Tuesday, March 3, 2009
2009 Original Filipino Tapado Reunion Part I: A Time For Brotherhood By: James U. Sy Jr.
The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. successfully held the 2009 OFTLSAI Reniuon and General Assembly last March 1, 2009 at the Shelton Beach, Brgy. Pta. taytay, Bacolod City.
More than 46 members of the Mamar and Lobrido Clans and association members together with invited guest instructors from the Martial Arts community were in attendance to rekindle memories and camaraderie.
It was the fourth reunion of the association to be held under the presidency of Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobrido, the nephew and Una nga Tigsubli (1st Generation Inheritor) of the late Founder/Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar (1938-2005).
The reunion also marked the 25th Year Anniversary of OFTLSFA, Inc., having been founded as the first and official governing body for Original Filipino Tapado in 1984 in Bago City. Original Filipino Tapado (founded 1960), on the other hand is now on its 49th year.
The gathering was more of a family affair with everybody interacting with each other. The serenity of the beach provided an atmosphere where the attendees could relax, chat, and update each other of new developments in the "family."
Those in attendance were Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado, Jake Bugna, Warlito Caniamo, Master Nelson Carmona, Joeffrey S. Deriada, Lafayette "Laf" A. Diamante, Rufino Fernandez, Joy Gallos, Pastor Romeo N. Gumban, Maica Jacinto, Master Clodualdo "Budoy" Lobrido, Cory Lobrido, Ernesto Jacinto, GM Benefredo "Bebing" M. Lobrido, Robie P. Lobrido, Rosenda P. Lobrido, Kyle Ray B. Maguad, Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Dra. Saja marie B. Maguad, Hernando Mamar, Jinny Mamar, GM Elmer V. Montoyo, Elmer "Don-Don" P. Montoyo, Ronnie Ngalongalay, Eduardo Octavio, Glicerio Paloma, Master Joe Pamilangco, Cesar Perez Jr., Dependo Perez, Eliseo Perez Jr., Roleto Ruilan, James U. sy Jr., Phoebus "Junby" Teruel, Hieroteo "Didoy" Villarosa,
Rodolfo Zambales, and others who had not signed in the attendance sheet.
Special guests from other Martial arts schools include Master Joery C. amante of Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main), Grandmaster Danilo "Danny" Cardinal, Master Elizalde Aspan, Danny John Cardinal, and Danver Cardinal of the KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA), Founder/Chairman Abraham Ganzon Jr. and his student of Universal Defensive Tactics Academy (UDTA), and Grandmaster Jose "Joe" Mancesa and his student of Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA).