AS part of its bid to host the 15th edition of the World Eskrima Kali-Arnis Federation (Wekaf) World Championship in 2018, Hawaii is sending not only its best fighter, but also its top entertainers as well.
Gerald Cañete, the chairman of the Organizing Committee, said the cast of beautiful dancers will arrive on July 20, just in time for their first performance during the reception and opening ceremony at the JCenter Convention Hall in Mandaue City.
The dance group, which belongs to the famous Hawaii Dance International, is headed by Madelyne Pascua, a famous dance instructor, and is made up mostly of beauty queens who were also dangerous eskrimadors.
Wekaf Hawaii Eskrimadors, headed by David Cordero, director of Doce Pares Hawaii, will be playing with Team USA, and will be accompanied by Honolulu council member Joey Manahan and GM Robert Garcia.
They are hoping their cultural group will help pitch their bid to host the next World Championship in July 2018.
As this developed, some participants who are part of the 33 nations that are coming to compete have arrived for the biggest-ever arnis tournament.
Cañete also revealed the presence of retired Korean ambassador Chung Wha-Tae, who is also the president of the World Martial Arts Union (WoMAU), in the world championships to invite practitioners of the Filipino martial arts to participate in the World Martial Arts Festival in Korea in September.
The Filipino martial arts was introduced among the native Asian martial arts in the Vietnam convention this year where the Doce Pares International eskrimadros received recognition from the other Asian countries.