Artesuave Manila is Now On Its Third Year!

Manila, Philippines —ARTESUAVE MANILA is all set for its third year! Happening on October 21-22, 2017 in Commercenter Alabang, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition and lifestyle expo is expected to draw in fighters and martial arts enthusiasts from all over the Philippines for high-level gi and no gi jiu-jitsu action over the two-day event.
“Given the success of the past two years of Artesuave Manila, which we owe of course to the support from the local BJJ and MMA community, making the decision to stage this event for 2017 was easy,” shares Leslie Tagle-Dinglasan, Vice President for Marketing of Philippine Allied Enterprises Corporation, holding company of Commercenter Alabang. 
“As the sport continues to grow locally, we’re looking forward to hosting a good number of new competitors,” she adds.
The Gi competition on October 21 is open to all White, Blue, and Purple Belt competitors, while the No Gi event on October 22 accepts Beginner and Advanced level grapplers from various BJJ and MMA gyms. Artesuave Manila follows the competition rules of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) except for one key tweak: advantage points were removed to reduce stalling and urge competitors to fight more aggressively.  
Artesuave Manila is the first local event to introduce Superfights — ten-minute submission-only bouts — were headlined by notable names in local BJJ including Stephen Salazar (KMA-Fabricio), Myron Mangubat (DEFTAC-Ribeiro), Gian Dee (Atos), Oliver Domingo (KMA-Fabricio), and James Uy (DEFTAC-Ribeiro). 
In 2016, Jam Cantos (DEFTAC-Ribeiro) and Kaila Napolis (Checkmat Philippines) battled it out in the event’s first female Superfight, while next-generation fighters Uychoco Brothers (KMA-Fabricio) and Ceriola Brothers (DEFTAC-Ribeiro) made their mark by headlining the juvenile Superfights.
A number of elite names in Philippine MMA, alums of Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) and Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC), also graced Artesuave Manila mats: Drex “The T-Rex” Zamboanga, Andrew Benibe, Red Romero, Bernard “The Hitman” Soriano, Hideo “Death from Tokyo” Morikawa, Isaiah Ordiz, CJ “Golden Boy” De Tomas, and Gab “Dy Incredible” Dy. De Tomas and Dy both made their UFC debut this year in Singapore. 
“We started Artesuave Manila to help grow the sport in the country by offering fighters a quality competition,” says Franco Rulloda, co-founder of event producer Triumvirate Fighting and himself a Brown Belt under DEFTAC-Ribeiro. “It gives us great pride that some of the athletes who fought on our mats have already made it to the international scene.”
Completing the unique event package is the lifestyle expo, which featured apparel and gear as well as nutrition brands that catered to combat sport practitioners.
Registration to Artesuave Manila 2017 runs from July 15 to October 14, 2017. Individual registration fee is PhP1,700.00 for both gi and no gi events, and a Group 4+1 Promo (PhP6,800.00 for five participants from a single team) is also offered within the same period. Information on the registration process, weight divisions, and competition rules are available on the Artesuave Manila Facebook Page ( 
About Artesuave Manila

Artesuave Manila is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition and lifestyle expo. Presented by Commercenter Alabang , in partnership with Triumvirate Fighting and Stratminds. The event is supported by Samsung (Official Technology Partner), Functional Fitness Performance Center, Supima Fitness, Ikiro Jiu-Jitsu, Noughts and Crosses, and Gatorade.

About Commercenter Alabang

Commercenter Alabang is a community mall located in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa owned and operated by Philippine Allied Enterprises Corporation (PAEC). The lifestyle hub features a unique mix of shops and restaurants that cater to the distinct tastes of the South. Like them on Facebook ( and follow them on Instagram (@commercenter) for more information.

A New Addiction Has Emerged in The Philippines

I first tried it in the 90’s, when my cousins told me they were doing it and it was the “cool” thing to do.  Like most teens I tried it because I wanted to impress my older cousins and I wanted to be “part of the group”.  I didn’t think much of it at the time, it was really no big deal. Looking back at it now, 16 years later, I realize that first session with my cousins was the start of a lifelong addiction.

Since then I would do it in spurts. Never really went out of my way to find it but when I did come across people who do it, it was that much easier for me to join in. I tried it again with some people I met in University but that didn’t last very long, maybe a couple of months.  When I started working I came across some people that were really heavy into it, these guys were seriously addicted. Although I joined some of their sessions, I didn’t allow myself to get hooked.  I had a lot of other priorities at that time and I didn’t want to lose my focus.

This year, 2015, at 36 years of age I’d have to admit that I’m a full-blown addict.   It consumes my thoughts day and night.  It affects every aspect of my life now. My work my personal life, the way I deal with problems the way I interact with people.  Everything.   I find myself sneaking out at night, sometimes 6 days a week to join a session. I’d be gone for hours. 

It’s sounds bad, I know, but jiu-jitsu has really made a positive impact in my life.  I always encourage my friends and family to try this art.  People from all walks of life practice Jiu-jitsu.  I haven’t met anyone that’s regretted putting on that BJJ Gi! 

An estimated 2,000 people attended the event over the course of two days.  The organizers awarded a bronze, sliver and gold medal winner for each division.  Not all participants received a medal however as the great Rickson Gracie once said, “Sometimes you don’t have to win. You cannot win. But that has nothing to do with losing.”

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene in the Philippines is definitely thriving.  Don’t be the only one left standing, find the nearest gym near you and sign up to Slap, Bump & Roll!

This past weekend at Commercenter in Alabang it became apparent that I’m not alone in my addiction.  Filipino men and women across the country attended ArteSuave Manila to test their skills against other BJJ practitioners.  Those that didn’t compete came to watch  and support their teammates. 

It was amazing to see the diversity of BJJ practitioners that attended the event.  They had competitors as young as 19 and some almost in their 40’s.  Participants that are professional MMA fighters in the local MMA scene and even some UFC fighters.   I saw engineers, students , lawyers and business men all giving 110% to taste BJJ glory.