Scene City | Filipino Martial Arts Fest 2018

A COLORFUL weeklong festival of Filipino Martial Arts was held at the Abreeza Ayala Mall from June 10 to 18, 2018 that showed the sport with its historical roots and its relationship to Filipino Culture.Talks delivered by invited speakers on various interesting topics dominated the event, with demonstrations after every topic discussed.

Speakers were Prof. Felipe Jocano, Jr., of Telu Bituin Bagani whose topic was “History of the Filipino Martial Arts and its relationship to Filipino Culture.” He is a member of the faculty of the Department of Anthropology, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. He is also a martial arts teacher, focusing on eskrima/arnis/kalis silat (indigenous martial arts from Southern Mindanao) and ngo cho kun (a form of Chinese martial arts).

Master Romeo Macapagal of Kalis Ilustrisimo talked on “Historical Roots of FMA and the Spanish Connection.” Mang Romy finished pre-med but not medicine. He worked as a trader, construction man both civil and ship construction and banker. He also engaged in commercial fishing. Before he was ten years old, he was taught Kapampangan and Tagalog Arnis.

Master James Sy of Conceptual Arnis dealt with “FMA Myths”. He is an academic instructor at Riverside College & VMA Global College in Bacolod City and has 32 years combined experience in the different martial arts since 1980.

Master Manolo Luis del Rosario of Mandirigmang Kaliradman spoke on “FMA Training Methods and the Filipino Worldview”. Manolo Luis “Nols” del Rosario’s martial arts experience spans more than three and a half decades, having started martial arts at eleven years old. Apart from Filipino Martial Arts, he has dabbled in Japanese Karate, Korean Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Aikido and Boxing.

Dr. Adrien Pierre Quidlat of Rapido Realismo Kali   talked on “FMA Potentials in other fields such as Education, Medicine and Sports Science”. He is a     Medical Doctor, Physical Therapist, Athlete, Entrepreneur. Passionate advocate of Filipino Martial Arts, Guro Adrien Quidlat is an instructor under Rapido Realismo Kali who started his FMA journey at the age of nine under the Doce Pares Multi-system.

SGM Dionisio Canete of Doce Pares Multi-style belongs to the second generation of the famous martial artist, the Canete brothers of Cebu City, Philippines. He initiated the formation of the Cebu   Eskrima (Arnis) Association. At 80 years old, GM Diony is the oldest living exponent of the art.

Non-speakers were Punong Guro Henry Espera of Rapido Realismo Kali, Puong Guro Benefredo Lobrido – Original Filipino Tapado, Master Mario Palazuelo of Kapatirang Doble Olisi Escrima, Nasser G. Lumenda – Head Coach, Datu Paglas Kuntaw-Silat and Paolo Pgaling of Estocada de Campo.

City Tourism Officer Gene Rose Tecson delivered the Welcome Speech during the opening of the Festival on June 10.





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