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PIA Press Release
2009/02/25

World-renowned Arnis guru visits Davao

by Romy Sabaldan

Davao City (25 February) -- World-renowned Filipino martial arts master and movie actor Roland Dantes was the recent visitor of a little known municipality of Lupon in Davao Oriental, some one and a half hours drive from Davao City.

Arnis de Mano which had its origin during the Spanish era in the Philippines using the bamboo sticks and any available rounded sticks during emergency skirmishes, was taught as a refresher and specialized course to a very select group of Barangay Peace and Security Officers (BPSO), headed by Barangay Police Commander Antonio dela Cruz, Jr.

Known for his great following in the FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) in such Arnis de Mano-affiliated communities of Canada, US and Germany, The Australia-based Dantes, shared new techniques in "Defensive Tactics Seminar/Workshop for Law Enforcement Officers" during the 88th Araw Ng Barangay Poblacion, February 17 to 18.

International restaurateur Mercedes dela Cruz - Barner, who brought Dantes to the province and main sponsor of the event said bringing the world-famous grandmaster of Arnis here will revive our interest for Arnis, which is an original Filipino martial arts.

Mayor Domingo Lim thanked the dela Cruz family of Lupon for bringing Dantes to renew their interest for the sport which is related to the Filipino culture of self-preservation and national honor.

He also thanked all the members of the Barangay Peace and Order Council headed by Kagawad Alan Balingit for their participation. (PIA XI) [top]

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