MANILA,  November 22, 2004 (STAR) That’s the message coming from the Paclibar Bicol Arnis International Club who is holding the 4th national Arnis Invitational Cup to be held on Saturday November 27th at the National College Of Physical Education Gymnasium, Pamantasan Lungsod Ng Manila University, Intramuros, Manila, 8am-9pm.

This event was organized in cooperation with the International Modern Arnis Federation Of The Philippines, (I.M.A.F), and The Philippines Indigenous Games and Sports Savers Association of the Department Of Tourism. Sponsors include, Regal Knights Security And Detective Agency, Matrix Bar And Restaurant Makati, The event promises to attract many players from all martial arts clubs in Metro Manila and the suburbs.

The tournament will involve individual and team competitions for both Boy’s and Girl’s Divisions, up to Men’s and Women’s Divisions. The major awards are for Arnis Labanan, Arnis Duelo and Arnis Anyo Sayaw. Prizes include full Arnis uniforms, Yantok with casing, and trophies and medals for winners.

If you would like to participate in this event please contact the event organizers below, Sensei Rannie Lorenzo 0927 2149753, Sensei Sean Redpath 0917 6206175, Maestro Jaime c. Paclibar 0927 3459351, Guru Pio Paclibar 0920 2302052. All spectators are welcome!!

Pictured from left to right/ back row,

Marvin Ramada, Joseph Erap Alcuina, Diomedes Felicia Jr, Amancio Lorenzo, Sensei Melvin Jorgno, Rie Lorenzo Maestro Jaime C.Paclibar-Founder,

Center- Sensei Sherwin Rabo, Sensei Alan Mehinay,

Front- Sensei Sean Redpath, Sensei.Rannie Lorenzo

DANCESPORT COUNCIL: Cebu’s show of force

THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco The Philippine Star 11/22/2004

November 13, Saturday. The PhilSports Arena. The DanceSport Council of the Philippines’s (DSCP) National Championships. Delegations from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas an Mindanao were overshadowed by the massive contingent coming from Cebu City. In both number and output, Cebu dominated like no team had before.

In front of adjudicators from several European countries, the 104-strong DanceSport Team Cebu City (making up a full half of all the participants) swept the competition masterfully, capturing 17 out of 23 gold medals at stake, 15 silvers and 13 bronzes in 23 different categories. DanceSport director and head of Cebu’s dancesport program Edward Hayco recalls how, in the past, the team managed to gain medals only in Grades C, D and E levels in the past and revels in how the team has grabbed the juiciest plums, particularly in the Grade A categories.

Michael Mendoza and his Italian partner Francesca Mazzacurati won the gold in the Grade A Latin category, while veteran internationalists Jerswin and Anne Poloyapoy gained the bronze in Grade A Standard. The Poloyapoys also got silver in the extremely difficult Ten Dance category (five Latin and five Standard dances) while Junjun and Maricris Marante got the bronze.

"It was always difficult for us, because we’ve had to travel to Manila for competitions," admits Hayco, a respected businessman whose wife, Eleanor, is also a bemedalled competitive dancer herself. "But more and more, we’ve found it’s easier when we all work together, and the learning trickles down to the children, who are our future."

Jojie and Jonah del Rosario got the gold in Grade B Standard, Bernie Tumarong and Annabelle Dimaano bagged the silver and Joel and Ana Madera got the bronze. In Grade B Latin, Dino Meras and Sherry Llenos got the silver and Niño Otero and Carla Claire Lagaras took the bronze. Juan Carlos Maralit and Carla Claire Lagaras claimed the silver in Youth A Latin, as Lawrence Bedua and Annaleh Primor got gold, Christopher Corro and Mae Lozada got silver and Marvin Lalican and Liberty Lopez got bronze for in both the Youth C Latin and Standard events.

Multi-awarded real-life couple Jojie and Jonah del Rosario won the gold in the Grade C Standard category as Bernie Tumarong and Annabelle Dimaano got silver. In the Grade C Latin category, Dino Meras and Sherry Llenos got gold while Jimmy Noel and Ariadne Velasquez received the bronze. Lowel Bernados and Jenean Bergado ascended to the gold in Grade D Standard, while Israel Rona and Jennifer Amahan fiished with a silver in Grade D Latin.

In Juvenile Standard and Latin, Team Cebu completed a surprising sweep. Dave Nelson Velez and Annamae Mosqueda, Ian Kristoffer Rodis and Emily Rodriguez, Roniel Fernandez and Denelyn Llamoso took the gold, silver and bronze, respectively in Standard, while Fernandez and Llamoso, Velez and Mosqueda Silver were joined on the podium by Virginiño Legarde and Divina Lamosa in the Latin competition.

"This is really such a blessing for us," Hayco added, "considering that we will be hosting the first SEA Games dancesport competition in Cebu next year. We’re all very excited about this." The DSCP held the qualifying competition for the SEA Games the day before the Nationals.

From a membership of only two to five couples in the earlier years, Cebu City’s dancesport team Cebu City has grown to its current 104-man delegation to the National Championships, primarily because of the leadership exhibited by the husband and wife tandems of the Haycos and Poloyapoys, who have brought in a foreign mentor to keep the competitors sharp. Hayco stresses that their growth is mostly due to the spirit of volunteerism among the athletes.

What many people do not realize is that Cebu is merely doing things the way they should be done: with strict discipline and cooperation among its team members, and by passing on what they’ve learned to the younger dancers. If their results have been mind-boggling so far, consider this: Cebu City has embarked on a grassroots training program throughout their province, to breed more champions.

The rest of the country will be hard-pressed to keep up.

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Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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