Baguio bets dominate 1st Arnis Federation tilt

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Monday, March 31, 2014


ARNISADORS from the city displayed top level skills anew to dominate competitors from all over the country and bring home the overall crown in the 1st International Modern Arnis Rank Competition held at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila March 22-23.

Baguio delegates hauled 44 gold, 39 silver, and 33 bronze medals in the event backed by International Modern Arnis Federation Philippines (IMAFP).
The University of Baguio led the city delegation reaping 20 gold, 13 silver, and 14 bronze medals. Of which 11-7-6 came from the college (seniors) while 7-6-8 was generated from the secondary students including two gold medals in the team events.

Meanwhile, the University of the Cordilleras added 9 gold, 12 silver, and 7 bronze medals from the anyo competition.

Irisan National High School bagged three gold mints including five silvers and six bronzes while Elpidio Quirino Elementary School capped a total of 12-9-7 to represent the delegates in the 12 and below categories.

NIIT-Baguio added two more gold medals courtesy of Clivert Tiburon and Samuel Delfin together with Leonard Balagot snatching a silver medal.

Meanwhile, Omar Biro from Benguet-Tublay School of Home Industries snatched a gold medal, together with Jhan Mar Adnol and Emerson Sebastian who took silver and bronze accordingly.

According to IMAF-C.A.R. president Rodini Buyogan, the competition will be an international ranking serving as a training pool for choosing representatives to be sent in other international arnis competitions.

“The event was held by IMAF as an international ranking kung saan yung mga top and elite arnisador sa bansa ay pipiliiin in preparation sa mga international competitions,” Buyogan said.

Buyogan added the competition is in support of the Republic Act 9850 declaring Arnis as the Philippines national sport and national martial art.

Buyogan was joined by coaches from Baguio City and Benguet including Pamela Estigoy (Loakan elementary School), Ivy Dang-ay (Tublay), Hitler Moling (University of the Cordilleras) and Jeffrey Aliga (Irisan National High School), and Marlon Dalagan (University of Baguio).

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 31, 2014.

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