Hundreds answer call in arnis for a cause-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
SOME 360 participants coming from 32 schools answered the call for a fallen arnisador spearheaded by the Department of Education Arnis Association of the Philippines (DepEd-AAP) and the Baguio City Arnis Club (BCAF).
The event dubbed "Sports Arnis for a Cause – Palarong Arnis Para Kay Gurong Ceasar" saw participants coming from Baguio City, Benguet, and Pangasinan was organized earlier to solicit funding that would be given as a monetary help to their member beneficiary Ceasar Badicao.
Badicao, a former coach of arnis and a physical education instructor at the University of Baguio, unfortunately passed last September 6 suffering third degree burns during the August 18 old UB High School fire incident after trying to save his son from the scorching mess.
The one day event held September 1 was divided into three different divisions in the elementary, secondary, and senior or college divisions.
According to Vladimir Cayabas, vice president for BCAF, they invited their friends from the arnis community to encourage ‘bayanihan’ for one of their comrades.
“We all know especially sa ka-Igorotan na it is better to help others than be helped ourselves”, Cayabas added.
Elpidio Quirino Elementary School was named champion for the elementary division, followed by first runner-up Panduyucan Arnisador Society – Villasis, while the second runners-up honors went to La Trinidad Central School and University of the Cordilleras Elementary Laboratory School, with Philex Mines Elementary School landing as third runner-up.
For the secondary division, Irisan National High School was declared champion, followed by Panduyucan Arnisador Society – Villasis as first runner-up, while University of Baguio High School and Dominican National High School took the second and third runners-up honors.
University of Baguio – Criminology topped the seniors/college division, followed by Regional Office – Cordillera, University of Baguio – STE, and Kings College of the Philippines respectively.
Other partner organizers of the event include the Office of the City Mayor, University of Baguio Athletics Office, Department of Education – Division of Baguio City, and National Institute of Information Technology – Baguio.
The total proceeds of the event amounting to 30,000 pesos, was handed to Badicao’s wife Erica. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 14, 2013.