BBEAL shelves arnis for summer

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

WITH the 27th season drawing to a close, officials of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League agreed to hold arnis as an exhibition game for the summer break.

BBEAL commissioner Alec Mapalo of host University of the Cordilleras said the collegiate league will rearrange to hold the sport due to small number of participants from the member schools.

“We all know that arnis is one of the newly introduced sport in BBEAL and although a few of the member schools already have their own teams, other member schools presented their interest to come up with their own,” Mapalo told Sun*Star.


He said it would be partly unfair and expensive if the competition will push through with just a few members to compete.

“There would not be much of a competition kung three schools lang ang magbibigay ng entries nila, not to think of the expenses since mahal rin ang mga equipments for the sport although we can improvise some of it,” Mapalo said.

Mapalo mentioned the competition to be re-scheduled for the summer will come with a sports summit for the coaches and athletes to unify arnis rules and regulations in preparation for the next season.

“We plan to make a way to make a seminar para maging parehas ang rules and regulations na i-aadopt ng BBEAL, isa kasi yun sa problema, not all of our arnis teams follow the same,” said Mapalo.

“We’ll just see how it will turn-out after our joint meeting in the closing of the BBEAL season,” Mapalo added.

Together with arnis, the beach volley event is also eyed to be showcased as an exhibition match in the coming school break.

Ten schools are presently associated with BBEAL: Baguio Central University, Benguet State University, Cordillera Career Development College, Philippine Military Academy, Pines City College Inc., Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, University of the Philippines-Baguio and Baguio College of Technology.

At present only four member schools have arnis teams namely BSU, SLU, UB, and UC.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 07, 2014.


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