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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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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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 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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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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Epic of the Three Stars 05

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 05 of the Epic of the Three Stars comic. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Dad has just discovered the connection between a new set of speakers and his iPhone–his music is louder than mine. I think it’s amusing. The same way that a puppy that can’t get up…

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The right combos for damaging hits!

Hello mates, here’s a post for all of us. This is the bit of search engine optimization I’ve learned along the way. Hopefully these few tips will help you as you go about illuminating the blogosphere. You see that stat bar on the upper left corner of your wordpress blog? Click it and it will…

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Epic of the Three Stars 04

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 04 of the Epic of the Three Stars comic. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page It’s early in the morning again. Me and Tiapson are working… we’re missing Salem and Yang, so we had all the veggies and left nothing for them. Tiapson keeps on trying to guess who…

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Epic of the Three Stars 03

Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page Page 03 of the Epic of the Three Stars comic. Previous Page – Comic Archive – Next Page So, I keep wondering IF this is how a guy would phrase his thoughts. Maybe when I meet up with Yang and Salem tomorrow I’ll ask their opinions and I might change the script…

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Saragnayan in highschool

It’s 4:11am on my watch… and I’m still hyped. I need to get some sleep because I have an appointment later at 10am. Anyway, the next time I want to be this awake I’ll just take a tall americana after Muay Thai practice, hopefully it will work the same. Here’s another wallpaper that you can…

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Labaw Donggon should get a crane feather fan…

Takeshi Kaneshiro‘s portrayal of the epic military strategist Zhuge Liang has forever redefined my definition of feathery fans. These fans do not say: prissy and finicky–well, in the past, they did. Nowadays, they translate to resourcefulness, stratagem and guile. Despite Zhuge Liang / Takeshi Kaneshiro being a sight for sore-eyes, (there, I said it–but you…

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