The second Philippine Martial Arts Hall of Fame (PhilMaHoF) unfolds today at the Manila Hotel. Aiming to give recognition to exemplary martial arts teachers and practitioners in the Philippines and around the world, the first edition of the PhilMaHoF was held on April 21 to 22, 2012 at the Diamond Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila through the effort of Modern Arnis Mano-Mano Filipino Martial Arts under the leadership of Punong Lakan Garitony Nicolas.
The names of the inductees to the second PhilMaHoF are: Maryann Vergara (FMA Student of the Year), Arnold Ramos (Rookie Instructor of the Year), Joseph Kenneth Magno (Rookie FMA Instructor of the Year), Leovigildo Marcelino (Instructor of the Year), Jessielyn Baxafra (Female Instructor of the Year), Rick O’Brien (International Instructor of the Year), George Edillor (Outstanding Trainer of the Year), Jasper Movilla (Sikaran Instructor of the Year), Vilhelmiina Harell (Female FMA Instructor of the Year), Norman Guilleno (Best Fighter of the Year), Kim Elvambuena (Best Fighter of the Year), Hedina Santos (Best Referee Judge), Virgilio Tubera (Best coach of the Year), Narciso Elefante (Senior Instructor of the Year), Salaknib Martial Arts (Martial Arts School of the Year), Global Sikaran Federation (Martial Arts Organization of the Year), Central Books, Michael Chuatoco (Printer and Publisher of the Year), Dennis Aquino (Karate Master of the Year), Emmanuel Banaag (Sikaran Master of the Year), Geoffre Banaag (Master Instructor of the Year), Tomi Harrell (Master of the Year), Fernando Abenir 3rd (FMA Master of the Year), Jayson Sterling (Martial Artist of the Year), Crisanto Cuevas (Outstanding Martial Artist of the Year), Mannie de Matos (Man of the Year), Cecille Estrada Tubera (Woman of the Year), Jayson Vicente (Distinguished FMA Instructor Award), Alexander Plaskin (Distinguished Master Award), Juerg Ziegler (Distinguished Martial Artist Award), Hari Osias Banaag (International Sikaran Grandmaster of the Year), Rogelio Santos (Platinum Lifetime Award), Christian Mayer (Silver Lifetime Award), Cesar Bencito (Golden Lifetime Award), Rolando Hong (Pioneer Lifetime Award), Jean Paul Zialcita (Punong Lakan Award), Cristino Vasquez (Dangal ng Lahi Award) and Roberto Labaniego (Living Legend Award).
The second PhilMaHoF will also give recognition to the Top 10 Martial Artists namely Jefferson Banaag, Godofredo Fajardo, Joemar Obejas, Alex Ortega, Mitze Secopito Palattao, Brian Plaza, Jaime Quizanna, Jaomico Salamon, Pepito Sabalberino and Arnel Zamuco.
PhilMaHoF Tournament Director Maestro Ronaldo Baxafra, whose wife is also among the awardees, Prof. Armando Soteco of the School of Arnis Professional, Dr. Alejandro Dagdag of the Integrated College of Physical Education and Sports and FIGHT Times Editor Perry Gil Mallari will present the awards. One Fighting Championship Chief Executive Officer Victor Cui is the event’s guest of honor and speaker.
The second PhilMaHoF was done in collaboration with One FC, Stix Arnis, Mars Photography and Print to Gohh Printing Services. Daniel Go of Rapid Journal, Joyce Pilarsky, Efren Tila, Leigh Tours, Baxafra Armor and FIGHT Times also supported the event.