Philippine Martial Arts Hall of Fame (PhilMaHoF) Executive Director Punong Lakan Gari-tony Nicolas announced that all is set for the unfolding of the second edition of the PhilMaHoF on April 27 at the Manila Hotel. It has been two years since the very first PhilMaHoF was held on April 21 to 22 at the Diamond Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
“This is bigger than the first Philippine Hall of Fame,” Nicolas said of the six-day event ending on April 29. Nicolas established the PhilMaHoF to give recognitions to exemplary teachers and practitioners of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) in the Philippines and around the world.
The second PhilMaHoF will 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.
Among the other honors to be presented are the FMA Student of the Year Award, Rookie Instructor of the Year Award, Rookie FMA Instructor of the Year Award, Male Instructor of the Year Award and Female Instructor of the Year Award.
All PhilMaHoF inductees were nominated and thoroughly adjudged by the Board of Evaluation Committee of the PhilMaHoF.
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.