(October 26, 2011) The Arnis Sports Team of Tacurong earned its tenth straight National Arnis Tournament championship in the recently held Arnis tilt in Bacolod City last October 15-16.Tacurong City’s contenders gainfully thrilled the crowd as they bagged 18 golds, 10 silvers, and 5 bronzes.
Venus Apresto with one gold and Cyra Regine Olivar with two golds and one silver got the spotlight in Kids Category.
The Junior Category was also dominated by Tacurongnons namely Nolie John Bayya (1 gold), Sheena Del Monte (2 golds, 1 silver), Angel Joy Ariston (2 silvers), Princess Hann Paniza (1 silver), Janica Depasupil (1 silver), Brent Randolph Pauya (1 gold, 1 silver), Alfie Carillo (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), Rodrick Joshua Victorio (2 golds), and Ronald Acain (1 gold, 1 bronze).
Reynan Subaldo (2 golds), Rey John Miguel (1 gold, 1 silver), Christian Manaay (1 gold, 1 bronze), Acer Jolero (1 bronze), Ritchie Molina (1 silver), Jose Jover Pajarpa (1 gold), Ferdinand Tingson (1 gold), Ma. Lara Carillo (1 gold) and Airene Apresto (1 silver) as well didn’t fail to give honor to the City of Goodwill when they represented the city in the tournament’s Senior Category.
Arnis came from the Spanish word “arnes” which means armor. It is also known as eskrima, kali, or garrote. Wooden sticks are used as a weapon and a training tool in this sport. These sticks are given swinging and twisting movements along with the thrusting and striking techniques for defense and offense.
With the enactment of Republic Act No. 9850, Arnis was declared as the Philippines’ national martial art and sport.
This victory of the Arnis Sports Team of Tacurong conveys the undying support of the Local Government of Tacurong for our national culture and sports.