When you think about the first few women who trained and actually accelerated in the early years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Philippines, 1 name comes to mind first: Maybelline Masuda. Don’t let her small frame and sweet looks deceive you; this 100Lb girl has been fighting since 2008 and has even had to fight (and has actually won) in the Men’s division for a few years, being the only woman competitor in the early Philippine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene. You can even search for her videos on YouTube if you don’t believe me!

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Maybelline or May, as we all call her, started training with us in April 2008. Even early into her training, May has never been afraid of stepping out of her comfort zone to compete and represent our team, bringing home shiny gold medals each and every time. She rightfully received her Blue Belt after being crowned the first Filipina World Champion at the 2009 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships at Long Beach, California. After 3 years of consistent training and active competition, she received her Purple belt on September 2012, becoming the first homegrown Filipina to attain this rank. It was then she started teaching the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Girls Team (and still continues to do so every Saturday at BAMF). In November 2014, May made our team and country proud yet again by winning the first ever Gold Medal in the history of the Philippines’ participation in the Asian Beach Games.

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After a long hiatus from the competition scene, May came back this 2016 and proved that she has still got it in her! After fighting at this year’s Asian Open Championship, she received her Brown Belt, making her the first homegrown Filipina to achieve this. 8 years of hard work and dedication to the sport and her team has made a big part of who May Masuda is today. 29 Gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 8 Bronze medals later, she is still the same eager young woman with a champion’s heart who first entered the gym; only now with so many girls (and boys) looking up to her.

Year after year, victory after victory, we are always getting bigger, stronger, and better! The first half of the year has now officially passed which mostly consisted of us achieving goals and winning together as one team (business as usual). But 2016 is far from over! As we enter the second half of the year, we look back once more at our successes for the past 7 months, celebrate them, and then continue on STRONG, bearing in mind that we carry the name of the BIGGEST and BEST team in Asia on our backs!

Rollapalooza 1st Grand Prix

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Rollapalooza is a local BJJ competition known for it’s chill vibe and atmosphere where practitioners from different teams are able to gather, mingle, and appreciate the art that is our sport. Early on in 2015, the organizers of said event decided to do something that has not yet been done in the history of Jiu-Jitsu in the Philippines: Hold a Grand Prix. The 2 Rollapalooza Grand Prix Qualifiers were held last year, and as expected, a bunch of our DEFTAC competitors made it to the podium with shiny medals around their necks, fully qualified for the next and final round!

The day of the Grand Prix arrived and our DEFTAC competitors did not disappoint! 3 got the Gold: Gerard Gallos, Michelle Masuda, and Franco Rulloda took home the ultimate prize, being crowned the best in the country for their respective divisions. 8 took home the Bronze namely Amir Arias, Jam Cantos, Gian Fontanilla, Carl Fontiveros, Efraim Gomez, Patricia Gomez, Joey Lepiten, and Sam Nepomuceno.

Pan-Asians 2016

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The Pan Asian International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open is an annual competition held in our country which usually takes place in the middle of the year. It is the most prestigious event for BJJ practitioners in South East Asia. Exciting fights ensue with only the best of the best duking it out for the prized title of Pan Asian Champion along with a shiny Gold medal.

2016 marks DEFTAC’s 20th anniversary and we definitely stood up and fought HARD as one FAMILY, proving to everyone that this is yet again OUR YEAR!!! The official Team Tally doesn’t lie! For Masters Gi & No Gi, Kids, and Adults No Gi, we are ranked #1, giving us the title of  OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS for the 6th consecutive year! — This DOMINATION would not have been possible without the joint effort of ALL our CHAPTERS, both new and old who have been and are producing champions EVERYDAY!!!

World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championships 2016

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Every BJJ practitioner dreams of travelling to the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach, California to compete at the grandest stage of them all- The Worlds!

This year we had the largest Philippine Mundials contingent. Leading the pack is Maybelline Masuda who is the first Filipina World Champion. Along with her were multiple time National champions, Kimberly Custodio, Gian Fontanilla, Gerard Gallos, Jan Hao, Michelle Masuda, and JR Rulloda. THAT’S RIGHT, 7 DEFTAC WARRIORS, SHOWED THE WORLD WHAT WAS UP.

All of our DEFTAC competitors worked their hardest in preparation for battle and fought valiantly when the day came. In the end, we had not 1 but 2 podium finishers! Kimberly Custodio brought home silver for the Women’s White Belt Roosterweight division and Maybelline Masuda brought home bronze for the Women’s Purple Belt division.

URCC 27: Rebellion

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Red Romero and Chris Hofmann

In victory and defeat, we are always PROUD of our DEFTAC warriors!

Chris Hofmann went toe to toe with URCC veteran and knockout King, Caloy “Bad Boy” Baduria, exchanging powerful blows from beginning to end. After two action-packed rounds, our very own Hofmann emerged VICTORIOUS and was crowned the new URCC Light Heavyweight Champion!!

URCC Fight Night

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Chris Hofmann and Jericho Tomagan

For URCC’s first Fight Night event of the year, we sent out 2 of our DEFTAC warriors with 1 leaving the cage TRIUMPHANT!

Amidst the hype for Baron Geisler vs. Kiko Matos, our very own Chris Hofmann put on quite the show in the main event against Arvin Chan who cockily challenged him online to a one on one bout. Our URCC Light Heavyweight Champion gladly accepted and destroyed him in 2 rounds, winning via TKO via referee stoppage!

Fight Con Philppines 2016

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For the first fight and conditioning convention in the country, our own Franco Rulloda and Vince Ortiz were each asked to participate in a super fight. If you know us, none of our DEFTAC warriors ever turn down the opportunity to show the World why we are the best! V

The unstoppable duo gave fight fans an explosive show of talent, skill, and technique, both overwhelming their respective opponents and leaving the building VICTORIOUS! Our own Gabby Alipe was also in attendance with a few of his band Urbandub’s well-known song numbers for the crowd.

IT DOESN’T END THERE…..

We’ve got a whole jam packed 2nd half of the year ahead, with these DEFTAC FAMILY AFFAIRS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

Deftac Competition Field Trip to [ASIAN OPEN – TOKYO JAPAN] – Sept 10-11, 2016

Xande Ribeiro SEMINAR – Sept 17 (TENTATIVE)

DEFTAC Congress – Oct 28-30, 2016

and MUCH MORE…

PS. LET’S DO THIS!!!

PPS. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES.

Last March 9, was a glorious day for Deftac Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu as our brothers Arthur Mori and Mark Cupino, the chapter heads of Deftac Alabang, were promoted to purple belt. It all happened in such a timely manner that just one week before Deftac Alabang turned one year (March 16, 2016) they have taken their BJJ journey to the next level. (IMG_2603They were promoted alongside our brother Ron Bautista from Deftac Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Acacia Estates – blue belt)

We were able to chat with Arthur Mori, and he answered some key questions about his personal journey and how it has influenced and led Deftac Alabang through a whole year of success. Notably, Deftac Alabang brought home the Outstanding New Chapter of the Year Award at the last Annual Deftac Christmas Party Awards Night. We also got to hear from him first-hand their plans then and their goals for the rest of the year: READ ON…

1. How did you get into Jiu-jitsu and what made you stay?

I initially got into jiujitsu 5 years ago. My interest though goes all the way back 2002 but never got to train as i was prioritizing life after college back then, plus Noel Azarcon never invited me LOL. When 2011 came, i started to research on jiujitsu teams to enroll on, i remember the day i decided to enroll (wherein i was looking at another team). My good friend Martin Toledo messaged me via old school Yahoo Messenger and asked me if i wanted to participate in a free self defense seminar handled by Prof. Alvin Aguilar at Deftac’s HQ. After 2 seconds of reading that message i immediately said yes, and never looked back. My short term goal back then was for fitness as playing basketball regularly back then was talking a toll on my body.

2. When you started training did you ever see yourself competing? What was it like competing for the first time?

Not at all, i only competed because most of my batchmates did. The first competition was the deftac in house tournament. Competing for the first time was actually nerve wracking as i was only training for 3 weeks back then and i was going up with someone who was more seasoned. I did not win my match but was happy that i was not submitted, this actually made me hungrier and anxious for the next tournament.

3. What were your initial thoughts leading to the expansion of Deftac in Alabang with you and Mark Cupino heading it?

When we started to propose the idea to Prof. Alvin. We were actually not expecting that he would say yes, given the fact that we were only blue belts and that the proximity to Deftac HQ was too close. But Chief was open to the idea of opening Deftac’s doors in Alabang especially for new students. This has been our program since, As me and Mark teaches fundamental classes for white belts only. We do however find it very lucky that our very own blackbelt Prof. Pichon regularly trains with us and handles the class.

4. When you first opened Deftac Alabang. Were you expecting to grow as big as you guys have? did you foresee becoming outstanding new chapter of the year at the Annual Deftac Xmas party awards?

Definitely not, i remember me and Mark were planning and came to a conclusion that having 3 regular students would be enough. Now we are at 22 regular students. I guess me and Mark are doing something right in implementing what Chief oriented us when we started this chapter.

5. How does it feel being a purple belt and being considered one of the pillars of deftac?

Personally skill-wise i know i have a ton of stuff to work on to validate this new belt that was given to us. But with regards to coaching i believe me and Mark are actually doing pretty well as part of our curriculum is to actually mentor our students outside the mats and making sure that they carry the Deftac name the correct way and not by taking advantage of the gift of JiuJitsu. We ensure that our students stick to one another and be as tight as family, because at the end of the day your success in jiujitsu will always be dependent on the environment you are training on. Plus we always take time to have fun with our students outside of the gym smile emoticon.

6. How do you inspire your students to stay committed to training?

Definitely! This is a very essential part of running the gym. We make sure that training is fun, we make it a point that they actually enjoy the company of the people they are training with. Sometimes also, If our students need to take a time of from training we actually encourage them to do that. But we ensure to keep in touch with them regularly and hang out outside of training. This develops into a bond which eventually lures them back to jiujitsu.

7. How do you balance your full-time day job with training and teaching?

It is given with me and Mark that our priority is our day job. But when that day job ends, and the clock hits 7:30pm all our focus shift to the gym and our students. We are also fortunate enough to have most of our student experience the same schedule as we have, this makes it more easier for us whenever we need to reschedule gym hours.

8. Will you be competing this year?

Of course! The entire team will be competing in May for Pan-Asians, and come September most of us will be flying to Japan to compete in the Asian Open.

A Champion in SIX MONTHS OR LESS? They all laughed when we said that we could make anybody a champion in this amount of time. Did you ever think this could be possible? Unless you’re super talented, you’ve probably doubted this possibility. But, with our system and time-tested curriculum at BAMF, we make everything possible! We’ve proven, time and time again for almost 2 decades that YES, We CAN MAKE YOU A CHAMPION IN SIX MONTHS OR LESS.

Need proof? We awarded our latest batch of CHAMPIONS the RECOGNITION they DESERVE! With all their hard work, dedication, and heart – coupled with the guidance of Prof. Alvin Aguilar and our system of accelerated learning – they are now BONAFIDE MEMBERS OF THE 6 MONTH CHAMPION CLUB. These are ordinary people, they work, they go to school, they’re young and young at heart – they’re just like you! Let us begin by introducing the newest members that received their award last Friday.

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  1. Juancho Mendoza – is a BANKER! Yes, he’s got high stress day job, with high stress deadlines and quotas to achieve EVERY MONTH. But that didn’t stop him from training regularly evenings before heading home and calling it a day! In less than 6 months, about 5 months into his training, he joined his first ever Jiu-jitsu competition and went home with a GOLD MEDAL in his division! He fought long and hard that day, in a stacked division, mostly with seasoned white belts, but nonetheless, he made it to the top!IMG_9677
  2. Patricia Gomez – Young, smart, beautiful and talented! Patricia Gomez at first sight would not be the type of girl you would imagine rolling on the mat with all the other sweaty boys and girls – she’s a singer; previously a contender for The Voice Philippines – yup she’s got talent! AND YES, SHE’S A CHAMPION in Jiu-jitsu! She achieved this feat 6 months into training, bringing home GOLD in the Women’s Absolute Division! More than all of that, Patricia Gomez has been studying for her board exam in Interior Design, balancing her time for study and training was tough but she made it through all of that, passing her board exam just last week! A singer, BJJ Champion, now a certified IDR and bonafide member of the 6 Month Champion Club!IMG_9676
  3. Ryan Lastra – A businessman and former triathlete! Ryan Lastra, showed everybody what was up when he joined his first ever BJJ Competition a little more than 2 months since he started training! He joined the masters and adults division all in one day and went home with 3 GOLD medals and 1 SILVER medal! Talk about a LEGIT CHAMPION! He trains early in the morning and even tries to make it to evening training! A real CHAMPION, now a bonafide member of the 6 Month Champion Club, and as if that wasn’t enough, he RECEIVED HIS BLUE BELT on the evening of his awarding.IMG_9684
  4. Francis Tapia – Francis could not make it to the awarding ceremony due to his crazy schedule as a flight attendant but we can never forget his astounding achievements for the team in competition. Just before his sixth month of training he became a double GOLD champion in the men’s adult white belt division at his first ever BJJ competition! All it took was dedication, trust and lots of heart! He’s working on making his game more well-rounded and we know he will continue on to make our family proud!
  5. Giordan Guiyab – An elite young pilot for Philippine Airlines, Giordan is a champion with a strong and dedicated heart and mind! He joined his first competition with less than 5 months of experience and took home his first GOLD MEDAL! He first got into Jiu-jitsu because he was inspired by his better half Patricia Gomez’ victories and sought it out as a way for them to spend more time together, as he follows a very busy schedule – frequently flying. He’s a fast learner, very committed and tries his best to be consistent with his training!

We also awarded some of our long time members of the 6 Month Champion Club like Michelle Masuda and Vince Ortiz – who have long been upholding the legacy of this club alongside all our other 6 month champion members (e.g. Maybelline Masuda – first Filipino World Champion and Asian Beach Games Gold Medalist; Chris Hofmann – URCC Champion and Multiple Double and Quadruple Gold Medalist; Kat Del Rosario – Double Gold Medalist; Paula Ditona – Gold medalist in 6 months; Sandra De las Alas – Gold medalist in less than 6 months; Patrick Lubaton – Double Gold Medalist in 6 months)  . All these men and women, hold a place in BAMF and DEFTAC History, they inspire many of us to keep striving to be the best that we can be. Nothing is impossible once you’ve set your mind to it and trust in our guidance and our proven system. Congratulations once again and cheers to more conquering and victories to come!

Justin Proudly BAMF

 

Today is ‪#‎ProudlyBAMF‬ Day!

Meet kid extraordinaire, Justin Ceriola…

Fresh from his GOLD win today, he’s only 16 years old under the Men’s Adult blue belt galo division.

Justin started training at BAMF in 2010 when he was 9 and became an instant international kids champion in just 3 months.

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He then continued to train and compete consistently becoming the most decorated kid’s champion in the country alongside his two younger brothers Anton and Nicolas Ceriola.

Fast Rising

Justin earned his blue belt last year and is now coming into his own even as a 16 year old fighting in the men’s adult divisions!

A Powerhouse

Expect more from this kid! Congratulations to our team and especially his family!

A champion on and off the mats! Great grades, clean lifestyle, bully proof, possessing a strong physique with the right heart and attitude to be a winner, whether competing or in real life, Justin is awesome. PROUDLY BAMF!

Parents! Your child can be in the league of champions too! Call us at 556-1940 to get started on our 30 Day Free Trial offer! Expect the best results with only the best Martial Arts training this side of the Philippines!

By ensuring that you and everybody else around you is constantly getting at least 1% better everyday, there is no reason for you not to be able to make history on a daily basis. This is what Prof. Alvin Aguilar reminds his students everyday – and it has been a key ingredient in the recipe of success behind BAMF MMA Center.

It is therefore no wonder that BAMF has been awarded a Golden Globe award for Business Excellence, and Certified BEST company and brand this 2015 in the country. The awarding ceremony was held at the Manila Hotel last April 11, 2015 and received by Aguilar’s first son Liam.

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Alvin Liam Aguilar Jr. receiving the Golden Globe Annual Award for Business Excellence on behalf of his father Alvin Aguilar for B.A.M.F. Mixed Martial Arts Center last April 11, 2015 at the Manila Hotel.

The Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence works hand in hand with the Golden Globe Awards Council, National Data Research Examiner and Marketing Services, Inc., Philippine Best Companies. Com, Inc., SINAG News Magazine and SINAG Foundation, Inc.

The Award’s Council believes that companies striving for top-notch quality of business performance are those that exemplify business excellence and reap success; following a rigid six-point criteria by the National Data Research Examiner and Marketing Services, Inc. which includes (1) Innovative Business Practices; (2) Quality of Products and Services; (3) Value Proposition and Pricing; (4) Customer Concern and Intimacy; (5) Reputable and Ethical Business Image; and (6) Truthfulness in Business Management.

When asked about how such prestige was achieved, Prof. Alvin responded, “I guess we must’ve done something right. You reap what you sow. What started out as a plain and simple venue and haven for our athletes surprisingly turned out to be a huge success and life changer for many.”

BAMF Mixed Martial Arts Center on it’s road to achieving a GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD for BUSINESS EXCELLENCE has gone through 7 years of change and improvement.

In October 2008 when BAMF MMA first opened it’s doors  it had one vision and goal in mind, which was to provide the team with a venue and haven to train and practice Martial Arts all day, everyday and any time.

The gym started out as a hobby for Prof. Alvin Aguilar; serving mainly as a place for him to train with friends and students. After less than a year of operation the gym picked up a huge volume of students genuinely interested in becoming competitors in BJJ and MMA, later on becoming our champions. BAMF later became known as The Factory of Champions. With the increasing number of students, what started out as a hobby inevitably became a successful business.

Over the years improvements were gradually laid out in the gym, little by little further improving and developing the facility. Later on Prof. Alvin went out of his way to explore the business aspect of a gym by attending seminars abroad on gym management and building a business around it. The fitness aspect of Mixed Martial Arts was later explored, which drew in an even larger amount of students than ever before.

B.A.M.F. became a multi-faceted MMA facility and community devoted to help adults and kids achieve their personal fitness and martial arts goals. To this day, the factory of champions produces, not just champions on the mat or in the ring, but champions in life!

B.A.M.F. stands the largest MMA facility in the country, gaining the official title on GMA’s Pinoy Records in December 2012 and continues to offer a variety of classes with flexible schedules and world class instruction from real, qualified and legitimate instructors (No Mcdojo, No Papawis lang).

Aside from that, BAMF houses the top MMA and BJJ competitors in Asia and is home to over 300 members. The 30 Day Free Trial offer is what has drawn in people from all over the country to experience high quality training risk free!

So if you’re looking for a place to train, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling and Muay Thai, there’s not much to think about when deciding. Go to BAMF Mixed Martial Arts Center and experience the difference.

2015 has just begun and just as we start the month of March so much has already transpired. Our team has grown and improved and this will only continue as the year rolls on.

1st General Assembly of 2015

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As is the tradition, we start they year with our GA to make sure that everyone is on track, to calibrate techniques and learn new ones with our very own Prof. Alvin Aguilar, and of course to see the level of our members and determine who is up for promotion and stripes.

New Black Belt in the house!

The 1st 2015 GA was extremely special because we saw a someone awarded his Black Belt. It was extra significant because of the impact our new Black Belt has had on the whole team. He has literally fought and bled for us, he is a Filipino MMA legend and one truly gifted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who is truly idolized by everyone in the team and admired by many out of our group. So without further ado, Congratulations to Allan Co for attaining and receiving his Black Belt from Prof. Alvin!

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Other Promotions

Of course there were others from our brethren who were promoted in the GA and all of them were examples of hard work, persevering through pain and challenges and just fighting it in the mats.

First among them is a guy who has proved that you don’t have to start young to be successful. What you need is complete dedication and commitment and the rest will happen. Congratulations to Alvin Lee for his very well deserved promotion to Brown Belt. He has been breathing and living Jiu-Jitsu daily for the past 5 years and is a true testament to how far dedication and consistency will take you. Next, Congratulations as well to Karl Rodriguez for receiving his Brown Belt! Karl started out as a young kid, just like those who are part of our kid’s class, and he became one of the most gifted athletes in our team. He is also a successful MMA fighter and truly deserving of his new rank. He is also the younger brother of Fritz Rodriguez who is a Black Belt based in the US and a former URCC Champion and a pioneer member of Deftac.

Chad Aquino also gained his Purple Belt and proved to everyone that anyone can overcome injury and adversity to reach your goal. Chad has always been consistently training and offers no excuses. Congratulations!

Of course, Congratulations as well to Alexandria Natividad on her beautiful baby boy and her promtion to Blue Belt! Congratulations as well to Bryon Bayot and Louie Ong for their promotion to Blue Belt.

Last but never least, Congratulations to Charmaine Signson for her promtion to Green Belt!

Continue the great work guys! Strive to be better but never forget to help our brothers and sisters get better. We improve by helping and sharpening eachother!

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Deftac-Cebu Seminar and Belt Promotions

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Recently, Prof. Alvin Aguilar flew to Cebu for a seminar hosted by our Deftac chapter there headed by Norman Go. In the seminar, everyone stated their commitment to training and to the team, to being better, and to continue the tradition of excellence of Deftac-Cebu.

Our brethren in Cebu not only enjoyed the techniques shared by our professor and fellow team mates who travelled to Cebu but of course they also celebrated the promotions that took place.

For the promotion to Purple Belt, we would like to Congratulate Aldie Cañizares and Jiggy Cañizares. The have been with Deftac-Cebu from the start and i personally remember Aldie’s Blue Belt gauntlet in the Mall Of Asia. What a gauntlet it was! Congratulations as well to Leo Gaerlan who is one of the most active competitors from Cebu and Phil Rizon and Kurt Ebarita for their much deserved promotion to Purple Belt.

Also, congratulations to Nigel Zuluaga and Niño Castro for their promtion to Blue Belt!

Your promotion is not the end, it is but a step towards the real beginning of your journey, your Black Belts!

Training and Preparation for the Pan-Asians and the Mundials

Two of the most important competition dates in our calendars are upon us and it is time to start preparing to make sure that we are at our best and ready to kick ass come competition time. The Pan-Asians is the best place to gauge our skill in the region and we have a tradition of doing really well in that competition, taking home the Overall championship many years in a row. Let us work hard to continue that and show to everybody the fruits of our hard work and perseverance.

Of course, every year we have a contingent that flies out to join the most prestigious BJJ competition out there which is the Mundials or the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships and it is our duty to help our brothers and sisters train for this event to make sure that they go back home to us with their gold medals.

This year’s contingent is our biggest yet and we truly hope that they take it all home with them.

Mundial Contingent

MAKE A CHAMP

JR Rulloda

Michelle Masuda

Vince Ortiz

May Masuda

Jolly Co

Miguel Consing

Julio Gomez

Ryan Lastra

 

Prof. Alvin Aguilar Seminar in Davao on April 10

Prof. Alvin will be having a seminar with Deftac Davao on April 10, 2015. Our chapter in Davao has been doing really well with Miko Aquino and Gerard Gallos over there. Prof. Alvin will be sharing with our Davao brothers and sisters new techniques that will only make the Davao team better and stronger. We hope that you guys enjoy the seminar and soak it all in to make it truly successful!

“CHEERS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DEFTAC FAMILY FOR THE UNWAVERING SUCCESS! OUR TEAM ONLY CONTINUES TO GROW STRONGER THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO KEEP OUR LEGACY BURNING BRIGHT!!!” -Alvin Aguilar