Paubari’s Third Son: Dumalapdap

I’d been itching to make this… finally got the time to do it today. If you see an awkward resemblance between Dumalapdap and Vincent Valentine from the Final Fantasy series then you’re just imagining things. Shortly after Humadapnon left their home to seek revenge on Saragnayan’s family and followers, Dumalapdap embarked on a quest of…

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A fashionable 16th Century warrior-prince from the Visayas.

I’m recalling our lessons back at the academy and remembering how our Professor told us: “Warriors were amongst the elite classes, status came hand-in-hand with corresponding responsibilities.” It’s interesting to note how the times have changed. On Clothing… The bahag or G-string was the most basic of clothes, along with the malong or the tube…

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Historical accounts of cat-fights.

It doesn’t really show, but I do like fashion accessories–they’re almost as interesting as hand-wraps and mouth guards–and mostly I admire these trinkets for the effort placed into their creation or the sheer novelty of the idea that it sells. While doing some research for Hinilawod comic character costumes, I was quite relieved to find…

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Remnants of the Majapahit Empire

When the few sages of facebook, twitter, wordpress and (dare I say) tumblr have been exhausted—and it happens more often than not—I find myself digging for gold back in Google Books. There is actually a gold rush back there. If you haven’t found your fortune, then you simply haven’t been looking. My top three sites,…

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A Balaraw in my pocket.

When we visited the Special Forces Regiment last November 2011, I got myself an itty-bitty buck knife. They said we were going on a trek and would camp out in the mountains for the night, so I wanted to be prepared. Well… I soon found that my buck knife was better off being used as a…

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They said I could be anything…

…So I became a NINJA. I just thought I’d update my picture for the ILLUSTRATOR page. I’ve always had a propensity for extra-lengthy headdress tails. As it turns out, there is historical backing for this propensity; making it accurate to portray Labaw Donggon and Datu Paubari with such windswept accessories. The pudong or turban was…

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Going up the mountain with Desiderata.

Starting the 15th of March I’ll be offline for about a month again, so if you guys have any concerns please email or PM me before the 15th or after April 17, 2012. I’m honestly excited to see my Labaw Donggon mates, how they’ve changed… how the months have been kind or harsh to us….

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How to catch a body kick.

This is how you catch an opponent who’s threatening to kick the side of your body. Hmmmm… it’s not the best representation; considering, in the frame before this, Labaw Donggon had already been hit. This is what is supposed to happen, were this an ideal Muay Thai spar session: 1. Opponent kicks to side of…

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Epic of the Three Stars 13

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page This reminds me of the days back at the academy. There are lessons that, I think, are etched into me. As much as I’ve tried to incorporate Langka Silat and Dumog into this, I think it still falls short of the actual beauty of the…

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Three days of chanting the Hinilawod.

Taken from Hinilawod.com, please visit the website for more information. Hinilawod is an epic poem written by the early inhabitants of a place called Sulod in central Panay. The word means tales from the mouth of the Halawod River. Hinilawod is not just a literary piece but also a source of information about culture, religion…

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Epic of the Three Stars 12

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 12 of Epic of the Three Stars I’m rereading our notes on How Should We Then Live. It’s always interesting, I’ll just update this post later for some interesting points. Chapter 1 of Epic of the Three Stars is almost done!

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Epic of the Three Stars 11

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 11 of Epic of the Three Stars. This reminds me of a saying that I, more or less, live by: “When the emotions are alive, the brain goes dead.” Come on Anna, stop doing a Sun Tzu on the poor boy. Labaw Donggon’s frontal cortex…

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Epic of the Three Stars 10

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 10 of Epic of the Three Stars with a hint of color! Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page I have to constantly keep myself from posting all of the pages at once. This is a test of patience for me and you. Please bear with it. Working on the Hinilawod comics…

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Epic of the Three Stars 09

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 09 of Epic of the Three Stars. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page I have about five more pages to elaborate on this scene, keep tuned in. Anna may not be as strong as Labaw Donggon but she makes up for it with speed–and look at that hair!…

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Datu Paubari to grace your desktops.

One of my favorite shots of Datu Paubari. Feel free to have him defend your desktops. For more images go to http://www.hinilawod.com. Mum has just given me an itouch, I am currently won over by the amount of books that you can download into it through itunes. I’ve sold out. I’ve just come from reading…

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Epic of the Three Stars 08

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 08 of Epic of the Three Stars. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page I’m almost done with this chapter! Labaw Donggon does seem like a waste of a perfectly capable warrior! Where has all the silat action gone?! Let’s get this over and done with so we can have…

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Epic of the Three Stars 07

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 07 of Epic of the Three Stars. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page This is getting more difficult to write with every page that comes along. Oh, Labaw, aren’t you a poet?–If you do come across some books on the Hinilawod Epic (I’ve read those by F. Landa Jocano)…

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Epic of the Three Stars 06

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 06 of the Epic of the Three Stars comic. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page You know what’s really fun about this comic? The part where you’re writing the script and you’re doing your research. So, while I was drawing these pages I was with a few friends and…

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Don’t mess with Anna.

Anna‘s character is inspired by a certain bunkmate from the Labaw Donggon batch. The whole batch only had five girls… so it shouldn’t be hard to figure things out. She’s one of my favorites. I find her silhouette entertaining but I’m not too fond of her lengthy ramblings–though she always has a point. Basically, she’s…

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