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Dumaguete to hold 1st anti-hazing kickboxing tournament

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (28 January) -- One of the largest organizations of fraternities in college and university campuses, the International Order of Demolay Leon Kilat Chapter announced today its campaign against hazing, which over the last decade has led to deaths and serious injuries of students in the country.

Master Councilor Ian Lizares of Order of Demolay said its fraternity in cooperation with Miss Dumaguete 2008 Maria Luz Catan and Muay Association of the Philippines Dumaguete Chapter will hold a Kickboxing Against Hazing tournament on February 20, 2010 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the main atrium of Robinsons Place Dumaguete.

Lizares said the tournament will serve as a major part of the aggressive anti-hazing awareness campaign of the Order of DeMolay. It would also be an alternative way to interest the youth of today to positive activities such as martial arts, as an alternative to hazing.

The Kickboxing Against Hazing tournament will help promote the campaign against hazing to the whole community of Dumaguete, especially to young men and women who are part of fraternities/sororities, their parents and those who might find themselves as members of these groups in the future, Demolay Master Councilor said.

Despite the existence of a law prohibiting hazing in the Philippines and the various attempts by the different universities in the country to abolish hazing as a practice (Republic Act 8049), cases of death and injuries from this barbaric practice still exist. The organizers believe that what might be lacking is a fun and interesting alternative to hazing.

DeMolay is a worldwide fraternal youth organization for young men aging 12-21 years old. Being an appendant body of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Order of DeMolay’s main thrust is the holistic development of young men, preparing them to be responsible leaders and citizens in the future. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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