Wednesday, February 25, 2009


200 high school students presented a Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis demonstration during the 2009 RTNHS Day Playground Demonstration last February 18, 2009 at the Ramon Torres National High School (RTNHS) Grounds, Bago City.

The performers came from 5 different freshmen sections under the tutelage of MAPEH instructor Apollo Pillo and were trained by English teacher Wilson A. Alvarado, who is a Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis student of Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles and certified as an instructor of the art under 1st Generation Inheritor Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas.

The event was held under the supervision of Principal Heidi M. Estandarte and PESS Coordinator Orlando Cesar.

The RTNHS Day Playground Demonstration is an annual event held by the school every February 18. Other presentations also include dances (folk and modern), playground demonstrations, rhythmic gymnastics, etc.

Alvarado is one of the few from the newer generation who is trying to revive the old glory days of Bago City as an Arnis power.

Arnis is a corruption of the Spanish Arnes “Harness, coat of mail, trapping, equipment, armor.” Mano “Hand (Español)” is sometimes added to Arnis. Arnis de Mano “Harness of the hand” alludes to the reputed ability of an arnisador to defend himself as though he has an armor of mail. Arnis has been recognized by the Philippine Government as the National Martial Sport of the country.

Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis is the oldest documented Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) system in Bacolod City, having been founded by Grandmaster Jose “Joe” L. Viñas (1906-1991) in 1932, the same year the famed Doce Pares was founded in Cebu, the hotbed of Eskrima in the Visayas.

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