July 07, 2021 at 09:20 pm
Manila Standard Sports
Despite the limitations brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Sports Commission will continue its 7th Women’s Martial Arts Festival from July 8 to 31 through virtual events, which are expected to be joined by at least 1,700 participants from all over the country.
Delayed by a year due to the pandemic, the festival will feature 7 different martial art events namely judo, karatedo, muay, arnis, pencak silat, taekwondo, and wrestling with participants showcasing their martial arts prowess individually.
PSC commissioner Celia Kiram said that the continuation of the Martial Art’s Festival even by virtual means is to help raise awareness on sports, wellness, fitness, and all aspects of life that would empower women and girls to be physically active, safe and productive. She also added that the event will help ward off anxiety, stress, depression, and other psychological issues that arose due to the pandemic
Participants of the event are encouraged to perform in open spaces or well-ventilated rooms and should adhere to health and safety standards implemented by following DOH and IATF Health Standards.
Kiram stated that “the pandemic should not be an obstacle in celebrating the strength of women in the martial arts field.”
The event is in support of Republic Act No. 9710, also known as the “Magna Carta of Women”, which spells out every woman’s right to equal participation in sports.