Baguio Day Ar­nis Cham­pi­onship 2018

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THE week­end was a per­fect Baguio weather.

Sunny with a lit­tle bit of fog in the morn­ing with cold breeze blow­ing through one’s skin in the af­ter­noon and a chill­ing evening to com­plete the day for the vis­i­tors and del­e­gates of the “109th

Baguio Day Char­ter

Na­tional Ar­nis Cham­pi­onships 2018.”

Pre­vi­ously sched­uled Septem­ber 2123, the event was moved to Oc­to­ber 57, due to the on­slaught of ty­phoon

Om­pong in re­spect and sym­pa­thy to the fallen and the vic­tims.

Del­e­gates were greeted with a chill­ing af­ter­noon of Oc­to­ber 5, as they flock to the reg­is­tra­tion area at the ath­letic bowl pool area to con­firm their re­spec­tive en­tries but with a few teams still on travel and on their way, the fi­nal reg­is­tra­tion was com­pleted in the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 6 at the Baguio City Na­tional High School where ma­jor­ity of the teams were also bil­leted.

The Na­tional Ar­nis Cham­pi­onships 2018 was part of the City Govern­ment of Baguio in cel­e­bra­tion of Baguio City’s 109th Char­ter Day sanc­tioned by the Na­tional Sports As­so­ci­a­tion for Ar­nis, Ar­nis Philip­pines Inc. (ARPI) with Ray­mond Ve­layo, pres­i­dent of ARPI grac­ing the sig­nif­i­cant event as the guest of

honor and speaker.

The event was also suc­cess­ful due to the sup­port of Baguio City Sports Of­fice un­der city sports co­or­di­na­tor Gau­den­cio Gon­za­les, Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy un­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Donato San Juan II, Coun­cilor Michael Lee Lawana, Philip­pine Mar­tial Arts Hall of Fame, STIX Ar­nis Equip­ment, Bal­bacua Ur­ban Kamote and Dunkin Baguio.

Ac­cord­ing to Ve­layo, Baguio City is the kick­off for the prepa­ra­tions on the Philip­pines host­ing of the 2019 South East Asian Games (SEA GAMES) where ar­nis is one of the events to be played.

Ve­layo added hold­ing le­git­i­mate and sig­nif­i­cant com­pe­ti­tions for Ar­nis just like this one in Baguio gives the ath­letes a chance to hone their re­spec­tive skills in time for the na­tional team se­lec­tion slated on De­cem­ber in Manila where we hope to se­lect the best and sea­soned ath­letes to rep­re­sent not only the Philip­pines in the SEA GAMES but cul­ture and tra­di­tion of the Filipino peo­ple em­bed­ded in the Philip­pine na­tional aar­tial arts and sports of Ar­nis.

It was a jam packed event with 22 teams show­cas­ing their tal­ents and skills at the Ju­rado Hall of PMA. Anyo (cre­ative form) kicked off the event fol­lowed by the La­banan (full con­tact spar­ring) on the sec­ond day.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing teams are PMA, Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Academy, Bataan Penin­sula, Mariv­els Na­tional High School Pobla­cion Bataan, Ca­gayan State Univer­sity, SLU- Lab­o­ra­tory, Muntinlupa Ar­nis Team, Tribal Clan Mar­tial Arts Sys­tem Baguio City, Tali­papa High Scholl, Caloocan, Taguig City Univer­sity, Benguet State Univer­sity, Navotas Ar­nis Team, Univer­sity of Makati, Sto. To­mas High School, La Union Ar­nis Team, Neons Is­abela, Ka­pan­gan Ar­nis Team, Pam­panga Ar­nis Team, Viz­caya Ar­nis Team, Naguil­ian , Is­abela Ar­nis Team, Saint Louis Univer­sity, and Ad­dug Shields.

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