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Doce Pares was founded on January 11, 1932 by a small group of Eskrima Masters spearheaded by Eulogio Cañete, Lorenzo Saavedra and Teodoro Saavedra. Twelve of them originally conceptualized it but shortly after its inauguration January 21 that year, the membership rose to twenty four.
Eulogio Cañete and Teodoro Saavedra were elected as President and Vice President respectively. Other elected officers and original members were, Fortunato Peñalosa (secretary), Marcelo Verano, Deogracias Nadela, Strong Tupas, Rodolfo Quijano, Pio Deiparine, Florentino Cañete, Felimon Cañete, Juanito Lauron, Federico Saavedra, Cecilio Dela Victoria, Lorenzo Saavedra, Margarito Revilles and Anastacio Deiparine.
The name Doce Pares was adopted in reference to the famous twelve bodyguards of Emperor Charlemagne of France (AD 768-814). These twelve people all top swordsmen were known to have fought and killed hundreds of enemies in battles.
Doce Pares which means “Twelve pairs” in Spanish, was meant also to honor the twelve people who originally planned to form the organization, and when the membership rose to twenty four at the time of the inauguration, it indeed became more significantly fitting
Eulogio Cañete held on the presidency of Doce Pares until his death in June, 1988. His second eldest son Eulogio, jr. succeeded him as president up to the present. his youngest son, Grandmaster Diony is the Executive Director and Chairman of Doce Pares Council of Masters.
(None of the founding members are alive today, the last one GM Felimon Cañete died in 1995 at 91 years of age)
Subsequently, the organization became Doce Pares, Incorporated when it was registered as non-stock, non-profit corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission which issued certificate of registration no. 1373.
Officers and Directors Every December of each year, Doce Pares, Incorporated as mandated by its by-laws, elects its officers and, for the year 2001, the following were duly elected, to wit:
President: Eulogio Cañete, Jr.
VP: Paterno B. Ganzon
Secretary: Valentin B. Suan
Treasurer: Michael R. Cañete
Executive Director: GM Dionisio Cañete
Dean, Instructional Staff: Arnulfo “Dong” Cuesta
GM Vicente Carin
GM Isidro Casio
Eulogio Cañete, Jr.
Paterno B. Ganzon
Valentin B. Suan
Michael R. Cañete
GM Dionisio Cañete
Note: GM Vicente Carin has been a member of the board for about forty years. While Ganzon and Suan who are both lawyers have held various positions since 1970. Eulogio, Jr. holds the post as President since 1990 and GM Diony became a legal officer from the early 1960 until being elected to the board in 1970.