Scholars, Cebu arnis grandmasters to trace Cebuano warriors’ weapons

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A Tausug scholar, a Cebuano ethno-archaeologist, and Cebu arnis grandmasters will discuss the ancient Cebuano weapons in a forum honoring Chief Dagami, warrior of Gabi (now Cordova, Cebu). This is set to happen on Sept. 26, Saturday at 2 p.m.

              UP-Diliman Institute of Islamic Studies Prof. Darwin Absari will tackle how Moro bladed weapons were widely used in the archipelago, including Cebu, in precolonial times.

Prof. Darwin Absari, Dr. Jocelyn B. Gerra

              Ethnoarchaelogist Dr. Jocelyn Gerra will expound on Cebuano toolmaking, especially of the “pinuti” that is still being produced today by bolo makers of Basak, Cebu City.

Bladed weapons widely used in the archipelago in precolonial times

              Arnis Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio Cañete will trace the origin of the Cebuano martial arts while other Arnis/Eskrima/Kali grandmasters of Cebu, San Diego and Los Angeles, California will give messages and demonstrations on the different styles of the indigenous martial arts.

              Cordova Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President,  Hon. Daniesse Sumagang, one of the forum co-sponsors, will also give her message during the event that will be aired live on the Facebook page of Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel.

              The virtual forum, with limited physical participants is in celebration of the fourth anniversary of  Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage Hotel’s Hardin Dagami, named in honor of Dagami, the chief of Gabi who led a resistance against the Spanish occupation of Cebu in 1565.

              Trivia quiz with prizes awaits the virtual and physical participants. A limited number of participants will be admitted at the Hardin Dagami Roofdeck.

              Partnering with Palm Grass on this online/limited participants live event are the Cebu Provincial Museum (Museo Sugbo), Cordova SK Federation, Diyandi Heritage Center, HAMBIN INC. (Hamiling Binilin), and arnis organizations: Doce Pares HQ, Cacoy Doce Pares HQ, Doce Pares SanDiego HQ, International Martial Arts and Boxing Academy (Los Angeles), Lapunti Arnis de Abanico International GHQ- Cebu, Philippines, World Nickelstick Eskrima Club Balintawak Style Inc., Dacayana Eskrima, Pilipino FMA- Eskrima/Kali/Arnis- Lapunti/Doce Pares/Balintawak/San Miguel, Troma Balintawak Arnis, Estokada de Campo, Tyke Abella Eskrima.

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