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By Jayson Vicente

The Path

Thursday, May 1, 2014


I WAS so fortunate to witness a once and a lifetime event that was attended by who’s who in the Philippine martial arts community. Who would have thought that a simple, ambitious and a student would have the chance to be in the presence of such legendary personalities of the art that I love.

It feels great to be a Filipino as I stood with every Filipino martial arts advocate during the 2nd Philippine Martial Arts Festival organized by executive director Garitony Nicolas.

The made was hair raising because it made me feel like a kid who is on his way visiting Disney Land.

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Victor Cui, considered to be the "Most Powerful Man" in Asian MMA and founding owner and CEO of One Fighting Championship was the guest of honor and speaker who is a Filipino - Canadian now based in Singapore.

The event featured the following awards:

TOP 10 Filipino Martial Artists

Honor Awards: FMA Student of the Year, Rookie Instructor of the Year, Male and Female Rookie FMA Instructor of the Year, Instructor of the Year, International Instructor of the Year, Outstanding Trainer of the Year, Female FMA Instructor of the Year, Male and Female Best Fighter of the Year, Best Referee Judge, Best Coach of the Year, Senior Instructor of the Year, Martial Arts School of the Year, Martial Arts Organization of the Year, Printing Publishing of the Year (FMA Supporter), Karate Master of the Year, Sikaran Master of the Year, Master Instructor of the Year, Master of the Year, FMA Master of the Year, Martial Artist of the Year, Outstanding Martial Artist of the Year, Man of the Year, and Woman of the Year.

Distinguished Awards: Distinguished FMA Instructor Award, Distinguished Master Award, Distinguished Martial Artist Award, International Sikaran Grandmaster of the Year, Platinum Lifetime Award, Silver Lifetime Award, Golden Lifetime Award, Pioneer Lifetime Award, Punong Lakan Award, Dangal ng Lahi Award, and Living Legend Award.

The event, aside from the distinguished Filipino inductees and awardees was attended by 48 foreigners who in their own right in one way or another helped and contributed in the propagation and appreciation of the Filipino martial arts.

Punong Lakan (PL) Garitony Nicolas humbly said the event which will go down in history as an event which aims to recognize the efforts and works of those people who in one way or another adhere to the preservation, propagation and uplifting of FMA.

It will be available in the National Library for all the next generation to see.

Nominations and awards are based on criteria laid down by credible people who not only decide based on standards but also based on character of every awardee.

PL added the faith of the Philippine Hall of Fame will depend on the people who will work for its continuous existence, success of the 3rd, 4th, 5th.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 02, 2014.

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