The Philippine Escrima Kali Arnis Federation or Pekaf is now officially a member of the Philippine Olympic Committee family.
The POC recently named Pekaf as the legitimate local governing body for the sport after the 42 voting national sports associations voted unanimously for its inclusion.
“Now our challenge lies in keeping the unity and inclusivity of all our arnisadors as well as continuing our grassroots development program,” said Pekaf president and Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.
“We now need to focus as well on our successful hosting of the 2019 SEA Games and the hosting of a successful SEA Arnis Championship,” added Zubiri, who attended the recent POC General Assembly.
Zubiri also expressed his gratitude to the POC leadership headed by POC president Ricky Vargas, chairman Abraham Tolentino, secretary general Patrick Gregorio and POC membership committee head Robert Bachmann.
“We dedicate this milestone to all the arnisadors locally and internationally. Mabuhay and Arnis! Mabuhay ang Pekaf,” said Zubiri, a former arnis champion during his prime.