Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sacred Ki Girl Gets Taekwondo Gold By: James U. Sy Jr.

Zennah Marie Mendoza-Tolero, 11, Grade 5 pupil at the Mambulac Elementary School, took home a silver medal in the Taekwondo competition of the 2009 Palarong Panlalawigan (Provincial Meet) last December 15, 2009 at the Panaad Stadium and Recreational Park, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City. She fought in the Elementary Girls Category 1.

Her private coach is Master Ricardo P. Filipinas, Founder of the Sacred Ki Art of Filipino Foot Fighting (SKAFF), with whom she has been studying for five years now. Master Ricardo P. Filipinas is a member of the Council of Elders of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) under the leadership of its President Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo.

5 members of the Sacred Ki Art of Filipino Foot Fighting (SKAFF) won 3 gold and 2 silver medals during last year’s District Meet Taekwondo Competition at the Andres Bonifcaio Elementary School (ABES) II, Bacolod City. Tolero was one of those who were crowned champion. Tolero also won a gold medal in the Taekwondo event of the District III Area Meet held last December 1, 2009 in Murcia, Negros Occidental, which gave her a slot in the Palarong Panlalawigan.

Tolero is the daughter of Remegio and Zeny M. Tolero.

Master Filipinas conducts classes every TTh 7:00-9;00 P.M., Saturdays 9:00-11:00 A.M., and Sundays 9:00-11:00 A.M. and 1:00-3:00 P.M. at the DMA Conservatory, 2nd Floor Golden Table Restaurant, Lacson St., Bacolod City.

Monday, December 28, 2009

TKD Beauties Get SEAG Poomse Gold By: James U. Sy Jr.

Taekwondo jins Camille Alarilla, Janice Lagman, and Rani Ann Ortega gave the Philippines its first gold medal during the opening day of the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Vientiane, Laos.

The Filipinas earned 16.97 points to win the poomsae title in the taekwondo event. Their Thai counterparts settled for the silver medal. Cousins Alarilla, Lagman, and Ortega had also won in the World Poomsae Championship two weeks ago in Cairo, Egypt, where 56 countries participated.

Poomsae, also known as kata in Japanese and kuern in Chinese, is a choreographed form which combines various footwork, blocks, punches, and kicks into one organized set that conveys the art’s power, speed, grace, and balance.

The Philippine Men’s Poomsae Team composed of Anthony Matias, Brian Sabido and Jean Sabido settled for bronze (8.44, 8.30) with Vietnam (8.73, 8.2) and Laos (8.50, 8.30) taking the gold and silver respectively.

Team Philippines Brings Home SEAG Medals in Combat Sports By: James U. Sy Jr.

The Filipinos are well known in excelling in combat sports. The likes of Pancho Villa, Manny Pacquiao, Monsour del Rosario, John Baylon, Rene Catalan, etc. is a testament to this fact. In the recent 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in Vientiane, Laos, athletes from combat sports have contributed significantly to the overall medal haul of the country.

BOXING. Bouts held December 14-17, 2009. The Philippine Boxing Team brought home a 5-1-3 medal haul. Gold: Annie Albania (flyweight), Alice Apparri (light flyweight), Gabuco Josie (pinweight), Charley Suarez (featherweight) via KO, and Bill Vicera (pinweight). Silver: Harry Tañamor (light flyweight). Bronze: Joegin Landon (light welterweight), Mitchel Martinez (featherweight), and Rey Saludar (flyweight). Martinez lost a 4-7 decision to Thai Peamwilai Laopeam.

JUDO. Bouts held December 15-17, 2009. The Philippine Taekwondo Team brought home a 2-1-5 medal haul. Gold: John Baylon (Over 73 Kg. up to 81 Kg.) and Nancy Quillotes (Over 40 Kg. up to 45 Kg.). Silver: Ruth Dugaduga (Over 70 Kg. up to 78 Kg.). Bronze: Helen Dawa (Over 45 Kg. up to 48 Kg.), Nancy Quillotes and Noemie Candari (Women’s Jyu No Kata), Gilbert Ramirez (Over 66 Kg. up to 73 Kg.), Rick Senales (Over 81 Kg. up to 90 Kg.), and Karen Ann Solomon (Over 63 Kg. up to 70 Kg.).

KARATE-DO. Bouts held December 10-12, 2009. The Philippine Taekwondo Team brought home a 1-2-3 medal haul. Gold: Gold: Marna Pabillore (Kumite 55 Kg. below). Silver: Rolando Lagman Jr. (Kumite 75 Kg. below) and Lutche Metante (Kumite 68 Kg. above). Bronze: Noel Espinosa (Men’s Individual Kata), Ace Eso (Kumite 55 Kg. below), and Men’s Kumite Team.

MUAY THAI. Bouts held December 10-15, 2009. The Philippine Muay Team brought home a 1-3-5 medal haul, beating their 0-5-5 performance in the 24th SEA Games (2007, Thailand). All members of the Philippine Muay Team have each won a medal. Gold: Zaidi Laruan (lightweight). Silver: Roland Claro (light flyweight), Romnick Pabalate of Mabinay, Oriental Negros (flyweight), and Jonathan Polosan (light welterweight). Bronze: Harold Gregorio (welterweight), May Libao (pinweight), Preciosa Ocaya (flyweight), and Ana Marie Rey (bantamweight), and Maricel Subang (light flyweight).

PENCAK SILAT. Bouts held December 12, 17, 2009. The Philippine Taekwondo Team brought home a 0-1-1 medal haul. Silver: Nurhabir Sansis Is (Class I 85 Kg.-90 Kg.). Bronze: Marniel Dimla (Class F 70 Kg.-75 Kg.).

TAEKWONDO. Bouts held December 9-11, 2009. The Philippine Taekwondo Team brought home a 4-4-4 medal haul. Gold: Francesca Alarilla, Carla Lagman, and Rani Ann Ortega (Women’s Poomsae Team), Alexander Briones (heavyweight), Tshomlee Go (featherweight), and M. Rivero (welterweight). Silver: Eunice Alora (bantamweight), Marlon Avenido (welterweight), Kirstie Alora (heavyweight), and John Paul Lizardo (finweight). Bronze: Jeffrey Figueroa (bantamweight), Jyra Lizardo (flyweight), Anthony Matias, Brian Sabido, and Jean Sabido (Men’s Poomsae Team), and Rani Ann Ortega and Jean Sabido (Poomsae Mixed Pair).

WRESTLING. Bouts held December 15-17, 2009. The Philippine Taekwondo Team brought home a 3-2-4 medal haul. Gold: Jimmy Angana (Over 60 Kg. up to 66 Kg.), Margarito Angana (55 Kg. Greco-Roman), and Jason Balabal (Over 74 Kg. up to 84 Kg.). Silver: Michael Baletin (74 Kg. Greco-Roman) and Paulo Delos Santos (50 Kg.). Bronze: Jerry Angana (Over 50 Kg. up to 55 Kg.), Maribel Jambora (45 Kg.), Roque Mana-ay (Over 55 Kg. up to 60 Kg.), and Melchor Tumasis (60 Kg. Greco-Roman).

WUSHU. Bouts held December 15-17, 2009. The Philippine Taekwondo Team brought home a 2-2-4 medal haul. Gold: Mark Eddiva (Sanshou 65 Kg.) and Mariane Mariano (Sanshou 60 Kg.). Silver: Benjie Rivera (Sanshou 56 Kg.) and Mary Jane Estimar (Sanshou 52 Kg.). Bronze: Jessie Aligaga (Sanshou 48 Kg.), Denver Labrador (Sanshou 60 Kg.), Daniel Parantac (Men’s Tai Ji Quan), and Rhea May Rifani (Sanshou 48 Kg.).

The 11 countries that saw action during the games were Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

Mabinay’s Pabalate Gets SEAG Muay Silver By: James U. Sy Jr.

Romnick Pabalate of Mabinay, Oriental Negros took home a silver medal in the flyweight division of the Muay Thai event of the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in December 2009 in Vientiane, Laos,

Pabalate knocked down his Burmese opponent in less than two minutes of the first round in his semi-final bout. He, however, bowed to Thongbang Seuaphom of Laos in the championship match.

The Philippine Muay Team that competed in the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games took home a 1-3-5 medal haul, beating their 0-5-5 performance in the 24th SEA Games in 2007 in Thailand.

Zaidi Laruan, 5’7”, defeated Vixay Bounthavy of Laos in their bout at the Beung Kha Ngong Sports Centre to claim the gold in the lightweight division. He was the lone gold medalist of the Philippine Muay Team.

Jonathan Suello Polosan lost the championship crown to Weerapon Kwangkhwang of Thailand while Roland Claro light flyweight gave way to Soukanh of Lao in the finals. 23rd SEA Games and 2008 World Muay Thai champion Roland Claro of Zamboanga City also settled for the silver in the light flyweight division.

Those wjho got bronze for the Philippines were Harold Gregorio (welterweight), May Libao (pinweight), Preciosa Ocaya (flyweight), and Ana Marie Rey (bantamweight), and Maricel Subang (light flyweight).

Pabalate, in his international debut, outpointed Jakkapol Khamollakhorn of Thailand to be crowned champion of the 48 Kg. division during the Asian Muay Thai Championship in India. He was a bronze medalist in the 24th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2007 in Thailand and in the World Muay Championships in 2008 in South Korea.

Pabalate had defeated 2008 world Muay champion Roland Claro of Zamboanga City twice in 2009, during the Battle of the Best in both cases, knocking him out in the first and outpointing him in their next meeting.

Pabalate, a native of the Municipality of Mabinay in Oriental Negros, was trained by Kru Ike Xavier S. Villaflores at the Dumaguete Muay Association before he was given a break to be a member of the Philippine Muay Thai Team. He won the lone gold for Dumaguete City at the Visayas Amateur Muay Thai Championships organized by the Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) in cooperation with the Larena LGU on April 28-29, 2005 in Larena, Siquijor.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bulig sa Kubos Season 14 A Success By: James U. Sy Jr.

The 34th Season of the Bulig sa Kubos (Assistance to the Needy) was successfully held by the Black Falcon Martial Arts Association (BFMAA)-Main under Chief Instructor/Master Joery C. Amante, 4th Degree Black Belt, in partnership with the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, both 4th Degree Black Belts, with the support of various sponsors and the sanction of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) under its President Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo, 8th Degree Red/Black Belt, last December 26, 2009, Saturday, at the Amante Residence, Prk. Bulak, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

Prk. Bulak President (2006-2008) Joery C. Amante, together with his wife Analyn Amante, organized the event and solicited for the pamaskua to the most poverty stricken members of their community. Zaira Calderon helped out in the proceedings. 70 representatives from indigent families of Prk. Bulak, Canaan, and Sambag received Christmas packs, which included rice, noodles, and four canned goods per pack.

Sy, one of the event’s major sponsors, presented games and pa-agaw of candies and coins for the enjoyment of about 80 attendees. Five wrapped gifts from Land Transportation Undersecretary Ricardo “Cano” Tan were raffled as door prizes.

The recipients were Lucricia Alegre, Ging-Ging Amante, Teresita Amante, Analyn, Erika Ambay, Gloria Añerdes, Marjorie Añerdes, Gilda Arciaga, Warlita Arnado, Arminda Asidoy, Georgica Baluyot, Dory Benejol, Maribel Benejol, Jenebel Blanco, Edith Bordo, Nining Bornales, Johnny Bosico, Purita Boyrom, Euli Cabalida, Mariafe Cabalida, Norma Cabalida, Pita Calderon, Margarita Casuyon, Jacqueline Conserman, Lanny Dajao, Jelly Embahador, Regan Embahador, Erlita Enaposa, Enema, Neneng Fajardo, Josephine Galang, Rex Galang, Christina Gatanez, Lourdes Guanzon, Mary Grace Higanto, Edwin Jamili, June Jimenez, Nanny Kusino, Socorro Lapaz, Carmel Lentija, Noeme Luberisco, Lisa Lumantad, Rose Maguate, Erra Mahinay, Marcelina Manapsal, Bebe Manlapao, Rosemarie Moises, Jodele Napire, Lanny Oñates, Liberty Oñates, Zenaida Oñates, Adelina Otero, Bebot Padasay, Bobong Padasay, Raquel Padios, Allan Padillo, Carmelita Pehid, Ralyn Pehid, Nonoy Remedios, Riza Salipod, Rading Santillan, Dahilya Sevill;a, Neneng Sevilla, Gloria Sy, Resureccion Toledo, Kim Torrecampo, Nempha Torrecampo, Marites Urbano, Doring Villan, and Rosemarie Zulueta.

The major sponsors were James U. Sy Jr. of Asian Alcohol Corporation, Mary Salve “Jing-Jing” L. Pe of RCBC-Iloilo, Cristita “Tata” P. Lim of BDO-Iloilo, Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of the Center for La Sallian Ministries (CELAM), University of St. La Salle (USLS), and Land Transportation Undersecretary Ricardo “Cano” Tan. Other sponsors were Tess Golez, Emma Kaw, and Dennis Tan of University of St. La Salle (USLS), former Brgy. Capt. Baby Parreño of Mandalagan, Glen Graso of Philippine National Police (PNP)-Bacolod, Armando Guancia of Prk. Bulak, and Wushu Sanshou medalists Julius Dohinog and Joselito Bianan of host Black Falcon Martial Arts Association (BFMAA)-Main.

Gilda Arciaga, who led the invocation before the start of the gift giving, spoke in behalf of the recipients during the response portion of the activity, “We are very thankful for all the sponsors for sharing with us their blessings this season of God’s birth. We wish them good health and for God to always bless them.“

Bulig sa Kubos (Assistance to the Needy) was started by Amante in 2002 to help the more poverty stricken members of their community. The assistance is given out twice a year, at the opening of classes and during Christmas. The project sponsors from USLS have supported the civic activity since its inception while CMAS, Inc. came in starting the 8th season of the project.

Black Falcon X’mas Party Held By: James U. Sy Jr.

The Black Falcon Martial Arts Association (BFMAA)-Main under Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante, 4th Degree Black Belt, successfully held its Christmas Party last December 26, 2009, Saturday, at the Amante Residence, Prk. Bulak, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

The highlight of the party was the 2009 Macho Gay Kickboxer, which was participated in by Amante’s tournament fighters. Crowned 2009 Macho Gay was Rosendo “Third” Trayco III. Other contestants were 2008 titlist Rommel Regalado Jr., 2008 Best in Casual Wear Jun-Jun Anito, Roberto Didal, and JR Simpron. In the dance Contest, the Juniors Team won the title. Judge was Daryl Pastor.

The celebration also marked the 40th Year Anniversary of the association, having been founded by Master Ernesto Joseph in 1969, and the group’s 10th year under the chief instructorship of Joery C. Amante.

It was under Amante’s leadership whent BFMAA started to compete in tournaments other than Karate or Kickboxing. His students had seen action Filipino Tang Soo Do, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Pencak Silat, Western Boxing, and Wushu Sanshou.

BFMAA-Main sent some of the pioneer Wushu Sanshou players of Negros Occidental in the 1st and 2nd editions of the Philippine National Wushu Championships in 1997 and 1998 at the Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) Main gym in Binondo, Manila. Sherwin G. Nuñesco, 47 kg., competed in the 52 kg. category, the lowest weight category in the event. Teammates of Nuñesco included Ian Bateria, Bong ariñas, and Luisito Agabon.

BFMAA, with the help of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)- Bacolod/Negros of Chief Instructor/Master Roy R. Flores Sr., organized the first ever Wushu seminar in Bacolod and Negros Occidental, dubbed the 1st Bacolod Wushu Seminar, conducted by then WFP national Head Coach Yu Zhi Bo of Beijing, China.

Amante was appointed WFP Negros Occidental Coordinator by WFP Iloilo Coordinator Arnold Tinagan and the 1st All Negros Wushu Sanshou Qualifying Tournament for the Phillipine National Championships was held by the newly formed WFP Negros Occidental on November 9, 2003.

Typhoons in the Eyes of Former Flood Victim & Environmentalist Maresa Gallos Engo By: James U. Sy Jr.

It has been months since Typhoon Ondoy beat Luzon mercilessly on September 26, 2009 and people had started to build their lives and continue living although many are still in post traumatic stress and depression.

One time I met up with my fellow writer Maresa Gallos Engo, the daughter of the late Atty George Gallos and Adelfa Gallos and a former resident of Manila for 18 years. Mrs. Engo has always been active in her campaign to protect the environment. What she lacks in machinery she compensates in her writings and advocacy.

Engo’s latest work was the environmental-centered newspaper collage exhibit at the Bacolod City Library, which ran from September to October 2009, in support of the Bacolod City Government's observance of the 7th Development Policy Research Month which was spearheaded by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 247 dated September 2, 2002. Her newspaper collage exhibit promoted art therapy and paper recycling in line with this year's theme, "Coping with Climate Variability and Change."

I soon learned that Engo and her family were among the victims of Typhoon Seniang (storm signal no. 1) which struck Manila on November 3, 2000. The flashfloods then were in Brgy. Rizal, Makati City as well as in the adjacent areas. This forced the Engos to relocate to Bacolod.

When she watched all the damages and sufferings caused by Typhoon Ondoy on TV, Engo relates that it was like reliving the ordeal she and her family had before. She remembers very well the floodwater entering their house in Brgy Rizal, rising to chest level.

Engo’s place was situated beside a stream filled with water lilies. The flooding could have been caused by poor drainage or because of the fewer trees to absorb flood water. Their barangay was just wooden bridges away from flood prone areas like Pateros and Taguig. Back in November 2000 when Pasig was also flooded, Laguna de Bay was easily seen when one is in Taguig. A news clipping from a major daily dated December 18, 2000 points to the overflowing of Laguna de Bay as one of the major causes of the flooding during Typhoon Seniang’s rampage.

The water subsided gradually within a month’s time. During that time, Engo stayed in a room for rent because of the unsanitary living conditions in their area. The locality became a huge breeding ground for mosquitoes with people dying from Leptospirosis. Fearing for the safety of her family, she decided to relocate to a safer place.

Migrating to Bacolod meant a lot of expenses for the Engos inspite of the fact that her parents and relatives provided logistical support. The Engos stayed in a small house in the family compound which was vacated by her grandmother. Her two elder children, John Peter and Jobelle (the youngest is Janette), had to adjust to a new school and they had to learn the local Hiligaynon language. The post traumatic shock and cultural shock reflected in her children’s grades.

The flooding of their place served as a turning point in Engo’s life. She became more aware of the need for environmental protection and preservation and became a self-proclaimed environmentalist. Engo strongly believes that as inhabitants of this planet it is our duty to protect it. Here in Bacolod, floods had been experienced due to indiscriminate disposal of garbage which clogs the drainage system.

Of course, it is also our duty to find suitable land where to set up our residences. As a CI/Appraiser during my days with the now defunct Prime Savings Bank, it was my work to ascertain that lots offered as collateral are not flood prone. There are low and high areas and this is a very important factor to consider when buying a lot. This conjcept of high ground is also taught in Feng Shui or Chinese Geomancy.

The changes in weather can also affect the ecology. For example, there are only about 67 Philippine Eagles left, including those held in captivity at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao and they are now classified as endangered species. This is just a step away from extinction.

Engo’s exhibit has already been accommodated in twenty venues in Bacolod City prior to the display at the city library. Many of those who were exposed to her work were students. Engo is hoping that they will become more conscious of their environment and take active participation while they are still children and more importantly when they become adults and the driving force in our society.

Engo’s advice to the readers, “We should appreciate the trees around us. Let us plant more trees in our backyards to give us food, shade and protection from global warming. Let us save the trees in our forests through paper recycling. Let us practice waste segregation in our homes.”

Monday, December 21, 2009

Obituary: Brittany Murphy (1977-2009)

Born: November 10, 1977, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Died: December 20, 2009, Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation: Actress, singer, voice artist
News of death: See
Biography: See
Filmography: See

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tay Tung's Diesto Brings Home 3 Golds for NOPSSCEA By: James U. Sy Jr.

Mary Anthony M. Diesto (B: 1997) of Bacolod Tay Tung High School (BTTHS) gave NOPSSCEA 3 of 4 gold medals for elementary girls athletics after two days of competition in the Palarong Panlalawigan 2009 at the Panaad Stadium and Recreational Park, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.

Diesto had a registered time of 13.70 to capture the gold in the 100 meter dash, besting the 13.78 of Area III's Jeremae Riego and the 14.10 of Ma. Cristina Jaro. In the long jump competition, Diesto got 4.48 M as compared to the 4.41 M of magluyan and 4.20 M of Area I's Ritcel Mae Bolo. In the triple jump event, Diesto garnered 9.72 M, ahead of the 9.22 M of Bolo and the 8.89 M of Jinky Biating.

Raye Ferrer gave NOPSSCEA its other gold medal with a registered time of 28.40 in the 200 meter run event, besting the 29.20 of Riego and the 29.45 of Jennifer Asumbrada.

Diesto, the daughter of Winston and Norene M. Diesto, is a grade 6 pupil at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School (BTTHS), one of the three Chinese schools in Bacolod City.

Diesto's official coach is Rolando Malate but her personal trainer is her father, Winston Diesto, himself an alumni of BTTHS (Batch 1984).

Diesto, along with Mitchelle Morales, was named Most valuable Player (MVP) during the awarding ceremony of the 34th United Cup Track & field Meet held by the Filipino Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation last April 4-5, 2009 at the Rizal memorial coliseum, Manila.

During the 2009 NOPSSCEA Athletics Meet last October 3-4, 2009 at the Manuel Y. Torres Sports Center, Bago City, Diesto won 6 golds and established 4 new records. She broke Harumi Kiwagaya's (TCS) previous record of 3.89 (2008) M with her 4.03 M for the long jump event; her own record of 8.05 M (2008) with her new 8.43 M record for the triple jump; BTTHS Team's 1:02:27 (2008) with her team's 0:59:94 in the 4 x 100 M relay; and Shaira Hernandez's (BTTHS) 14.80 (2007) with her 13.41 in the 100 M dash. Diesto's two other gold medals were in classical relay (3:01:24) and 4 x 400 M relay (5:83:24).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Penn Beats Sanchez in UFC 107 By: James U. Sy Jr.

BJ Penn, 31, successfully defended his UFC lightweight crown against no. 1 challenger Diego Sanchez, 27, with a 5th round TKO with a time of 2:37 at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 107 last December 12, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Penn easily manhandled Sanchez throughout the match, dropping him early on with a big right hand in the first round. Sanchez tried to take Penn down but failed. In about two times that he succeeded in doing so, Penn just effortlessly got back up. At certain points in the fight the crowd booed. Penn improved to 15-5-1 while Sanchez dropped to 23-3.

Referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight due to the deep gash over the left eye of Sanchez. Sanchez’s face was badly swollen from all the punches he took from Penn. He was taken to the hospital after the bout.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Negros Beauties Shine in Miss WV Tourism ‘09 By: James U. Sy Jr.

2009 Lina-ay sang Negros Vicky Marie Milagrosa S. Rushton (candidate no. 8) was crowned 2009 Miss Western Visayas Tourism last December 5, 2009 at the Capiz Gym, Villarel Statuim, Roxas City, Capiz. Rushton was also awarded Best Festival Costume, Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown.

2009 Miss Dinagyang Natalie Grace Roberts(candidate no. 6) and Miss Masskara Queen 2009 Maria Aika R. Uy (candidate no. 5) were 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively. Roberts was Best in Interview while Uy was Miss Congeniality. Miss Sinadya sa Halaran Jacqueline C. Kimpo (candidate no. 1) was named Miss Photogenic Award.

Other contestants were 2009 Miss Paraw Regatta (Iloilo City) Ann Rency C. Custodio (candidate no. 4), 2009 Miss Binirayan Festival (Antique) Renzel Jodi P. Dagumanpan (no. 7), 2009 Miss Ati-atihan (Aklan) Ronelie A. Pador (no. 3), Miss Manggahan (Guimaras) Mary Anne Petrola (no. 9), and Miss Binanog (Lambunao) Ruby Claire L. Lopez (no. 2).

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tolero Wins TKD Gold By James U. Sy Jr.

Zennah Marie Mendoza-Tolero, 11, won a gold medal in the Taekwondo event of the District III Area Meet held last December 1, 2009 in Murcia, Negros Occidental. The win earned her the chance to led the Silay City Taekwondo Team in the 2009 Palarong Panlalawigan on December 13-18, 2009. Tolero is a grade 5 pupil of the Mambulac Elementary School and is the daughter of Remegio and Zeny M. Tolero.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mayol New WBC Light Fly Champ By: James U. Sy Jr.

Rodel Bryan Generalao “Batang Mandaue” Mayol (B: 1981) of Mandaue City, Cebu,Philippines dethroned defending World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion Edgar Alejandro Sosa (B: 1979) of Mexico via 2nd round TKO last November 22, 2009 (the 23rd in manila) at the Palenque de la Feria, Chiapas, Mexico.

Mayol became the second Filipino to win a world western boxing title within the week after Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao of General Santos defeated defending champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico for the WBO welterweight title last November 14, 2009.

An accidental headbutt caused Sosa to fall to the canvas and open a cut above his cheek. The referee deducted a point from Mayol. Sosa was later hospitalized for the fractured cheekbone. Sosa said, “The only way Rodel Mayol could beat me was by intentionally fouling me. He should have been disqualified.” The camp of the Mexican boxer will be filing a protest with the WBC to change the decision to a no contest.

This was the fifth attempt by Mayol for a world title and the first successful one. Mayol improved to 26-4-1 20 KO; Sosa fell to 37-6 21 KO. Mayol was a 5 times Philippine amateur boxing champion before turning pro and joining the ALA Gym.

Sosa won the WBC light flyweight crown by beating then champion Brian Viloria via unanimous decision on April 14, 2007. He successfully defended his title eight times, the last one against Porsawan Popramook which he won via 4th round TKO on April 4, 2009.

Meanwhile, undefeated “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona of General Santos, 19, vacated his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior bantamweight crown after failing to make the weight for his bout against Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez. Sonsona weighed 117.6 lbs. on the day of the fight, exceeding the weight limit of 115 lbs. Hernandez was exactly 115 lbs.

The match, which was held on November 22, 2009 in Canada, ended in a draw and the championship was still vacant. The judges scored the fight 115-113, 113-115, 114-114. Sonsona is now 14-0-1 12 KO; Hernandez is 22-7-2 11 KO.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UFC Heavy Champ Ill By: James U. Sy Jr.

The Scheduled title defense of 6’3”, 300-lbs. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Brock Edward Lesnar (B: 1977) against Shane Carwin on November 21, 2009 will be postponed with no clear new date yet. The champ is sick.

This was revealed by UFC President Dana White shortly after UFC 105 “Couture VS Vera” last November 14, 2009 in Manchester, England.

No specific have been given as to what is the champ’s illness. The UFC previously announced that Lesnar was suffering from mononucleosis but as it turned out that the sickness is more serious than that. Lesnar specified though that it is not cancer or AIDS. Lesnar reportedly had minor surgery last November 10, 2009 in Bismarck, N.D.

Lesnar started his fighting career in Amateur Wrestling, placing 2nd in 1999 and winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA) Championship at the University of Minnesota in 2000. He ranked the #1 heavyweight in the Big Ten Conference, also in 2000.

From Amateur wrestling, Lesnar shifted to Professional Wrestling. He joined the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he became a 3 time champion and the youngest to hold the title that point in time. He was also the 2002 King of the Ring and the winner of the 2003 WWE Royal Rumble.

In 2004, he left WWE. The following year, he returned to Professional Wrestling via the New Japan Pro Wrestling and won the IWGP Heavyweight title in a three-way match on October 8, 2005 in the Tokyo Dome by pinning Masahiro Chono. Thiis made him one of a few American wrestlers to have held the title. He made a successful defense of his crown against former IWGP heavyweight champion Shinsuke Nakamura on January 4, 2006, former Sumo grand champion Akebono on March 19, 2006 at the Sumo Hall, and New Japan Cup winner Giant Bernard on May 3, 2006 in Fukuoka. He was stripped of the title in July 2006.

Lesnar made his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debut on June 2, 2007 at the K-1 Dynamite!! USA where he submitted Min Soo Kim due to strikes in 1:09 of the 1st round. He trained with Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under Greg Nelson, and University of Minnesota Assistant Head wrestling coach Marty Morgan for the fight.

Lesnar made his octagon debut at UFC 81: Breaking Point, where he initially dominated then UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir before being caught in a kneebar, forcing him to tap at 1:30 of the 1st round. Since then Lesnar won his next three fights against Heath Herring on August 9, 2008 (UFC 87), Randy Couture on November 15, 2008 (UFC 91) via 2nd round TKO, and Frank Mir on July 11, 2009 (UFC 100) via 2nd round TKO. He captured the UFC heavyweight title in his fight with Couture and the undisputed crown with Mir. Lesnar now has an MMA record of 4-1.

Lesnar is the second man in Nevada's combat sports history to wear4XL gloves, next to Choi Hong-Man. He is married to former WWE star Sable.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tribe War a Success By: James U. Sy Jr.

Tribe W.A.R. (Warriors’ Art Rumble) V was held successfully by Tribu Hangaway Philippines of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr., 6th Degree Black Belt, in cooperation with the Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod Chapter and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) last October 17, 2009, at the Function Room (in front of Cinema 4), Gaisano Bacolod Supermall, Arantea St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City.

Overall champion was Tribu Hangaway Philippines of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. with a 3-4 win-loss streak. 2nd to 4th places were Affinity of Coach Chester Laquian (3-3), Submission Sports Philippines (SSP)-Bacolod Team under Adrian Hillana (3-0), and Tumbatsu Strikes and Submissions (Iloilo City) of Club Head Gilton Solis (1-2).

RESULTS: John Lacson of Affinity, 115 lbs., over Obrienne Vidal of TH, 105 lbs. Luigino Lacson of Affinity, 125 lbs., over Jasper Vidad of TH. Arnel Baldelovar of Tumbatsu over Inno Espende of TH. Alan Mario Facturan of TH, 130 lbs., over Robert Canlas of Affinity, 125 lbs. (Men’s gi). Nikki Dionela of TH, 120 lbs., over Solidad Alcuizar of Affinity, 110 lbs. (Women’s gi). Michael Regalado of SSP-BT, 155 lbs., over Archie Doroteo of Tumbatsu, 155 lbs., via tapout at 1:32 of the 1st round with an armbar. Rameses Aloro of SSP-BT, 128 lbs., over Gilton solis of Tumbatsu, 127 lbs., via tapout at 4:41 of the 1st round with armbar. Jojo Casilao of Affinity over Edmund Acosilo of TH. Richard Dulaca of TH over Gino Ledesma of Affinity (Men’s gi). Adrian Hillana of SSP-BT, 170 lbs., over Pierre Ponce of Tumbatsu, 160 lbs., via tapout at 1:40 of the 1st round with triangle choke.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod Chapter led by Mr. Jerry de la Cruz showed self defense techniques against various street attacks. Master Ricardo P. Filipinas, Founder of Sacred Ki Art of Filipino Foot Fighting, performed two Karate kata from Shuri-te and Goju-ryu. Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of Conceptual Martial arts society (CMAS), Inc. demonstrated CMAS seated self defense techniques against the knife.

OFFICIALS: Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. (Tournament Director), Founder/Master Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Founder/Master Ricardo P. Filipinas, and Coach Chester Laquian (Referees), Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. (Emcee), and Jerry de la cruz and Jessie Honor (Table Officials).

Tribe W.A.R. has been conceptualized by Master Flores for all those who wants to compete but are tentative in entering Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events. The rules being used is an eclectic blend of established grappling competition rules.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

AAC, TDI, & VICMICO Dunganon Awardees By: James U. Sy Jr.

Three companies of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies (LTCG), namely Asian Alcohol Corporation (AAC), Tanduay Distillers Inc. (TDI), & Victorias Milling (VICMICO), were recognized by the Office of the Governor of Negros Occidental as among the five Dunganon Awardees in the corporate category during the Cinco de Noviembre Cultural Show held last November 5, 2009 at the Provincial Park, Bacolod City.

The Dunganon Award is given to outstanding Negrense companies which have consistently responded to the province’s revenue generation campaign by paying their taxes religiously and promptly.

Monday, November 2, 2009

160 Murcia Tanods Trained By: James U. Sy Jr.

160 of Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO) underwent the 2-day training "Professionalization of the Barangay Tanod sponsored by the Municipality of Murcia under Hon. Mayor Estaban “Sonny” Coscolluela and the department of interior and Local Government (DILG) on Oct 21-22 (1st batch) and 26-27, 2009 (2nd batch) in Murcia, Negros Occidental.

Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, PTRP, MD, Murcia Municipal Health Officer (MHO), and Lafayette “Laf” A. Diamante, RN, Public Health Nurse-Murcia, taught first aid and transfers, which are very important skills needed by brgy. tanods during rescue operations during fires and calamities. Dr. Maguad and Diamante are Chapter Heads in the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.

Master Luciano “Nick” Montoya, 5th Degree Black Belt, Founder of the Murcia Martial Arts Center (MMAC), Arnis and arresting techniques to the brgy. tanods for the orderly and safe apprehension of violators of peace and order and suspected criminals.

Hon. SB Atty. Gerry Vera lectured on citizen arrest. Other topics covered include fire prevention discussed by the Bureau of Fire, intelligence by the Philippine national Police (PNP), and team building by the Local Government (DILG).

Officials present during the first day of the training were Hon. Mayor Estaban “Sonny” Coscolluela and his wife Mr. Judith Coscolluela, Hon. SB Atty. Gerry Vera, Hon. SB Gerry Roxas, and Hon. SB Rene Sanggoy.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

85 Laura Vicuña Trainees Finish M.A. Course By: James U. Sy Jr.

85 trainees from the Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) completed their self defense course in Adino (Eznite) Combat and received their certificates of training last October 23, 2009 in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

The training was conducted by Founder/Master Romeo G. Banas of Red Musang Self Defense Combat Sports, 7th Degree Black Belt, and Founder/Chief Instructor Ian Negrido of Bassdumas (Baston Sipa Sumbag Dumog Martial Arts Society), 5th Degree Black Belt, both of whom had been part of Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) in molding the youth into better citizens for the past 6 years. The training usually starts during the last week of August or first week of September until October before the First Semester ends.

Some of the trainees were awarded certificate of rank promotion and certificates of recognition.
Those cited for their performances were Manny Barcelona, Ayiene Jemcs Gumawa, and Joemar Perje (Best in Arnis), Medalyn Latoza (Best in Adino Combat), Christine Alvarez and Arlene Diacono (Best in Sparring), Mary Rose Ababon (Best in Gun Disarming), and Alles Florentino and Mia Gardoce (Best in Bladed Weapon Disarming).

The sisters, faculty, and staff who gave support to the youth’s training were School Directress Sr. Marilu Villanueva, FMA, Technical Directress Sr. Ma. Guia S. Asparen, FMA, School Treasurer Sr. Jacinta Inguillo, FMA, School Registrar Sr. Linda Villanueva, FMA, Marie Mae Jabatan-Ilisan, Ruby Ann Bayuran, Ruby Tupaz, Ma J V. Halea, Jonalyn Saludo, and Lendyl Seva.

The 85 graduates came from a total of 3 courses subdivided into 5 sections. Graduates for Commercial Cooking - Palomino were Sheilla Mae C. Aldas, Lourdes D. Alimon, Jenrose P. Almodiel, April Rose S. Alvarez, Ronald B. Ame, Johnna Mae B. Bedra, Valerie Ann G. Belandres, Elsie Q. Bustamante, Mariju Amor G. Ditchella, Arlene C. Espinosa, Ayiene Jemcs H. Gumawa, Junwin M. Junatas, Jeizon G. Pastor, Jessmar B. Perez, Michelle May F. Raboy, Rayzel A. Sadia, Gina P. Verbo, Kristine B. Villanueva, Rose Marie J. Villanueva, Elvy D. Villaruel, and Mylyn P. Zerrudo.

Graduates for Commercial Cooking - Morano were Cherry C. Aboyo, Chareza L. Alvarez, Rose An T. Beboso, Arlene C. Diacono, Riza A. Domogho, Nae D. Espinosa, Alles B. Florentino, Aira Mae B. Gulmatico, Rose Ann V. Lansangan, Angielyn S. Lobaton, Memcy D. Manong, Rose Ann S. Navarro, Johna M. Oquila, Christel Joy D. Pedrola, Joemar S. Perje, Joan O. Romal, Regie John E. Sermonia, Elizabeth P. Solatorio, John Carlo D. Tubida, Ben Henel B. Tumbaga, Jelyn C. Villanueva, and Lolita V. Villanueva.

Graduates for Office Technology - Valse were Ladel F. Absalon, Winona G. Beral, Lyzter Jun O. Castillo, Ricardo Cabrera, Ma. Melojane B. Dalmacio, Sherame A. Dumaicos, Elva A. Eballo, Mia G. Gardoce, Medalyn L. Latoza, Erlyn I. Maquilan, Albert P. Matrimonio, Meryl Marie F. Raboy, and Rachel Joy D. Tabanao.

Graduates for Office Technology - Romero were Mary Rose V. Ababon, Manny D. Barcelona, Ramelyn D. Belarmino, Micah Betita, Berlyn Joy Ann O. Castro, Shaira M. Detecio, Reah A. Dianala, Daina Rose A. Dumaicos, John Michael C. Francisco, Leslie Q. Jamandre, Jinx S. Mondejar, Romel T. Panggo, Ma. Althea G. Real, Jun Rey C. Reyes, and Catherine A. Tangayan.

Graduates for Garments Trade - Mazarello were Christine S. Alvarez, Ma. Nestlee S. Belgera, Cristina A. Camilo, Maricel B. Casama, Arjan Mae P. Castro, Rio Marie C. Copior, Dyna Joy D. Diadio, Lady Le P. Laurente, Mary Joy L. Libo-on, Bonna May A. Mapiscay, Pamela F. Monterde, Edna O. Recodo, Nilda O. Vargas, and Loreza N. Zaspa.

The Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) is a Tesda accredited institution catering primarily to the children of farmers in the nearby haciendas of Malihao, Victorias City, Cadiz City, Manapla, Sagay City, EB Magalona, Talisay City and as far as Bacolod City. The training center is offering one-year courses in Hotel and Restaurant Training Services which includes Competency Based Curriculum in Commercial Cooking and Housekeeping, Garments Trade - Dressmaking and Tailoring, and Front Office Services and Bookkeeping.

The Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Laura Vicuña Foundation work together in providing quality education through these courses which are the primary step to ensure immediate employment and upliftment of the students from poverty.

Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center is located at Hda. Malihao in Victorias City, an agricultural area surrounded by sugarcane about three kilometers away from Victorias Milling Company (VICMICO) and seven kilometers from the city proper. The center is now on its 10th year of operation.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Memorial to Dr. Henry F. Funtecha (1947-2009) By: James U. Sy Jr.

Educator, historian, and writer Dr. Henry Florida Funtecha passed away last October 15, 2009, 12:30 A.M., at Mission Hospital, Jaro, Iloilo City after suffering a stroke and falling into a coma on October 11, 2009 in his home. He was 62.

His body was laid at the Chapel of the Celin Ancheta and Pagsuberon Hall at the Central Philippine University (CPU) before he was buried on October 22, 2009 at Green Garden Memorial, Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City.

Henry Florida Funtecha was born as the fourth child of Felimon Funtecha and Bernardita Dumalag, both of Dumalag, Province of Capiz on March 17, 1947. His siblings, according to their seniority, are Gilbert, Felix, Aida Ampatin, and Edwin.

He graduated valedictorian at the Duran Elementary School in Dumalag. He continued his high school and college education at the Central Philippine University (CPU), where he earned a Bachelor in Science in Arts and Sciences with a Major in History. He obtained his doctorate at the University of San Agustin (USA).

His first teaching stint was at Dansalan College in the Islamic city of Marawi (formerly Dansalan) in Mindanao in 1967-1968. His next employer was his alma mater, Central Philippine University (CPU), and finally the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UP-V), where he served for 33 years.

While in UP-V, he served as full professor of History at the College of Arts and Sciences, Miagao campus, Chairperson of the Division of Social Sciences, and Coordinator of the Research and Extension Program of the college. From 1988 to 1996, he served as Director of the Center for West Visayan Studies, the unit of UP-V mandated to preserve and propagate the historical and cultural legacies of Region 6 (Western Visayas). He was also Chairperson of the UPV Centennial Program and Coordinator of the Visayan Studies Program.

Dr. Funtecha was UPV’s Most Outstanding Faculty for the period 1991-1996 and was awarded by the College of Arts & Sciences of Central Philippine University as one of its outstanding alumni for 2005. He was also a semi-finalist in Metro Bank Foundation’s Ten Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines in 1997.

In 1973, Dr. Funtecha received a grant on local history in the Philippines from the Asia Foundation, Inc. In 1988, he was a British Council fellow on Local Studies in Great Britain. In 2004, he went to Japan on an exchange program as a special scientist.

Dr. Funtecha was a prolific researcher and writer, having published ten books and written about 48 articles in journals, almanacs, and conference. He had his own column “Bridging the Gap” with The News Today (TNT) since 2001, which dealt with a wide spectrum of topics with historical and cultural significance to the West Visayans. He authored the cover story of the 2007 TNT Iloilo Yearbook “Calle Real.”

Among his published works were The American Military Occupation of the Lake Lanao Region, 1901-1913 (1979), Historical Landmarks and Monuments of Iloilo (1999) with Prof. Melanie Padilla, Iloilo in the 20th Century: An Economic History (1997),
Popular Festivals in West Visayas (1995), The UP-V Centennial Committee publication The Struggle Against the Spaniards and the Americans in West Visayas (1998) as co-editor with Prof. Padilla, and A Study Guide in Philippine History (1999) with Prof. Padilla.

In 1973, he was married to Nelly Sulay of Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental, and they were blessed with three children, now all of whom are professionals themselves - Ree Lee Lloyd, Hennel Rhee, and Henry Agafel.

His sister, Aida, describes Dr. Funtecha as a loving brother, husband, and father, a good provider, and very supportive of his children. He is a lover of poetry and had himself written several pieces which he had compiled.

Maria Milagros Geremia-Lachica, formerly University Research Associate at the UP-V Center for West Visayan Studies, described Dr. Funtecha as a very supportive boss, very approachable and always ready to give a helping hand.

I have personally met Dr. Funtecha only a few times, during those times I was in Iloilo to consult him about certain facts about my book on the historical roots of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) of Arnis/Eskrima. When I informed him I was doing research on this topic, the first thing he asked was my conclusion. We have talked about the historicity of the Ten Bornean Datus as well as other historical figures of Western Visayas. His knowledge of these events is awesome and very authoritative, much based on scholastic research rather than on unfounded claims. He had agreed to write the foreword for my book before his untimely passing.

Many will surely miss Dr. Funtecha, a loving husband and father, very supportive boss, and historian/scholar/writer extraordinaire.

NOTE: Thank you very much to the Funtecha Family for providing me with most of the personal information about Dr. Funtecha and to Mr. Eliod Dimzon of UP-V forproviding the pictures.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Brgy. 6 M.A. Club Organized By: James U. Sy Jr.

The Brgy. 6 Martial Arts Club was formally organized by Instructor Fortunato Mateo Jr., 2nd Degree Black Belt, on October 17, 2009 in Brgy. 6, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

The establishment of the group was formalized with the election of its charter set of officers during a meeting at Greenville Elementary School, Brgy. Rizal, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Elected officers were Fortunato Mateo Jr. (President), John Martin Jimenez (Vice President), Banjo Sermon (Secretary), Jphn Alfred Obrero (Treasurer), Alexis Noynay (Auditor), Benjie Garlope (PIO), Rinter Bago, Hardy Aspacio, Oiram Obrero, Roel Bartolome, and Rupert Nagapatan (Sgt. At arms), and Hon. Brgy. Capt. Jessel Bagacay and Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay (Advisers).

The Brgy. 6 Martial Arts Club is the latest addition to a growing network of martial arts groups under the umbrella of San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) and under the supervision of its Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay, 3rd Degree Black Belt.

The other clubs under the guidance of the San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) are SACA JUFIMAC-Brgy. Guadalupe, San Carlos Chapter, Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club (CEFIMAC) based at Central Negros College (CNC), Red Dragon Fighters Martial Arts Club (RDFMAC) 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, 6th Degree Black Belt, and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) under President Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo, 8th Degree Red/Black Belt. 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 and the Visayas Full Contact Martial Art Federation (Cebu) of Master Florentino Aligang

Friday, October 16, 2009

Maria Aika Uy - Ms. Masskara 2009


Maria Aika Uy of Riverside College
Miss Masskara 2009
Miss Samsung
Miss Olive C
Texters Choice

Christine Daphne G. Villanuava of the University of St. La Salle (USLS)
1st Runner Up
Negros Navigation Princess
Miss Photogenic
Best in Evening Wear

Romelie Laura of ABE International Business College
2nd Runner Up

Belinda Clare Thiel of the University of St. La Salle (USLS)
Best in Talent

Katrina Pearl Gomez OF Bacolod City College
Miss Congeniality

Tribe W.A.R. Set Oct. 17 By: James U. Sy Jr.

Tribe W.A.R. (Warriors’ Art Rumble) V will be held by Tribu Hangaway of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr., 6th Degree Black Belt, in cooperation with the Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Negros this coming October 17, 2009, 1:00 P.M., at the Function Room (in front of Cinema 4), Gaisano Bacolod Supermall, Arantea St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City.

Grapplers from host Tribu Hangaway, Affinity of Coach Chester Laquian, Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center of Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil, and Submission Sports Philippines (SSP)-Bacolod Team of Coach Jek-Jek Ferrer will see action in a total of 10 bouts.

Tribe W.A.R. has been conceptualized by Master Flores for all those who wants to compete but are tentative in entering Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events. The rules being used is an eclectic blend of established grappling competition rules.

Interested parties may contact Master Flores at 0928-388-5530.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

WEKAF Midwest Regional Eskrima Tilt On By: James U. Sy Jr.

The 2009 WEKAF Midwest Regional Filipino Stickfighting & Forms Championships will be hosted by Four Winds Martial Arts this coming October 17, 2009, Saturday, at the Alverno College Gymnasium, S. 39th Street & Morgan Avenue Milwaukee, WI, USA. For details see

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

URCC BRAWL 2009 This Oct. 17 By: James U. Sy Jr.

URCC BRAWL will be presented by Colt 45 Premium Strong Beer this coming October 17, 2009, Saturday, 7:00 PM, at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC) Gym, bacolod City.

The main event is a welterweight bout between Dennis “Boy Dumags” Retada of Dumaguete and Marcelino “The Beast” Basas of Bacolod. Co-main event is a bantamweight brawl between Joemarie “The pain” Penero of Dumaguete and URCC Visayan champion Leonard “The One” Delarmino. 8 other fights will feature MMA fighters from Davao, Iloilo, and Negros.

UDTA-Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia Arnis Cup 2009 Huge Success By: James U. Sy Jr.

Participating teams during the opening of the UDTA-Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia Arnis Cup 2009 held last October 4, 2009 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City.

The Universal Defensive Tactics Academy (UDTA) of Founder/Chairman Abraham G. Ganzon Jr. in cooperation with the Arnis Philippines Bacolod/Negros Chapter under Commissioner Grandmaster Danilo L. Cardinal and with the generous sponsorship of Hon. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia successfully held the UDTA-Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia Arnis Cup 2009 last October 4, 2009, Sunday, at the Atrium area, Gaisano Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City,

Guest of honor was Hon. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia. Immediate past Arnis Philippines Bacolod/Negros Commissioner Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo “Pope” C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., Founder/President of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), was also present to support the event.

Players from Bacolod, Bago, Dumarao, La Carlota, Roxas, and Sagay fought for different categories in the Anyo “Form (Tagalog)” and Labanan “Fighting (Tagalog)” divisions.

Overall champion was the Hon. Mayor Ramon D. Torres-sponsored Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Founder/Grandmaster Jose “Joe” B. Mancesa with a 33-4-4 medal tally. The Capiz Arnis Team under Grandmaster Carlito Ondillo was 2nd ploace with a 9-16-6 medal haul.

The Hon. Victor A. Tanco-sponsored Capiz Arnis Team was a composite of the Arnis Philippines-Capiz Chapter/Lightning Scientific Arnis International (LSAI) -Capiz Chapter (4-10-1), Capiz Arnis Federation (3-6-4), and LSAI-Dumarao Chapter (2-0-1).

3rd to 6th places were KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo L. Cardinal (4-8-11), DHSBNHS-La Carlota Arnis Club of Mr. Angel Agracio (3-0-5), Golden Kamagong Arnis Kali Eskrima Association (GKAKEA)-Sagay Chapter under Grandmaster Gener Arnais (0-1-2), and Siete Pares Arnis Club of Founder Rener Decripito (0-1-1).

ANYO TEAM EVENT. Boys Junior - Solo Baston: NUFAA (1st), KAA-BCC (2nd), La Carlota (3rd). Doble Baston: La Carlota (1st), NUFAA (2nd), KAA-BCC (3rd). Espada y Daga: KAA-BCC (1st).

Girls Junior - Solo Baston: NUFAA (1st), Arpi-Capiz (2nd.). Doble Baston: NUFAA (1st), Arpi-Capiz (2nd.). Espada y Daga: NUFAA (1st).

Men Senior - Solo Baston: NUFAA (1st), Arpi-Capiz (2nd.), Capiz Arnis Federation (3rd). Doble Baston: NUFAA and Arpi-Capiz (1st), Capiz Arnis Federation (2nd.). La Carlota (3rd). Espada y Daga: Arpi-Capiz (1st), Capiz Arnis Federation (2nd.), NUFAA (3rd).

Women Senior - Solo Baston: NUFAA (1st). Doble Baston: NUFAA (1st). Espada y Daga: NUFAA (1st).

LABANAN. Batang Pinoy - 11-12 years old: Bonbon Doctora of NUFAA (1st), Daniel Ciocon of KAA-BCC (2nd), and Jefe Pasco of KAA-BCC (3rd).

13 years old: Kei Gracias of KAA-BCC (1st), Darwin Dajao of KAA-BCC (2nd), and Al Asplico of Golden Kamagong-Sagay (3rd).

Boys Junior - Pinweight: Audi Mancesa of NUFAA and John Mar Arines of Arpi-Capiz (1st), John Kevin Guiking of KAA-BCC (2nd), and Me. Anthon Murphy of KAA-BCC (3rd).

Bantamweight: Francis marfil of NUFAA (1st), Hernan John Sinugbohan of KAA-BCC (2nd), and Arnel Ariola and Arnold Talibo of Golden Kamagong-(3rd).

Featherweight: Jose Victor Demata of LSAI-Dumarao (1st), Danny John Cardinal of KAA-BCC (2nd), and Ande Christofer Jabat of KAA-BCC and Keroy Juares of La Carlota (3rd).

Extra Lightweight: Ruel Hapdus of LSAI-Dumarao (1st), Eugenio Solano of Siete Pares (2nd), and Jerel Gane of NUFAA and Allan Castro of La Carlota (3rd).

Half Extra Lightweight: Edgardo Doctora of NUFAA (1st), Daryl Tonogbanua of golden Kamagong-Sagay (2nd), and Rover Paul Vedad and John Jonathan Guanzon of KAA-BCC (3rd).

Girls Junior - Bantamweight: Karen Libres of NUFAA (1st), Karen Mae Arcenas of Arpi-Capiz (2nd), and Melody Nidua of Capiz Arnis Federation and Renalyn Llanes of LSAI-Dumarao (3rd).

Featherweight: Susie Rebitimola of NUFAA (1st), April Joy Barcillano of NUFAA (2nd), and Jemina Borja of Arpi-Capiz (3rd).

Officials were Founder/Chairman/Chief Instructor Abraham “Abe” G. Ganzon Jr. of Universal Defensive Tactics Academy (Tournament Chairman), Arnis Philippines Capiz Commissioner Grandmaster Carlito A. Ondillo of the Lightning Scientific Arnis International (LSAI0-Capiz Chapter, Arnis Philippines Regional Referee Master Shiela M. Duran of Golden Kamagong-Bacolod Chapter, Master Francis Diaz of Guarra Style Modern Arnis, and Voltaire Daypal and Jether Palma of UDTA (Referees and/or Judges), Paul Anthony Ganzon and Romano Honor of UDTA (Table Officials), Master Crisostomo Diocena and Master Reynaldo A. Amoyo of Capiz Arnis Team (Officials), Sherla Ganzon, RN, and Ed Casas, RN (Medical Team), and Jungie B. Fernandez (Emcee).

Guests were P/Sgt. (Ret.) Founder/Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra of Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (GSMASDA) , 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc., Grandmaster Alejandro Dosa of Golden Kamagong-Bacolod Chapter, Master Maxwell “Max” J. Maun of the Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts (BAE), Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. of Tribu Hangaway (TH), Founders/Masters Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr., Master Joeffrey S. deriada, and instructors Lafayette A. Diamante and Lorema “Bing” H. tacsagon of the Conceptual Martial arts Society (CMAS), Inc./Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS), and Master Gualberto Dajao of KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA).

Monday, October 12, 2009

CSR & CNC Gets Medals in Inter-Private Schools Taekwondo By: James U. Sy Jr.

The Inter-Private Schools Taekwondo Competition was held on september 12, 2009 at the Colegio de Sto. Tomas Recoletos, San Carlos City.

The Colegio de Sta. Rita (CSR) Team under Founder/Chief Instructor Deomedes N. Mamugay of the San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) took home 3 gold (2 in elementary girls and 1 in high school girls), 4 silver (1 in elementary boys, 2 in high school girls, and 1 in high school boys), and 1 bronze medals (high school boys).

The central Negros College (CNC) Team, also under F/CI Mamugay, carted away 3 gold (high school boys), 1 silver (high school girls), and 1 bronze medals.

The medalists will participate in the division Meet on October 30, 2009 which will be held in Gaisano San Carlos.

MassKara Queen 2009 Set

The pageant night for the MassKara Queen 2009 will be held this coming October 15, 2009 at the USLS Coliseum, University of St. La Salle (USLS), La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City.

ABS-CBN, the beauty pageant's production outfit for this year, screened more than 50 ladies since september 15, 2009.

The 10 finalists (In order of their respective numbers)
1. Doanne Stephanie Perraren (17) Visayan Maritime Academy
2. Romelie Laura (19) ABE International Business College
3. Katrina Pearl Gomez (16) Bacolod City College
4. Belinda Clare Thiel (19) University of St. La Salle
5. Ma. Aika Uy (19) Riverside College
6. Louella Suaparon (16)
7. Annhala Montilla (18) VMA Global College
8. Patricia Anne Po (18) La Consolacion College-Bacolod
9. Christine Daphne Villanueva (19) University of St. La Salle
10. Ma. Adora Uy (22) University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos

MassKara 2009 Arnis Tilt Set

The MassKara 2009 Arnis Open Competition will be held this coming October 16, 2009 at the Bacolod Arts, Youth, and Sports (BAYS) Center, San Juan St., Bacolod City.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Colt45 URCC Brawl "Bar Fights"

What: Colt45 URCC Brawl "Bar Fights"
Where: Cafe Breizh Bar and Restaurant, Bacolod City
When: October 3, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Balintawak Eskrima This October 10, 2009

Instructor: Grandmaster Ver Villasin
Date: October 10, 2009, Saturday, 1:00–5:00 PM
Venue: Hayward Martial Arts, 1024 B Street, Suite 1, Hayward, CA 94541
Fee: US$50
For inquiries: Hayward Martial Arts (510) 967-2688
Philippine Martial Arts Academy (925) 864-7477
Villasin Balintawak Arnis Academy (707) 655-9262

Monday, October 5, 2009

USLS Masscom Health Lecture @ Murcia Big Success By: James U. Sy Jr.

The specially prepared tarpulin custom made by the University of St. La Salle (USLS) Mass Communications students of the Mass Media and Society class for the event.

At least 22 mothers, aged 19 to 84 years old, were in attendance during the lecture.

The University of St. La Salle (USLS) Mass Communications students of the Mass Media and Society class giving a skit depicting the dangers of unsanitary street foods.

Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of the Center for La Sallian Ministries (CELAM), University of St. La Salle (USLS) demonstrating a Tai Chi breathing exercise to strengthen the lungs.

Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. Founder James U. Sy Jr. of Asian Alcohol Corporation explains how to attain and maintain health by striking a balance between the opposing yet complimentary forces of yin and yang.

Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. Chapter Head Lafayette A. Diamante, RN, of the Murcia LGU Municipal Health Center giving a basic view of A(H1N1) and ways on how to keep safe against it.

Resource speaker Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado (right) receiving a certificate of appreciation from organizers (L-R) Mark Christopher Dueñas, Prof. Allen del Carmen, and Honelie M. Daquipil.

Resource speaker James U. Sy Jr. (right) receiving a certificate of appreciation from organizers (L-R) Mark Christopher Dueñas, Prof. Allen del Carmen, and Honelie M. Daquipil.

Resource speaker Lafayette A. Diamante (right) receiving a certificate of appreciation from organizers (L-R) Mark Christopher Dueñas, Prof. Allen del Carmen, and Honelie M. Daquipil.

Organizers (L-R) Mark Christopher Dueñas, Prof. Allen del Carmen, Honelie M. Daquipil, and Angelo Yanson.

Mass Media and Society class Coordinator Honelie M. Daquipil thanking the officials, guest speakers, fellow students, and the attendees of the lecture.

The University of St. La Salle (USLS) Mass Communications students of the Mass Media and Society class with Prof. Allen del Carmen

The University of St. La Salle (USLS) Mass Communications students of the Mass Media and Society class of Prof. Allen del Carmen in cooperation with the Brgy. Damsite Council under Hon. Punong Brgy. Rolando Berondo Gumawa and Ailyn Nepomuceno of the Brgy. Damsite Day Care Center successfully held the information and education campaign entitled Maayo nga Ihibalo ni Nanay, Kaayong Lawas ni Toto kag Inday (Mom’s Knowledge, the Children’s Health) last October 4, 2009, Sunday, 10:15 A.M.-12:00 NN, at the Brgy. Damsite Day Care Center, Brgy. Damsite, Municipality of Murcia, Negros Occidental.

Honelie M. Daquipil, the Coordinator of the Mass Media and Society class and a resident of Brgy. Damsite, was instrumental in organizing the event by coordinating with the Murcia LGU Municipal Health Center under Hon. Mayor Sonny Coscolluela and Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad for the sourcing of the guest speakers.

28 AB Mass Comm students worked together to make the event a success. At least 22 mothers, with aged 19 to 84 years old, were in attendance.

The three guest speakers, who represented various professions, were core members of the Bacolod-based Conceptual Martial arts Society (CMAS), Inc. They were Lafayette A. Diamante, RN, of the Murcia LGU Municipal Health Center; Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of the Center for La Sallian Ministries (CELAM), University of St. La Salle (USLS); and James U. Sy Jr. of Asian Alcohol Corporation.

The outreach activity, which was one of the requisites for the completion of the course under Prof. Del Carmen, was aimed to educate the mothers of the barangay on proper hygiene and disease prevention and promote health consciousness as well as encourage social responsibility among the students.

The USLS students gave out leaflets entitled Ngaa Kinahanglan Naton Mghugas Sang Aton Kamot, presented a mini skit depicting the dangers of unsanitary street foods, and a powerpoint presentation on kinaaung lawas.

Diamante, the son of Judge Napoleon S. Diamante and former banker Arlene A. Diamante, gave the attendees a basic view of A(H1N1) and ways on how to keep safe against it. He demonstrated the proper way of washing the hands as practiced in the medical profession. Diamante also touched on various health concerns of the residents.

Sy, Co-Founder of the Conceptual Martial Arts (CMAS), Inc., presented the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of total health and wellness (physical, mental, and spiritual) and related it to the Chinese concept of preserving health by striking a balance in the interplay of the yin and yang. He emphasized that health comes from moderation in everything, hygienic and healthy lifestyle, proper diet, sufficient sleep, and enough medical knowledge.
Alojado, Co-Founder of the Conceptual Martial Arts (CMAS), Inc., discussed environmental sanitation , pointing out the appropriate relative distance between the drinking water source and wells, comfort rooms, washing streams, etc. and the necessity of hygiene in all aspects of life. He also demonstrated some stretching and breathing exercises from Tai Chi Chuan for better health.

USLS AB Mass Comm students present were Jessa Marie t. Alunan, Seth Salvador F. Aquillos, joery Aristoque, Charmaine Marie B. Bernaldez, Honelie M. Daquipil, Jenereb H. Destacamento, Mark Christopher Dueñas, Mary Ellen Joy C. Esguerra, Kimberly Grace B. Fernandez, Lorren Christi I. Ferrer, Alyssa grace P. Gelorgo, Marielle C. Hechanova, Jason Clyde John V. Jaoriel, Justine Jane Jomento, Diane Rochelle P. juntado, Rocky E. Lape, Lorenz Elmtherson Libo-on, Joel C. Masadia Jr., John Paul Militante, Camille Jade D. Nayon, Francine Marie G. Pacificador, Ma. Eda Ashley M. Peñas, Dora Erika Pueda, Karen Raganas, Stella Mari M. de los Reyes, Eugene Nicolas Saño, Anna Loreto G. Saril, Harvey R. Tee.

The Brgy. Damsite residents who attended the lecture were Myrna Batallones, Rosalie Batallones, Terry Batallones, Meziel Cabataña, Berlyn Clauso, Genalyn Domingo, Verna Ellot, Felicitas Flores, Marissa Flores, Melinda Flores, Josselle Anne Hawod, Eliza Macomiso, Merigan Melchor, Shyrel Nieves, Remybeth A. Resaban, May Ann Sagos, Letecia A. Saylo, Crisanta Yanson, Herbacia Yanson, and Jennifer Yanson.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eskrima Workshop Held to Conclude UP Cebu PE Classes By: James U. Sy Jr.

The Filipino Martial Arts Eskrima workshop was successfully conducted by Dan Ritchell Guba and Cesario Perez through the efforts of the Physical Education Department of the University of the Philippines Visayas Cebu College last September 26, 2009 at the Arts and Sciences lobby, UP Visayas Cebu College, Cebu as the culminating activity of all the PE 2 Arnis classes of Lovelyn Hontiveros and Junius Bryan Palermo.

The workshop instructors gave demonstrations before starting the seminar. Perez was a gold medal in last year's Arnis competition at the Ayala Center Cebu.

The workshop covered Arnis footwork, striking, and blocking techniques. The participants were awarded certificates after the seminar. An Arnis team is expected to be formed in the UP Cebu campus by next semester.

BASSDUMAS Conducts Promo Exams By: James U. Sy Jr.

Hon. Councilor Renel Garcia making his inspirational message.

Conclusion of one of the bouts.

Master Romeo G. Banas (left) receiving his certificate of appreciation from Hon. Councilor Renel Garcia (center) and Founder/Chief Instructor Ian B. Negrido.

Hon. Councilor Renel Garcia (left) receiving his certificate of appreciation from Master Romeo G. Banas (center) and Founder/Chief Instructor Ian B. Negrido.

Group picture of the Bassdumas (Baston Sipa Sumbag Dumog Martial Arts Society)

The Talisay City-based Bassdumas (Baston Sipa Sumbag Dumog Martial Arts Society) of Founder/Chief Instructor Ian B. Negrido with the generous sponsorship of Hon. Mayor Dr. Eric M. Saratan and under the sanction of the Victorias City-based Red Musang Self Defense Combat Sports of Master Romeo G. Banas successfully held its rank promotional examination last September 27, 2009 at the Talisay City Sports and Cultural Center, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

Representing Hon. Mayor Saratan was Hon. Councilor Renel Garcia who gave the inspirational speech for the event. Garcia reminded the youth that the purpose of their training was to develop self confidence, discipline, righteousness, and the ability to protect one self and loved ones as a last resort. He congratulated the examinees for their dedication to the arts and wished them luck on their hands-on examination.

A total of 9 Kickboxing-style armored sparring bouts were held to put to the test the techniques that the students have learned in their training. Protective gears worn include chest protectors and gloves.

Master Romeo G. Banas of Red Musang Self Defense Combat Sports, 7th Degree Red Belt, was Chief Examiner. Judges for the bouts were Founder/Chief Instructor Ian B. of Negrido of Bassdumas Combat Sports, 5th Degree Black Belt; Talisay City Boxing Trainor Jandell E. Martir of Bassdumas Combat Sports, 2nd Degree Black Belt; another student of Negrido; and guest, Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., 4th Degree FTSD/PDA/LVA.

RESULTS. Jeho Tibaba of Talisay over Jason Celestial of Bacolod. Rodnik Kasuncad of Katilingban, Talisay over Ariel Canapit of Zone 12-A. Elbert Cablara of Katilingban, Talisay over Jaylor Legaspi of Bacolod. Emilio Lazona of Katilingban, Talisay over Jonel Tilad of Hinigaran. John Vicente Tirthdas over Edwin Atunducan of Katilingban, Talisay. Roldan Arangko of Katilingban, Talisay over Jomel Bacalso of Sagay. Lolibert Cabatuan of Brgy. Zone 12-A over Rowel Tilad of Hinoba-an. Jun-Jun Lozarito of Katilingban, Talisay over Joseph Garcia of Bacolod. Jerold Cablara of Katilingban, Talisay over Jovenier Montemayo of Hinoba-an.

Those promoted were Edwin Atunducan, Roldan Arangko, Jomel Bacalso, Lolibert Cabatuan, Ariel Canapit, Elbert Cablara, Jerold Cablara, Jason Celestial, Joseph Garcia, Rodnik Kasuncad, Emilio Lazona, Jaylor Legaspi, Jun-Jun Lozarito, Dennis James Miralles, Dyle francis Miralles, Jovenier Montemayor, Christian Negrido, Jonifer Ramos, Mars Rosendo, Mommy Ruiz, Eduardo Silinap, Gerald Tibaba, Jeho Tibaba, Jonel Tilad, Rowel Tilad, and Ronnie Villahermosa (Green Belt), John Vicente Tirthdas (Black Belt), and Engr. Edgar Beduyas and Jandell E. Martir (2nd Degree Black Belt).

Negrido, who is a student of Master Banas, was very grateful to Mayor Saratan for his generous support to the event, “This means much to us because through the martial arts we are able to guide the students to the path of personal development and away from vices such as alcoholism, smoking, drugs, gambling, etc.” Negrido is the Provincial Training Director for

Master Banas is a student of Grandmaster Julius B. Delasan, 9th Degree Red Belt, Founder of Zion Original Disciples in Arnis and Combat Sports (ZODIACS) Philippines (SEC Reg. No. CN200725845). Master Banas is the Founder of the Victorias City-based Red Musang Self Defense Combat Sports.

GM Delasan learned Adino Eznite from Grandmaster Dionision Valencia way back in 1957 in UP Los Baños. His training mates were Col. Meliton Geronimo, Julius B. Delasan, and Capt. Emma Henry. Adino Eznite is an eclectic form of martial arts which combines the best aspects of several established systems such as Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Arnis, etc.

Master Banas serves as Deputy National Vice President and Region 6 Training Director of ZODIACS Philippines. Master Banas was originally from Zamboanga del Norte but immigrated to Negros in 1987 where he started teaching in 1990. By 1993, he already had 5,000 students all over Negros.

Last July 12, 2009, Bassdumas (Baston Sipa Sumbag Dumog Martial Arts Society) Combat Sports held its graduation ceremonies for 12 Brgy. Public Safety Officers (Brgy. Tanod) of Brgy. Alicante who satisfactorily completed the Advanced Training in Survival: Defensive Tactics Against Bladed and Impact Weapons and Handcuffing Procedures in Accosting and Arresting at the Public Plaza, Brgy. Alicante, Municipality of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Birthday to Mary Ann M. Abriola!!!

To Mrs. Mary Ann M. Abriola who will be celebrating her 50th birthday this coming July 27, 2009, we want to wish you a very happy birthday! Wishing you Godf's infinite grace and blessings this year and always. May you continue to have happiness in life and peace of mind and heart.

From Your Daughter Jennifer June Abriola, Your family, and the websmasters of Visayan Filipino Martial Arts Blog

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pacquiao Beats MMA Stars for ESPY Award By: James U. Sy Jr.

Filipino Boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was voted “Fighter of the Year” during the 2009 ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards last July 15, 2009, besting UFC champions Lyoto Machida (Karate) and Anderson Silva (Muay Thai) and fellow boxer Sugar Shane Mosley.

Pacquiao of the Philippines (B: 1978) had odds of -300 to capture the award. His sensational 2nd round KO of Richard “Ricky” John Hatton of Great Britain (B: 1978) and his 8th round stoppage of Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya of the USA (B: 1973) snatched the award for him.

2 time IBF and IBO light welterweight champion Hatton is formerly the WBA welterweight and WBU/WBA light welterweight champion as well as the former WBC/WBA/WBO intercontinental light welterweight and Ring Magazine junior welterweight champion.

Barcelona Olympic gold medalist de la Hoya has a more impressive record, having captured 10 world titles in six different weight classes.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, is the first Filipino and Asian boxer to win five world titles in five different weight divisions; he was a former world champion in the lightweight (WBC), super featherweight (WBC), super bantamweight (IBF), and flyweight (WBC) divisions and is currently the IBO and Ring Magazine light welterweight champion. He has also held the Ring Magazine crowns for featherweight, super featherweight, and light welterweight divisions. Pacquiao is rated by Ring Magazine as the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world. He is also the first boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

Both Machida and Silva gave sensational performances during the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) 100 to be nominated for the “Fighter of the Year.”

The nomination of Machida and Silva, however, is the first time that more than one Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters were nominated for the award. In 2008, UFC champion Georges St. Pierre (Karate) was the first ever MMA fighter to be nominated for the award.

The ESPY Awards is a yearly sports awards event organized by cable TV network ESPN. Winners are chosen exclusively through online fan voting.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tai Chi Chuan Presented at St. Scho’s By: James U. Sy Jr.

Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado of the Center for La Sallian Ministries (CELAM), University of St. La Salle (USLS) was invited by Grade School Physical Education (PE) Coordinator Mary Grace Villasor-Geolingo as a resource person in an introductory workshop on Tai Chi Chuan for the opening of the Nutrition Month Celebration last July 20, 2008 at the St. Scholastica’s Academy (SSA) Gymnasium, Eroreco, Bacolod City.

About 80 grade 5 students representing 2 sections joined the short workshop. Officials heading the affair were Grade School Principal Sr. Catalina Dery, OSB, Academic Coordinator Bernandita Porras, and Science Coordinator Regina Joy Lamentac.

Geolingo, the proponent of the activity, points out that health has three aspects: the physical, mental, and spiritual. Nutrition and physical exercise fall under the physical aspect. Because of Tai Chi Chuan’s low-impact, non-injurious nature it is a welcome addition to the search for optimum health.

Tai Chi Chuan (alternate Romanization: Tai Ji Quan) “Grand Ultimate Fist” is a thousands year old Chinese internal martial art that seeks balance and harmony within one’s body and the environment. It is characterized by slow, graceful movements with an emphasis on natural breathing and self healing. Medical studies, including those performed in Beijing, China, show that Tai Chi can alleviate and at times overcome a number of ailments such as tension and stress, diabetes, asthma, etc. It has also been show to cleanse the body of toxins and strengthens the immune system of the body.

Alojado, Co-Founder of the martial arts research and documentation group Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., taught the Yang Style 8 postures form. There are several versions of the Tai Chi form among them the 10, 24, 37, 42, 108, etc. but Alojado decided to focus on the 8 postures because of the limited time slot and so that the students will have a concentrated introduction to the art.

Alojado first showed the individual postures and performed them slowly so the students may catch up. He showed how the form imitates nature and get energy from it. Finally, he synthesize the 8 postures into one continuous form.

The 8 postures are beginning (fold the blanket), repulse monkey (roll the arms), brush knee twist step, part the horses mane, wave hands like clouds, stand on one leg, separate foot, grasp the sparrow's tail, and conclusion.

Alojado is also the instructor for the Arnis class at the DMA Conservatory, which is run by Geolingo for the providing opportunities that enhance creativity, aesthetic and critical thinking skills, self-discipline, leadership, teamwork and an appreciation for diversity in its students through the various cultural arts. Geolingo herself teaches the Hip Hop and Dance Aero classes while fellow St. Scholastican Therese Manaloto teaches the Voice Lessons.

The Bacolod campus of St. Scholastica's Academy (SSA) was established in 1958. St. Scholastica was the twin sister of St. Benedict. Today the school has an enrollment of 1,517.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rapid Journal Donated to Univrsity of St. La Salle Library Part I: The Turnover by: James U. Sy Jr.

USLS Alumni James U. Sy Jr. (left) turning over the Rapid Journal donations to USLS College Librarian Henie S. Gonzales with Library Assistant for Acquisition Vivian Capanas and Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado of the Center for La Sallian Ministriesa (CELAM) as witnesses.

The University of St. La Salle (USLS) College Library, now known as the Alfredo M. Montelibano, AFSC Library, under University Librarian Henie S. Gonzales received a donation of 40 issues of the Rapid Journal, the longest running and at present, the one and only martial arts resource in the Philippines, from its Editor/Publisher Daniel O. Go of Binondo through USLS alumni James U. Sy Jr. and Center for La Sallian Ministries’ Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado last July 21, 2009 at the 1st Floor of the USLS College Library, USLS, La Salle Ave., Bacolod City. Witnessing the turnover was Vivian Capanas, Library Assistant for Acquisition, and Mrs. Gonzales’ son.

Rapid is an acronym for Research and Propagation for Internal Development. It was originally the name of a section of the Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) which was organized by Go to systematize the study of Chinese Martial Arts (CMA), most especially the internal health art of Tai Chi Chuan, as well as research, document , propagate, and legitimize the arts and improve its teaching methods.

When the Rapid Group separated from WFP in 1996, Mr. Go, a 2 time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Tai Chi Chuan gold medalist, started the publication of Rapid Journal, originally exclusive to Chinese Martial Arts (CMA) but later extended to cover Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Western, and other forms of martial arts (see

What made Rapid Journal different from the standard martial arts magazine in the market, such as the more popular Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu, is that its articles are well researched, scholastic, and with great depth. Subjects cover the historical, cultural, linguistic, sociological, anthropological, ethnological, hoplological, economic, and political factors that have influenced the development and evolution of the various martial arts from different countries.

The public have a distorted view of the real meaning and essence of the martial arts because its practice in early modern society was mostly associated with gangsters and troublemakers. Although the media and the film industry had helped to popularize the arts, most of these exposures were centered on the fighting aspects of the martial arts and in the certain cases, exaggerated and/or distortied representation. Thus, Rapid Journal seeks to educate the public of the cultural and wellness benefit of the martial arts as well as the foundation philosophies and principles from which they were founded upon.

Many of the contributing writers for Rapid Journal have academic backgrounds which show in their works. Some professionals from the University of the Philippines (UP), University of St. La Salle (USLS), Southwestern University (Cebu) had written for the journal.

The donated materials were composed of Vol. 1 No. 1 up to Vol. 11 No. 3. Sy and Alojado, the Co-Founders of the martial arts research and documentation group Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), inc., hope that with the donation to the USLS College Library, Negros students, particularly those from the university, will have access to academically researched and documented works on the martial arts.

Previously donations were also made by Go thru Sy to the West Visayas State University (WVSU) and University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UP-V), two prominent scholastic institutions in Panay. In Negros, the University of St. La Salle was the primary pick as recipient because of its place as the city’s and province’s leading educational institution.

The University of St. La Salle (USLS) was founded as the La Salle College in 1952. The library was originally located at the ground floor of the Science Laboratory Bldg. The library’s present location was built and occupied in April 1983. At present, the library collection includes 87,281 books and 70,861 volumes of bound periodicals, pamphlets, and monographs, one of the most extensive in the province.

USLS is also a pioneer in new library technology in the province of Negros. In 1993, the library adopted the application of automation in the circulation area and the use of CDS-ISIS for its periodical index. The following year it adopted the use of CD-ROM and microfiche and in February 1995, the use of the internet.

A second set of Rapid Journal donations for Negros is planned for the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R). The date has yet to be set but it will be before the year ends. Arrangements are being made for the transport of the journals from Manila to Bacolod and the subsequent communication with university officials.

The donated Rapid Journal will be available to researchers after the uUniversity Library finished cataloging and filing them in their assigned section.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Remembering GM Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer (19By his student, James U. Sy Jr.20-2007)

Last July 17, 2009 marked the 2nd year death anniversary of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) Grandmaster Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer of Bacolod City. GM Ferrer passed away at 86 due to a sudden cardiac arrest.

GM Ferrer was well loved and respected by the martial arts community because he exemplified the ideal character for a martial artist. Whereas other practitioners of the art would go around making challenges and/or preaching the superiority of their methods, GM Ferrer stayed humble, respected all arts, and always gave credit to his teachers. He taught Arnis publicly but carefully chose his students and made them vow not to use their skills for anything other than for the protection of one’s life and one’s loved ones.

GM Ferrer was always punctual and a very loving husband and father. He was a health buff, walking distances that would leave a younger but less fit man gasping for air. His grip was stronger than the average teen and he is still fast with the disarms. He advocated non-smoking, non-drinking, non-violence, and respect to one’s fellow men. He was a deeply religious man who did not fail to meet his Sabbath duty.

During World War II, he was a part of the guerilla movement in Negros under Lt. Liberato Montañes, Lt. Agustin Paraiso, and Lt. Lorenzo Dilag.

GM Ferrer is best remembered as the oldest living grandmaster of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis System in the world while he was alive and in a time when not many represented the art in demonstrations, he was there to continuously show the public the style his teacher, the late Grandmaster Jose “Joe” L. Viñas, founded. He studied under GM Viñas in October 1959 and was awarded his mastership on April 20, 1979. The Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis System is the oldest documented and verifiable method of Bacoleño Filipino Martial Art (FMA), having been established in 1932, the same year the famed Doce Pares was founded in Cebu. It is now headed by the Founder’s son, Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas.

Master Ferrer was recognized as an Arnis Grandmaster by the newly formed Negros Occidental Arnis Federation (NOAF) during the 4th National Arnis Tournament and Festival on July 26-27, 1986 at the West Negros College Gym. His certificate was signed by then NARAPHIL Visayas Region Commissioner Atty. Grandmaster Dionisio A. Cañete, NOAF President Jerson “Nene” Tortal, and Committee on Award Chairman Judge Grandmaster Demosthenes Magallanes. He also served as a judge during the tournament.

GM Ferrer may well also be the oldest instructor of Original Filipino Tapado in the world before he died. He studied the art under its Founder, the late Grandmaster Romeo “Nono C. Mamar of Taloc, Bago City, in the latter half of the 1980s. He was conferred his Junior Instructor rank in Original Filipino Tapado by GM Mamar on December 30, 1988 and his Senior Instructor degree on May 28, 1989.

GM Ferrer only established his own school, Kalantiaw Defense Society (KDS), only after GM viñas passed away. GM Ferrer taught Old Style Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis, characterized by a left side lead and a general absence of a numbered or named patterns.

On December 30, 2003, Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas, the son of the founder, conferred to GM Ferrer a 10th degree ranking in Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis, making him the first to be promoted to such high rank by a lineage holder. The same rank is recognized by the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo. GM Ferrer is also recognized as a Grandmaster of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon.

GM Ferrer served as Arnis Training Director for Bantay Bayan under Regional Director Rudy Toledo. At a certain point in time, he had also taught hand to hand defensive tactics to the Philippine Army in Negros. He was a Council of Elders member of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., IFFMAS, and Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association (LVAAA) and is a Board Director for NOBF and Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc.