Thursday, March 5, 2009

2009 Original Filipino Tapado Reunion Part III: OFT Promotions Made By: James U. Sy Jr.

Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobrido, Una nga Tigsubli (1st Generation Inheritor) of Original Filipino Tapado and current President of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association, Inc., awarded rank promotions to eight tapadistas during the 2009 OFTLSFA Reunion and General Assembly last March 1, 2009 at the Shelton Beach, Brgy. Pta. Taytay, Bacolod City.

Ernest Christian “Chen-Chen” P. Montoyo and Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo were promoted to Junior and Senior Instructors respectively. With the promotion, they earned the distinction as the second siblings in the world to be certified as instructors of Original Filipino Tapado and the first in Bacolod City. The first siblings to be so certified in the world and the first in Bago City were Ludovico (deceased) and Rodolfo Zambales. The Montoyo brothers trained under GM Lobrido and were further reviewed by their father Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo, Founder of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc.

Awarded the Master’s title were Michael “Bong-Bong” Rosquillo of Bago City, Narciso “Hansy“ L. Alojado, Joeffrey S. Deriada, and James U. Sy Jr. of Bacolod City, and Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad of Murcia. All except for Rosquillo are Core Members of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.

During his lifetime, Founder/ Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar (1938-2005) had only promoted four people to the Master level, among them retired army man Joe Pamilanco, and one Master Instructor (Dr. Ronald A. Harris of the USA). Including the latest promotions, GM Lobrido has awarded a total of 8 Master’s rank; The first batch included Clodualdo “Budoy” Lobrido, Nelson G. Carmona, and Elmer V. Montoyo.

Dr. Maguad became the first certified Master of Original Filipino Tapado in Murcia and the first medical doctor in the world to be so accorded with such honor. Sy earned the distinction of being the first Master of Original Filipino Tapado of Chinese descent.

Old timer Nelson G. Carmona, (B: 1948) of Brgy. Pta. Taytay, a cousin to the late Founder, was honored with the Grandmaster title in Original Filipino Tapado. Carmona started training under the Founder in 1969. Since then he had served as his sparring partner and at times his teaching assistant. He guided several prominent individuals in developing their Tapado skills. He was promoted by GM Mamar to Junior Instructor 19 years later on December 30, 1988 and then to Senior Instructor on December 20, 1998. GM Lobrido awarded him his Mastership on April 23, 2006.

GM Carmona is the fourth certified Grandmaster of Original Filipino Tapado in the world, following GM Mamar, GM Lobrido, and GM Montoyo, the only non-family member to be bestowed such an honor. GM Carmona was instrumental in the establishment of the State Theater Tapado group by facilitating the use of the back part of the theater as the venue for training. GM Carmona is now retired from active employment.

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