Originally posted in http://www.fmatalk.com/showthread.php?3063-GT-Gaje-Blog-Posts-(Collected)/page3
It is on record that there is only one system in the Tortal's family of Pekiti-Tirsia System. It is on record that the late Grandmaster Conrado B. Tortal was recognized during his own time by the Mayor of Bago City Don Araneta as the only Negrense to fight the famous Tansiong Padilla of Panay on a Match at the annual festival of Bago which in that encounter Tansiong Padilla lost his daga during the exchange of techniques in the middle of the Plaza in Bago. Negros won against that match and an honor was to the late Conrado B. Tortal. It was clear that the brothers Balbino, Francisco and Teodorico were supportive to the system and were a part of the system but during the war in the Philippines from 1942 to 1945, Negros Island was invaded by the Japanese and mostly places close to the city of Bacolod that includes the sitio of Talisay where GM Balbino Tortal and his family lived. By then all the children of GM Balbino were very young including Jerson Tortal who was then 7 years old and other younger brothers. They were left to their mother where my grandfather Conrado B. Tortal had helped to make the family survived.