definitely more that doesn’t have a specific style name scattered all over the archepilago. Arnis/Eskrima figured prominently in the warrior traditions of the Philippines in in the Filipinos’ fight for freedom and survival. video

IFFMAS RULES - SOLO BASTON. Lightning Scientific Arnis International-Philippine Dynamic Arnis (LSAI-PDA) of Founder/Grandmaster Rogelio H. Galvarole was champion in the Arnis de Mano Division with a 2-1 win-loss streak. Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Founder/Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) and Tribu Hangaway (TH) of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. tied at 2nd place with a 1-1 mark each. Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) of Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo was 3rd place with 0-1.

2007 Philippine Olympic Festival (POF) Arnis forms champion Alfonso Lahayhay of LSAI-PDA over Yvonny de la Cruz of NUFAA (45-51 kg. Bout#2). 2007 Western Visayas Sport Arnis silver medallist Rodrigo Cuambot of TH over 2006 NOBF-GKAKEA Bacolod Negros Arnis Showdown champion Joselito Guzon of GACS (54-55 kg. Bout#5).

2007 Brgy. Taloc Arnis silver medallist Stevie John Doctora of NUFAA over Kenneth Gabriel of LSAI-PDA (58-68 kg. Bout#8). Philippine Olympic Festival (POF) Arnis silver medallist Noe Valdevarona of LSAI-PDA over 2007 Western Visayas Sport Arnis silver medallist Jake Bugna of TH (Openweight Bout#9).

PDA RULES - DOBLE BASTON (Exhibition Bout Male VS Female, Controlled Contact). 2007 Philippine Olympic Festival (POF) full Contact Half middleweight champion Nerma Destacamento of LSAI-PDA over 2007 POF Arnis forms champion Alfonso Lahayhay of LSAI-PDA.

TAPADO. The Tapado Long Stick Division was converted into a demonstration sport when the Kalupaan Tapado Association (KATA), inc. of Grandmaster Welbor “Kickok” Presno failed to arrive to the tournament. 1st Generation Inheritor/Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido led members of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. in demonstrating the basic strokes and advanced direct hitting techniques of the indigenous Bagoueño long stickfighting art founded by his late uncle Founder/Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar in 1960 in Brgy. Taloc.

PROMOTIONS. Founder/Master Elmer V. Montoyo, 6th dan black belt, under the sanction of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) awarded rank promotions in Filipino Tang Soo Do to his students during the formal ceremonies of tournament.

Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Kyosanim, Mater Elmer’s eldest son, was awarded his 5th dan black belt (Master). Master Don-Don had served/serves as Asst. Chief Instructor and Chief Instructor and VP-Internal Affairs of PIMAA-FTSDA. He was a prolific tournament competitor in his younger days in both Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo.

Ernest Christian “Chen-Chen” P. Montoyo Kyosanim, Mater Elmer’s second son, was awarded his 4th dan black belt (Master). Master Chen-Chen had serves as Board Director and Asst. Spiritual Adviser of PIMAA-FTSDA and formerly its Head Instructor for the CARAGA Region.

Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. Founders Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr., students of Master Elmer, were awarded honorary degrees, 4th dan black belts (Masters), for their contributions to the PIMAA-FTSDA. They serve as Secretary General and Asst. Secretary respectively to the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) to which Master Elmer is President to.

Gilbert U. Go, a long time student of Master Elmer, was awarded his 1st dan black belt. Go represented and won medals for PIMAA-FTSDA during the 1st Gov. Tupaz Vis-Min Pencak Silat Tournament (gold and bronze) and the 1st Mayor’s Cup Tournament (Gold for Pencak Silat and Filipino Tang Soo Do).

Meanwhile, Grandmaster Rogelio H. Galvarole, Founder/President of the Lightning Scientific Arnis International-Philippine Dynamic Arnis (LSAI-PDA), honored Tournament Director Master Elmer V. Montoyo as “Best Promoter of the Year 2007 in Negros” for a professionally run tournament. GM Galvarole also extended the same award to Master Sy for helping out Master Montoyo.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE TOURNAMENT. Officials were Master Elmer V. Montoyo of Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (Tournament Director/Chief Jury), Master Jose V. Montoyo of PIMAA-FTSDA (Head Referee-Pangamut), Founder/Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal of KaliSilat Arnis Association (Head Referee-Hinganiban), Grandmaster Rogelio H. Galvarole of Lightning Scientific Arnis International-Philippine Dynamic Arnis and Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido of Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (Referees-Exhibition Bout), Gerry De Castro, Timujin Jumlani, Jimmy T. Lee, and Architect Edwin Solas of PIMAA-FTSDA, Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil of Fight Club, and GM Lobrido of OFTLSFA (Judges-Pangamut), Master Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of conceptual Martial Arts, Master Nelson Carmona of OTFLSFA, and Master Luciano Montoya of Murcia Martial Arts center (Judges-Hinganiban), George arca, Joeniel Campomanes Sensei of USLS Karate-do, and Pastor Romeo N. Gumban of PIMAA-FTSDA (Judges- Pangamut and Hinganiban), Master James U. Sy Jr. of CMAS (emcee/Record Keeper), Pierre Angelo Montoyo, Steven Mark Gumban, Peter James Gumban of PIMAA-FTSDA (Timers), Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad and Dra. Saja Marie B. Maguad of CMAS (Tournament Physicians), and Hon. Judge Remegio Rojo and Atty. John Mark Tamayo of PIMAA-FTSDA (Legal).

Tournament Staff were YMCA Gen, sec. Elizabeth B. Balingan (Awards), Murcia Martial Arts Center members (Security), Gilbert U. Go (Souvenier), Master Ernest Christian “Chen-Chen” P. Montoyo, Manuel G. Lansar of YMCA, and Church of Christ Young People members (Gym Arrangements), Theresa Libo-on, Catherine J. Montoyo, Michelle and Miriam Paglomutan, and Beverly Alson (Refreshments), Jane, Jeanny, and Joanne Moran (Ushereettes), and Angelo Yulo, and crestita Montoyo (Gate).

Major sponsors were EZ Shirts of Glenn Dexter Yee, Starlaser of Jimmy T. Lee Kyosanim, and Hanz George G. Lopez Vito. Minor sponsors were Rexona Men Power, GMYXX Digital Photo Studio, El Sol Press of Architect Edwin S. Solas, PD 888 Distributors, Inc. (Colgate-Palmolive), Robinson’s Place Bacolod for the medals, Philippine National Red Cross-Bacolod/Negros Chapter, Xpress Com (The Official Coverage Team), Hon. Councilor Joceelle Batapa-Sigue, Mang Inasal, Water Glow, CM Lobrido Rice Wholesaler and Retailer, and Panorama Mktg., Inc.

Donors were Zotub Internet Café, Son-Mar Cycle Parts, Mazelle L. Infante, Vinzon, Timbrevilla, and Libo-on Families, Country Feed Supply, Ortega Tailoring and Dress Shop, Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of CMAS, Roger Chua, Mary Saleve L. Pe of RCBC, PO1 Wilmar Villaruz, and Pepsi.

Master Al Concepcion, a Saraviahanon who is now based in the USA , also graced the event. He had student under various Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) professors, among them the late Grandmasters Angel Cabales (Cabales Serrada Escrima), GM John Lacoste (Kuntao/Silat/Escrima), and Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar, Grandmasters Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido (Original Filipino Tapado), and Abraham and Sabas Gubaton (Oido de Caburata).

Mastre Efraim T. Beatingo of Undokan Martial Arts Association (UMAA) and Founder/Chief Instructor Jess “Jesus” Flores of thunder Kicks Martial Arts Club-Escalante Chapter (TKMAC-EC) were also present to support the event.