A RARE AND MOMENTOUS GATHERING OF FMA GRANDMASTERS
IN THE SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES
Last March 22, 2011 (Tuesday) at 2:00 p.m., Tanada Room, the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture joint with the Senate Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports conducted a public hearing, inquiring on the status on the implementation of Republic Act No. 9850 (Arnis Law) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. Among the Senators present during the Public Hearing were Senator Gregorio B. Honasan II and Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri.
The meeting was a rare opportunity for various FMA Grandmasters here in the Philippines to gather together in one roof and share their opinions and views on how to propagate the art of arnis in the country in one direction and focus. Said Public Hearing was attended by Chairman Ricardo Garcia of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Captain Ricardo F. Sarte - President of the NARAPHIL, Master Hadji Tejada of the Department of Education - External Affairs, Grandmaster Efren Apresto – Founder of FAMAFF, Grandmaster Francisco Aycocho – Founder of Aycocho Martial Arts, Grandmaster Henry Burbano from Negros, Grandmaster Paulo Motita II – Chairman of IMAFP Sports Arnis, Grandmaster Rene Tongson of Philippine Classical Arnis International, Grandmaster Benson Fernandez of Negros Occidental, Grandmaster Ibarra Lopez of Negros, Grandmaster Mike Vasquez of Tapado, Grandmaster Samuel “Bambit” Dulay of International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF), Grandmaster Jeremias Dela Cruz of Philippine Council Arnis – Arnis Cruzada Philippines, Deputy Grandmaster Patty Caballero of Lightning Scientific Arnis International (LSAI), Master Nico Palma – Secretary General of Lightning Scientific Arnis International (LSAI), Atty. Salvador Demaisip – President of International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF), Grandmaster Rodel Dagooc of Arnis Association International, Inc. (AAII), Grandmaster Jun I. Matagay – 10th Degree Redbelt Founder of Arku-Tai-Pa International, Master Ryan Gialogo of Kali Arnis Martial Arts Organization (KAMAO) and countless other arnisadors/escrimadors who came all the way from the provinces just to attend the Public Hearing.
Among the salient points and issues discussed during the Public Hearing were the following:
MABUHAY KAYONG LAHAT!!!
Jessie R. Rocales
Senate of the Philippines
Indeed, we were so happy because it was a moment wherein various grandmasters set aside their differences and discussed an agenda towards a common goal... We had a lot of picture takings and kainan (snacks) afterwards...
Yes sir, at least we are now seeing signs that the communication lines are open and people are not seeing the bigger picture...
Great news for all FMA practitioners!!! It's nice if they included the FMA in Physical Education curriculum in highschool and college. I remember when I was in college there was an arnis lesson in my university but not really included in our course curriculum,you have to pay extra for the lesson.It's really beautiful to see that all Filipino students are learning their own martial art style in every school and university in the Philippines. :)