(August 8, 2012) The Tacurong Team was declared Overall Champion during the 2nd World Arnis Tournament on July 27-29, 2012 at Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC) Gym, Bacolod City. Tacurong arnisadores won 26 gold, 25 silver, and 20 bronze medals; 71 medals, all in all.
The team was comprised of local talents from different age brackets. Tacurong Arnis Team members are: Claire Ethel Alguso (3 silvers); Joana Mae Moreno (2 silvers, 1 bronze); Venus Apresto (2 golds, 1 silver); Chestes Justine Maciado (1 gold, 1 bronze); Christian Dior Pajarpa (1 gold, 1 bronze); Jerwin John Moreno (1 gold, 1 silver); Honey Vhal Jed Catugo (1 bronze); Ronald Acain (2 golds, 1 bronze); Brent Randolph Pauya (1 gold, 2 bronzes); Nolic John Bayya (1 gold); Cyra Regine Olivar (2 golds, 1 bronze); Princess Hann Paniza (2 golds); Janica Depasupil (2 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze).
Other medalists included: Angel Joy Ariston (2 golds, 2 silvers); Erlin Mae Busacay (1 silver); Sheena del Monte (2 golds, 1 silver); Airene Apresto (1 gold, 2 silvers, 3 bronze); Ma. Lara Carillo (1 silver, 1 bronze); Wenna Liza Galanta (2 golds, 1 bronze); Geralden Cordero (1 bronze); Janice Rendon (1 silver); Renan Subaldo (2 golds, 1 silver, 2 bronzes); Rey John Miguel (2 golds, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes); Jerome Magna; Jose Jover Pajarpa (1 silver); Robert Banjao (1 silver); Ritchie Molina (1 silver); Donald Grecia (1 silver); and Acer Jolero (1 bronze).
The team is guided by Coaches Efren Apresto, Alejandro Apresto, and Redentor Apresto who are all officers of Filipino Art of Modified Arnis Federation (FAMAF) of Tacurong City.
Tacurong arnisadores had earned gold medals during the South East Asian (SEA) Games and were perennial champions in several national competitions since 2005. The team is also active in promoting arnis as a local sport among the youth by holding regular trainings in the city. (Jezereel Louise C. Billano)