Pavia arnis team bagged championship title in the ‘First Manggahan Festival National Invitational Arnis Tournament’ on May 14-15, 2014.
Hosted by the Guimaras Provincial Government, the said tournamnet aims to promote arnis among the poeple in the province.
Among 13 participating arnis teams, Pavia snatched 11 gold medals, eight silver medals and eight bronze medals
Also, Casasai team of Cabatuan ranked second with eight gold medals, eight silver medals and two bronze medals, followed by IMAFP-Iloilo with five gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze medals
Arnis is a Filipino martial art that uses stick in fighting.
Tournament Director Prof. Richard Gabayoyo said around 170 participants from different regions had participated making the two-day event successful.
Gabayoyo added it was the first time that arnis is included on the Manggahan sports competition since the game was considered as the country’s national sport.
The director also said children who are into this kind of sport are commonly developing their sense of camaraderie, self-defense system and physical fitness.
“Of course, through sports we could help youth avoid from bad vices”, he said. IMT