CAGAYAN de Oro’s Most Valuable Player in the city government’s Advance Scientific System Efficiency Training in Arnis, 16-year-old Mary Louisse Rulona, led the local team to the Philippine Youth Arnis Championship 2010 and Expo on Friday at SM City Sucat, Parañaque.

Fresh from her high school year when she graduated last March as valedictorian at Pilgrim Christian College, Rulona would try her luck to haul medals after the event sponsored by the Filipino Martial Art and the Philippine Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Masters.

Rulona’s considered close-tandem, Alexandra Rae Billano of Corpus Christi School, would also play in single and double baston.

Billano and Rulona were among the top local players of CDO Team during the Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association meet held early this year.

But Billano dropped from the selection for the NMRAA contingent after she fell short in the ranking system imposed by the Department of Education this year. Billano competed in the 2009 Palarong Pambansa at Tacloban City.

Arnis Philippines commissioner for Northern Mindanao Ronald Farol said that, with the presence of both players in the team, he felt confident that they would haul medals after the event.

Farol said this year’s arnis event is in preparation for the 2010 Kali Sports World Cup scheduled on July 28 to August 1 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Teams from Italy, Malaysia, Australia and Poland have already confirmed their participation.

According to PCKEAM-Kali Sports president Bill Velasco the activity is being held to encourage local enthusiasts to join for the benefit of all Eskrima and Kali Arnis practitioners all over the country.

“This will be a one whole day activity of our very own Filipino Martial Arts/Fighting Art and Self-Defense featuring our very own Filipino practitioners in all ages all over the country representing different clubs and fighting styles,” Velasco said in his letter addressed to all arnis practitioners.

The events include senior sparring (male and female); Juniors Age Bracket (Boys and Girls 13-17 years old); Kids Division (Boys and Girls 12 years below); and the Anyo Competition (Single Weapon, Double Weapon, Group, Seniors, Juniors and Kids).

article by Lito Rulona of GSD

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