Baguio martial artists inducted to Hall of Fame

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Friday, April 25, 2014

TWO Baguio City pioneer martial artists are set to be recognized as among the greatest in the 2nd Philippine Martial Arts Hall of Fame kicks awards on April 27 at the Manila Hotel.

Rolando Hong will be given the “Pioneer Lifetime Award”, while distinguished Filipino Martial Artist, Jayson Vicente will receive recognition and be awarded with the “Instructor Award”.

Master Hong, or "Guro Lando" as fondly called by his students, is a former Philippine Team member in Karate is a local resident here in the city.


Hong is among the remaining masters of the Cinco Teros style of arnis, and presently heads Cinco Teros Baguio training law enforcers, professionals and at the same gives private lessons to students.

Guro Lando is also one of the incorporators and senior advisers of the bemedalled Tribal Clan Martial Arts System – Baguio Arnis All Stars Inc.

Vicente meanwhile is regarded as among the true native and full blooded Igorot martial artists in the city, is a proud student of the late Manuel “Shihan” Meneses De Leon, who is among the greatest and respected martial artist until the present.

Vicente currently works as a martial arts instructor at the Philippine Military Academy and heads the bemedalled Tribal Clan Martial Arts System – Baguio Arnis All Stars Inc. as its executive president and incorporator.

The instructor also represents the National Sports Association for Arnis, Arnis Philippines Inc., and the DUMAA Escrima International.

Master Hong and Vicente mentioned that the honors given to them are honors they dedicate for their family, the people of Baguio and its Martial Arts community, and of course to their students and supporters who continue to believe in them not only as a Martial Artists but as a good person.

The Philippine Hall of Fame (PHOM), headed by Garitony Nicolas – Punong Lakan, is an organization that aims to recognize all martial arts including the individuals and their works and contribution to promote Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) both in local and international scenes.

Nicolas addressed the importance of creating an institution that gives recognition to all Filipino martial artists.

“We temporarily shed the ranks and martial arts status and focus on the individual or group has done to contribute in the propagation and development of Pinoy martial arts, its culture and traditions,” said Nicolas, regarded as the father of modern “sinawali” in arnis.

“This is simply just a one big gathering where people whose mutual love and respect for the art and each other is what matters most,” Nicolas added.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 26, 2014.


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