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except for his family, close kins, and friends – most Buluseños do not know
or haven’t heard about Juan E. Furiscal, Jr. Jojo, as he is more popolarly
known to those close to him, is a true-blooded Buluseño whom the people of
Bulusan should be proud of.
Unknown to most Buluseños, Jojo has been bringin home honors not only to
Bulusan but to the entire country as well by way of the several gold medals he
has been reaping since he started participating in the various Worl Eskrima-Kali
Arnis Championships here and abroad.
Jojo started his career in the field of arnis when he joined the Samahan
ng Arnis ng Muntinlupa in 1990 at age 11. They were trained for the
competition by Mr. Reynan Bong Cañete of the Cebu-based Doce Pares, a
member of the World Eskrima-Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF).
He had his baptism of fire at age 15 when he joined the championship
games in 1994 at the De La Zalle-Zobel Gymnasium in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa
City. In this competition which was
participated in by 18 countries, he won a gold medal in the Group Forms
In 1996, he won 3 gold medals in three categories when he competed for
his second championship series held in Carlton, USA.
1n 1998, for his third attempt, he got two golds and a silver in two
He repeated the same feat in 2000 when he competed in Cebu City.
In his fourth game last June, he won again 3 gold medals in 3 categories.
A total of 26 countries were represented in the said competition.
Jojo’s team is now preparing for the next competition scheduled
sometime next year in Australia where more than 20 countries are expected to
Arnis is an ancient Filipino art of self-defense
with the use of one or two 29-inch sticks.
It has been practised by the natives long before the Spanish
conquistadores reached Philippine soil. It
is said that it was Lapu-lapu who introduced arnis to the world otherwise known
as eskrima or kali when he engaged Magellan in the historic Battle
The World Eskrima Kali Federation of which Jojo’s group is a member has
35 member-countries all over the world.
Jojo is the son of the late Juan Furiscal, Sr. of Barangay Dapdap and the
former Paz Emberga of Barangay San Francisco, both of Bulusan.
A computer technician graduate from the International Electronic
Institute in Muntinlupa City, he is with the Philippine Navy Arnis Team where he
is also employed as a seaman. On Sundays, he trains security guards and high
school students from different schools.
He is married to the former Girlie Dominquil with whom he has a
three-year old daughter.
For those interested to learn the art of arnis for their own personal
protection, they may get in touch with Jojo at telephone no. 800-5815.
Vol. XVI No.4 (August - September 2004)
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