Saturday, June 10, 2006

CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF ORIGINAL FILIPINO TAPADO LONG STICK FIGHTING ASSOCIATION, INC.

The Late Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar
Founder and inventor of Original Filipino Tapado

1938 August 19 - Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar, future founder of Original Filipino tapado, was born at Mt. Mamababaw, Ma-ao, Bago City, Negros Occidental.

1950 - Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar earned his master title from the arnis Grandmasters Alfredo Abendan (oido arnis & tawtaw/backhand), Damiano Hilado, and Eleuterio Rivera.

1950 June 28 - Benefredo "Bebing" Mamar Lobrido, nephew of GM Nono Mamar and the future 1st Generation Inheritor of Original Tapado, was born.

1960 - Master Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar developed Original Tapado and started teaching his nephew, Benefredo "Bebing" M. Lobrido, then 10 years old, the fundamentals of oido/lagas and original tapado.

1961 - Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar started accepting challenges from various masters to test the effectiveness of his new art, Original Filipino Tapado.

1961 to 1970 - Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar engaged in several friendly encounters. Two such famous encounters were with a well known arnisador from the city of Bago and the other from Bacolod. In this encounters GM Mamar gained the upper hand and the two arnisadores learned a lot from the experience. He also started teaching his newfound art to his immediate family members especially his nephew, Benefredo "Bebing" M. Lobrido, who later on became the Chief Instructor of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA).

1970 to 1980 - Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar began accepting students from different parts of Negros. Enthusiasts as well as martial artists from Bacolod City came over to Taloc just to experience the new art. In fact one of his student a certain Segovia substituted for him when he was challenged by an arnisador from Victorias City. Segovia delivered only one blow which stopped the arnisador right on his tracks and surrendered after being hit on the jaw by Segovia's uno (no. 1) strike.

1978 to 1984 Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar began teaching outside his place of origin which is Taloc and also accept challenges wherein some of the challenges were performed by his students.

1984 The Original Filipino Tapado Association was born. Branches of tapado gyms sprang up in various places. In Punta-Taytay, a gym was opened to cater the enthusiasts of the Sum-ag area. Also a gym in downtown Bacolod City in Libertad extension was also opened for those people in Bacolod City Area. And also in the State theater area in downtown Bacolod was a meeting place wherein members of the Association practices.

1985 & 1986 - Mr. Nemesio "Mike" Vasquez, Jr. became President of the Association for two years.

1987 & 1988 - Mr. Ben Lopez, Jr. succeeded Mr. Nemesio "Mike" Vasquez, Jr. as President of the Association for two years.

1988 - January 11 - Mr. Ron Harris submitted his application to study Tapado to the Original Filipino Tapado Association under the Presidency of Mr. Ben Lopez, Jr. He stayed in Taloc under the tutelage of GM Nono Mamar and GM Bebing Lobrido.

1989 - The Founder/inventor GM Romeo "Nono" Mamar became president of the Association.

1989 - February. Mr. Ron Harris came back from the United States to polished his techniques.

1989 - May . Mr. Ron Harris submitted his article in the Magazine INSIDE KUNG FU entitled THE “SECRETS” ART OF TAPADO.

1990 -2000 – At about this time, the Late GM Romeo “Nono” Mamar is semi retired and the practitioners dwindled. Some of the enthusiast migrated to various places but the core group continue to practice. GM Bebing Lobrido was always at hand when enthusiast are looking for a teacher of tapado and he even went as far as San Carlos and Kanlaon to oversee the practices of the members.

2000 March - “Tapado: The Art of the Big Sticks” by Dr. Ned R. Nepangue of Cebu was published in the Vol. 4 No. 4 (2000 1st quarter) issue of Rapid Journal, the Philippines’ one and only and longest running martial arts magazine since 1996. The article became the first article on Tapado in any periodical in the Philippines and the first article on any Negrense FMA in Rapid Journal.

2005 September - Tapado was mentioned as one of the indigenous long stick fighting arts of Negros in the article “Negros Occidental: The Untapped Arnis Power” by James U. Sy Jr. which appeared in the Vol. 10 No. 1 (2005 3rd quarter) issue of Rapid Journal, the Philippines’ one and only and longest running martial arts magazine since 1996.

2005 - February 15 GM Romeo "Nono" Mamar succumbed to a heart attach at his farm in Taloc.

2005 - February 19. GM Romeo "Nono" Mamar was buried. During the Eulogy in the Necrological Rites, the symbolical tapado stick was turned over by Mr. Romeo "Tokong" Mamar, Jr, the son of GM Romeo "Nono" Mamar to the 1st inheritor of Original Filipino Tapado, GM Benefredo "Bebing" Mamar Lobrido. The turn over rights was attended by the students of GM "Nono" Mamar from San Carlos, Kanlaon and Bacolod City.

2005 November 21 - An application for registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was filed by Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido for the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association in Iloilo City.

2005 December 16 - The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association was issued its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Registration Number CN200530787 by Director Russell I. Ildesa in Iloilo City.

2005 December 25 - A Christmas Thanksgiving was hosted Clodualdo “Budoy” M. Lobrido and his family for about 200 people including members of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) at the Lobrido Residence, KM 13.5, Taloc, Bago City.

2006 January 7 - Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad of Murcia, Chapter Head of Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Iloilo (CMAS-Iloilo), formally started his training under Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido in Bacolod.

2006 February 4 - Original Filipino Tapado was among the arts demonstrated by Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Dr. Rey Mollenido, Dr. Eugene “Bong” Alicante Jr., and Junior Intern Alexander Sangrador of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Iloilo Chapter (CMAS-Iloilo) and Western Visayas State University College of Medicine (WVSU COM) to about 15 students and professionals during the 1st Panay Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “The World of Arnis and Kung Fu” at the Tuburan Study Center, 49 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City. The students came from the University of the Philippines-Visayas and Miag-ao, University of San Agustin (USA), WVSU COM, and West Bridge School for Boys.

2006 February 18 - Francis Stephen A. Diaz of Silay City, core member of Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Main (CMAS-Main), formally started his training under Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido in Bacolod.

2006 February 25 - The 2006 Annual Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) Assembly and Reunion was held at the Paraiso Beach, Pta. Taytay, Bacolod City. Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido presided over the assembly. The 2006 Tapado Assembly and Reunion was the first one since the founder’s death.


Among the old timers present were Board Director Nelson G. Carmona, Jose R. Conado, Asst. Secretary Alfredo M. Lobrido, Board Director Clodualdo “Budoy” M. Lobrido, Past President Benito M. Lopez Jr., Past Secretary Eduardo Magbanua, PIO Jinny Mamar, Secretary Elmer V. Montoyo, and PIO Joe A. Pamilangco.

2006 March 19 - Original Filipino Tapado was demonstrated by Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) Founders Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr. during the 2006 Arnis Day Grandmasters, Masters, and Seniors National Invitational Arnis Championships by the Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International Inc. (BNAFII) of Founder/President Grandmaster Hortencio Navales at the Bacolod City Public Plaza. The event played host to Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) exponents representing more than 10 federations, associations, and academies from Bacolod City, Bago City, Cauayan, Pontevedra, Silay City, and Talisay City. Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido was one of the guests.

2006 March 25 - The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) monthly meeting was held at Taloc, Bago City.

2006 April 13 - Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido conducted the 5th Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “Fundamentals of Tapado” for 4 doctor-members of Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Iloilo Chapter (CMAS-Iloilo) at the Maguad Residence in Municipality of Murcia. Filipino Tang Soo Do Master and Original Filipino Tapado Senior Instructor Elmer V. Montoyo of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) assisted GM Lobrido in the instruction.

The visiting doctors were Chapter Head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Dr. Eugene Alicante Jr., Dr. Rey Mollenido, and Dr. Jason Rojas, all of the West Visayas State University College of Medicine (WVSU COM). Also present were CMAS Core Officers. It was the first formal Tapado training by the doctors, except for Dr. Maguad, under GM Lobrido.

2006 April 23 - The Bungkag Lalaw (Ceremonial End of Mourning) for the late founder of Original Filipino Tapado, Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar, was held at the Mamar Residence, Prk. Langka, Brgy. Taloc, Bago City. Around 70 members of the Mamar and Lobrido Clans and Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) attended the gathering.
The first batch of rank promotions under the leadership of GM Lobrido was also awarded. the late GM’s daughter May Mamar-Oquindo assisted GM Lobrido in giving out the certificates. Those promoted to master in Original Filipino Tapado were Nelson G. Carmona, Clodualdo “Budoy” M. Lobrido, and Filipino Tang Soo Do Founder Elmer V. Montoyo. Jose “Joe” Pamilangco, who was one of four to be promoted by the late founder to the rank of master in 1986, was also given a certificate confirming his rank.

Those promoted to senior instructor were Wilson Cejas, Rufino Fernandez, Jinny J. Mamar, Romeo “Tokong” Mamar Jr., John “Jun-Jun” Maravilla, and Rolito A. Ruelan.


Among those present were OFTLSFA Auditor and Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Karate Master Ric Barraca, Joe Conado, Grandmaster Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer, Pastor Romeo Gumban, Alfredo “Fred” M. Lobrido, President Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobrido, Robie Lobrido, Past President Ben Lopez, Past Secretary Ed Magbanua, The late founder’s brother Patrocinio C. Mamar, Secretary Elmer V. Montoyo, Bong Rosquillo, OFTLSFA Business Manager and CMAS Founder James U. Sy Jr., and Black Mamba Founder Dominador “Jun-Jun” Villaluna.

2006 May 10- Original Filipino Tapado was among the arts demonstrated by Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Dr. Rey Mollenido, and Dr. Eugene Alicante Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Iloilo Chapter (CMAS-Iloilo) and Western Visayas State University College of Medicine (WVSU COM) to about 15 students from the St. Catalina International School, St. Joseph High School, and Westbridge School for Boys during the 2nd Panay Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “The World of Arnis and Kung Fu Take Two” at the Tuburan Study Center, 49 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City.

2006 May 13 - Original Filipino Tapado was among the arts taught during the 7th Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “Intensive Training in Negrense FMA” at the PIMAA-FTSDA Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City. Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido taught the Tapado session.

The seminar was conducted for Chapter Head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Dr. Rey Mollenido, and Dr. Jason Rojas of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Iloilo Chapter (CMAS-Iloilo). Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI) Negros Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores was also introduced to his first class on Original Filipino Tapado.

PIMAA-FTSDA Founder and OFTLSFA Secretary Master Elmer V. Montoyo, PIMAA-FTSDA Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo, and CMAS Core Officers were also present during the training.

2006 May 20 - Original Filipino Tapado was among the arts demonstrated during the 1st Extra Joss Extra La Cash Part 2 Regional Monthly Draw at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City. 7 organizations from Bacolod, Bago, Silay, and Victorias Cities participated in the martial arts exhibitions.

Demonstrators were Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) President Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, OFTLSFA Vice President/Senior Instructor John “Jun-Jun” Maravilla, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P, Montoyo Jr., Founders James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Joeffrey S. Deriada, and Francis Stephen A. Diaz of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), and Pastor Romeo Gumban of PIMAA-FTSDA.

2006 May 26 - Original Filipino Tapado was demonstrated by Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido and Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. during the 3rd (Negros) Regional Tapondo Competition by the Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod Chapter of Negros Island Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr. at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City.

2006 June 3 - The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) in cooperation with Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo and Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. sponsored the 1st Negros Occidental Mixed Martial Arts Seminar “Cage Fighting Fundamentals” conducted by Christian Werner Adam Seifert and Dr. Ronald A. Harris, both of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA at the PIMAA-FTSDA Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

2006 June 26-29 - Tapado sticks were displayed by the Conceptual Martial Arts Society-USLS (CMAS-USLS) at its booth during the 2006 University Club Fair last 2006 at the Coliseum, University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City.

2006 June - “Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Art” by Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado was published in the Vol. 10 No. 4 (2006 2nd quarter) issue of Rapid Journal, the Philippines’ one and only and longest running martial arts magazine since 1996. The article was the second piece on tapado written for Rapid Journal.

1 comment:

CJ said...

Greetings!

I have been interested to learn Tapado, but it seems that I could not find anyone who teaches in Iloilo City, where I am currently based.

Could you help me reach Drs. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Rey Mollenido, and Eugene Alicante Jr. (who, based on this blog, are from Iloilo City)?

I am a resident of Jaro, Iloilo City, and you can reach me at 0919-961-6181.

Madamo gid nga salamat!