Manila, Philippines- Cebu is getting a promotion boost as the World’s Arnis Capital after martial arts school, Doce Pares, forged a partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 7.
The Central Visayas island of Cebu, renowned worldwide as a popular travel destination for its natural beauty and tourist spots, will now also be promoted as a sports destination.
Supreme Grand Master (SGM) Dionisio “Diony” Canete of Doce Pares and DOT-7 Regional Director Shahlimar Tamano made the partnership official at the Awarding and Fellowship Dinner held at Hotel Fortuna on August 13.
The announcement of the partnership to promote Cebu as the World’s Arnis Capital was made in the recognition ceremony of the 19 Australians, led by Master Mark Toussaint, who underwent a 10-day training at Doce Pares Headquarters located at Sto. Niño Village, Barangay Banilad in Cebu City.
“This is a happy moment for us. When we started this partnership with Doce Pares, the idea really is to institutionalize Cebu as the arnis capital of the world,” Director Tamano said.
In the event, SGM Canete announced that more than 1,000 arnis fighter from 50 countries will participate in the upcoming 16th World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) Championships to be held in Cebu in 2020.