Kali legends get highest recognition-A A +A
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
THE LEGENDARY names of the Filipino martial art of stick fighting—arnis, eskrima or kali—will be etched in stone as they will be enshrined today to the Order of Datu Lapu-Lapu.
The Order of Datu Lapu-Lapu is the highest honor to be given to an eskrimador that has devoted himself to the martial art.
Heading the class of 2012 is World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (Wekaf) Chairman Emeritus and Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio Cañete, his uncle Ciriaco Cañete of Cacoy Doce Pares, Bonifacio “Loloy” Uy of BDU Eskrima Club, Isidro Casio of San Miguel Eskrima Club, Andres “Cano” Cañete of San Miguel Eskrima, Nick Elizar of Nickel Stick Balintawak, Rodrigo Maranga of Eskrima Maranga Kombati, Prudencio “Ondo” Caburnay of Lapunti Eskrima de Abaniko, Felix “Tenciong” Gutang of Doce Pares, Pacito Velez of Balintawak International, and Alfredo Carin of Carin Eskrima Club.
The batch also includes US grandmasters Arnulfo “Dong” Cuesta of FIMA
Academy/Doce Pares USA, Max M. Pallen of Senkotiros, Dr. Carlos N. Patalinghug, Sr. of Kick Connection/Doce Pares and Dexter Labonog of Martial Art Club.
Before the enshrinement ceremony is the inauguration of the Eskrima Temple at the Doce Pares Mountain Park in Barangay Malubog-Busay, while in the morning will be the formal opening of the 12th Wekaf Championship and Congress.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 18, 2012.