Hon. Bago City Mayor Ramon D. Torres, one of the few chief executives in the Province of Negros Occidental to generously support the propagation and promotion of the indigenous Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), will present another milestone in the province’s history of Arnis with the 1st Hon. Ramon D. Torres Arnis Expo which will be held this coming November 5, 2010, 2:00 PM, at the Bantayan, Bago City (at the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines Gym if it rains) as part of the city’s Cinco de Novembre celebration.
The event is being organized by the Guarra Style Modern Arnis (GSMA) of P/Sgt. (Ret.) Founder/Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra and Arjuka-Malingin of Founder/Grandmaster Isaac “Saac T. Guarra with the support of the Bago City Government under Hon. Mayor Ramon D. Torres and the Bago City Sports Office of Mr. Ignacio Denila in cooperation with the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. of Founder Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo “Pope” C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., and the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado.
The event was conceptualized by the organizers after the successful presentation of the 1st GSMASDA-Arjuka-CMAS Arnis Expo by GSMA, Arjuka-Malingin, and CMAS last August 1, 2010 at the Gaisano Bacolod Supermall, Bacolod City.
The event is a competition using the demonstration format. Each participating group will give a presentation of their particular system of Arnis within 3-5 minutes. Contestants will be scored based on execution (30%), stage presence (30%), substance (30%), and uniform (10%). There will be a Grandmasters, Masters & Instructors, and Students categories.
The demonstration format was chosen to showcase the combative and cultural aspects of the native Negrense systems of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), which are not often highlighted in regular labanan (sparring) competitions of sportive Arnis.
16 different Arnis organizations from Bago, Bacolod, Cauayan, and Talisay are expected to grace the event. Invitations had been sent to Iloilo but the invited group may not make it.
Invited groups include Arjuka-Malingin of Founder/Grandmaster Isaac “Saac T. Guarra, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Golden Kamagong Arnis Kali Eskrima Association (GKAKEA), Inc. of P/CInsp. (Ret.) Grandmaster Ibarra E. Lopez, Guarra Style Modern Arnis (GSMA) of P/Sgt. (Ret.) Founder/Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) of Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, Herada Pigada Arnis of Master Maxwell “Max” J. Maun, KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” L. Cardinal and Master Guilberto C. Dajao, Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. of Founder Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo “Pope” C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA) of Grandmaster Abraham T. Gubaton and Chief Instructor/Grandmaster Sabas T. Gubaton, Oido Fencing of Grandmaster Sotero Tario and Pastor Romeo N. Gumban, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of 1st Generation Inheritor/Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobrido, Oro Arnis Club (Cauayan) of Grandmaster Romeo Oro, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association of Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo, Tanique Arnis and Combat Club of Grandmaster Arman Tanique, Universal Defensive Tactics Academy (UDTA) of Founder/Chief Instructor Abraham “Abe” Ganzon Jr., and Yasay Sable of 3rd generation Headmaster and 4th Generation Chief Instructor/Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles.
The 1st Hon. Ramon D. Torres Arnis Expo is open for the public for free.