Friday, March 26, 2010
Yap Fraternity Bacolod Inaugurated By: James U. Sy Jr.
Foudner/Teacher Peter John Lloren Yap Yan-Lin Sifu (center front) leading members of the Tai Chi Circle of Bacolod (TCCB) in performing the Tai Chi Chuan 24 simplified and 37 Chen Man-Ching forms during the 2010 Yap Fraternity Philippines, Inc. National Convention and Inauguration & Induction of the Officers of its Bacolod Chapter last March 31, 2010 at the Planta Hotel, Araneta St., Bacolod City (TCCB photo).
The 2010 Yap Fraternity Philippines, Inc. National Convention and the Inauguration & Induction of the Officers of its Bacolod Chapter was successfully hosted by its local chapter last March 31, 2010, 7:00-10:00 PM, at the Planta Hotel, Araneta St., Bacolod City.
The 2010 Yap Fraternity Philippines, Inc. is a family association organized to bring together long lost members of the Yap clan here in the Philippines. Currently, there are four chapters of the fraternity: the mother chapter in Manila, Cebu Chapter, Iloilo Chapter, and Bacolod Chapter. These chapters meet annually.
The roots of the Yap clan are well documented. What was handed down was a story about the great General Shen (Sim in Fukienese) who was awarded the fiefdom of Yeh in 525 BC. Yeh “The Leaf (Mandarin)" was so named because it was the vegetable capital of the then ruling dynasty. Through the generations, the Yaps had become in part a noble name. General Yap Hui (Yeh Fei), a Philippine-born Chinese but went back to China during the World War, was a prominent hero of the People's Republic.
The surname Yap comes in several renditions in the different Chinese dialects: Ee, Giap (Vietnamese), Ip, Yap (Fukien), Yee, Yeh (Mandarin), and Yip (Cantonese/Macau). Wing Chun Kung Fu Grandmaster Yip (Ip) Man of Hong Kong, the famed teacher of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, and General Vo Nguyen Giap, the head of the Vietnamese army who defeated the French and Americans and the Defense Minister after unification, are two prominent members of the Yap clan.
Yap Tian Kian of the Yap Fraternity Philippines, Inc.-Iloilo Chapter requested his nephew, Peter John Lloren Yap Yan-Lin (B: 1944), the son of his brother Ramon Yap Tian See, to organize the Bacolod Chapter of the association when the latter went back to Bacolod in the late 1980s. Peter Yap started it as a satellite group for the association in Bacolod, with him, Roger Yap, and John Yip Eng Won as the pioneer members.
The Manila Chapter of the Yap Fraternity Philippines, Inc. encouraged the group to formalize itself as a separate chapter as early as ten years ago. The formalization and inauguration of the Bacolod Chapter finally came to fruition this year.
Inducted officers of the Yap Fraternity Philippines, Inc.-Bacolod Chapter were John Yip Eng Won (President), Johnny Yap, Roger Yap, Eddie Yap, and Henry Sayat (Vice Presidents), Jose Co (Secretary), and Arthur Yap (Treasurer). Chapter Founded Peter Jon L. Yap was named Cam See Tiu (Oversight Committee Chairman). The chapter currently has 20 members. Inducting Officer was Thomas Yap Lai Seng, President of the Yap Fraternity Philippines, Inc.-Manila Chapter.
The Tai Chi Circle of Bacolod (TCCB), the oldest recorded existing Tai Chi Chuan group in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental (founded: 2000), gave a presentation of the Tai Chi Chuan 24 simplified form and 37 Chen Man-Ching form. Only TCCB practices the 37-step form in Bacolod as of now.
The Tai Chi Chuan "Grand Ultimate Fist" demonstration was led by TCCB Foudner/Teacher Peter John Lloren Yap Yan-Lin Sifu. TCCB members who performed were Pepe Chiu, Cathy Friend, Guillermo “Bill” Gomez, Ianna Gomez, Bob Jereza, Pepito Khey, Humberto “Toti” Lim Jr., Albino Pasilan, and Jose Uy Jr.
The Yap Fraternity Philippines, Inc.-Bacolod Chapter has earned its distinction as the 11th Chinese family association in Bacolod. The other Chinese family associations are Ang-King Family Association (Negros Occidental Liok Kui Fraternity), Ho Family Association, Liat San Group, Negros Occ. Che Yong Cua Chua Family Association, Ong Family Association (Tai Guan Tong), Philippine Liong Tek Fraternity Bacolod Chapter (Go Family Association), Philippine Long Se Lee Family Association-Neg. Occ. Chapter, Se Ho Lim Association, Tan Family Association, and Uy Kang Ha Association.