Lapu-Lapu (1491-1542) was a ruler of Mactan in Visayas. On April 27, 1521, he battled and bested Portugese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan after resisting to recognize the authority of Spain. This was done armed only with bolo, spears, kalasag and kampilan against guns and cannon of the Spaniards.
Pencak Silat Gadjah Putih is a class of indigenous martial arts from a geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia encompassing most of the Nusantara, the Indonesian Archipelago, the Malay Archipelago and the entirety of the Malay Peninsula. Originally developed in what are now Indonesia, peninsular Malaysia, south Thailand and Singapore. It is also traditionally practiced in Brunei, central Vietnam and the southern Philippines.
In the spirit of Lapu-Lapu, Kathara Phlipino Indigenous Arts Collective Society and Maelstrom are co-hosting a special pencak silat class, which will cover Jurus (a martial dance form) and Pernafasan (moving breath meditation). Please see below for details:
Date: April 26, 2017
Cost: $10-15 for this special drop in class/collaboration at the door
Open to all interested in this introduction level class.
Featured Art by Fernando Amorsolo. Lapu-lapu (original artwork location: The Manila Hotel)
Reproduced under fair-use and with credit