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Just in: movement to make Arnis the Philippine National Sport By marppio

(This is reprint of an article taken from the Manila Bulletin

Arnis pushed as nat’l sport 

May 5, 2009, 7:44pm 

Members of Filipino Martial Arts, led by Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, have 

thrown their full support behind the bill filed by Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri to make arnis 

the country’s national sport. 

Romero and Zubiri, both avid arnis practitioners, are rallying strong support for arnis to 

be the country’s answer to Thailand’s muay thai, Japan’s karatedo and Korea’s 


Zubiri recently filed Senate Bill 1424 that hopes to make the bill move on to its third 

reading in the senate and get a corresponding approval from the House of Representatives 

before hopefully the bill turns into law late this year. 

Romero, meanwhile, is calling for a national Filipino Martial Arts congress this year to 

revive interest in local martial arts, especially in arnis. 

“This is one sport that we can proudly say a genuine Filipino sport and that’s the reason 

why we are making efforts to revive its popularity,” said Romero. 

“We have to do something about it because arnis is part of the Philippine culture. We 

were the ones who introduced the sport to the world.” 

Arnis is a local form of martial arts that uses sticks as weapons. 

The sport suffered a big blow recently with the death of Grandmaster Roland Dantes — 

the former Mr. Philippines who helped popularize arnis. 

“We have to restore and preserve our own national treasure. If nobody would help arnis 

now, our 400-year-old martial arts would just die a natural death,” added Romero, who 

likewise wants to incorporate a World body for arnis like that of FIBA for basketball. 

Helping Zubiri and Romero revive the sport are media practitioner Bill Velasco, URCC 

founder Alvin Aguilar and members of the Phil. Council of Kali, Escrima and Arnis 


Romero said his passion for arnis and the Filipino Martial Arts is co-equal for his love of 


The successful businessman bankrolled the training and participation of the Philippine 

basketball team in 2007 SEABA Championship in Indonesia and the 2007 SEA Games in 

Ratchasima, Thailand. 


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Comment by Jacinto R. Rocales on December 1, 2011 at 3:27am

The status of the Arnis Law is that Congress already passed it into law (Republic Act No. 9850)and this December 2, 2011 (10:00 a.m.) the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will hold a final Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting at the PSC Main Building to consult the various masters, grandmasters and stakeholders in arnis/kali/escrima in the Philippines. The Philippine Sports Commission will present the final draft of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for final approval of the various stakeholders in the art. Afterwhich, the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9850 is due for signing on December 16, 2011, the signatories of which will include the Secretary of the Department of Education, the Chairman of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, and the Chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission.         


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