Tapado: A heritage martial arts

Tapado, a martial art, is considered by San Carlos City as a National Heritage. (Contributed Photo)
Tapado, a martial art, is considered by San Carlos City as a National Heritage. (Contributed Photo)

AS THE celebration of the National Heritage Month continues, San Carlos City Heritage, Culture and the Arts Council (SCCHCAC) recognized Tapado Martial Arts as another inventoried heritage of the city of San Carlos.

The Introduction to Lagas Tapado Layaw Pangamut was made on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the People's Park for the members of the Lampos Negrosanon Inc. and Barangay Public Safety Officer (BPSO) of Barangay 3 who were active learners of said martial arts.

Dr. Archilles Ponferrada, SCCHCAC head, said that he considers Tapado Martial Arts as an original art that had existed locally and in Bago City.

He added that they have more activities for the heritage month including teaching the youth about this art through the organization as well as preserving the said unique sport.

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson who was present during the event thanked Ponferrada's efforts in keeping up the traditions and preserving cultural heritage in the city.

Lacsons said he hopes that the younger generation will be passionate about this art and will continue to honor the tradition to pass it down to the next generation to come.

During the event, a short run down through Tapado Martial Arts was retold by Rey Marticio, a member of Lampos Negrosanon where he shared that this art had originated from Bago founded by Grandmaster Romeo " Nono" Mamar and was brought to the city specifically in Barangay Codcod in 1960 through Grandmaster Noberto "Norbing" Mamar who passionately taught the said art to learners.

A series of different performances with different attack styles and moves were carried out by the members of Lampos Negrosanon while BPSOs also gave their shots in giving the basic attack styles.

One of the early learners of Tapado, Welbur "Kikok" Preson, a student of Norbing, shared that Tapado, which practices self-defense through the use of a long stick has been in the city for more than 50 years and that it is just right to take it as heritage art.

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