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Filipino Tropers, UNITE!:

Accelolita's Butler
Say, what do you think of ancient Filipino warriors? IMO, they're usually Glass Cannons compared to European Knights, Ancient Spartans, Samurais, and Ninjas.

edited 21st Jan '12 12:17:41 AM by judasmartel

 27 d Roy, Sat, 21st Jan '12 9:56:08 PM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Well...I think Filipino fighters were at least partially lightning bruiser too. At least from what I see, Arnis, considering its blinding fast rate of attacks, can pack in quite force.

Also, Eurpeans knights were Lightning Bruiser too. Those armors are much lighter and agile than popular portrayal (for more info, please consult Madass Alex, our resident sword and knights expert).

Accelolita's Butler
Indeed. Ninety percent of the time, the hero of any story from any country is often a Lightning Bruiser after all.

As it was said of European knights, "Don't let the armor fool you, " i could say of the Filipino mandirigma, "Don't let the lack of armor fool you." Just ask Magellan (no, not that Magellan).

@Filipino Action Films: It seems there's newfound interest in classic action movies of The Nineties following the Dark Horse Victory of Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story in the Metro Manila Film Festival (basically the Filipino version of The Oscars in terms of popularity).

The Fifties saw Tondo, Manila as a paradise for gangsters. Among all of them stood out Nicasio Salonga, better known as "Asiong", who actually bore the title "King of Tondo" for being the town's number one Bad Ass.

Together with his Five-Man Band, he started a lucrative career as a gangster by extorting money from the villagers in exchange for protection from other gangs who would try to do the same. So of course, that's bad for the other gangs' business, and it's no wonder why they hate him with passion.

The first actor to play the role of Asiong Salonga was Joesph "Erap" Estrada. His present incarnation was played by actor-turned-politician Jorge Estregan.

Here are some of the tropes that apply for this movie:

edited 22nd Jan '12 9:55:39 PM by judasmartel

 29 entropy 13, Wed, 25th Jan '12 9:18:43 AM from Somewhere only we know. Relationship Status: Drift compatible
わからない
lol there's a Filipino Tropers thread.

EDIT: Looks like eskrima/arnis was mentioned. I'm relatively a novice however, but everything that I learned thus far isn't that useful unless I already have a melee weapon. LOL

And yes, it really is fast. Mabilis. lol

Most (advanced, offensive) movements emphasize severing the opponent's hand/arm, hitting the main arteries on the neck, or a slash through the waist. For obvious reasons, since the primary weapon would be a slashing, bladed one.

Defensive parrying is also important. Riposte attacks are hard to do however unless you're dual-wielding (which is unlikely, and difficult).

edited 25th Jan '12 9:24:58 AM by entropy13

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Accelolita's Butler
Examples of the usage of Eskrima (which includes Arnis and Kali) in movies:

  • Jason Bourne in the films.
  • The fighting style used by the Spartans in 300 is said to be Eskrima.

 31 J The Great, Thu, 26th Jan '12 6:53:07 PM from Everywhere and Nowhere
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A certain urban superhero used escrima sticks. Dick Grayson as Nightwing was a big fan of the weapon as well.

edited 26th Jan '12 6:53:23 PM by JTheGreat

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 32 eternal Noob, Sun, 5th Feb '12 6:24:10 AM from yer mum Relationship Status: Longing for my OTP
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Oh, forgot to say this. I'm from Marikina, somewhere near SM Masinag.

Going home takes much more time now. A small bridge was planned to be repaired, and ready by Christmas. But NOW, there was some pipe they had to remove, and they needed permission from Manila Water. And so far, there is literally ZERO progress on the bridge, and because of that one bridge, there is like a 40-50 minute time difference, going home.
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 33 d Roy, Sun, 5th Feb '12 6:28:05 AM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
[up][up] That looked to me as just hitting people with sticks, with no finesse and efficiency of Arnis.

Accelolita's Butler
As You Know, Philippine dramas are regarded as offshoots of the Spanish Soap Opera. However, people are starting to find them bland, even if the TV writers are trying to slightly modify their stories to get crap past the viewer's radar. Problem is, they are often construed to think that Viewers Are Morons, and the more Genre Savvy viewers would say. "It's the Same, so It Sucks".

Here are some tropes that I find in Philippine Soap Operas. Note that there might be similarities between these and the Spanish Soap.

edited 9th Feb '12 6:47:26 PM by judasmartel

 35 Kyler Thatch, Mon, 6th Feb '12 2:26:19 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
Ill Girl. Need to inject some tension into the plot line? Give someone cancer, or some other terminal disease, as long as the chances of a cure are slim to none.
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 36 judasmartel, Mon, 6th Feb '12 3:38:08 AM from Philippines
Accelolita's Butler
Or you mean Million to One Chance?

Say, what do you think of the latest Magical Girl Soap Opera where the MC has an odd laugh and the ability to make true everything she says?

edited 6th Feb '12 3:38:18 AM by judasmartel

 37 Kyler Thatch, Mon, 6th Feb '12 3:42:47 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
Um... I don't actually know? I just catch enough glimpses of these soaps at the dinner table to know I'd rather waste my time with something else.
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...We have a Magical Girl Soap Opera? I kind of stopped watching local TV, so I wouldn't know. That wouldn't be Amaya, would it?
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 39 eternal Noob, Mon, 6th Feb '12 4:25:25 AM from yer mum Relationship Status: Longing for my OTP
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Does anyone remember the soap opera with the aliens? All i remember is that one called Agua Bendita or something.
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 40 d Roy, Mon, 6th Feb '12 6:03:53 AM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
 41 Kyler Thatch, Mon, 6th Feb '12 6:59:36 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
Does anyone remember the soap opera with the aliens?
Kokey?
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 42 judasmartel, Mon, 6th Feb '12 6:41:07 PM from Philippines
Accelolita's Butler
Alice Bungisngis and her Wonder Walis (Mad Laugh Alice and her Wonder Broom)

 43 judasmartel, Tue, 7th Feb '12 7:26:22 PM from Philippines
Accelolita's Butler
There's a very recent Internet Backdraft over a bad comment on the magnitude 7 earthquake in the Negros area in the Visayas region. Ahcee Flores wished ill for the victims of the earthquake, stating that all Visayans in that area must die so that the Philippines rid itself of "dorks".

The comments here are very hilarious, if you can understand them, and could only range between pure Narm and High Octane Nightmare Fuel.

edited 7th Feb '12 7:26:57 PM by judasmartel

奇跡の魔女
"It's more in the Philippines, " indeed.
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 45 eternal Noob, Wed, 8th Feb '12 5:04:46 AM from yer mum Relationship Status: Longing for my OTP
Ded
@ Kyler Thatch

Yeah! Now i remember!

[up][up]Ugh, I can't believe someone commented on a sensitive subject, like that. She just ASKED for backlash with that comment.

edited 8th Feb '12 5:06:11 AM by eternalNoob

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 46 judasmartel, Wed, 8th Feb '12 8:27:43 AM from Philippines
Accelolita's Butler
Well, this is the racism we're talking about in the Philippines. Some people from Luzon feel so superior just because they are closer to civilization, so to speak.

And plus the Unfortunate Implications that the national media deliberately proliferates: They are dim-witted, uncivilized, and funny-looking people who come to Manila to work for the more affluent families there as maids, helpers, cooks, and drivers.

That goes without saying the most popular Filipino nowadays is a Visayan. And the guy is pretty much the only Filipino to get himself invited personally by the President of the United States to the White House.

Again, those dumbass Visayans you see in the movies (and probably in Real Life, too) are just BS portrayals of them in the movies, period. We Visayans are much smarter and better individuals than some proud Luzon jackasses would credit us for.

There is a reason why baddies have a harder time doing their stuff in Davao City compared to the other cities, especially Manila, the center of Philippine civilization.

edited 8th Feb '12 8:32:13 AM by judasmartel

 47 ladycoffee, Thu, 9th Feb '12 3:45:07 AM from your pocket
Shotamouse reporting.
Now now, no hurtful comments against those in the capital. Not everyone there thinks that way. sad
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 48 Kyler Thatch, Thu, 9th Feb '12 3:46:45 AM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
You know, this kind of cultural divide is just what the Spaniards used to keep people in line during the colonial period.

So says my Kas 1 lessons, anyway.
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 49 entropy 13, Thu, 9th Feb '12 5:15:18 AM from Somewhere only we know. Relationship Status: Drift compatible
わからない
[up] lol Kas 1. Where did you take Kas 1?
I'm reading this because it's interesting. I think.
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 50 judasmartel, Thu, 9th Feb '12 6:44:46 PM from Philippines
Accelolita's Butler
Oh, Philippine history, right? Yeah, so true, that Machiavellian principle the Spaniards used on our ancestors. Divide and Conquer, indeed.

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