GM Narrie Babao passed away Friday, Oct 11, 2013.
GM Narrie Babao was the First Weapons Sparring Champion in the U.S. and was the father of Arnis de Mano in San Diego, California area. He was also a Villabrille-Largusa Kali Guro, a 10th degree Black Belt Grandmaster in Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrido Eskrima, and was the current patriarch of the Batangas Baston style of Arnis, which he inherited from his father.
His wife posted this to Facebook:
From Zena Sultana Babao:
REST IN PEACE WITH THE LORD, NARRIE BABAO
My heart is heavy, my mind is numb and I am in pain. I am still in shock. My husband, Narrie, passed away this afternoon at the ICU at Balboa Hospital. He was supposed to come home this afternoon but he had a stroke followed by heart attack. The doctors tried hard to save him, but he has moved on to a better life where there is no more sickness and pain.
My deepest condolences to the Babao family, students, friends and assoicates of GM Narrie Babao.
Rest in Peace
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