The Mayor Gene T. Fuentes Arnis Cup 2009 Regional Arnis Tournament will be presented by the Arnis Philippines (ArPi)-Aklan Chapter and the Black Scorpion Arnis Club with the full support of the Local Government of Tangalan under its Mayor Hon. Gene T. Fuentes and Municipal Sports Coordinator Sannen J. Tajaran this coming July 25-26, 2009 at the Tangalan Sports and Cultural Center, Poblacion, Tangalan, Province of Aklan, Island of Panay.
Various school-based and club-based Arnis teams from the 6 provinces of Western Visayas (Region 6) - Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo , and Negros Occidental - are expected to see action in this competition.
Arnis Philippines (ArPi) Aklan Commissioner Alejandro P. Arca Jr. had sent out invitations to the various school heads for them to have a longer preparation. The invitation for Arnis Philippines (ArPi)- Bacolod /Negros Occidental Chapter under the leadership of Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., was coursed through Secretary General/Acting Commissioner Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” L. Cardinal and was disseminated to chapter member organizations last June 14, 2009 at the Sea breeze Hotel, San Juan St., Bacolod City during the group’s monthly meeting
As of press time, Bago City under its Mayor, Hon. Ramon D. Torres had expressed their intention to send their best players to the said event. Ever since Mayor Torres took office he had supported, nurtured, and sustained the city’s quest to dominate the Arnis scene as it had in the Boxing arena in the past. The honorable mayor had sponsored a number of Arnis tournaments which were held in Bago City and as well as sending players to regional level tournaments such as the Mayor Jerry P. Treñas Regional Arnis Cup 2009 held last May 29, 2009 at the Robinson’s Place, Iloilo City, Panay.
The KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of GM Cardinal also hopes to represent Bacolod City if its members can find a sponsor for its players.