CEBU City, Philippines – Doce Pares is moving towards another direction in its effort to promote the Filipino Martial Arts, Arnis, to the world.
Doce Pares has forged a partnership with the Department of Tourism, and Supreme Grand Master Dionisio Canete and DOT-7 Regional Director Shalimar Tamano made it official at the Awarding and Fellowship Dinner held Tuesday evening, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Hotel Fortuna.
“This is a happy moment for the Department of Tourism. We have a partnership with Doce Pares to institutionalise Cebu as the Arnis capital of the world,” Dir. Tamano said.
Twenty Australian eskrimadors were here in Cebu for a 10-day training camp and rank promotion at the Doce Pares Headquarters in Banilad, were given recognition after completing the course.
“We are moving towards another direction, instead of me travelling abroad to hold seminars, we are now asking them that if you want to train with me, come to Cebu and have a training camp. This way we can also promote the Philippines especially Cebu to other countries,” added SGM Canete.
Mark Tussant, the head of WEKAF and Doce Pres Australia admired how Doce Pares organized the training camp, which was also their preparation for their qualifying tournament for the World championship slated next year in Cebu.
“I had to cut short my European tour because of this training camp. We are supposed to be back by August 26, but because of this we had to cut short and promised them that I would be back in Europe before the end of the year. Next year all seminars and training camps will be done in Cebu. Many would want that, because we will be hosting the biggest ever world championship in July 2020,” SGM Canete continued.
Reigning world champion Tamara Bellinger led the awardees as she just earned her 3rd grade black belt promotion of the Doce Pares system. Also earning a third grade black belt promotion was Steven Atenta while Neil Coulter and Julio Cisar also earned their 1st grade black belt promotion.
SGM Canete is looking to have more eskrimadors and member nations with the addition of Fabiano Kruschewsky who has 50 schools in Brazil and Portugal. RCM