Filipino Tropers, UNITE!:

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1 Icarael7th Aug 2011 09:25:58 AM from the Diliman Sprawl
I'm certain there are at least three other tropers on this board who are Filipino, so I made a thread for them.

It doesn't matter whether you're from the mainland, an expat, a balikbayan, or whatever; if you're a Filipino, then this is the thread for you.

Also, if you've ever been to the Philippines or are part Filipino, come right in.
Compromise is the death bed of conviction.
奇跡の魔女
Huh. Hello there, then. I was thinking of making one, but I thought there weren't too many of us.
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3 Sharysa17th Aug 2011 09:26:30 PM from Alameda, CA , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
The local bard
Hello!
4 JTheGreat22nd Aug 2011 05:39:14 PM from Everywhere and Nowhere
Disciple of Sarcasm
Second-generation immigrant here smile. I can only understand conte Tagalog, so don't be offended if I bring in Google Translate for a "Blind Idiot" Translation or two.
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5 Sharysa22nd Aug 2011 07:23:58 PM from Alameda, CA , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
The local bard
...It took me a moment to understand what you were reading.

I can never keep all the double-vowel words straight in my head. "Conte" sounded like "Cawn-tay" in my head, and I was like "WTF ANOTHER FUCKING DIALECT" before I realized it should be "co-onteh," like "a little bit."
6 Kinkajou25th Aug 2011 07:11:41 AM from you're not your
One Man Army
And it's spelled kaunti in Filipino.

Of course, still in the country.
"Wait, it's IV. Of course they are. They'd make IV for Dreamcast." - Enlong, on yet another FFIV remake
7 KylerThatch25th Aug 2011 07:29:29 AM , Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
They say we are what we are
But we don't have to be
奇跡の魔女
Coincidentally, yesterday, I bought a baller with alibata on it.

Hmm... so where does everyone here live?
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9 theindefiniteone25th Aug 2011 07:39:51 AM from the End of the World
A nice new, thread. Hello, everyone. Manileno here. (Well, Quezon City...) tongue

10 Kinkajou25th Aug 2011 08:00:59 AM from you're not your
One Man Army
I live in the south of the Metro.
"Wait, it's IV. Of course they are. They'd make IV for Dreamcast." - Enlong, on yet another FFIV remake
奇跡の魔女
I live in Paranaque, but I'm in one of the UP dorms right now.
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12 Kinkajou25th Aug 2011 08:13:54 AM from you're not your
One Man Army
Ooh, not far.

I commute to uni anyway - would be too obvious already.
"Wait, it's IV. Of course they are. They'd make IV for Dreamcast." - Enlong, on yet another FFIV remake
13 Sharysa26th Aug 2011 07:00:48 PM from Alameda, CA , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
The local bard
I live in California.
14 Kinkajou27th Aug 2011 06:17:44 AM from you're not your
One Man Army
California's nice - and on the other end of the Ring of Fire.
"Wait, it's IV. Of course they are. They'd make IV for Dreamcast." - Enlong, on yet another FFIV remake
That One Guy
I don't feel so alone anymore :D
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16 eternalNoob12th Nov 2011 03:33:38 AM from yer mum , Relationship Status: Longing for my OTP
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17 judasmartel6th Jan 2012 08:13:42 PM from Philippines , Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
The Dark Knight
Hello everyone! I hail from Davao City, but currently living at Cainta, Rizal and working in Quezon City.

Now that we are here, let me compose a mini-article about classic Action Film cliches of The Nineties, TV Tropes style.

edited 10th Mar '13 10:22:05 PM by judasmartel

ex-monitor
Another Manileno here :D Also, I love that list above.
World-class worrywart.
Producer X Rin
O...kay, I'm not a Filipino (obviously), but I just have a (rather stupid) question.

Does anyone here practice eskrima/kali/arnis (which is it?)? I heard it is pretty popular there, what with being originated there and all.
20 judasmartel16th Jan 2012 07:09:35 PM from Philippines , Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
The Dark Knight
@TPAM Not really a practitioner here, but Eskrima is the general term for the Filipino martial art involving both Arnis and Kali.

It originated from since the ancient times when the country was still divided into so many tribal kingdoms. At the time, it was usually expected for an ancient Filipino tribesman, even a non-fighter, to know at least the fighting basics so they can defend themselves against attacks by a rival tribe while the army is away.

Even today, the blade culture is still so strong that even when guns are now the standard weapons, Filipinos still prefer to use knives (people from Batangas favor the Butterfly Knife) or Improvised Weapons to kick ass because they are more practical and easier to acquire than guns.

Arnis equipment are usually dual wield wooden sticks, but the martial art can be used with any kind of long material, such as PVC pipes, metal sticks, and even swords.

Kali is usually all about knifeplay, but given that ancient Filipino warriors are often depicted in media as either Fragile Speedsters or Glass Cannons * compared to warriors from other races, there are so many ways you can beat an opponent with a standard knife.

edited 16th Jan '12 7:14:59 PM by judasmartel

ex-monitor
For all it was worth, I had arnis as a PE class for one semester. Fun times, even if it almost made my hands bleed from holding the sticks during the final exams. We used yantok sticks, though I think kamagong can also be used. It's heavy as hell though, and not really suitable for newbies like us.
World-class worrywart.
22 judasmartel18th Jan 2012 08:27:35 PM from Philippines , Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
The Dark Knight
For non-Filipino tropers who don't know what are these:

  • Yantok is a type of commonly used for furniture and baskets.
  • Kamagong is a type of hardwood derived from the velvet apple tree.

As TPAM suggested above, arnis sticks made of these wood types are as heavy as hell, and can still hurt somebody if used for hitting.

In a documentary featuring the martial art, the sticks still hurt the combatants despite both of them wearing body armor.

So, sure, wooden sticks will still get cut in half by katanas, so you might want to use iron sticks or swords to beat a swordsman with arnis.

But then, that's probably the reason why ancient Filipino warriors are often depicted as swordsmen, though.

edited 18th Jan '12 8:34:47 PM by judasmartel

Producer X Rin
I heard that some of the dual sticks maneuver was applied to machetes. That's one hardcore martial art right there.

Recently I'm very, very, VERY fascinated with this martial art. I will definitely learn this one if I can find a good place that teaches it.

Too bad that it's still a quite exotic and non mainsteam martial art yet. :/

edited 18th Jan '12 9:42:58 PM by dRoy

24 judasmartel20th Jan 2012 10:25:07 PM from Philippines , Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
The Dark Knight
[up][up][up][up] Updated the TV Tropes list of Filipino action movie cliches.

Ready for a new Cliché Storm? Here it is:

edited 11th Apr '12 9:12:31 AM by judasmartel

Producer X Rin
5, 6, and the last one comes to me as quite odd to me.

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